Understanding What Today’s Millennial Workforce Really Wants

As workplaces change their strategies, benefits and workplace policies to adhere to the changing working world, I’m always intrigued by companies that are doing this and putting a strong emphasis on their millennial employees’ wants. Take Raidious for example,a marketing agency in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company has a young staff full of social millennials, and […]

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Creating a ‘Generation Connected’ Workplace

The U.S. workforce is preparing for a significant generational shift. In the next five years, a new generation of employees — composed of both millennial and Generation Z workers — will represent 46 percent of the entire workforce, and an overwhelming majority of 76 percent by 2025. More collectively referred to as “Generation Connected” based […]

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Developing Leaders to Fit Gen Z Swagger

Welcome to the leadership continuum, where transformative Generation Z — defined here as born after 1995 — enters the workforce to disrupt, disturb and redefine success. This new generation of emerging leaders literally have sat on the lap of transformation, witnessing industry, technological, regulatory and social change occurring at an accelerated pace: President Obama’s election, […]

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Should You Isolate the Impact of Training?

The Kirkpatricks recently addressed this question — Should you isolate the impact of training? — in their weekly newsletter and advised against it. While I agree with Jim and Wendy on many things, in this case I must disagree. They argue that it is important to align your learning to organizations goals so that your […]

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All Roads Lead to Return on Investment

Human capital analytics has evolved from a patchwork of studies and processes into an important organizational function. As a tool for evaluation, return on investment has evolved from an isolated activity to an important tool for accountability, driven by top executives. So what’s the connection? Some analysts suggest any type of analysis that helps to […]

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Learning in Translation

China is the next big market. No, it’s Brazil. Actually, forget everything and focus on Germany; that’s where business is going to boom. For learning leaders facing globalization — which is many of them — trying to deliver the right language program at the right time can be a nightmare. Every year brings a new […]

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The Rise of the Knowledge Mentor

Organizational learning involves not only bringing in new skills and capabilities, but also identifying and preserving the business-critical, experience-based knowledge — what we call deep smarts — that underlie current operations and innovation. This expertise resides with highly experienced managers, technical experts and employees who may not be recognized as experts, yet have know-how and […]

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Hilton Worldwide: Learning Transformed

It would be hard to find a learning and development transformation more significant than that of Hilton Worldwide. After being acquired by private equity firm Blackstone Group in 2007 and moving across the country from its longtime headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, to McLean, Virginia, the company hired Chief Learning Officer Kimo Kippen, who set […]

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Case study: Qualcomm, a legacy of learning

Long before co-founding wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. in the mid-1980s, Irwin Jacobs immersed himself in learning. The Cornell University grad taught electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1950s and early 1960s, eventually heading west to become a professor of computer science and engineering in the earliest days of the University […]

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