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Corporate Training Soars – Here’s What It Means

In February, Josh Bersin of Forbes Magazine wrote an interesting article on training and development titled, Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now a Priority.  In the piece he took a look at the recent 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook study and did a pretty good job analyzing and summarizing the key parts.  We thought […]

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Really Simple, Yet Practical Things We Can Do In Training To Make Sure That Learning, Engagement And Growth Is Occurring

The numbers seem the same.  The 2013 State of the Industry (Training) numbers seem similar to what we’ve seen in the past – billions of dollars spent on training employees.  Instructor-led classroom remains at the top of the delivery list at 54%, but continues to spiral downward as companies look for the cheap and easy […]

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Managing Organizational Change: Lou Deepe Talks About His Experience with New Directions

GUESTBLOGGER: Lou Deepe is the Director of Strategic Development at Wildwood Programs, a non-profit agency who’s mission it is to empower and enable children and adults with neurologically based learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives.   Whenever you commit to participating in a workshop or attending a […]

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10 Leadership Tools Every Leader Should Know How to Use in the Workplace

It’s amazing/startling to see, when we go into an organization and begin to work with their leaders, managers or teams, the lack of knowledge people have around basic leadership tools that they could be using to produce better results.  Tools that if applied correctly and for the right challenge, can quickly turn a long, results-lacking […]

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Local Workforce Training Series In Albany Kicks Off To Address National Statistic

Developing the area’s workforce, WTS unveils 2013 training and development workshops (Albany, NY) –– Last month Gallup polling released that 7 out of 10 employees hate their job.  The CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, indicated that 70% of American workers are disengaged at work as a direct result of poor management and leadership.  The Workforce […]

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New Directions’ The Best of 2012 in Leadership and Employee Development

  COMMUNICATION SKILLS Building Communication Skills Within Our Leaders [Guidebook]   Cross Cultural Understanding [Article]    PowerPoint Isn’t Dead But Your Presentation May Be [Article] Today’s Needed Leadership Skill – Lowered Defensiveness [Blog]   The Do’s and Don’ts of Body Language in Public Speaking [Blog] 12 Communication Blunders That Can Trip up Managers [Blog] MEETING AND FACILITATION SKILLS Still […]

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TRAINING: State of the Training and Development Industry

Each year we look forward to the release of the ASTD State of the [Training] Industry report which cites trends and statistics on employee development.  Many of our clients use this data to help benchmark their own efforts, and to forecast trends for the future. The 2011 report, based on a diverse sampling of 461 […]

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TRAINING: Why Employee Training and Skill Development Is The Number One Way To Retain Employees

According to the American Management Association, the cost of hiring and training a new employee can vary from 25 to 200% of annual compensation.  The turnover cost for an employee can be 15%, which means it costs $2,500 to lose an $8/hour employee – the more the employee earns the more it costs to replace […]

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COACHING: The 3 Types of People You Need In Your Dynamic Support Team

Michael Bungay Stanier in his book, Do More Great Work is clear when he says, “Doing Great Work by yourself means it’s not Great Work.” He goes on to say, “To get the job done, we all need support from those around us – family, friends, and colleagues. “  For many of us that can […]

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The Case for Great Soft Skills Training

In a recent Robert Half International Survey which was taken by more than 2,300 professionals worldwide, 73% of participants thought training was the number one way to increase workplace retention. Soft Is Actually Hard In the same respect we’ve recently come across these numbers as they relate to soft skills in the workplace. We tend […]

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The Case for In-House Training Teams Article

In this article we discuss how organizations can cut cost while offering employee development by implementing In-House Training Teams within their organizations.

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SOCIAL LEARNING: Why Some Social Learning Initiatives Don't Work & How Blogging Might Save It

Over the past year the topic of social learning and creating an organizational environment which fosters sharing, collaboration and informal learning has really taken off. We’ve studied it, written papers on it, presented on it and have even asked some of our clients to pilot certain concepts of it. Social learning is the concept that […]

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EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT: Competency, Commitment and Handling Problem Behavior in Employees

Intro It had been a long couple of years leading up to the day when my boss approached me and said, “What’s changed Mike?”  Not knowing what she was talking about, I shot off an inquisitive look. “Your commitment level,” she said, “it’s apparent that something in you has sparked a renewed commitment to your […]

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EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT: Techniques For Creating Professional Value

What is your professional value equation? Are you on the addition side or do your behaviors subtract from your workplace worth? Some years ago I received a distress phone call from a former participant in one of my trainings. Even though she had been chosen to participate in this training based on her potential to […]

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STRATEGY: Why HR Should Have a Seat at the Corporate Table

Awhile back I was talking with an HR colleague who had been through the worst three years of his long career, having closed several plants and laid off over 1,500 people.  He talked about how utterly demoralizing it was to spend his time dismantling business rather than growing it.  He hated being the bearer of […]

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LEADERSHIP: Situational Leadership – The 4D’s of Your Employees

  Some supervisors apply a “one size fits all” approach to supervision. The Situational Leadership II model suggests that a supervisor should vary his or her style of leadership based on the employee’s developmental level. Ken Blanchard, creator of the Situational Leadershi p II model, believes that all employees pass through a job cycle of […]

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Training and Services Catalog

Our Training & Services Catalog features over 50 customizable trainings, workshops, webinars and round-tables to meet the individual needs of any organization large or small. This has been yet another challenging year for all of us who own an organization, work in business or non-profits and supervise staff.  Specific to New Directions, we’ve had to […]

STRATEGY: 11 Bold Strategies for Employee Development in 2011

Let’s face it; the economic slowdown has had an effect on the US workforce that we have yet to fully comprehend.  The decision to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks is a tangible reminder of how desperate the employment situation is for so many people.  Those with newly minted college degrees are facing over 14% […]

MILLENNIALS: How To Engage, Motivate, and Retain the New Workforce

A new paper from New Directions discusses how managers, supervisors, and employers can flex to the needs of the Millennial worker without giving the ‘keys to the store’ away.   In this article you will learn: How to flex your leadership style to meet the needs of Millennials What are the 3 areas of the employee […]

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4 Immediate EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION: Ways to Add Personal Success and Power to Your Staff by Year's End

This is often the time of year when staff are scrambling to finish projects by year-end or preparing to formulate goals, both professionally and personally for the coming year. How can we help our staff to choose a path of success and personal power rather than failure and lowered self esteem? 1. Help them to […]

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