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Creating Sticky Resolutions

heatherhuber

It’s that time of year again! We are going to make ourselves all sorts of promises, both at work and at home! We will eat better. We will get organized. We will structure our day differently. We will be productivity geniuses! We are going to be kinder, get stronger, and become enlightened! We are going […]

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Our New Reality: Embracing Technology in Learning

Elise Margol

When I was growing up, we actually used telephones to speak to one another. When I wanted to make plans with someone, I called them. If I didn’t know someone’s phone number, I looked it up in the phone book. My parents forbid me to dial 411. And typically, when I called my friends, someone […]

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Lessons from the Classroom: What I’ve Learned About Learners from the Frontlines

heatherhuber

I began my instructional design journey in the classroom, analyzing educational and behavioral needs of students from nursery school through high school. I have been bitten and kicked. I was even offered drugs when I was mistaken for a peer in high school. I saw teachers who needed to have arms like an octopus to […]

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What to Do? Decision-Making in the 21st Century

Cindy Weissman

Recently, and for reasons unknown, I have been asked to help friends and family make some pretty big life decisions. Maybe it is the change of seasons, or perhaps with my advancing age and endless wisdom I have finally earned some credibility. Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Regardless of the reasons, these requests did […]

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Stay in the Know: Emotionally Intelligent Presentations

Victoria Rodgers

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article that we found interesting. We think you will too. As a facilitator, presenter, coach, and frequent subject matter expert, I am often tasked with leading discussions with people around the country on a variety of topics, from organizational strategy to […]

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Stay in the Know: Does Technology Actually Make Business Today More Complex?

Amy Evans

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article that we found interesting. We think you will too. The title of this article, “We’re at peak complexity – and it sucks,” naturally piqued my curiosity. It’s the idea that instead of embracing technology at its core and building completely […]

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Onboarding: An Opportunity for New Beginnings

heatherhuber

There’s something magical that happens in the fall. September has always signaled new beginnings for me. The kids go back to school. The temperature cools. The leaves begin to turn yellow and red. Football season is underway. We begin to crave pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon. Some find themselves swapping in tasty stouts and rich cabs. […]

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The Real Story – Avoiding Lies at Work

Cindy Weissman

We all know the story by now. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates were held at gunpoint at a gas station in Brazil and robbed. Well, not exactly. As we later learned, Ryan Lochte and three teammates got drunk and did something stupid. And instead of facing their actions when they got busted, they […]

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Do You Practice Diversity Leadership?

Elise Margol

“In one of our concert grand pianos, 243 taut strings exert a pull of 40,000 pounds on an iron frame. It is proof that out of great tension may come great harmony.” -Theodore Steinway My kids look forward to sleep away camp all year. It is the one time of year when they don’t have […]

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Three Flying Tips from a Road Warrior

Darrell Burke

For those of us who fly for business, summer is the most frustrating time to fly! This is the time when families are visiting friends, going on vacation, and jetting off to Disney World. In the 25+ years that I’ve been traveling regionally, domestically, and internationally, I’ve learned a thing or two to help manage […]

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Serving Others: ABR Cares!

Devon Campailla

In our everyday roles, the ABR team strives to do work that has a recognizable impact on our clients’ businesses. This commitment is evident in the Core Values we developed for our organization: We have a Gung-Ho attitude We feel a collective responsibility We vigilantly pursue excellence We feel compelled to mirror our commitment to […]

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Does Anyone Commit Anymore?

Cindy Weissman

Commitment: The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. A promise to be loyal to someone or something. A recent LinkedIn study found that millennials change jobs a lot more than their parents did. In fact, the study found that “the new normal is for millennials to jump jobs four times […]

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Making the Most of Summer

Karrin Frilling

Ahhhhh, summer! The season when kids are out of school, families take vacations, and long weekends are frequent. Everyone wants to get outside, take advantage of the gorgeous weather, and have fun! It’s a great time to “reset” and renew our energy and focus. But what about those of us who are left holding down […]

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

Elise Margol

“Way to get a piece of it!” You’ve probably heard this phase if you’re a baseball mom like me. My teenage son has a passion for baseball, which began when he was really young. He’s played on many different teams, some more successful than others. But when I ask him which team has been his […]

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Great Leaders Connect With Employees, Foster Collaboration, and Embrace Continuous Change

Amy Fox

Half of companies worldwide say their leaders are not ready to lead their organizations today, and 71 percent say leaders are not ready to lead into the future, according to a recent study by Brandon Hall Group. Why are so many leaders unprepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow? Part of the reason has […]

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Is Microlearning the Missing Piece in Your Performance Management Approach?

Amy Fox

Did you know that last year Millennials surpassed Gen X as the largest cohort of the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center? The workforce is certainly changing, and employees want more learning opportunities and feedback than ever before. Unfortunately, though, many organizations still use traditional performance management methods that only focus on annual reviews and inconsistent coaching to maintain […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: CLO Exchange!

