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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 […]

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

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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New Directions To Offer Five Professional Development Workshops in Albany This Fall

New Directions will be hosting five professional development workshops open to the public this fall season.  The workshops, held at the Quality Inn on Troy Schenectady Road in Latham, will focus on key development skills needed in the workplace for managers, supervisors and leaders. Starting on Thursday, November 7th, workshop one will be How to […]

Thumbnail : Leadership author and workplace specialist to be on panel discussion for technology and learning

Leadership author and workplace specialist to be on panel discussion for technology and learning

Matthew Harrington, co-author of the recent leadership book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive and thought leader on the millennial generation will be part of a learning panel for the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development event titled: The Technology Edge – The Experts Share! Harrington is […]

Thumbnail : The Future of Learning and Development in the Workplace (Revisited)

The Future of Learning and Development in the Workplace (Revisited)

“The dropout rate of massive online courses is higher than 97%,” recently reported Seth Godin, technology guru and author, on his blog. As a panelist on next week’s The Technology Edge – The Experts Share for the American Society for Training and Development, I feel obligated to share new and shiny technology that we all […]

Thumbnail : Local Manfred Real Estate School Offers Fall Sales Seminars

Local Manfred Real Estate School Offers Fall Sales Seminars

The Manfred Real Estate Learning Center Offers New Fall Classes  The Manfred Real Estate Learning Center will offer a series of five classes on relationship selling for local real estate professionals.  Classes are open to the public and will be held at the Learning Center located on Albany Shaker Road. The Manfred Relationship Selling Seminar […]

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The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development Endorses Workforce Training Series of Albany

Local Chapter and Local Workforce Training Series Team Up To Address Immediate Workforce Training Need  The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and its affiliated local chapter, Hudson-Mohawk, has endorsed and will sponsor the recently launched Workforce Training Series of Albany workshops.  Designed to be practical and affordable training workshops in the Capital Region, […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

Local workforce training and leadership development firm New Directions celebrates its 29th year of business on July 18th 2013.  The firm, started in 1984 by Deborah Mackin out of her spare bedroom with a $500 loan from her mother, now is a global firm that works with vast array of local and global organizations looking […]

Thumbnail : 4 Key Leadership Lessons to learn from the Asiana Plane Crash

4 Key Leadership Lessons to learn from the Asiana Plane Crash

For any of us who fly on a regular basis or have friends and family who do, the pictures of the ill-fated Asiana Airline Boeing 777 crash landing at San Francisco airport were terrifying. But even worse have been the news stories emerging about the co-pilot-in-training, who reportedly had only 43 hours of experience in […]

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

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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Veteran Business Coach and Trainer Joins New Directions

Founder of the Virtual Internship Program Joins Global Workforce Development Firm (Albany, NEW YORK) — Robert Braathe is the newest addition to the New Directions team, as both a business partner and trainer.  New Directions is a global workforce development firm located in southern Vermont since 1984 and works with various organizations on staff training, […]

Thumbnail : Bennington Workforce Training Series Attendee Testimonial

Bennington Workforce Training Series Attendee Testimonial

Nikki, one of the attendees of Bennington’s Workforce Training Series (WTS), talks about the session she attended, Dynamic Supervision, and how she liked the engagement and tools she gained in just one day.

Thumbnail : TALENT MANAGEMENT: Forming an Incubator and Accelerator Program to Foster the Next Generation of Leaders within Your Organization

TALENT MANAGEMENT: Forming an Incubator and Accelerator Program to Foster the Next Generation of Leaders within Your Organization

Next week I present Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Talent Management Conference in Las Vegas.   I believe this presentation peaked SHRM’s interest because of the humongous challenge that organizations face in the next 5 to 10 years as Baby Boomers fade out, Gen X steps into the role of […]

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Bennington’s Workforce Training Series Gears Up For Second Workshop

WTS Focuses Second Workshop on Employee Fundamentals  The Workforce Training Series will be holding the second of four scheduled workshops on May 10th at the Mount Anthony Country Club.  The second workshop titled, Employee Fundamentals: The Skills for Exceptional Employees, will be presented by Lisa Dunbar of New Directions and will focus on helping employees […]

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Bennington rolls out work force training I Rutland Herald

Thumbnail : Workforce Training Series to Kick Off in Bennington, VT

Workforce Training Series to Kick Off in Bennington, VT

A collaborative effort to ensure area workforce training and development. New Directions, a training and development firm in southern Vermont has partnered with area businesses, the Bennington Economic Development Task Force, the Workforce Investment Board and the Town of Bennington to offer convenient and affordable employee training to the Bennington area in a new program known as […]

Thumbnail : TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU

TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU

Download our article building a time management philosophy that doesn’t focus so much on the newest, coolest app but how to discipline yourself to build an effective time management strategy, philosophy and goal.

Thumbnail : Time Management In A Complex And Demanding World Workshop

Time Management In A Complex And Demanding World Workshop

The average worker gets interrupted every 8 minutes and a person with a cluttered desk spends on average 1.5 hours per day looking for things. In our time-pressed work, learning how to manage multiple priorities is critical to success. The learner will be able to: Understand the four components of “time” Employ tricks for expediting […]

Thumbnail : TIME MANAGEMENT: Time Management and Getting More of What You’ve Got

TIME MANAGEMENT: Time Management and Getting More of What You’ve Got

Sometimes it flies, sometimes it crawls, but it always passes inexorably. We mark it, save it, waste it, bide it, race against it. We measure it incessantly, with a passion for precision that borders on the obsessive. Time is so vitally enmeshed with the fabric of our existence and yet we’re not always good at […]

Thumbnail : TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU!

TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU!

Are you ready for the new iphone 5? Have you seen all the new apps? Did you catch the recent Fast Company story about the “5 apps to Help You Swing Back into the Productivity Mode?” It seems like there are more and more resources to help us manage our time better – books, articles, […]

Thumbnail : The Millennial To Manager Challenge Workshop

The Millennial To Manager Challenge Workshop

Over 60% of employers say that they are experiencing tension among employees from different generations.

Thumbnail : The Manager To Millennial Challenge Workshop

The Manager To Millennial Challenge Workshop

Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce in the next 10 years and yet they’ve been called “one of the hardest generations to work with.

Thumbnail : Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap Workshop

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap Workshop

The gap in organization’s talent is coming if it isn’t already here. Baby Boomers are retiring at the staggering rate of 6,000 a day and with them, a great wealth of knowledge and talent.

SOCIAL LEARNING: Social Training and Social Workforce Learning

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to the concept of social learning.  Although the concept has been around for over 60 years, workplace education is seeing a rebirth of this theory in recent years due to the explosion of social technologies. Next week Michael and I will be presenting the concept of social learning […]

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Process Efficiency Workshop – BB:C & Goal Setting

Michael Harrington and Deborah Mackin of New Directions Consulting talk about some of the common principles in their Process Efficiency workshop, the Belief: Behavior Connection and Goal Setting.  

Thumbnail : NEW SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER: Supervisory Roundtables: An Inside Look

NEW SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER: Supervisory Roundtables: An Inside Look

Ten years ago we began to hear a common theme among our clients when talking with them about supervisory training.  It sounded something like this:  while our supervisors need to be trained, we find it difficult to find the time for them to be off the floor receiving the training.  I’d like to suggest that […]

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Training the Next Generation (ASTD)

Michael Harrington, Director of New Training and Strategic Initiatives and Matthew Harrington, Marketing Manager, both of New Directions Consulting give commentary on the day’s events at the 15th Annual Hudson-Mohawk ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) Conference in March of 2010.

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New Directions' Presentation Skills Training

Michael Harrington, Director of New Training and Strategic Initiatives at New Directions, trains on Presentation Skills. New Directions, with over 25 years of service, provides more than 50 employee development and high-performance leadership programs to large and small organizations alike.

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In-House Training Teams

Deborah Mackin presenting on In-House Training Teams at the 14th annual ASTD conference.

Thumbnail : At the ASTD Conference 2009

At the ASTD Conference 2009

  The New Directions Team is at the 14th Annual ASTD Conference – Deborah Mackin and Michael Harrington Report

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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 […]

Thumbnail : NDCBlogger 2010 Greatest Hits

NDCBlogger 2010 Greatest Hits

A special feature this week to commemorate the top 10 greatest blog hits of this year.  It has been our goal in creating this blog series to be a venue for professionals to gain insight and clarity around what it truly means to be a manager and leader in today’s world.  Hopefully we have accomplished this by […]

Thumbnail : TRAINING: LIVE from the ASTD Conference 2010

TRAINING: LIVE from the ASTD Conference 2010

  Yesterday Michael Harrington, our Director of New Training and Strategic Initiatives and Matthew Harrington, our Marketing Manager were at the Hudson-Mohawk American Society for Training and Development’s 15th Annual Workplace Learning and Performance Conference.   Michael presented in session 1 on Training the Next Generation: Excite and Engage the Millennial, while Matthew took a look at […]

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TRAINING: Your One Stop Shop

I am routinely struck by how hungry people are for answers to the daily situations they find themselves in.  Whether it’s the need to just have someone listen to their ideas or they’re actually seeking advice for how to tackle a “sticky situation”, I have witnessed my organization continually exceed the expectations of the people […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: In The Trenches – Quite a Year for HR Departments

LEADERSHIP: In The Trenches – Quite a Year for HR Departments

I have a good friend who came on board as the HR manager for a manufacturing plant in the past year or so and within the first month he was required to lay off about 75 people. In the beginning, it was probably a bit easier for him because he didn’t know the people well, […]

Thumbnail : TRAINING: The Blueprint for 'Ah Ha' Training

TRAINING: The Blueprint for 'Ah Ha' Training

  We’ve been in the business of training adults for over twenty-five years and one thing we know, adults learn differently than children. As more and more organizations recognize the necessity of training their workforces on a continual basis, the challenge of how to train adults needs to be addressed. The science of adult learning, first […]

Thumbnail : MILLENNIAL: The Fuel That Drives the Engine

MILLENNIAL: The Fuel That Drives the Engine

Privileged, altruistic, opportunistic, argumentative – Just some of the words used by a room full of trainers to describe this newest workforce generation; and as a millennial, I more than likely possess some of those traits. However, as someone who was born on the cusp between Gen X and Gen Y, I feel as though […]

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Why Change Initiatives Fail

I happened to be preparing for a change management training for the Naval Reactors Headquarters in D.C. when I came across some material from Peter Senge’s work on change that is definitely worth sharing and remembering. In his book, Dance of Change, he identifies a number of challenges that cause change initiatives to fail. I’ve […]

PRESENTATION SKILLS: Murphy's Law at Work

Recently, I had the opportunity to train a group of engineers on presentation skills, getting them ready to deliver presentations to approximately thirty Navy sailors. Obviously, when you train on presentation skills, you particularly want everything to go right — from the equipment to the PowerPoint slides. In addition, we had offered to video tape […]

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