Learning Provider Connect

By Michael Strawbridge | A magazine with the focus on the challenges that are faced by today's Directors within leading learning providers. www.learningdirectorsnetwork.

These are the kinds of people who fail at work

All the talent in the world can't overcome the inability to connect.<p>Let's be honest, we all have a little monster inside. The key is having the …

Self Control

The Results of Google's Team Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But, some would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often …

Management

4 Ways to Make Your Business More Authentic and Successful

How to build an authentic presence that translates to your employees and customers.<p>My business (Sonic, but not the burger joint) is significantly smaller than most of its competitors, so being authentic is one of our strongest competitive edges. And this authenticity comes in many forms -- it's the …

Leadership

We Can All Agree These 16 Things Make Us Miserable at Work

From unfair pay to working on vacation, here are some of the most common complaints of workers.<p>When it comes to leading a successful business, understanding the wants and needs of your employees is vital. Not only that, but actually paying attention and building relationships with these people is …

The Workplace

This Is Why Good Employees Resign Within Their First Year (And What You Can Do About

If good employees are leaving your company within their first year, there is one big reason why that isn't widely talked about. Here are three things you can do to prevent it.<p>Unexpected undesired voluntary turnover is debilitating. Most of us know the huge costs that come with it. There are also …

Employment

68 Percent of Employees Want to Learn from Their CEOs. Executives, It's Time to Teach.

Creating a learning culture is a communal effort, and it starts from the top.<p>Modern technology enables employees to access information anytime and anywhere to get jobs done. But access to information does not always equate to "learning" at work. If your organization wants their employees to …

Leadership

In the Next Wave Of Innovation, Big Data Is Your Competitive Advantage

Data is becoming a valuable commodity, like oil in the 20th century. Here's how companies should be using it.<p>Demand for data has been surging over the past few years. Companies are rushing to adopt in-house data warehouses and business analytics software, and are reaching for public and private …

Big Data

The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.<p>Not every problem has an easy solution. Tackling the …

Millennials are telling you why your company stinks but you’re not listening: A Q&A with Simon Sinek

Leadership expert and author Simon Sinek has become something of a Millennial Whisperer. With an outrageously popular TED talk and a willingness to …

Leadership

Why True Collaborative Working Is Still a Ways Off

Collaboration has been doing the rounds on the business buzzword circuit for some time now. Waves of tools and techniques are already in play, …

Collaboration

The One System That Changes Employees' Behavior

Find out the four steps you can put in place to create a productive, effective workforce.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Riaz Khadem and Linda Khadem’s book</i> Total Alignment<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound<p>Did you know that there’s a process for behavior change that you can …

Leadership

What Does It Take for Employees and Businesses to Thrive? This Massive Study Just Uncovered 5 Simple Things Needed

Organizations that thrive put their own people first--even above customers.<p>The SHRM Foundation, in collaboration with Globoforce, recently released a report entitled, <i>Creating a More Human Workplace Where Employees and Business</i> <i>Thrive</i><i>.</i> I was flabbergasted by the immensity of the research compiled to …

Nearly Half of Companies Say They Don’t Have the Digital Skills They Need

The companies that think their employees’ digital IQs are unimportant are probably few and far between. After all, in just one decade the concept of “digital” has changed from a niche skill set to something that’s mandatory for virtually all blue-chip companies. If you don’t feel that your …

Advancing Automation Means Humans Need to Embrace Lifelong Learning

At a time when AI is taking over the cognitive functions of many jobs, we need to "robot-proof" our labor force and our education system.<p>When people talk about automation, most of us probably imagine a robot arm on a factory assembly line. And, for much of the past few decades, that was a …

Intelligence

Enterprise App backstitch Hopes to Engage Workers by Making Office Emails Less Boring

When was the last time you received a bland, office-wide mass email from your company’s HR department in your inbox? If you even bothered to open it, I’d wager there’s a good chance you weren’t particularly enthused by the policy updates or company news detailed inside.<p>Jordan Warzecha, co-founder …

Employee Engagement

User Testing is a Waste of Money*

It was four days to launch, and all the features were locked. The dev team was in heavy QA mode, and the whole team was on edge. I myself was madly …

Usability

Microsoft Introduces Workplace Analytics for Office 365, More News

Microsoft released a tool this week designed to provide insights on how employees spend their time — all with an eye to increase workplace …

Java

The Next Big UX Revolution Is Quietly Taking Shape–At Work

UX is changing our jobs as we know them. Here are seven key takeaways from a new report on the state of enterprise software in 2017.<p>Think about all the frustrating products you’ve used at work. Expense reporting apps. Outdated CRM systems. Database management tools. In the world of B2B products, UX …

Determine

5 Keys To Authentic Leadership

What are some ways you can improve as an authentic leader?<p>To some people, the term “authentic leadership” causes them to roll their eyes. They dismiss the concept of authentic leadership as something typically espoused by a motivational do-gooder, or someone who isn’t connected to the reality of …

Leadership

Listen, Be More Mindful and Slow Down

Market Track's chief innovation officer, Kristopher Kubicki, knows that you need a lot of patience when it comes to older technology.<p>Market Track is a leading provider of market intelligence solutions based on comprehensive analysis of the advertising, promotional and ecommerce landscape. As a …

Chief Innovation Officers

2 Feedback Methods That Will Make You An Amazing Boss

What are the two dimensions to being a truly kickass boss?<p>Whether you’re in a new leadership position or you’ve been leading a team for years, giving feedback is always a difficult hurdle to overcome. Giving an employee criticism and praise is a delicate process, one that can be incredibly …

Leadership

10 Habits Of Super Likeable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likeable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable …

Emotional Intelligence

This Famous Quote Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Leadership

When you think about it, this quote makes perfect business sense.<p>Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term "servant leadership" in the modern corporate setting when he wrote these famous words in his legendary essay <i>The Servant as Leader,</i> published in 1970. He said:<p>The servant-leader <i>is</i> servant first. It …

Leadership

Stop Destroying Your 'Leaders' By Making Them 'Managers'

A few of you reading this may know what I mean by that, but most won’t.<p>Mostly, there is mass confusion over the meaning of the words ‘leader’ and ‘manager.’ That is because the best authors who write about it, the famous speakers who speak on it, and the best business schools that teach it are …

Leadership

Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s job is giving feedback. In a survey of 7,631 people, we asked whether they believed that giving negative feedback was stressful or difficult, and 44% agreed. When talking with managers about giving feedback we often hear comments such as, “I did not …

Poor Performers Underperform for These 10 Reasons--and It's Not What You Think

Poor performers can be draining, but you can course-correct if you set the correct course.<p>Anyone that has ever managed people (or that has worked in a team) knows how frustrating/exhausting it can be to have a poor performer in the midst. If that person(s) goes unaddressed, it's horrendous for …

Management

New ways to drive your business forward in today’s digital landscape

You don’t have to look far to find companies that are disrupting their industries by applying software and technology to transform customer …

Satya Nadella