A few of our Accelerated Business Results (ABR) team members spent the week at the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Exchange conference outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The Exchange is a unique, invitation-only meeting driven by pre-scheduled one-on-one workshops (business meetings) between pre-qualified solution providers and senior decision-makers. ABR attended thought-provoking conference sessions, executive roundtables, and innovative […]

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Are Leaders Falling Short?

Amy Fox

In a 2015 study, 71 percent of companies worldwide said their leaders are not ready to lead into the future. The same survey found half of companies worldwide believe their leaders are not ready to lead their organizations today. Brandon Hall Group’s State of Leadership Development Study found critical gaps in training, specifically training targeted […]

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“Keeping It Real” to Remain Competitive!

Victoria Rodgers

During a conversation with a mentor recently, he stated, “Businesses do not compete, Victoria. People do!” This is such a true statement. Over the years I’ve witnessed organizations shift their focus to people in order to cultivate feedback-rich environments. More and more, organizations are trying to practice transparency and provide development opportunities for their people, […]

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Spring into Reflection

Amy Evans

I love March! For one thing, it’s my birth month. It’s also the official start of spring! And let’s not forget March Madness, which is serious business here in North Carolina. I consider March to be a time of renewal and reflection—a time when I can apply some great revelations to my personal and business […]

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Are You Distracted?

Elise Margol

I’ve been thinking a lot about the art of distraction lately and how we as individuals handle it.  Take my son, for instance. All it takes is a loud noise, and he’s up with his nose pressed against the window to see where it came from. Or, the many “projects” that get started at my […]

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ABR’s Director of Instructional Design Featured in Learning Insights Podcast

Elise Margol

ABR’s own Elise Margol, Director of Instructional Design, was featured recently on Learning Insights Radio! The discussion included insights and observations on how the field of learning and instructional design has changed and grown over the past 20 or so years. You can listen to the Learning Insights podcast on the Business Radio-X website. Elise is a senior […]

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Is It Possible to Train American Culture?

Cindy Weissman

It is rare for anyone other than my work colleagues to take an interest in what I am working on. Let’s face it—“Hey, have you seen the latest article on leadership styles?” is probably not going to get the conversation started. That’s why I was a little shocked when a casual mention of a new […]

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Don’t Lose Sight of Those Resolutions

Karrin Frilling

I heard on the news recently that by early February, many people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Think about that. It only takes five or six weeks for people to toss aside something that they were committed to and excited about and to revert back to the way they used to […]

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My Creative Outlet

Darrell Burke

There have been many articles, blogs, and interviews from lifestyle and life coach pundits that tout the importance of finding time for yourself. And what I’m sharing in this article doesn’t argue that. In this fast-paced, take-no-prisoners world, it IS important for each of us to carve out time in our busy schedules for ourselves […]

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Strategies to Develop and Support Facilitators

Victoria Rodgers

Organizations today need to do more at a faster pace and support employees across various geographies. Training delivery teams are faced with the daunting task of balancing the deployment of virtual instructor-led sessions (webinars), eLearning, and traditional classroom instructor-led programs. One key area that training leaders and teams often overlook while juggling these facilitation needs […]

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Reflect, Plan, and Celebrate

Amy Evans

Just a few weeks ago, we blogged about this being the ideal time of year for an annual meeting—a great opportunity to get your team together to reflect on past accomplishments and make plans for the coming year. This week the ABR team took our own advice and held our annual meeting in Cincinnati. It […]

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How Do You Feel About Your Job?

Elise Margol

I recently had my year-end review discussion with our leader. During it, she asked me to rate my job on a scale of 1-10. Jeez… Nobody had ever asked me that before, and I wasn’t sure whether to be truthful. After a brief hesitation, I gave her my honest answer. She then asked me what […]

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Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting (Classic Blog Edition)

Elise Margol

ABR is excited to share that Elise Margol, Director of Instructional Design, has been recognized by Training Industry for her article, “Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting.” The article has made Training Industry’s Top 10 Articles of 2015 list, highlighting the most-read articles of the year, and garnered her a nomination for a 2016 Training Industry Editors’ & Readership Award. […]

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’Tis the Season to Celebrate Your Employees!

