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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00

HOW TO MODERNIZE MENTORING AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

Businesses today operate in an era marked by increased complexity and competition.  With organizational hierarchies flattening, every worker in your organization is becoming more autonomous and increasingly responsible for making daily decisions that can alter the course of the corporation--for worse or for better. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that everyone throughout your organization has the timely knowledge they need...

Published in Mentoring

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in the student section of a basketball game while an undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. We were locked in a tight battle with Syracuse and the Joyce Center was rocking. We fouled a Syracuse player late in the game, and as he stepped to the line to shoot two critical free throws, the decibel level in the building was deafening. The effect, however, was like loud white noise; the sound was loud but not distinct. The player calmly sank the two free throws and I turned to one of my roommates and exclaimed, “You know, constant...

Published in Mentoring

For knowledge workers today, it is not enough to have access to the wealth of information available in one’s organization (it is not that this is unimportant, it is just not enough). Employees must also be able to understand the context of their job and/or the issue at hand so that they can appropriately apply knowledge to the situation. It used to be that many knowledge workers could simply follow an established methodology (e.g., input data from field X on the form into field Y in the application)...

Published in Talent Development

Okay, take a deep breath, because I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to reflect on it and answer it honestly.  Are you ready?  Okay, here goes.  Do you openly, willingly and humbly share your knowledge with others? I know most people will instinctively and quickly say yes, but I encourage you to dig deeper.  Do you really share your insights with humility, with the idea...

Published in Mentoring

I recently read an article on the conclusions drawn by The Talent Management Panel at the HR Technology Conference and thought their deductions were extremely relevant to learning and development practices in the workplace today. Walmart, Motorola Solutions, and Merck were among the participants who discussed diverse approaches to deploying talent management processes and technologies to help reach overall organizational goals. One particular theme emerged from the panel that I think is worth exploring – the importance of meaningful data and reports on L&D efforts and practices...

Published in Talent Development

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