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Assessing New Team Members: Should we use the MBTI and DISC to predict future performance?

Guest post by Jessica Cella (MATD 2015): Learning and Organizational Development Manager at Leo Burnett Group We’ve all been there. A position opens up on your team and you have the green light to expand and hire a new teammate.  How do you select the right person? In the digital age, applications for a single open position are often number in

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Show Me Your Digital Badge: A new tool for higher education?

There’s a new badge in town and it’s digital, portable, and displayed in a multitude of locations including your resume, social network sites, and perhaps someday, even your diploma. A grown-up version of merit badges earned by scouts and video game fans, digital badges both motivate and measure learning. Linked to course objectives or competencies, they can document learning and drive

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Training at the Movies Part 1: What can Patrick Swayze teach us about manners?

BY ERIC HAHN Roosevelt Training and Development Graduate assistant As cases of alleged police brutality garner media attention and ignite protests around the country, it is no surprise that some municipalities have been reassessing how they train law enforcement workers. However, a surprise did come via Larry Celona and Bruce Golding’s February 24 New York Post article about the NYPD

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Coaching vs. Therapy: When does coaching cross the line?

Coaching is a relatively new field and is undergoing an identity crisis as it seeks to define itself within the broad field of workplace learning, consulting, human resource management, career development and in many cases, psychotherapy. One essential question that is often asked by those seeking coaching services or initiating a coaching practice is how does coaching differ from therapy?

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Coaching Theory: Don’t put the cart before the horse

Coaching is all about doing –having conversations, using tools, assessments, making plans, following up and evaluating performance.  It’s not about theory and models and research, right?  Unfortunately, this belief is all too common in coaching and has led many experts to question the validity of the coaching field.   When we put the cart before the horse, with the cart being

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“Don’t Clap, Throw Money”: Misadventures in Employee Engagement

Is your glass half empty or half full? Having been asked this seemingly innocuous — but heavily coded — question several times over the years at employee workshops, I’ve developed a standard response: “You have a glass?” This generally stops the conversation. At one organization in which upper management realized that low-employee morale was rampant (after three years without staff

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Beyond Corporate America: Non-traditional career paths for training and development graduates

Kathleen Iverson, Roosevelt University Training and Development Department Chair If you visit the RU Training job board, you’ll find many opportunities for instructional designers and e-learning specialists. In fact, instructional design was listed as No. 38 in 2012 in Money Magazine’s list of best jobs. Many MATD grads work for major organizations in Chicago and nationally including Allstate, Hewitt &

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Adjust your expectations and rethink the rubric

Rubrics show great promise as both a way to communicate expectations and to assess performance. In just a few short years, rubrics have become an essential resource in the race to make higher education more accountable. Can it be long before this unpretentious tool, once confined to k-12 classrooms, finds its way to the workplace? How can we best employ

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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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