Kathryn Lee

It’s almost the end of the month—and the end of the year! Perhaps your organization has already hosted a holiday party or celebration of some sort. ABR President & CEO Amy Fox hosted a gathering at her home last week for those of us who are Cincinnati-based. We love any chance to get face to […]

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Delivering Bad News: Lessons from My Five-Year-Old

Devon Campailla

Last night my husband and I had to deliver some difficult news to our five-year-old daughter: her favorite baseball player (“in the universe, mom”) Todd Frazier was traded from her favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds, to the Chicago White Sox. This may seem fairly trivial to most; it happens all the time in baseball. But […]

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What to Give the Client Who Has Everything

Cindy Weissman

Love it or hate it, the holiday season is upon us. It’s time to think about how to thank your friends, family, and of course clients for another wonderful year together. Shopping for friends and family is hard enough, but how do you thank those special clients who stick with you every year? Even more […]

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We Are All Generation

Amy Fox

Digital and social media have changed everything; companies must adapt in how they train not just Millennials, but all employees. Effective training for today’s workforce requires a 360-degree view of what you want to accomplish, and management must be committed every step of the way. Here’s an example: We are working with one of the […]

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Giving Thanks (Classic Blog Edition)

Devon Campailla

We originally published this blog on November 20, 2012, but the reminders and best practices are still appropriate, especially this week. From everyone at ABR, we wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when people slow down and take time to think about the blessings in their lives. For some, […]

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Microlearning Is Here and We’re Ready. Are You?

Amy Fox

Our world is very different than it was just a generation ago. The Information Age has brought about significant changes to our personal and professional lives in how we interact with and share information. One of the many effects of this shift is that our attention spans are shrinking, which is pushing companies to up their game in order to truly […]

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Taking the High Road

Darrell Burke

Recently I found myself in a position of frustration. Someone in my life was making difficult demands and was surrounding those demands with a less-than-positive attitude. I had been in this situation before with this person and, in the past, we had “gone to war,” created a toxic atmosphere for each other, and ended up […]

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Celebrating Small Wins Toward Big Goals

Victoria Rodgers

I often find it exhausting when I consider some of the personal goals I’ve set for myself. Even though I use the SMART Goal creation model, sometimes achieving those goals feels far away. That feeling of, “I’m almost there…not yet, but close” helps me to apply pressure to myself and motivates me to keep going, […]

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End-of-Year Ease: Quick Tips for a Foolproof Fourth Quarter

Amy Evans

Another fourth quarter has kicked off in both my busy personal and professional life! Therefore, I’ve started to reflect on what the fourth quarter has meant in the past and what lessons I’ve learned that are worth remembering for this year. Here’s what I came up with: If you are just now thinking about how your […]

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The Three Chief Factors That Determine Your Credibility

Elise Margol

  To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. ~Edward R. Murro Have you ever wondered how credibility impacts the decision-making process? I was recently reminded of how important credibility is to success as a leader and how intangible it really is. […]

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Show Employees Some Love: The Art of Positive Feedback

Amy Fox

At ABR, we work with many clients in the learning and development arena, and far too often we hear or observe that leaders at all levels neglect to offer enough positive feedback and reinforcement to their employees. I recently wrote a blog for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) on this very topic. The truth […]

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This Could Have Ended Badly…

Cindy Weissman

Recently, when a piece of equipment in my home office finally decided to give out, I learned how a good organization handles negative feedback. But first, let me back up for a minute… I needed to replace a piece of equipment, and a quick trip to the local provider retail store should have resolved the […]

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Resiliency: 5 Ways to Learn from Sales Rejection

Amy Fox

Equities.com recently published an article I wrote about how to bounce back from sales rejection. No one enjoys rejection, but learning to respond constructively to these disappointments can actually turn losses into future opportunities. Here’s how: Give Yourself Room to Recognize the Gift: Step back and allow yourself the chance to respond rather than react. Do what […]

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How Can You Profit from Your Training Investment?

Karrin Frilling

Return on investment (ROI) is something that every organization strives to achieve. We all want to be confident that the dollars we spend on something are returning to us in some way—whether that is through the ability to complete tasks faster, draw more customers, enable more sales, or reduce costs. Ultimately, the goal is to […]

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Feedback’s Nasty Reputation

Darrell Burke

I’ve been thinking a lot about feedback lately. I’m developing a coaching class for a client and one of the components, of course, is giving positive and balanced feedback. Both are vital components of coaching and the ability to give both effectively is very important to any coach—beginner to expert. But that isn’t what this […]

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Experience Counts

Elise Margol

Our family just returned from a summer vacation where we spent over a week together. My kids are at the busy teenage stage in their lives, so they are rarely home during the school year. Summer vacation is about the only way we can effectively close off reality and spend good, quality time being together. […]

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In Leadership, It’s the Little Things

Amy Evans

  “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” ~Colin Powell In the past several months, our organization has added to our own leadership team and has worked with several clients to kick off or wrap up […]

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Ignite the Right to Sell

Victoria Rodgers

“The purpose of a pitch isn’t necessarily to move others immediately to adopt your idea. The purpose is to offer something so compelling that it begins a conversation, brings the other person in as a participant, and eventually arrives at an outcome that appeals to both of you.” ― Daniel H. Pink, To Sell Is Human: The […]

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Feeling Connected

Victoria Rodgers

When reading the article “Vision, Value, and Voice: The Real Magnet of Team Success” over at Forbes.com, one quote in particular grabbed my attention: “… an employee’s feelings of connection, community, and unity are the most powerful and least understood aspects of successful organizations.” That thought resonates with me not only on a personal level, but also […]

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