Just like the February weather with warm days popping up here and there, the buds on the trees, and the sun appearing, Atlanta ATD is shaking off the winter and getting ready to bloom in the year ahead! On February 5, we held the annual Meet Your Leaders webinar. The webinar was chock full of how you can get involved with the chapter to gain professional development, leadership, service, and community/networking opportunities! We also explained how Atlanta ATD is structured, and we teased some of the valuable programming and events coming up in 2019. Did you know that most folks who register for webinars do so to get the recording so they can watch it at a time that works best for them? Well you’re in luck—even if you didn’t register, here’s a link to the recording!
One key thing we shared was the email address for each of our VPs so that you can reach out to them directly with questions about volunteer opportunities.
Here’s that list:
Each of these folks would love to speak with you to help you find out how you can be involved in a way that meets your needs and bandwidth. We also shared a list of open positions. Of course, this list changes regularly, but here is where the Executive Board currently needs assistance:
Communities of Practice (COPs):
Marketing and Communications:
Why are there some many roles? Because we’re volunteers! Many hands make light work! Note that even if you don’t have the bandwidth to take on a director role, there are many ways you can get involved like helping with registration at chapter meetings, joining us for the Hunger Walk or at theAtlanta Community Food Bank, or being a Tech Partner at an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity class. One other thing you’ll get from the webinar is the story behind how each of our Executive Board members grew, developed, and flourished through their relationship with Atlanta ATD. I hope viewing the webinar will inspire you to get the most out of your membership by getting as involved as you can. If you're ready to volunteer, take a moment to fill out this volunteer form.
Thanks for being a member of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Talent Development!
We want to thank all of our volunteer leaders of the Greater Atlanta ATD Chapter for a wonderful kick-off to 2019 with the "Meet Your Leaders" Webinar this past Tuesday, February 5th. For those who weren't able to join and are interesting in meeting our chapter leaders for this year, the link to the recording is below, as well as a PDF of the webinar slides.
Webinar Presentation Meet Your Leaders - Webinar - 2019 pt.pdf
Thank you and here's to a super eventful 2019 on radio WII-FM! :)
Plus, we have a few other events that are still in the works, but they are such great opportunities, I couldn’t wait to give you a peek:
Details on both of these events will follow soon.
OK, how about the other worst kept secret in town—ACE 2018 was a huge success! We had approximately 200 people in attendance, which included 23 speakers, 27 sponsors and exhibitors, and dozens of non-members who joined us for our premiere event. Special thanks to Mary Kay Willcox for leading the army of 30 volunteers that it took to pull this event off. What a great way to cap off the summer together!
For the rest of what’s coming up this year, take a look the event calendar. Our team works hard to put together events and resources throughout the year to help you further your professional development. But you know, there is an even better way to boost your own PD: consider sharing your knowledge with your peers! We have such a depth of talent in our chapter—chances are good that YOU have a specialty, an expertise, and an idea that would benefit us all if you would share it. This would be a great professional development opportunity for you. Would you consider presenting at an upcoming chapter or Community of Practice meeting? To look into this, check out the speaker’s information page. It’s a chance to enhance your career, yourself, your peers, and our chapter.
Join Leigh Ann at ACE to get even more ideas!
Are you looking for some new activities to engage your learners?
Neuroscience is now proving what many L&D professionals have intuitively known for years: it is imperative to activate learners in meaningful ways for learning to occur and be retained. At ATD ACE 2018 I’ll be sharing “7 Clever Ways to Energize Learners & Improve Retention.” Meanwhile, here are three more engagement activities that you can adapt and use in your workshops.
Click here for instructions: https://better-teams.com/2018/05/19/forced-choice/
Click here for instructions: https://better-teams.com/2018/04/15/people-mapping/
Click here for instructions: https://better-teams.com/2017/02/03/9-dimensions-team-building-activity/
Looking for more ideas? Please join us at ATD ACE 2018 in Atlanta!
