• Jan 07
    2013
    If you’ve ever tried to train a class on a software application or technology utilizing a simulated software environment, we totally feel your pain. Issues spring up nearly every time you’re demonstrating software to the class, or when your class is doing a practice exercise in the software simulation environment. Invariably, a learner asks a question for which you can’t demonstrate the answer, because the simulator has limited functionality and ...
  • Dec 31
    2012
    In an era of shrinking budgets, the Army Reserve recently made the switch from traditional drill weekends to simulators and long-distance digital learning. These newfound efficiencies now free up funds for other new training efforts abroad, all important to keeping soldiers and civilians safe around the world. Banks, especially smaller ones, have embraced digital training as increased regulation has forced employees to relearn banking – and fast. A recent article ...
  • Dec 24
    2012
    In our last post, Traditional Organizations vs. Digital Organizations− Which are You?, we talked about how becoming a digital organization helps customers and employees (which in turn helps the organization!) Just how does an organization “go digital?” What has to change? That’s the topic for this post. There are many components of moving from traditional business operations to digital operations, and all are vital when an organization begins to examine ...
  • Dec 17
    2012
    Quick – name an industry that was seriously disrupted by the Internet. That’s easy− retail, travel, media and entertainment to name a few. True to the theory of Survival of the Fittest, the big players either adapted (Target) or folded (Blockbuster). Sure, if you’re a company or organization that launched in the Digital Age, you probably built your business, and many of your processes, using a digital model. For the ...
  • Dec 11
    2012
    In recent years, Americans have become increasingly cognizant of the fact that that our planet is at risk of becoming uninhabitable unless we change our wasteful ways now. The media; including films like Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth brought this threat to our collective conscious, making it ”un PC” for businesses to operate in a toxic fashion. Many corporations are taking a public stand to save our imperiled environment. It’s ...
  • Dec 03
    2012
    Imagine that your friend lets you drive her brand new car. You slip into the driver’s seat, she hands you the keys and... Uh-oh! How the heck do you operate this vehicle? The entire console is different, from the placement of the ignition to the icons for the heat and a/c, the fuel gage; you don’t even have a clue as to how to turn on the radio. After much ...
  • Nov 26
    2012
    There’s an episode in the TV series Mad Men, which takes place in the early part of the 1960’s, where the office secretaries gather round a man who’s installing a mammoth new office machine: the copier. They are doubtful of its value. It’s gigantic. It’s noisy. It’s complicated. The officer manager assures them that once they learn how to operate it, the copier will become indispensible. That scene came to ...
  • Nov 19
    2012
    In a recent post, we talked about our recommended 30/60/90 Day Approach to Windows 8 Training. Among learners, there will be a broad diversity in both their level of familiarity with Windows 8, and in their willingness to approach training with an open mind and lots of patience. Your job as either a corporate sponsor or training professional is to get everyone on the same page before training begins. Let’s ...