Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s Most Effective?
If you use pictures in your training materials (which I hope you do!), here’s an excellent article describing some research into the learning value of cartoonish, simple pics vs. complex, realistic ones. There’s also a link to further research on the topic. Read more.
It’s Good to Be Wrong
This isn’t a training article per se, but it addresses an issue I’ve often found in training. Many people are so focused on the right and the wrong they miss the larger concepts. It comes naturally from our basic education, but if you can help your learners lose their fear of wrong, you can do them a great favor. This article explains why. Read more.
Developing a Leadership Mindset Across the Organization
Most of us would be happy to have our whole teams practicing strong leadership, but how can you instill these ideals without formal leadership training? This article offers several strategies, such as using language which reflects leadership value and coaching employees to encourage accountability. These are small operational changes that can improve everyone’s mindset little by little each day. Read more.
Chunking – the Efficient Way to Store Information in Your Brain and Succeed
Chunking is a great way to present information in your training presentations. It helps people process and retain key details. It’s good for your autonomous learning efforts or even remembering your grocery list as well. Read more.
Target Business Goals with Measurable Learning Objectives
For any trainer or instructional designer, this is a great step-by-step discussion of how to set your learning goals so they address business objectives and to use that process to ensure that training is the right answer to the problem. Don’t leave this article out of your next planning session. Read more.
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