In the News – National skills agreement signed

By: The Sydney Morning Herald – 13/04/2012

All states and territories have signed on to the federal government’s skills  package in a deal which is worth $1.75 billion to them in incentive  payments. As well the commonwealth is putting up $7.2 billion over five years to pay  for a training entitlement.

It will lead to 375,000 extra people getting skilled qualifications over the  next five years, with all working-age Australians guaranteed a government-funded  training place. Continue reading

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Event Alert – HR Summit(s) 2012 dates & details

I went to a couple of the HR Summits last year and have to say that, on the whole, they were well worth attending. This year’s events look good too, not in the least because it’s the their 10th anniversary so they’re putting some extra effort into it.

Unfortunately the Sydney event has already been held (at Luna Park, which must have been a great venue), but Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth are yet to happen.

Of course, being an all-round HR event, it’s not all relevent to those of us in the L&D/OD world, however, it’s got plenty that is and so is well worth checking out…I just need to hit the boss up for the money for the ticket now!!! Continue reading

From Me – Creating opportunities for leaders to emerge

I caught the end of a great interview on ABC radio the other day in which the guest (so sorry, I did write down the name then promptly lost the piece of paper it was written on) was discussing some of the issues facing Australian organisations from a leadership point of view.

I’m really annoyed I didn’t tune in earlier as I’d love to have been able to post more information for you (I’m going to try and find the full interview on ABC’s website and will post addition info if I do), however, there were a couple of really interesting points made, which (as always) seem very obvious in retrospect but are often missed by so many companies (and especially by execs who don’t fully understand the relationship between a good L&D strategy/program and a healthy company/profits). Continue reading

Video – How Social Media is being used by L&D

We’re all hearing more and more about ‘social media’ and the impact it’s having on many areas of business, L&D programs being no exception. Unless you’re a member of Gen Y, then you’re probably like me in that you’ve asked yourself ‘how on earth does social networking do anything other than help you find your old school mates and connect with people in your business community?’.

Given that an ever increasing percentage of the workforce is Gen Y, it’s clear that keeping abreast of the latest ways of delivering learning solutions is paramount. To that end, here’s a video I found on CLO Mag featuring Jeff Cobb, of Verizon Wireless, and Joe Campbell, of Nike, explaining how their organisations are using social media for leadership development (This is my first go at embedding a video so hopefully it’ll work!!!)…

Blending Informal learning and Social Media into Leadership Development from Human Capital Media on Vimeo.

In the News – Do They Practice What You Teach?

By: John Sweeney – Chief Learning Officer Magazine – 9/9/11

Employees need to practice their skills to improve. Learning leaders should model the desired behavior and provide a safe place to hone skills.

Within every successful athlete, artist or musician there is some talent. But without
practice, that talent will not reach its full potential. When we applaud and cheer performers, what we see are often the results of their practice. What we don’t see are the years they spend perfecting their skills. Practice is essential to their talent development, yet we often diminish its importance in employee development. Continue reading

Case Study – Creating a Managerial Development Program to Help Move Your Company Forward – Vistaprint

Creating a Managerial Development Program to Help Move Your Company Forward

By: Jennifer Remis, Training Industry.com, August 26, 2011
How can successful managers help move your company forward? Founded in 2000, Vistaprint is a leading online supplier of customized printed products and marketing tools. In recent years, the company has experienced rapid growth and major increase in business volume. In response to the sweeping change in business volume over the past decade, promotions were given to strong individual contributors. These promotions yielded positive results in some cases, but not in all.  Employee engagement surveys, from fiscal year 2006-2008, revealed a lack of confidence in these immediate managers. The company quickly realized it needed to shift focus onto its managers in an effort to sustain the rapid level of growth it was experiencing while also growing and developing future leaders for the organization. The Global Executive Team met and discussed what route Vistaprint could take in order to address the prevalent management issues at hand. Continue reading

Video Link – HC Mag – Developing High Performers

An interesting video on developing high performers featuring a variety of key HR people in organisations such as Oracle, Frucor, and Millward Brown.

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Aiming for the top: Developing High Performers

Identifying and developing high performers is one of the primary ways businesses today can gain competitive advantage. Not only does the business benefit, it also serves to engage and further develop employees. So what are the top companies doing? Edweena Stratton, senior director of HR at Oracle, says her company has implemented fast-track programs for those identified as being key talent. Dean Sappey, HR director – Australia at Frucor, has concentrated on the key drivers for these people, through a range of motivational and psychometric tools. Frucor has also invested heavily on development opportunities for their high performers. Cindy Grass, HR director at Millward Brown, says that high performers not only want to be rewarded appropriately, but also be heard and listened to. Meanwhile, IT best employer McAfee’s HR director, John Francois, comments on the development opportunities available for their high performers – not only in terms of leadership, but also in resolving issues.

Click here for a link to the video