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Tune In For Today’s Live #LDHangout!

Today is a big day. It’s the kick-off event for the Learning and Development Hangout Series sponsored by Meridian Knowledge Solutions and hosted by yours truly. Today’s topic: Gamification in the Modern Workforce. Kris Dunn and I will have a uncensored conversation on the realities of gamification and discuss how leveraging gamification can produce meaningful employee and organizational outcomes – without breaking the bank. Click …

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GAME ON!: A Quick and Dirty Introduction to Gamification

I was up over at Fistful of Talent last week talking about gamification — what it is, what it isn’t, and 3 step to ensure that you set your gamification initiative up for success.  Here’s a snippet from the intro: “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been elbow deep in online learning.  Newsflash: Translating a dynamic live training experience into an equally engaging …

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Team Building Exercises That Don’t Suck

This isn’t about your company/team picnic. Get someone to fire up the barbie. Some one bring a kickball. Pack a first aide kit. Have a grand ole’ time.  I’m talking specifically about the types of events/activities that are forced on teams that are in need of a tune up. You know the kind I’m talking about… And if you’re anything like me, …

COACHING 101: Don’t Be A Vampire and Please Shut Up

Check out this clip from the Showtime series “House of Lies”: If you manager tries that hard to sell you on the value of their coaching — run. They’re not in it for you. They’re also probably not as evil as the blood sucking vampire in the clip above. Probably. Chances are their view of coaching is out of whack. Too many managers’ view of …

Managers Want To Coach, So What’s Stopping Them?

And that’s not just based on anecdotal experience. A new study asks managers about their leadership preferences: Managers want to coach. Over on HBR’s Blog Network this morning, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman posted some results of a new study on coaching attributes and perspectives. You can take the assessment here if you’re interested. Their study compares managers’ preference more traditional, directive leadership or leading …

Mismatched Performance Management, Training, Comp, + Culture Matter, Comcast

I hate calling the cable company. Nothing is ever handled in less than a 60 minute phone call, you always end up in a battle royale with the automated system, you end up repeating your issue no less that 49 times, and after all that they put you on hold for 9 minutes and then the call gets dropped. I’m not …

What Mistake Do Companies Not Even Know They’re Making? *New Research*

It’s no surprise that staffing is good for companies. Also no surprise that a company’s investment in training/developing their workforce is a good sign. We know that separately, staffing and training are linked with performance gains… but do companies investment in staffing and training simultaneously mean anything? Are companies that heavily invest in recruiting AND training really any better off than …