Leigh Ann Rodgers, M. Ed. Is a certified IAF Professional Facilitator with over 20 years of training, instructional design and meeting facilitation experience. She has designed numerous courses including Facilitation Secrets to Energize & Engage, a course specifically for trainers who are seeking new, adaptable engagements. Leigh Ann also coaches and trains both L&D and meeting facilitators. Leigh Ann is the founder of Better Teams, which focuses on offering team activities, assessments, and services that build high-performing and happy teams.
Join us at ACE to see keynote speaker Britt Andreatta live.
Think about how much the communication demands of tools like email and instant messaging have changed your workday in even just the last few years. In the business world, most of us have everything we need to work in our pockets, 24/7. Technology has likewise completely transformed all aspects of the talent industry, including learning. New tools have made learning faster, more effective, and affordable than ever. At the same time, new discoveries in neuroscience are changing how we see and measure success. But around the world organizations continue to deliver training using outdated models and methods—wasting significant time, energy, and money instead of developing talent. To close the gap it’s important to follow the latest trends in learning that will help your organization create strategic opportunities that develop your talent and anticipate challenges rather than responding late or not at all.
In these fast-moving times our understanding of learning could transform again at any moment but for now these three parallel evolutions are currently driving massive changes in talent development across industries:
1) Learning Is No Longer Confined to a Classroom
Evolution has taught us that learning can happen anywhere, at any time. Organizations are discovering how learning can help them meet the needs of a diverse, mobile, and demanding workforce. Once, education just socialized people for work. It was the ticket to the middle class (not the crushing debt it represents today). Education then evolved into training, in which organizations taught professional skills, improved performance, and developed leaders. Now, with the influx of technology, learning is taking place through a variety of sources and devices. People are embracing digital tools to access content that helps them learn on the job and on the go, such as interactive video to demonstrate ideal customer interactions and realistic practice environments that give learners authentic assessment and coaching. Regular, ongoing, lifelong learning in any environment or time of life is the new norm.
2) The Power Has Shifted to Employees
Today, organizations are thinking of employees as valuable talent rather than “human resources.” Originally, workers were just an asset that organizations could use as they wanted without much concern about replacing those that left. But the age of unions, workers’ rights, and employee satisfaction changed the conversation, laying the groundwork for the new workforce that demands engagement, inclusion, purpose, and wellness. Competition for workers has increased and sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor have helped them become more informed and discerning. Organizations that design learning programs see an increase in employee engagement and retain their best people because they help ensure people feel they have what they need to thrive and grow.
3) Neuroscience Changes Everything
In management we used to focus on management science, which was very transactional, relying on objectives (MBOs) or key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure effectiveness and success. Then we looked at management in terms of social science, such as emotional intelligence and transformational leadership. Now, medical technology has allowed researchers from a wide range of disciplines—neurology, biology, and psychology are just a few—to explore the inner workings of the human body in ways never seen before. It’s clear we are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, coming to know ourselves on an entirely new level. In neuroscience, research has shown how we are biologically wired to learn and adapt to change. It's the key to our survival and the path to fulfilling our capacity to become our best selves. The more we apply the principles of neuroscience when developing our learning programs, the more we work with our biology, rather than against it. And the more we understand how people think, feel, and act, the more we can help them reach their full potential in the workplace.
My work focuses on solving workplace challenges by synthesizing the latest neuroscience research into practical models and actionable takeaways that we can use today. My book Wired to Grow looks at the simple, straightforward secrets of our own brain power to unlock our full potential. Wired to Resist is about how to harness the power of our brains to thrive through any change. And Wired to Connect explores what creates and destroys peak-performing teams.
Britt Andreatta is a thought leader, author, and speaker on neuroscience and leadership. Learn more about her books and other work, including her new training solution the Change Quest Model™, at www.BrittAndreatta.com.
Dr. Schempp will be giving a special presentation the evening before the ACE conference. Click here for more details.
