Advancing Your Talent Pool and Enhancing Learning

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 Magazine
Is Your Talent Pool Innovation Fit or Flabby? By Mehran Mehregany
There is no competitive alternative to continually advancing the overall technical and innovation acumen of a company’s entire talent pool. In the 21st century landscape, information and reach are the great equalizers. The “crowd” is the ultimate resource for knowledge and creativity, and the most unpredictable competitor. Mehregany discusses how staying competitive in the corporate world is becoming dependent on a company’s own talent pool. She offers advice as to how to advance the talent pool through innovation lessons.

$164.2 Billion Spent on Training and Development by U.S. Companies By Staff Writer
U.S. organizations spent $164.2 billion on employee learning and development in 2012, according to the just-released findings of ASTD’s 2013 State of the Industry report sponsored by Skillsoft and the CARA Group, Inc. The report’s findings demonstrate that despite a continuously changing economic environment, organizations remain committed to training and development. Senior executives understand that a highly skilled workforce is a strategic differentiator. They are investing in the development of their employees and using technology, instructor-led training, and blended solutions to effectively meet training challenges. This article outlines the key findings in ASTD’s 2013 State of Industry Report. The evidence shows that training and development is a top priority for organizations.

Training Magazine
Do We Empower Learners Too Much? By Kristy Westfall Moyer, Training Account Manager for Signature Worldwide
There are many circumstances where one must say a direct “no,” and there are times when clear right or wrong answers in a training room are necessary. Technical training, is one example where every step must be precise. As the majority of our classes are about customer service and/or sales, we start by talking conceptually and, based on the buy-in we achieve at the beginning of the day, put together a set of skills to follow to achieve certain business objectives that can be measured. As a general rule, I do my best to avoid saying a flat out “no” to someone as I believe it will shut them down and I might lose them for the rest of the training. If I don’t have their buy-in, nothing I say will stick, and there will be no behavior change. There are many theories for effective adult learning strategies. This article highlights three theories that help the educator focus on how adults learn best.

CLO Magazine
How Film Can Enhance Learning By Douglas N. Clayton
Above all, movies can unite those with different communication and learning styles. Scholars and practitioners of workplace learning have put forward the claim that using film and other forms of multimedia enhances learning. However, the evidence of film’s usefulness in a corporate learning setting has been far from convincing. This article outlines how film can be an effective tool for educators. Recommendations are given, based on scientific findings, for including video in the classroom.

Brain-based Learning for Leaders By Ann Parker
UK management consultancy Orion Partners agrees. Applying the principles of neuroscience—the study of the brain—to leadership development programs enables leaders to behave in harmony with how the brain works, improving the way they motivate and communicate with their employees. “Neuroscience gives people an ‘aha’ moment about why some things may be happening—for example, resisting change,” says Jan Hills, partner at Orion Partners, responsible for talent and leadership practices. Parker describes how neuroscience has the ability to help create better leaders for our future. She describes a recently developed program, created by the Orion Partners, called BrainBox. BrainBox is a leadership development program rooted in the principles of neuroscience and created to help leaders develop their skills.