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Adopting a Research-Centric Approach to Instructional Systems Design

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Benjamin Ruark

We watch how exemplary subject matter experts (SMEs) use gap analysis to do their work better than their average counterparts, to capture in a training curriculum the crme de la crme of how-to. But today's knowledge workers are required to demonstrate higher-order cogni... More »

Base of Support: Providing Participant Guides for Online Learning

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Nanette Miner

When moving from classroom-based training to the online environment, most instructional designers do away with the participant guide, thinking, "Who would use a participant guide while sitting alone at their desks?" This may be the primary reason why online learning com... More »

High Success

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In Michael Beer's book High Commitment, High Performance (HCHP), the Harvard Business School professor addresses how companies can create sustained levels of exemplary performance by adhering to the HCHP principles. Beer defines HCHP as "a business philosophy that embra... More »

High-Yield Development

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During 2008 and well into 2009, the banking industry faced a level of public scrutiny not witnessed in recent history. And while economic conditions continue to be challenging, creating an environment in which employees can thrive and advance is critical to an organizat... More »

How to Spar Like a Champion

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We've all heard Muhammad Ali's line, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," which he used to describe the necessary combination of moves for winning his boxing championships. What I've discovered is that the ability to "float like a butterfly" is, indeed, mandatory... More »