You and a colleague are sitting together in a meeting. Your colleague notices the dress, writing instruments, and accents of those seated across the table from you. You overlook those extraneous factors because they won’t influence the outcome of the meeting. Instead, you locate the prime decision maker on the other side of the table and observe the keen interest that individual takes in the numbers and bottom line with seemingly little regard for hypothetical discussions or speculation. During the break, a few casual questions might lead you to the unsurprising discovery that she attended a well-regarded college and majored in accounting. Your astute perception of several important details has now provided you with valuable insight on the type of information necessary to secure a future with this client while your colleague is left hoping things went well and wondering where they might find an outfit like the one the decision-maker was wearing.
The advantages in distinguishing the important from the unimportant factors in a situation should be obvious. Such a skill allows you to zero in on those things that will lead to decisions and actions that will influence outcomes in your favor. But how do you learn to separate the useful from the useless? The simple answer is that your extensive work experience and broad knowledge of the factors impacting workplace events are key elements in developing this skill. But research has given us two helpful insights into how those will higher levels of expertise distinguish the important from the unimportant: a) utility and b) principles.
A study of coaches with varying levels of expertise revealed no differences in the quantity of cues detected in the instructional environment. Put another way, there was no difference in how much information was gathered from their observations. There were, however, substantial differences in how they interpreted what they saw. Those with less expertise identified a range of factors from what participants wore to where cars were parked. Those with greater expertise saw a different set of factors in the same environment. The experts perceptions focused on factors that led to performance assessments and subsequently to appropriate actions to improve performance. In other words, the experts located factors that would help them assess the present situation and then plan strategies for appropriate action. The difference between important and unimportant information for the experts was found in the usefulness of the information when taking action. Experts know what is important and what is unimportant, and devote their full attention to identifying and then using the information that will improve performance.
Here is how to identify what is important and use it to you advantage:
First, identify the factors that will determine the results or outcome of the event.
Second, among those factors, recognize those that are under your control. Give your attention to those factors and discount the things you cannot control.
Finally, determine which changes to the factors under your control and influencing outcomes will make the biggest difference in your success. That is what is important.
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“What does it take to get your leaders to support an elearning effort? By building a business case and not trying to sell them using a fancy learning evaluation methodology!”
In Canada there’s a saying, “wait a minute and the weather will change’. The same can be said about learning experts and elearning. Wait a minute and you know someone will publish an article proposing another ‘miracle’ solution guaranteeing leadership support. While there may be elements of truth to some pitches most experts fail to provide a credible method to ensure sustainable leadership support.
If you’re looking for a quick fix or magic formula with fancy learning jargon that’s more fad than a proven process then stop reading! You won’t find it here because gaining leadership support is more than a quick fix.
But here’s the deal. Would it be a surprise that the answer to getting leadership endorsement is right in front of you? Seriously. No magic formula. No fancy talk. No re-invented, revolutionary, biased methodologies. Just a straight up, no frills, undisputed method that will get any business leader to listen and take you seriously.
You’re probably sarcastically saying, “Ya, right! Nothing is that simple…the answer is never obvious”. Your scepticism is justified. But it’s about presenting, supporting, and clearly communicating a financially sound business case. As you can see, the answer is obvious but certainly not simple.
Surprisingly, practitioners ignore the business component at their own peril. It’s never acknowledged but learning is a business within the business. Ultimately, leaders didn’t hire you for your business acumen. But simply ignoring this fact won't get leaders to take you seriously. Since L&D is a business function they do expect you to be business literate.
This article is not ‘our’ or ‘a’ methodology. It’s not even a methodology. It’s understanding how to apply widely accepted business principles and financial guidelines to your elearning efforts. Trust us, you’ll never convince leaders with fancy L&D evaluation methodologies. Rather, the first step is to make friends with someone in your organization’s finance department.
How Leaders See Elearning
Let’s first define how leaders see elearning internally. This is tricky because instinctively leaders see elearning as two components: the “E” component and the “Learning” component.
