Trends in Training - 2011 Mid-Year Review

By Doug Harward

TrainingIndustry.com annually publishes the top trends that are reshaping the training industry. At the Mid-Year point of 2011, here is how those trends are materializing, how some are taking off, and how some are slow to be adopted.

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Tweets are the New Haiku

By Tim Sosbe

One of the opportunities – or challenges– of training is the need to remain on the cutting edge. Technology enables that visionary approach, but training professionals must still be the guinea pigs for all types of new systems and approaches. Learning how to communicate quickly and efficiently is one of the highest hurdles to clear.

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Lights, Cameras, Satisfaction: Training at the Movies

By Tim Sosbe

Here’s a statement I hope you’ll agree with: There’s just something about training that’s extremely cinematic. Think about the elements we see every day: The hard work, the ever-shifting mentor-mentee relationship, the agonies of defeat and the multi-layered joys of success. Take all those elements, add a soundtrack and some fluid cinematography, and Oscars are lined up and waiting.

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Training: The Start of Something Big

By Tim Sosbe

In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the launch of Startup America, a public-private partnership designed to create jobs and fuel the economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. While it’s still early in the process, the concept promises to create opportunity for the training industry. It’s going to take passion, innovation and vision. Are you ready to help?

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Back to the Future: What Lies Ahead?

By Tim Sosbe

Now that we’re living in the cloud and into the second decade of the 21st Century, the future seems to be here. But in truth, the “future” is like “tomorrow” … it’s an unattainable goal that’s always just out of reach. That doesn’t stop people from making educated – and often accurate – predictions about the time in front of us. Jump with me onto that bandwagon and let’s see where we’re going next.

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Training Spend an Economic Indicator?

By Doug Harward

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index uses 10 data elements as leading indicators for the purpose of forecasting future economic activity. These indicators include data such as manufacturing activity, unemployment, change in interest rates of treasury notes, housing starts, and more. Obviously what is not included is data related to corporate spend for training. Should it?

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Random Thoughts from 2010

By Doug Harward

It's the end of the year and it's a good time to sit back and reflect on some of the things the industry has taught me this year. My bet is you will agree with some, and others may strike a chord.

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Man vs. Machine: Are We Ready for Computer-Led Training?

By Tim Sosbe

TV fans are in for a good show next February, when “Jeopardy” presents a unique event, pitting its two top human champions against Watson, an artificial intelligence computer created by IBM. For the training industry, this is more than just another ratings stunt: It’s a good glimpse into a possible future that’s not just powered by technology, but driven by it. Answer: A brave new world where computers do more than store data. Question: What lies ahead?

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The 12 Days of Training

By Tim Sosbe

Hark the herald, the season’s here, it’s time to enjoy, some holiday cheer. With another December drawing to a close and another new year waiting in the wings, now is the perfect time to celebrate the season while we celebrate the successes behind and ahead of us. So fill a cup of egg nog, bask in the glow of your holiday lights and take a peaceful moment to reflect. Oh come all ye faithful, training is triumphant.

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Maersk: Moving Outsourcing to the Next Level

By Tim Sosbe

As one of the world’s largest shipping companies, Maersk Line certainly knows about moving goods from one place to another. But sometimes the internal flow of knowledge and information travels a less direct route. That’s about to change: The company is on the verge of implementing a new process for working with outsourced suppliers, a process designed to reduce the time to competency for Maersk Line’s global workforce and create more strategic partnerships for the delivery of learning & development. All aboard: This ship is about to set sail.

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