Posts from September 2016

WORLDWIDE SKILLS TRAINING

September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016 Two months ago United Nations officials urged world leaders to increase their efforts in providing skills training to their young people: “The world today is home to the largest generation of youth in its history, with 90 per cent of young people living in developing countries and with estimates suggesting that labour markets will need to add 600 million new jobs by 2026 to accommodate changing global demographics.  In...

A SUCCESS STORY

September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 Over the weekend I was reminded of an event that occurred more than two decades ago in a large Georgia public high school. I was visiting that school as part of a business trip and during the visit was informed that seventeen of the school’s high school seniors had not passed the Georgia state math exams and would be denied graduation. My mind quickly raced to the fate these...

YOU’RE IN CHARGE!

September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 In spite of what a vendor’s salespeople have been trained to believe, you are the one that should always drive the “selling/buying” process! Training vendors that ignore your dominant position should be shown the door.  Their sales representatives, who exclusively pitch “only what they’ve got,” are not potential partners for you and your organization. You make the buying decision!  You are the “party in power” during any sales discussion!...

VISUAL LEARNING LEADS TODAY

September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016 Real education and training must be more than the organized teacher-led group environment we know today.  It must be a process that fully accommodates the uniqueness of individuals. And it will only achieve that goal when “intimidation,” a natural by-product of group instruction, has been erased. Visual media-based instruction (video and graphic animations) is uniquely positioned to serve as that ultimate eraser. When combined with optional word-for-word audio the...

MAKING E-LEARNING BETTER

September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016 As more and more organizations continue to adopt e-Learning for much of their training, a major new development effort needs to keep pace by marrying the best of instructional design with the power of online learning. Appropriate content, communicative design, integral multi-sensory media components, and recognition of varying facility IT environments will, eventually, become the winning combination for e-Learning. This new courseware must be designed for “Learning Excellence.”  Consideration...

FLAWS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 American colleges and universities are no longer fully dedicated to the liberation of the human mind.  They are no longer as interested in challenging the young minds they encounter. Rather, American higher education has turned inwards, on itself, in an attempt to quantify — trivialize — and, formulaize — the human intellect and the human spirit. Informed passionate advocacy has historically characterized the exceptionally educated citizen.  Unfortunately, today’s typical...

THE BEST REASON TO TRAIN

September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016 Last week’s news item in The Wall Street Journal tells a tale I’ve seen before: “Amid growing anxiety about the disappearance of factory jobs, thousands of them are going unfilled across the U.S.  The number of open manufacturing jobs has been rising since 2009, and this year stands at the highest level in 15 years, according to Labor Department data.  Factory work has evolved over the past 15 years...