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Does training really help the organization?

We came upon an interesting blog posting from Stephen Gill regarding how easy it is to attribute cause and effect when so many variables can be at play.  He cites a book, The Invisibile Gorrilla which analyzes all sorts of "causal relatonships" between behaviors and...

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Worst Training I Ever Attended

During a training session today we were discussing "the worst training I ever attended." For us, it was a 4-day training course we were auditing for a "training triage" project. In training triage, we help organizations to figure out why their training isn't working. In this...

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Creating Training That Appeals to Teens

We just read an interesting article in a silicon valley newspaper about a food service company that staffs boardwalk concessions stands all over the US (20  in total). The company, Whitings Foods, employs 250 young people (ages 16 - 21) in the summer months. Training is conducted...

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Musings on Informal Learning

Recently, we were updating a course we teach for ASTD called Essentials of Adult Learning. It is a 3-session, online, course and the last session is actually about anything BUT adult learning. The last session is called Outside the Boundaries of Adult Learning.  One of...

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And the winner is…

The Training Doctor, LLC, offers a $500 scholarship twice per year  - for the spring and fall semester.  To apply you must be a working professional who is pursuing an advanced degree in Training or Organization Development. Our winner for the December 2010 award is...

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An adult learning rant (short)

The nice thing about blogs is that you can vent to people who care about the same thing(s) you do. So here is a short rant on adult learning principles: We are currently reviewing a handout from an adult learning "guru" (who will remain un-named, obviously).  The...

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