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Mar
31

Virtual Team Productivity

TrainingPros has been a virtual company for 23 years. We have 30+ people all working from their homes and being extremely productive. We think we have this system worked out pretty well after all that time. I thought our team might be qualified to offer some advice beyond what virtual tools to use. After all, it’s still about the people.

Trust: The first rule when managing a remote team is trust. When working virtually, it’s impossible to look over shoulders which means you have to trust your employees. A model I’ve found to be useful is using the Results-Oriented approach to work (Results Oriented Work Environment or ROWE). ROWE means that you give the team members a result they are expected to achieve in a specified period rather than specific hours to sit at their desk and work. I find this even more useful now that everyone’s kids are home and must be tended during work hours.

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Mar
26

Mindful Leadership for Leaders

Mindful leadership practices have never been more crucial as they are right now. Register to attend our webinar – “Mindful Leadership For Real World Leaders” with Brenda Vallieu, Executive Coach, Trainer and Learning Consultant. In this webinar, Brenda will discuss mindful leadership and why it matters in today’s world, the neuroscience behind mindfulness and optimum brain states, simple practices you can incorporate into your workday immediately and more. We hope you can join us. See details below:

  • Topic: Mindful Leadership For Real World Leaders
  • Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 pm ET (60 minute session)
  • Cost: Free, but space is limited. Please register early
  • Speaker: Brenda Vallieu, MA, ACC
  • Register: Mindful Leadership For Real World Leaders
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Mar
16

Essentials for Virtual Training

Whether you are designing for facilitating classroom or virtual training solutions, the final destination for trainees should be accelerated, sustained transfer of learning. When faced with the challenge of converting classroom to virtual, following these critical 6 steps will ensure you achieve the same learning outcomes as effective instructor-led training programs.

1. Reevaluate learning objectives - Tips To Write Measurable Learning Objectives For Online Training

  • It is always easier to assess whether participants are “getting it” in the classroom. For virtual training, you may have to make a few adjustments.
    Step 1: Review the original ILT objectives to determine if knowledge increase, comprehension, application or analysis was desired learning outcome.
    Step 2: Decide if the learning objectives can be achieved with the virtual platform selected
    Step 3: Consider revising learning activities to achieve same outcomes as classroom-based sessions
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Mar
05

Lankford New TrainingPros President

Effective January 1, 2020, Leigh Anne Lankford was appointed president of TrainingPros, a nationwide, Atlanta-based temporary staffing agency that provides large organizations with learning and development (L&D) contract specialists for training projects. This announcement comes after Steve Kapaun, former president and founder of TrainingPros, announced his retirement in December 2019.

“I am blessed to hand the reins of TrainingPros to Leigh Anne, who is fiercely committed to serving current and future clients,” said Kapaun. “Our business was built through strong, personal client relationships. With her entrepreneurial spirit, business skills and laser focus on client service, Leigh Anne will take TrainingPros to the next level.”

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Feb
27

Unifying Remote Teams

The concept of remote work has allowed companies to operate in ways they may have never even considered. Talent acquisition is no longer limited by geographical constraints, therefore allowing companies to hire more diverse workers who may be able to bring more to the table. Because remote work also helps restore work-life balance, employee attrition rates may also be reduced.

However, the task does not stop with the decision to shift to remote work, as companies still need to make concerted efforts to unite their remote teams. A previous TrainingPros Thought Leadership Article covered how ATD Research in Frontline Leaders: Developing Tomorrow’s Executives said that talent management necessitates that workers in an organization have proper awareness and understanding of their roles and duties. This is one challenge faced by today’s companies. In this regard, here are some suggestions on training modules to unite remote teams:

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