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    1. CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      The Second Annual Corporate Pulse Survey conducted by Financial Times reveals CEO’s top priorities for 2017. The survey of almost 1,000 executives from Europe, the Middle East, Japan and China, shows their top priorities for 2017 are in-market growth (33%), strategy development and execution (31%), financial management (26%) and cyber security (26%). Executive education and leadership development (24%) are sixth on the priority list, with 22% also seeing this area as a challenge they must address in the next three years.

       “That said, the top three things that senior professionals say need immediate attention include recruitment, training, and executive education and leadership development (38% each),” says VanDyck Silveira, FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance CEO.

       Key areas for concern in learning and development were also revealed:

      • Senior professionals understand and recognize the long-term benefits of learning and leadership development, admitting it isn’t a number-one priority for their organization.
      • To date, learning and leadership development programs haven’t lived up to senior professionals’ expectations, although these professionals are optimistic that future programs will be worth the investment.
      • Although organizations have attempted to measure the impact of executive education and leadership development, they don’t always succeed - despite this being a priority when choosing the right programming.
      • Compared with last year’s survey results, learning priorities have remained roughly consistent among senior professionals.

      There are regional differences when it comes to views on the impact of learning and leadership development programs. Satisfaction with these programs is highest in China (72%), Spain (64%) and Germany (57%) – with the lowest satisfaction ratings coming from Japan (16%) and the Nordic countries (37%).  Moreover, respondents - especially those in China, Spain and Germany - believe the senior leaders in their organization are optimistic about future investments in executive education / leadership development.

       “Over 80% of senior professionals believe that executive education / leadership development has improved their skills, is vital to achieving business goals, and is more important than ever. In addition, 58% of them believe that executive education and leadership development are the key to holding on to their best employees,” says Silveira.

      Less than half of respondents report their senior leadership teams believe past investments in executive education have added value to their organization. This varies by market, with perceived value being strongest in China (69%), Spain (60%) and Germany (60%).

      Where senior professionals measured the outcomes of past corporate learning programs, they measured impact based on:

      • Employee satisfaction (72%)
      • Customer satisfaction (72%)
      • Employee engagement (72%)
      • Revenue, profit and margins (68%)

       In terms of impact, only 37% report seeing a tangible impact on employee engagement, 34% see benefits in terms of customer satisfaction; while revenue, profit, and margins, and employee satisfaction both return figures of 32%.

      “It would appear senior professionals agree there’s room for improvement when it comes to executive education and leadership development - including better alignment with business goals (41%), more engagement from employees (40%) and better long-term planning of programs (37%),” adds Silveria.

      “This research further highlights the place of corporate executive education and leadership development, along with today’s key issues in this area across a large proportion of the globe,” concludes Silveria.

      The 2017 Corporate Learning Pulse global survey report is available to download from: http://resources.ftiecla.com/en-gb/pulse2017/  

      A video summary of the 2017 report findings can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/223015129

      About the author:

      David Wells is Head of Communication at FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance. Contact him at: +44 (0)7921 582419; david.wells@ftiecla.com

       About Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance

      Financial Times |IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, formed in December 2014, connects academic excellence with real-world insights from award-winning Financial Times journalists and global business practitioners. FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance members are top business schools and learning organizations, globally as well as in their region and country. The Financial Times has been a trusted guide to business for more than 125 years, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. IE Business School is recognized as a world leader and offers one of the most prestigious international MBA programs.

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    2. 4 Reasons Instructor-Led Training is Killing Your Sales Potential

      4 Reasons Instructor-Led Training is Killing Your Sales Potential

      If you want to earn, you’ve got to learn. Staying on top of market trends, needs, insights, and news is key to maximizing your organization’s sales potential. As a result, sales teams weak on knowledge don’t get far – even if the rest of their skillset is outstanding.

      For this reason, most sales-oriented businesses invest in employee education. You probably do too. The problem is that there’s a lot to learn and the world is constantly changing… especially in the digital age.

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    3. The HR Software Market Reinvents Itself | Follow @2Elearning

      We have been following the HR technology marketplace for almost 20 years now, and I believe we are entering a period of change and disruption unlike ever before.

      Of course I don't like making such bold statements, but this time I have some evidence. As I recently wrote in great detail in the article "The HR Software Market Reinvents Itself," the explosion of mobile platforms, analytics, artificial intelligence, video, and of course the expansive growth of social platforms is totally redefining the way we work. As we described in the Human Capital Trends 2016, organizational structure, leadership, and most ...

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    4. 7 Ways You Can Be Your Own Career Coach | Fast Company | Follow @2Elearning

      7 Ways You Can Be Your Own Career Coach | Fast Company | Follow @2Elearning

      If you need motivation but aren't ready to hire a professional coach, take these steps to coach yourself.

      At some point during your career, you may feel the need for a little extra motivation, insight, or accountability. For many, the solution is to hire a professional coach who can help you move in the direction you want. IBISWorld's 2015 Business Coaching report estimates that the sector has grown to $11 billion annually in the U.S.

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    5. Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers | TED | Follow @2elearning

      Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers | TED | Follow @2elearning

      How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies 'originals': thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- including embracing failure. 'The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most,' Grant says. 'You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.'

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    6. Critical realities of HR Technology revealed in report series from Fosway Group and HRN

      Critical realities of HR Technology revealed in report series from Fosway Group and HRN

      Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, reveals the critical realities of HR technology across Europe, in partnership with HRN, the world’s largest corporate HR network focused on the future of work and technology. Ahead of the HR Tech World Spring event in London next week, the new research is being made available through a series of reports and infographics.

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