The Business of Learning

Corporate Classrooms, Digital Onboarding, & Purposeful Leadership

Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

CLO Media
Corportate Classrooms: Adapting to Change by Frank Kalman
Despite expectations for its demise, the classroom has experienced a revitalization of sorts. Firms are investing in brick-and-mortar universities, and learning leaders are finding new ways to maximize the medium. Technology has changed corporate learning. Employees have access to information in the blink of an eye thanks to a speedy evolution of Internet-based services, e-learning, virtual learning, simulations, just-in-time learning portals, social media and game-based learning. But while all that happened, the classroom didn’t die. At some companies in the United States, brick-and-mortar learning got a boost.

Creating Digital Onboarding Experiences that Stick by Deepti Sachdeva
Gone are the days when new employees were expected to fend for themselves until there was time for that three-hour, face-to-face onboarding session. Gone are the days when it is okay to spend the first few weeks exploring the organizational landscape before a new employee is expected to add value. And gone are the days when a “generic” onboarding program could cut the mark! Are there best practices in digital onboarding? If the key is getting a new worker up-to-speed with the culture, relate to the brand, and have access to all the tools they need for a “smart” start, the answer would be yes.

Training Journal
ORC: Learning Industry Needs to Address Three Main Areas by Seun Robert-Edomi
Leadership development, employee engagement and attracting the best talent are the three main challenges facing learning globally and in the UK, according to new findings.

Training Magazine
Purposeful Leadership by David McNally
Clarity of purpose is a leader’s most powerful asset. From an organizational standpoint, the purpose of a leader is to be a champion of the company’s goals and to play his or her role in keeping the promises the company is making to its customers. In regards to people, the leader’s purpose is to create the environment and provide the encouragement that inspires his or her team to perform at its best. The purposeful leader not only has a strong sense of direction, but also comes from a place of wanting to make a difference and contribute value to the world. The purposeful leader both delights in the accomplishments and achievements of his or her team, and also in the growth, expansion, and development of the individual.

CLO Media 
Return on Intangibles by Jay Cross
In his book “Intellectual Capital,” Thomas Stewart wrote: “What’s new? Simply this: Because knowledge has become the single most important factor of production, managing intellectual assets has become the single most important task of business.” In the last 20 years of the 20th century, Wall Street investors changed the way they determined what a company was worth. That’s why return on intangibles is the most important metric in the CLO’s tool kit.

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