With approximately 6,000 in-house and dealer-affiliated service technicians to train, Minolta’s Business Products Group (BPG) has had to innovate in order to keep up with frequent new-product rollouts. Minolta is a leading manufacturer of image informatio
Sometimes we have to back up in order to move forward, or acknowledge that the future may be in the past. The recent straddling of the classroom and e-learning by Bob Mosher was a wise case in point (Chief Learning Officer, “Selling Up, Selling Down,” Jan
For many years, senior training and development managers have had to work hard to prove that they can play a truly strategic role within their organizations, often in vain. That is, until recently. Due to a confluence of events, things are beginning to ch
Certification programs exist in many disciplines, from car mechanics to airline pilots, from accountants to nurses. But in few industries is certification so heavily relied upon as it is for Information Technology (IT) professionals. For these technologic
Since its beginnings in 1920 when Arthur Pitney and Walter Bowes invented the postage meter, Pitney Bowes has evolved into a $4.1 billion global provider of integrated mail and document management solutions. It’s hard to believe that a company whose produ
Your business might be at risk due to training that may not deliver all of the skills that your employees need and assessments that may not always test whether they have acquired these skills. Simulations can play an important role in reducing this risk.
When chief learning officers are making decisions around learning management systems, it is important to take the company’s existing technology into account.
If you’re getting increasingly curious about how to increase employee productivity these days, when most people are asking only about how to cut costs, that’s a good sign. Research has shown that a simple 1 percent increase in productivity typically produ
In this global and hyper-competitive knowledge economy, the real value of a chief learning officer is not his or her expertise in learning or leadership development or even technology—it is rather the ability to link such things to an overall enterprise-w
Purchasing a learning management system (LMS) or a hosted LMS contract is like entering into a long-term relationship. However, the initial negotiations often tend to be oriented toward annual contracts. It actually takes about three years to inculcate th
By now, it is a clich&eacute; to say that the rise of the Internet, e-mail and World Wide Web a decade ago revolutionized virtually every field of human endeavor. During the first half of that decade, early adopters experienced problems that today
Determining the return on investment (ROI) for training programs can be one of the most difficult, yet necessary, responsibilities of the chief learning officer. Senior management wants to know that its investment in training is contributing to the succes
You don’t need me to tell you that collaboration is key to your way of doing business. That’s a lesson that most of us learned early in our careers, and I’d wager learning executives like yourselves were early adopters. Executives and managers all interac
Be at the planning table. Demonstrate business impact. Increase shareholder value. Impact the balanced scorecard. These are the words I continue to hear from the leaders of learning and development. Wall Street expects companies to grow their profitabilit
Imagine being at the helm of a good-sized sailing yacht. The calm has given way to strong wind gusts, fog and stormy seas. You must rely on the skills of the crew, limited resources, navigation equipment and common sense to safely guide you and your crew