Training


Enhancing Brand Validity in Curriculum Development

This article was co-authored by Joseph Mazzola and Sy Islam, Ph.D. In a previous article, we discussed the value of planning training initiatives based on the key competencies your organization has identified as critical for success. Whether it’s an individual…


Errors in Training

Imagine you’re in charge of training medical students to conduct ultrasounds. The students will complete a three-hour simulation-based training program. Which set of directions would offer them? Read the options and then make your choice below. Follow the exact simulator…


Does Formal Learning Stimulate Informal Learning?

Too often, we think about formal and informal  learning as mutually exclusive. As this research demonstrates, though, employees may seek informal learning to supplement or build upon what they learn in formal learning.  Read Do Opportunities for Formal Learning Stimulate Follow‐Up…



Who Needs a Needs Analysis Anyway?

When I teach my students about training, I stress the importance of needs analysis–the method by which trainers address skill gaps at the individual, group, and organizational level. Most training professionals would love to do more needs analysis, but they…


Training Evaluation: Measuring What Matters

Here’s an old joke. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A cop notices a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight. The cop asks the man what he’s lost, and the man replies that he’s lost his keys….


Tiffany Poeppelman on Conducting Experiments at Work

We love to talk about bridging the gap between research and practice, but Tiffany Poeppelman is doing it. Tiffany, a Senior Sales Performance Consultant and Speaker at LinkedIn, shares her experiences conducting an experiment in the workplace. Along the way,…


Be the Boss with William Gentry

In this episode, William Gentry, Ph.D. talks about his book, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders. Bill is the Director of Leadership Insights and Analytics and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for…