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Critical Thinking And Conflict Resolution For Managers

Posted by Jody Raines on Dec 18, 2012 9:01:00 PM

Conflicts can be resolved more easily if critical thinking skills are utilized.

Conflicts result in social and economic costs. Conflict resolution by managers can reduce wasted expense and streamline processes.  Training managers in critical thinking skills can result in more successful conflict resolution. For example, using mediation for conflict resolution can result in reduced litigation. Training conflict resolution techniques involves using critical thinking skills to circumvent escalation and prevent additional issues.

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Topics: corporate training, conflict resolution, critical thinking, training conflict resolution techniques, corporate training program, corporate consulting

The Value of Management Training Consultants: Mergers & Acquisitions

Posted by Jody Raines on Dec 12, 2012 1:56:00 PM

Management training is an ongoing and complex challenge. Especially during a merger or acquisition, there can be battle lines that arise based upon the pre-existing entities.  For any company or organization, if not handled appropriately this can be deadly. Regardless of industry or size, all companies have something in common - they survive by maintaining satisfied customers through their employees and managers. The importance of developing, training and rewarding a company's people through management training cannot be over estimated, and having a third party management training consultant who can be impartial and objective can provide much needed expertise and guidance through choppy and difficult times. 

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Topics: Instructional design, contract trainers, Instructional design, training consultant, corporate training, training consultants, corporate training, merger integration, managing change, change management

Tips For Maintaining An eLearning Program

Posted by Jody Raines on Nov 8, 2012 2:44:00 PM

Corporate training programs include eLearning initiatives as a valuable tool to share information among remote workers.  Using technology has made creating the program much easier than it had been in the past, yet there are opportunities to reduce the expense of change when it comes to maintaining the eLearning program.

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Topics: Instructional design, Instructional design, training consultant, training consultants, corporate training, eLearning program, eLearning change management

Change Management: 3 Steps To ReSkilling Employees For A New Economy

Posted by Jody Raines on Oct 30, 2012 2:36:00 PM

Rapid Re-Skilling of Your Employees for a New Economy

Change management means assuring that your workforce is continuously trained for new competencies that are needed to keep pace with organizational initiatives.

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Topics: change management, re-skilling employees, organizational change

How Merger Integration Impacts Banks And Financial Institutions

Posted by Jody Raines on Oct 23, 2012 1:25:00 PM

Bank mergers require integrating two financial organizations and their processes, technologies and personnel into one unified, new institution. This requires an understanding of the environment and culture of both organizations, as well as training for the new infrastructure.

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Topics: training consultants, merger integration, managing change

Corporate Training For Social Networking Initiatives And Compliance

Posted by Jody Raines on Oct 18, 2012 8:47:00 AM

Corporate training for employees about social networking and how to use social network sites can be tricky.  Of course you want to be sure to comply with NLRB guidelines with regards to employee rights, yet you also need to be sure to protect the company.

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Topics: compliance training, contract trainers, training consultant, corporate training, training consultants, corporate training trends, corporate training, re-skilling employees, organizational change, corporate training program, custom training, corporate consulting, hiring a training consultant

5 Questions To Assess Corporate Training For ICD-10 Deadline

Posted by Jody Raines on Oct 10, 2012 9:11:00 AM

Revised: See our Health Care Training industry page for further informationg. Corporate Training for ICD-10 implementation has a new deadline. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for implementing the new ICD-10 coding standard to October 1, 2015. What does this mean with regard to implementation of new ICD-10 training?

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Topics: Instructional design, compliance training, HIPAA compliance training, HIPAA 5010, ICD-10 training, corporate training, training consultants, corporate training trends, corporate training program, corporate training tips, custom training, hiring a training consultant, healthcare

Corporate Training Tips For Effective Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Jody Raines on Sep 18, 2012 10:01:00 PM

Corporate Training Programs are initated to provide a learning experience for workforce changes. To assure adoption of new programs, using positive reinforcement can strengthen and encourage performance along the lines of the desired outcome.  Most individuals react to positive reinforcement during corporate training initiatives by contributing and being more receptive to the program.

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Contract Instructional Design: 4 Stages Of A Change Intiative

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 27, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Organizational change initiatives carry the burden for assuring the entire team understands and respects the new rules.  When mergers or acquisitions are on the horizon, change can create organizational confusion and this disharmony may result in organizational fallout.

Hiring contracts trainers to create training materials can facilitate changes during the life cycle of change initiatives.  Especially because contract instructional designer have a deep understanding of training methodology and can create training programs that will reinforce the new behaviors of the change initiative.

Understanding how change affects individuals psychologically and having the process in place to support and negate negative process can assure a smooth transition to new behaviors and activities.

The four stages of change include:

  1. Rebirth  - This is where the change must occur - and the organization has to move in a new direction.  In many organizations, there is resistance to the changes as well as inertia.  Performance has a tendency to deteriorate if the new initiatives are not met head on.  Mistrust of the new way of doing things may be due to misunderstanding of the new expectations.  Having a program in place to communicate what the changes are and what the expectations are for the new system can overcome issues before they happen. Dealing with a contract trainer can prepare the organization before the change happens and will facilitate adoption.
  2. Growth  - As the new processes are implemented, the positive results will fuel growth of adoption.  It’s important that the reinforcement of the changed behaviors is in place to assure that the organization continues to move forward and not backwards.
  3. Maturity - As the changes become the new norm, the organization then enters a phase of maturity of the change adoptions.  Individuals start to take the new processes in stride and the benefit of the change initiative become apparent.  This is when the tasks have been appropriately defined and the new structure is effectively implemented.  Maturity happens more rapidly when the organization is lead through the process of change implementation.
  4. Evaluation - Its important any time there is change to review and evaluate how the change is affecting the organization.  There are three possible outcomes of any change - they are renewal, stagnation or decline.  The best possible outcome is renewal - where the new processes take hold and the organization moves forward with growth.  The other two possible outcomes - stagnation or decline - are both unfortunate results when a change has been started and the follow through suffers. 

No matter how large or small the organization, it's important to think through and plan the types of changes that will be experienced for the company to survive.  Any change, regardless of type, from implementing new procedures and protocols to downsizing are potential pitfalls for a company to experience.  Having a process leader and implementing a change with metrics for adoption can improve the possible outcome and results from the change intiative.

Research Study on Managing Change Initiatives
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Inc. Magazine Unveils America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 23, 2012 11:48:00 AM

TrainingFolks Named to the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 List, with Strong
Three-Year Sales Growth

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