The second quarter brings TrainingPros full force into a new focus – going mobile. And to shed light on this important trend in learning & development, we have assembled a great set of articles in this month’s newsletter for you.
The perspective of several thought leaders in our Training Delivery Methods article opens the door for plenty of mobile learning while selecting the best blends for an organization’s unique needs. One of our relationship managers offers critical questions to answer when evaluating training talent options. And another key contributor serves up research that ties fitness workouts to superior leadership abilities. This type of “going mobile” can really lead to sharper mental skills and higher energy levels.
Be sure and check out the L&D nation’s upcoming events in late spring in addition to listening in on a few radio interviews on mobile learning – brought to you by TrainingPros’ partnership with Business RadioX. Enjoy this issue, and we always look forward to hearing from you.
Selecting the Best
Training delivery methods today travel a full spectrum. On one end, you will see a classroom setting, complete with lecterns, overheads, and handouts. And moving along that spectrum, you will encounter applications on handheld devices with pre- and post-class assessments downloaded from and uploaded to a Cloud-based learning management system (LMS). And while one seems old and tired and the other seems innovative, both have a valid role to play in today’s wide and varied world of L&D.
How do learning leaders determine the best approach – or series of approaches – for their internal customers? We posed those questions for L&D experts at Training 2015 as part of our Learning Insights radio series produced in conjunction with Business RadioX. What we learned may surprise and even inspire you and the work you do.
So many times, I have meetings with clients who continue to hire the same way that they have for years – full time direct hiring regardless of the requirements of the position or the work preference of the candidate pool. It’s what they have always done, and deep down they feel that every person looking for work wants the same thing – the benefits and security that come from “permanent” employment.
Not true! Especially for fields such as learning & development and other professional services. More and more, these highly skilled and experienced professionals are seeking contract assignments that provide them the variety of challenging work in a flexible way. When making a determination on whether you need a permanent resource for your training needs or if hiring a consultant is the best option, consider the following:
Check out these great L&D events in late April through early June:
What does leadership development have to do with cardiovascular exercise? The answer is simple - a lot. Here is why. In today’s ever changing, ever challenging, and ever competitive business markets, the demand for leadership development becomes more and more evident. A day doesn’t go by that someone, somewhere has not written about the requirement for strong leadership. Although, when we hear the need for strong leaders, our minds immediately go to how effective and successful some leaders are versus others. Or we think about what knowledge, skills, and abilities make up a strong leader. It seems many have an opinion on this topic including the characteristics of a strong leader. This article takes a closer look at the behaviors that make strong leaders; it looks at the psychological as well as the physiological characteristics that build strong leadership.
A thought provoking study was done on the “Beneficial effects of physical exercise on neuroplasticity and cognition” by scientists Kirsten Hötting and Brigitte Röder (2013)1. I found this study interesting because it points to the direct correlation between the positive effects of physical activity on executive functions and memory in humans. This intrigued me because learning and acquiring new skills come from our brain’s ability to adapt and change (“neuroplasticity”). According to Hötting and Röder, “Convergent evidence from both human and animal studies suggests that physical activity facilitates neuroplasticity of certain brain structures and as a result improved cognitive functions.” The findings suggest that physical exercise may enhance and help maintain an individual’s cognitive capacity to respond effectively to new demands. We all know leaders face new demands daily as they strive to build innovative, competitive, and sustainable business models. Hötting and Röder concluded, “New data suggests that to maintain the neuro-cognitive benefits induced by physical exercise, an increase in the cardiovascular fitness level must be maintained.”
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