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  • 5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Glean From Their Kids’ K-12 Teachers

    Remember that teacher you loved in second grade who was so honest and constructive in her advice Be that kind of entrepreneur Before transitioning into corporate learning and development, I was a classroom teacher in Canada for almost a decade I spent most of that time teaching Spanish and English to high...

  • To Close the Skills Gap, Let Go of these 5 Myths

    Before we can devise effective solutions to fix the skills gap, we need to dispel several myths and misunderstandings It’s well-documented that companies are struggling to hire enough new workers, but historically low unemployment is only part of the problem The bigger challenge is finding people who...

  • Here’s How to Spotlight Skills Over Schooling in Your Next Job Interview

    Talking up your skills -- and how you have applied them -- can be a good indicator of your value as an employee As companies compete for talent at a time of historically low unemployment, they're opening up their doors to more non-traditional candidates That includes broadening the hiring pool to include...

  • Making the Business Case for a Learning Culture

    Now that we know why and how companies should update their business strategies to meet the learning needs of the modern worker, let’s talk about how to successfully communicate this idea up the management chain to win the executive buy-in you need to achieve change To make the business case for learning you must...

  • Turning L&D Haters into Superfans

    At a time when attention spans are shorter than ever, long drawn out training sessions are the perfect recipe for punishingly boring L&D programs Shelley Osborne, Head of L&D at Udemy shares three tips for designing impactful L&D programs I love professional learning & development, and I love my job...

  • Making Over L&D to Serve a Fast-Changing Workplace

    Technology has transformed a lot of the things we do at work, but learning and development (L&D) has mostly stuck with the status quo Training is typically rolled out as a company-wide mandate, with employees required to complete such-and-such program by some arbitrary date According to Capgemini, 42% of...

  • 3 Strategies for Success in a Skills Gap Era

    Develop a growth mindset and embrace lifelong learning Be ready to make a career pivot And take a personal passion to the next level These are confusing times for American workers, especially those in the early stages of their careers Automation and globalization are reshaping our jobs, making once-clear career...

  • L&D Is Long Overdue For a Modern Makeover!

    When I say “corporate training,” what comes to mind For many, it conjures visions of being stuck in a room for hours while someone walks through a boring PowerPoint presentation A lot of companies are stuck in the “sage on the stage” model when it comes to learning at work There are L&D people who...