Why Do Companies Commit to the Greater Good?

Support a colleague in a 5K charity race. Donate lunch-time fitness classes to nursing home residents. Lead a team of colleagues to build homes for struggling families. Fly aid workers to hurricane-torn communities on the corporate jet (for free). Make a corporate donation to support an up-and-rising charity. This giving season, one can’t help but… Read More

10 Favorite LMS Features and Why We Love Them

As a competency management company, we talk to business and learning leaders all the time about their workforce development programs. Our conversations often center on how they can maximize their learning management systems (LMS) to advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their employees. People want to understand the big picture – and specific LMS… Read More

5 Tips for Doing a Reduction in Force (RIF) the Right Way

Low unemployment rates and a scramble to close the skills gap are top-of-mind trends among HR professionals and business leaders. Against such a backdrop, thoughts of reductions in force (RIF) and layoffs are largely ignored. True…in September, there was a brief threat of a federal government shutdown. But that was quickly resolved before it ever… Read More

Contemplating Competencies: What Are the Best Companies Doing Now?

  We recently spoke with Avilar’s CEO, Tom Grobicki, to discuss what he’s seeing in the world of workforce competencies. What’s happening? What’s next? Any best practices from companies that are doing it well? Here’s what he had to say. Q. How are organizations putting workforce competencies to work today? A. Companies still use competencies to… Read More

Hurricane Harvey and How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Disaster Today

Image credit: U.S. Air Force by 1st Lt. Zachary West, via Creative Commons. We all knew Hurricane Harvey was coming. Weather forecasters had been tracking the storm and projecting its path for days. Still, there were some surprises – such as strengthening to a category 4 before making landfall the first time. And some unprecedented… Read More

Is the LMS on its Way Out? Ask the Corvette!

Learning industry leaders are all aflutter about the learning management system (LMS). Again. Chief Learning Officer, for example, posted a series of articles this year, alternately asserting that the time for LMS has come and gone; that LMSs are alive and well; and that “The LMS Isn’t Dead…Yet.” What’s all the fuss about? And who’s… Read More