leadership development

5 Ways to Create Human Connection in Remote Teams

5 Ways to Create Human Connection in Remote Teams

Remote work.

Just saying it elicits dozens of idealized perks both employees and employers dream of.

Yet, it comes with challenges and shadows that threaten vital human connection that most managers are unprepared to face.

White Paper: Playing Games with Leadership

White Paper: Playing Games with Leadership

Surveying today’s business environment reveals several key facts:

• Distributed leadership is lifeblood. Great companies are driven by great leadership, not just in the boardroom, but also at the front lines of the organization.

• Demographic chasm presents great risks. Businesses are facing a demographic time bomb—the retirement of baby boomers—that is beginning to affect the ranks of senior management at global corporations. New generations of leaders must be cultivated to replace retiring baby boomers.

• Traditional training has many shortcomings. Many leadership development efforts fail. While there are many reasons for this, the format of the training that participants receive is often key. A recent study revealed that management learning programs that use simulations provide significantly improved leadership competencies compared to those that use traditional learning methods.

This white paper will speak to how organizations can better use advances in simulation technology as part of their leadership development efforts.

3 Goals of L&D Industry Leaders in 2019

3 Goals of L&D Industry Leaders in 2019

We reached out to our network of L&D leaders to collect insight on what talent professionals around the globe have set as their #1 goal for 2019 in the leadership development space (thank you to everyone who contributed)! While the  answers were diverse, the majority of the responses shared one of the following 3 common themes…

How To Triumph in Global Training

How To Triumph in Global Training

Abilitie has the pleasure of working with 80+ world-class facilitators, who lead our simulations across the globe. We reached out to one of our lead facilitators, Steve Gartrell, to share his insight into how he effectively facilitates across cultural boundaries and barriers. What we got was a power-packed, robust list of all the how-to’s of cross-cultural facilitation.

Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Books For Leaders That Inspire

Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Books For Leaders That Inspire

The holidays are quickly approaching, and whether you’re in a bind to buy some last minute gifts for your colleagues or your peers, or are looking to inspire any leader in your life - the Abilitie team has you covered on the best leadership books to give as gifts.

My First Month in L&D

My First Month in L&D

I joined Abilitie two months ago as the new Marketing Manager. I came from the industry of health and wellness-focused CPG products. The language used in my previous marketing efforts was informal, shorthand, and buzzy. I needed my audience to feel as though I was there next to them, chatting over an almond-milk latte with every piece of content I published.

When I transitioned over to Abilitie, I was drawn to the position by the “development” aspect of the company - at the core of everything I’ve ever done professionally has been the goal of helping people reach their maximum potential - and was excited to implement lessons learned from previous positions in a new setting.

6 Ways to Become a More Mindful Leader

6 Ways to Become a More Mindful Leader

In a society that glorifies business and constant productivity, the concept of mindfulness has begun circulating around modern workplaces as a means of intentionally slowing down and alleviating stress. Mindfulness, at its core, is the practice of being fully present and engaged in one’s own life, exploring self-awareness, and making an effort to act intentionally.

Why Integrating Networking into Your Training Program Is Vital and 3 Tips to Get It Done

Why Integrating Networking into Your Training Program Is Vital and 3 Tips to Get It Done

Once you have received executive buy-in and budget for a training program it is essential that the program leaves a favorable impression on all the participants. That desired favorable impression is not driven only by the lessons learned, it is equally critical that the program leaves a positive impact in an area that is at times difficult to quantify, the growth of the participant’s networks.

Given that participants will be sacrificing work hours to participate, it will be crucial that they end the program believing this was a commitment worth making.

In many of our roles it is easy to fall into a silo and by adding a networking component to your training offerings, you give people a chance to grow bonds that can help make their day to day easier - and more fun.

5 Lessons Learned from 16 Years in Leadership Development

5 Lessons Learned from 16 Years in Leadership Development

When I started working in corporate learning and development 16 years ago, a few trends were predicted to be inevitable:

  • The classroom would become obsolete

  • Most lessons would be taught online

  • Professors would be replaced by e-learning

Today, not all of these predictions have come true. We continue to see new technologies, fads, and buzzwords (remember Second Life classrooms?) but most of them fade as quickly as they arrive.

So rather than write about another new trend, I wanted to reflect and take stock of some truths that I have found to withstand the test of time.

Below are five lessons I’ve learned about leadership development – lessons that I think will stay relevant even in learning environments full of VR and AI learning.

Amy Speranza and Jaclyn Courter: How to develop high-potential leaders online

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Abilitie was thrilled to partner with Amy Speranza and Jaclyn Courter to present Abilitie's third Learning Leader Roundtable, our first in New York, NY.

The foundational topic of the event was "How to develop high-potential leaders online," though the conversation spanned all the big issues that learning programs face today! Attending learning leaders represented organizations in the Fortune 100, non-profits, startups, and the global public service sector. 

Before the event, Abilitie surveyed attendees on their online learning practices to set the stage for the conversation. Interesting trends emerged:

  • In the programs represented, the demographic most frequently engaged in hi-po programs was recent graduates and entry-level, followed by managers, and then the executive level
     
  • The three most popular elements to include in hi-po learning programs were action learning group projects, personal assessments, and traditional classroom training.
     
  • The least popular element to leverage for hi-po programs was job rotations.
     
  • Participants surveyed reported that 5 years ago, only about 20% of their training took place online while today closer to 47% of their training takes place online. They predict that in 5 years, about 60% of their hi-po training will take place online.

While there is truly never a "one-size-fits-all" for learning, some patterns emerged as the roundtable participants discussed. A few are outlined below:

  • Just because the platform is virtual doesn't mean the connections can't be real. Online programs are successful only when there is an element of socialization and community.
     
  • In virtual settings, variety truly is the spice of life. Don't expect the same platform or medium to work in every phase of the program. Variety keeps learners engaged. 
     
  • Be ready for the long haul in showing ROI. There are many ways to demonstrate the value of learning, but to demonstrate long-term value, consider intermittent follow-ups and check-ins with participants for years to come.

Once again, a huge thank you to Amy and Jaclyn from GE for partnering with us to present this Learning Leaders Roundtable. There's nothing like engaging with our community to get us excited about the future of learning and development! 

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