Two years ago, John enlisted our help to redesign a series of existing courses, which he recently described as “still the most interactive and engaging courses in the catalog.” But that was just the beginning of the relationship between this client and Gillespie Associates.Read More
Training systems are often designed to shovel every possible bit of knowledge into a new employee’s head with the expectation that they’ll be able to apply that knowledge on the job. Does a new employee need to know everything on Day or Week 1? No. They don’t even need a fraction of that. And the knowledge they do need has to support their performance in the moment.Read More
It’s that time of year again—budget season. A time of evaluating, strategizing, planning, and allocating. Organizations have to anticipate what kind of spend they will have, and hopefully a decent portion of that spend will go toward training and development initiatives.Read More
When you hired a training development vendor, you thought you asked all the right questions: What delivery methods do they offer? What is their experience? Can they meet our needs on time and on budget? What do my colleagues say about them?
The vendor delivered content and experiences beyond your expectations, and the participants loved it. Employees and managers alike responded with glowing feedback.
A few months later, you approached the C-suite with a request for more funds for another round of this well-received training.
And the answer came back: a resounding “no.”Read More
Today’s job descriptions for instructional designers (IDs) require the following: Basic HTML and Flash programming familiarity. Solid knowledge of course development software and at least one LMS. Visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator).
Whatever happened to the good old interviewing, storyboarding, or writing skills? Is the pure instructional designer role a thing of the past? Exactly how much technology does an ID need to master in order to be a “good” ID?Read More
“Change? We won’t be doing any of that, it’s way too hard!” Over the past 20-plus years of helping organizations change strategies and cultures, I have not heard this statement said out loud. Yet I can guarantee you that at some point in the change process, every CEO has had this thought! I see it showing up in the form of excuses to a variety of suggestions. For instance I will ask, “How will you make sure the breakthrough mindset will stick beyond the workshops?” I get back: “I realize we could do more, but look, we just spent all this time and money on these workshops. I will make sure my leaders support this mindset. We’re all set—thanks.”Read More
Gillespie Associates is pleased to announce that Michelle L. Wescott, CPLP has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential from ATD CI (the Association for Talent Development Certification Institute). Earning the CPLP certification means Wescott possesses the knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the talent development field.Read More
In many workplaces, it’s dangerous to disagree with the boss. Doing so signs you up for every crappy task and unwanted assignment possible until your boss forgets or forgives your transgression. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Differences of opinion can help you build a competitive advantage. As a leader, you have the power to change the way your organization works in this regard.Read More
The truth is most employees have the same workforce training preferences and needs. One may be a “digital native,” but prefer learning that involves collaborating with others, practicing real-world skills, and receiving substantive feedback.
We don’t have a millennial learner challenge; we have a modern learner challenge.Read More
Part of the reason I love training and development is because I get to help people do their jobs better, and that makes them and their companies happy. And we see the results of our efforts through celebrations for teams and individuals exceeding sales quotas and customer service goals. These recognitions are important. They recognize focused, sustained effort, and inspire others to continuously seek improvement.Read More