First, leaders consider the “E” as long-term tangible item, specifically the technology infrastructure that supports learning. This is what leaders typically refer to as the learning investment. For the purpose of this article technology are tools (e.g. LMS, mobile devices, software, tech hardware) used to deploy and deliver learning.
Second, leaders consider the “learning” component as primarily intangible. As such, it’s not an investment but rather a period expense. Many of you are now screaming, “Yes! Learning is an investment!” Don’t take offence. A period expense is how leaders financially treat learning to account for it properly. Learning’s an expense since leaders place value on how it improves performance and not solely on financial accountability.
Two Worlds of Accountability
Leaders must consider and weigh two elements in their business decisions: 1) quantitative (financial) and, 2) qualitative (non-financial).
Practitioners fail to respect the financial implications of their learning investment proposal. When the financial topic comes up many LD people say, “Yup, this is where it all falls apart!” It’s not that your leaders don’t want to give money but more about how you present a business case.
First, lets address the financial aspect. Practitioners quickly interchange training investment with expense and this is where they get into trouble. If you start throwing the ‘investment’ term around then it has to mean the same to your leaders. Their capital investment decision is about how your elearning infrastructure (tangible items) and its operational support requirements contribute to long-term organizational growth.
The second element is to measure the non-financial aspect of the elearning capital investment. Leaders expect you to leverage the investment (e.g. technology and equipment) to improve the organizations overall performance. Essentially, the learning employees acquire through the infrastructure must demonstrate improving business performance that will indirectly lead to positive financial results. This is the purpose of an expense.
Naturally, one article will not turn anyone into a business expert. But one article will help you to realize the business relevance for elearning. Learning can never be assessed in a vacuum especially when leaders must make critical resource allocation decision.
Rather than convincing your leaders about the learning benefits for an elearning investment speak to them about the business case. Show them evidence, both quantitatively and qualitatively in terms they recognize, and to gain their attention. Learning bores; business excites. So, start being exciting.
Last But Not Least
If you enjoyed this article, please visit our recent LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) Gaining Internal Buy-in For eLearning course or our Train-the-Trainer course designed for both recent and seasoned trainers.
When it comes to what leaders expect, don’t always believe what you hear. Recognize how leaders perceive training’s role within the organization and what they expect. They know training is essential, but it’s up to you to prove them right. This is your time to shine. #alwaysbelearning
Ajay M. Pangarkar CTDP, CPA, CMA,
Teresa Kirkwood CTDP
Many enthusiastic ATD volunteers came together on Saturday to plan classes and update content for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. We discussed how to best modify the content so the homeowners can get the most out of it and use what they learn in their everyday lives. Special thanks to Carl Ware for all the work he does to make the classes a success!
We are excited about all of the opportunities to help others this year through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. There are opportunities to be a Tech Partner or help facilitate at the Computer Basics and Computer Lab classes we have every month. And there's also an opportunity to update a video that's an overview of what Habitat for Humanity has to offer. In addition, Habitat for Humanity is partnering with TAG-Ed and may need some volunteers to help develop the technology skills of some high school students.
To find out more about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Danielle Slatinsky.
Here's a picture of the wonderful group that came together to help out!
Monday night I had the pleasure of attending the Holiday Toast event at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (AHfH)! The company and food were great, but even better was getting to hear from the President and CEO, Lisa Y. Gordon, about how Atlanta Habitat is expanding their mission to not just build new houses, but also critical repairs to existing homes.
Another highlight were the Volunteer Awards. Atlanta ATD's own Carl Ware, who manages the Homeowner Computer Training Program was awarded for his many hours of service! Congratulations Carl! Due to your dedication of time and energy, so many families now know how to use their new computers to stay connected to the world. Great work! You make the Atlanta Chapter proud!
There are a lot of exciting things happening with our partnership with Atlanta Habitat and many opportunities for you to get involved! If you'd like to get involved in this good work, contact Danielle Slatinsky or Carl Ware.
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