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Don't Waste Your Money on Communication Skills Training

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You've decided to implement communication skills training. Maybe it’s part of a specific talent development strategy, or perhaps communication issues have been a continual challenge, dragging down productivity, collaboration, trust, customer service ratings or any of a number of critical business functions that we can’t afford to be struggling with in today’s fast-paced, complex environment.

Don’t waste your money.

That’s not to say communication skills training isn’t valuable. The bottom-line impact of communication breakdowns in the workplace has been well documented. The problem is, many companies waste the investment because their approach misses the mark, or the conditions aren’t in place to support it—or both.

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4 Signs You Should Invest In Better Employee Assessment Tools

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Whether you’re working in-house with internal employees or at a consulting firm with external clients, employee assessments—of one kind or another—are probably part of your toolkit.

But when was the last time you assessed those assessments? Are they the right tools for the job? And are they delivering the ROI you need?

Here are 4 signs it might be time to invest in better employee assessment tools.

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How to Fire Up Your Employee Training Program with A Cross-Training Regimen for the Brain

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In fitness it’s a given that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you’ll eventually hit a plateau and your results will start to flatten out.

Enter cross training, which involves switching up your activities or combining several different techniques and strategies into a single workout. It gets you out of your comfort zones, fires up new muscles and pushes you to a new level of performance.

Could that same philosophy be applied to fire up performance in the workplace?

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How to Help Leaders Help Others Grow

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I was excited to read about my friend and colleague Bill Treasurer’s upcoming webinar for NetSpeed Learning’s 2015 Thought Leader Webinar Series, Open Door Leadership: A Radically Simple Way to Lift People, Profits and Performance. Bill’s session will focus on how leaders can “create meaningful opportunities for challenge and growth.”

Of course, you don't have to look far in this environment to find a challenge. There’s a reason VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) has become the acronym du jour for describing today’s business world. But too often I’ve seen high potential programs and similar initiatives designed to help people stretch beyond their comfort zones so they can further their growth and careers actually backfire because the people involved weren’t set up for success.

The point is to get them to stretch, not to snap!

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A Powerful Learning Tool: Seating Based on Thinking Preference

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The keynote I delivered at World Financial Group last week had more than 200 leaders in attendance, all seated by their HBDI® thinking preferences. It’s always so striking to see how that validates people’s learning about themselves and others, both as they discover their HBDI® Profiles and begin applying what they’re learning.

In The Whole Brain Business Book, Ned Herrmann shares a story of the “aha” moment that came from just such a seating exercise. Presenting to a leadership group of a large company, he had assigned people to tables based on preferences (unbeknownst to the participants), and it turned out that the company’s chairman/CEO and president/COO had opposing profiles.

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Employee Engagement and Retention: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You

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The “shocking” to “disturbing” headlines about employee engagement are almost routine these days. Study after study turns up numbers in the range of 70 to 80 percent of the workforce that’s either not fully engaged or actively disengaged at work, costing companies billions in annual turnover.

It’s not that executives aren’t throwing money at the problem. In fact, by some estimates, companies are collectively investing upwards of $1.5 billion a year into trying to turn it around, without much to show for it in return.

But there have been a few positive signs beginning to emerge. Modern Survey’s Fall 2014 Employee Engagement Index showed engagement levels are beginning to inch up, while disengagement is at its lowest point since the study began.

Sounds good, right? Well, keep reading.

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On-Demand Webinar: Developing Leadership Agility for an “All of the Above World”

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What’s your biggest leadership challenge?

Engaging employees?

Preparing emerging leaders to step up?

Building high-performance teams?

Developing a leadership mindset across the organization?

If you’re like most training leaders today, the answer is “all of the above.” The good news is, you and your leaders already have the best tool for navigating an “all of the above” world—the brain.

Even better news: Kevin Sensenig’s webinar for Training Magazine has the practical

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Why Learning and the Brain is on Everyone’s Mind

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It’s no secret the subject of learning and the brain is always on my mind. But lately, it seems to be something everyone is thinking about.

In the past month alone, I’ve received two requests to write articles about the impact of brain research on training and learning. It’s also a topic that seems to be percolating more and more in the overall business community, particularly as new methods of studying the brain have generated new findings, more publicity and greater interest in broader circles.

In light of all this, it’s not surprising that one of the most common remarks I now hear from business leaders, training professionals and learners alike is an exasperated, “I feel like people are telling me I have to be a neuroscientist to do my job these days!”

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Snapshots from Training 2014

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We had the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the sharpest minds in the training profession at the Training 2014 Conference earlier this month in San Diego. 

We enjoyed learning about the latest trends in training and development, and from our booth in the Expo Hall, we had a chance to catch up with a number of you who shared how Whole Brain® Thinking is playing a role in your development, performance and business strategies.

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Social, Sleep and Learning: Update from the 2013 NeuroLeadership Summit

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Herrmann International’s CEO Ann Herrman-Nehdi filed a video report from this year’s NeuroLeadership Summit, where she was also a presenter.

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