Category Archives: Organizational Development

Profesional Certification: Do you need more letters after your name?

By Kathleen Iverson Once you complete your M.A. in Training & Development, it’s time to decide whether to pursue additional training or education. Most agree that it is important to continue learning after graduation to stay current with developments in research and technology. Many graduates seek professional certification to enhance their resumes. Profession certifications are universally recognized designations that communicate

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Birds or Fish? Internal and External Consultants

By Kathleen Iverson Sky and Water, by M.C. Escher, is a tessellated image of birds changing to fish when they sink below the water line.  Depending on whether you see the background or foreground as dominant, you see either fish or birds at the water line. To me, this image represents the relationship between internal and external learning consultants.  Like

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Student PROFILE: Changing Careers Is Simply Reapplying Your Skills

By Adam Kirby When I tell people I’m a grad student studying Training & Development, and that my former career was journalism, I often get a quizzical sideways look. “Wow, that’s quite a change!” they typically say. And on the surface, it is. But go a little deeper and you’ll realize that the core disciplines are actually rather similar. Both

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What is executive coaching? A four-part definition to a growing field

The field of coaching has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. One reason is the high cost of attrition. Research indicates that 35 to 40 percent of new managers fail within the first 18 months (Fisher, 2005). The cost of replacement is estimated at $150,000 for a manager and as much as $750,000 for an executive (McCune, 1999). WHAT

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Six Blind Men and an Elephant: Why we need learning communities

In a parable, six blind men were challenged to describe an elephant accurately.  To add to the challenge, each man was taken to the elephant alone and allowed to touch only one area of the animal.  When they were asked to describe the elephant they each have a completely different perspective: One blind man grabs the tusk and says, “An

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Team Building Ideas Found at 30,000 Feet

By Meade Peers McCoy “Keep your eyes open for new ideas and information about what is going on in the field of training and development”. This is a sentiment that I have heard many times and expressed myself on more than one occasion, but sometimes it still catches me by surprise where useful information can be found. Such as when I ran

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The Learning Organization Revisited

Peter Senge’s best seller, “The Fifth Discipline” introduced the premise of the learning organization.  His approach was nothing short of groundbreaking and gave a new focus to OD practice.  Although many saw the importance of creating a learning organization, they also found it challenging to implement.  Two professors at Harvard Business School are tacking this issue with renewed vigor. Watch

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Professional Portfolio: Begin with the End in Mind

Each student in the Graduate Program in Training and Development will leave us with a well-designed portfolio that documents the expertise  developed in our curriculum.   Many of our graduates have told us that their portfolio was essential to their landing a new job or promotion after graduation.  Here are just a few additional demonstrated benefits of portfolios: A portfolio will help

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Ten Ways to Build your Learning Organization through Self-Directed Learning

Guest Blogger: Juergen Juffa Self-directed learners are the critical mass of today’s successful learning organizations.  Compared to traditional training, self-directed learning has more focus, higher flexibility, lower cost and a greater rate of translating learning into performance.  Considering rapidly changing business environments, dwindling half-lives of knowledge and reduced training budgets, these attributes become even more relevant. Here are ten ways

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OD 2.0: Shifting from Disruptive to Innovative Technology

The emerging use of social networking and other web 2.0 technologies has completely re-invented the way we view and apply training for employees.  The internet is not just for kids anymore! According to the article written for OD Practitioner, by Roosevelt’s very own- Kathleen Iverson and George Vukotich, this blog is a great web 2.0 tool.  This blog and others

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