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Wait - Why Are We Doing This?

Posted by Rick Presley on December 29, 2016

Have you ever found yourself hip deep in the middle of a project, covered over with task lists, facing a deadline and you suddenly asked yourself, “Why are we doing this?” Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. We all tend to become so distracted by the alligators that we forget we’re supposed to be draining the swamp. Instructional designers are not immune to this as they go deeper into designing interactive timelines, branching scenarios, and gamified quizzes. Fortunately, there is a tool at our disposal that keeps us from being distracted for long. It’s the Training Needs Analysis or TNA.

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Topics: Organizational Development

Value-Driven Organizations Outperform the Competition

Posted by Midge Streeter on April 16, 2015

Mission, vision and values…we hear these three words in the same sentence on a regular basis. As consultants, we seek to understand the mission, vision and values of our client organizations. When assisting a startup organization, we coach leaders to define those three concepts starting with mission. I am here to say we got it all backwards!

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Topics: Organizational Development

5 Good Reasons Why You Need Job Descriptions

Posted by Christie Engler on January 29, 2015

More than likely, you have heard the term ‘job description’ or ‘position description’ sometime in your work life. You know a job description to be a document that describes a job or position within a given organization. Information such as the duties and responsibilities of the job, required education and training, and amount of experience is outlined in the job description. This document is often synonymous with a job advertisement or posting.

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Topics: Organizational Development

The Here & Now: Status quo bars companies from exploring new ways to operate

Posted by Joe Cole on September 18, 2014

Status quo thinking manifests itself in many forms. One is a “this is the way we have always done it” mentality, an attitude that sometimes morphs into a company’s culture — and that in turn could stifle a company’s growth potential.
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Topics: Organizational Development

Using the Employee Handbook as Your Company’s Playbook

Posted by Christie Engler on August 5, 2014

Soon after the 4th of July each year, I begin to look forward to my favorite time of the year – football season. In just 46 days, my Ohio State Buckeyes will take the field and kickoff an exciting season of play. There will no doubt be huge victories, crazy plays, and gut wrenching mistakes. As the season draws near, I often think about my team and ponder the preparation they are going through to get ready: are the guys in shape, where is our coach mentally, are the players building camaraderie, is the playbook solid? There is so much that goes into making a team function, not to mention what it takes to be successful and consistently win games. It doesn’t happen by accident; there are many parts and pieces involved.

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Topics: Organizational Development


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