Category Archives: Evergreen

The Checklist: A simple requirement for success

Before they take off, even the most seasoned pilots are required to use a pre-flight checklist. In his book Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande applied this process to surgery and found that 80% of the doctors found the practice beneficial and in many cases, there was a rection in error. The book’s main point is simple: no matter how expert you

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Evidence-based Coaching Tools

If you conduct a google search, you will find that there is no shortage of coaching tools, but there is a lack of clarity on how and when to use specific tools and little research to shed light on this process. A growing body of coaching research considers the specific tools or interventions that coaches use as they work with

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The New 2020 ATD Capability Model: What’s changed? What’s still the same?

When ASTD (now ATD) rolled out its first competency model back in 2004, it gave the profession of training a unified, research-based guide to the skills and knowledge required in our field. The nine Areas of Expertise in the Model guided our MATD curriculum and ensured that we were teaching our students the “right stuff” needed for success in their

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Training in the age of Google

By: Kathleen Iverson, Ph.D. The internet has created a generation of autodidactic learners–those who would rather “Google it” than rely on formal learning. Their favorite teachers are YouTube, Buzzfeed, Facebook, Quora, and Reddit; sites that pop up when you enter the search term, “How do I . . .” followed by almost anything from “find a job,” “deal with a

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New Updated Curriculum Mapped to the ATD Competency Model

I am pleased to announce updates to our curriculum were approved and will go into effect starting with the Fall 2019 semester. The updates resulted from the remapping of our curriculum to the current ATD competency model to ensure that our students develop essential skills required for success in the industry. Rationale for Curriculum Revision The purpose of this revision

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Building Your LinkedIn Profile Part 2: Become a Power User

Building Your LinkedIn Profile Part 2: Become a Power User By: Dr. Kathleen Iverson Now owned by Microsoft, LinkedIn has over 500 million users and 10 million active job posts (Darrow 2017), making it the largest professional social network in the world. A basic profile is more than adequate for most purposes (See Building Your LinkedIn Profile Part 1) .

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Are you ready to freelance? Part I in the Training Entrepreneurs Series

We are fortunate in the field of training and development to have the option of working either within an organization or for ourselves as either internal or external consultants. Many enter the field with the notion of one day transitioning to an independent practice, while others prefer the security of working for someone else. How do you know if you

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Bridging the E-Learning Skill Gap

A new research report by ATD titled: Next Generation E-Learning: Skills and Strategies, reveals a significant gap in the expansion of E-Learning and the cause of the gap is surprising. Although a whopping 9 out of 10 of the 526 organizations surveyed said they offer some E-Learning to their workers, with organizations categorized as “high-performance” delivering the largest portion of

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