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TIME:  E-leaders Flip the Team

This is the first of a four-part series on e-leadership and its critical influence in today’s virtual teams.

Time is one of our most critical assets and we never seem to have enough of it. What is a top workplace time suck?  Inefficient meetings! Ask yourself, “What does a usual face-to-face team meeting look like?”  Is it that agendas are reviewed, presentations are made, action items are discussed, and next steps are planned over a designated period of time that seems like forever?

A good e-leader does not simply do what many organizations do, which is to move this same traditional meeting approach to an online arena without changing the format. An effective e-leader rethinks the meeting design to produce a real impact when engaging virtual teams and making the most of their time.  Shifting the online meeting… Read more →

Agility and Continuous Learning Essential Components to Economic Success

At Maher, we love to share insights into trends that impact the world of Talent Development.  Across the board, in both our Private and Public-sector clients, we are seeing growth in the investment of training, technical assistance and performance support work.  The goal is to expedite onboarding to dynamic processes or policies, and provide ongoing upskilling to address the ever-prevalent cycles of change in the workplace. 

It isn’t surprising to Maher, as Change Management and Talent Development experts, that a culture of agility and continuous learning are key indicators of an organization’s ability to compete in today’s economic times.  However, the pace of technological change leaves us asking, How do we accurately predict what skills are most critical to our success in the future?

A LinkedIn article entitled, How do we train workers for jobs… Read more →

Congrats, Dr. Jen Chingwe!

Congratulations to Jen on receipt of her Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University! 

Jen diligently completed and defended her dissertation on Affordances of Community of Inquiry Methods in Measuring and Evaluating Teaching Presence to Guide Practice, while working full time at Maher, and being a mother of teenage twins. 

Jen has brought a new level of expertise to our firm spearheading some of our most innovative technology-driven learning including the MOOC, Leading Change While Implementing Innovation, for Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) leadership, and online peer problem-solving cohort groups for leadership implementing the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

Additionally, she expanded Maher’s online Academy on Lean Principles and designed and developed University platforms on topics such as Sales, Sales Management and a multitude of operations functions. 

Jen has also provided… Read more →

How Do I Learn?

An Interview with Maher General Manager and IMPAQ Executive Vice President, Tina Barretto

As a busy executive at Maher and IMPAQ, I would like to understand how you approach your professional development. Since Maher is a Talent Development firm, we believe sharing our personal development journeys with peers and organizations is just one way we can expand our commitment to continuous learning and the upskilling of our workforce.  I would like to share a little about your passion for learning, so, let me ask you…

“Why do you think professional development is so important today?”

Professional development should be an important part of everyone’s career path. We should continue to strive to make ourselves more marketable, by learning a new skill or content area. This not only makes the individual feel more productive and good about themselves, it also… Read more →

Maher Team at NAWB Conference: Premier of our Merger with IMPAQ!

Several members of the Maher Team spent last week mingling with workforce pros at the National Association of Workforce Board’s (NAWB) annual conference in Washington, D.C. Over the years we see the NAWB Conference as one of a few, key national meetings that keeps us connected with our colleagues and clients in the Workforce Development System, and also keeps us connected to important trends and challenges across the United States.

This year was particularly special for us, however, as we premiered our new relationship with IMPAQ following our much talked about acquisition by them at the end of 2017. IMPAQ and Maher staff worked together to staff our booth and briefed visitors on our new, combined capabilities that bring broader offerings and increased capacity to our clients in the U.S. and internationally.

“It was so great networking with so many friends… Read more →

Learning Trends and Beyond in 2018

Maher Chief Learning Officer, Catherine Baker recently had the honor to serve on a Mid New Jersey ATD Panel along with the Head of Field Force Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Head of Talent Development for the Linde Group. The topic of the panel was “Learning Trends.”

Participants at the event generated three key areas of interest within their table groups, and panelists responded and shared their experience relative to those needs. Topics of great interest were microlearning, adaptive or personalized learning, and the future of learning as a profession. Maher will share the summary from this event in our next newsletter. In the interim, we are sharing a different perspective on trends: one that focuses on Talent Strategy in the Data Age. As our colleagues at our parent company, IMPAQ, know too well, use of data in decision-making is essential. This article goes beyond… Read more →

Virtual Leadership Series Announced

Managing teams virtually is essential in our busy world. While the use of Facebook and other social platforms seems the norm in our private lives, people may not connect the value they get from the use of similar peer group platforms and models in the workplace. Maher will be launching an informative series on virtual leadership in the upcoming months. Jen Chingwe, Project Manager and Senior Instructional Designer put the series together. Jen has had a mix of projects with Maher where virtual leadership of peer groups is a central focus, and she has exciting and valuable experience to share on this topic. Jen is about to receive her doctorate in Education, Design of Learning Contexts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in Neptune, NJ and in Washington, D.C. The… Read more →

Bringing Home National Titles

Two National Champions were added to Maher’s extended family at the end of 2017. The daughters of Donna Batt, Payroll Specialist, and Catherine Baker, CLO and Director of the Private Sector, brought home American Youth Cheer first place titles with their respective cheerleading squads. It was a first-time journey for Catherine’s daughter, yet a familiar experience for Donna’s daughter who made her sixth trip to the Florida-based competition. Both girls had amazing teams and leadership, and they worked hard to achieve this impressive goal.

“What made the experience manageable as a working mother was also the leadership that took place off the mats,” Baker explains. “Being a life-long learner, I tend to connect wins in my personal life to my professional world. In this case, it was a masterful use of online peer groups and virtual leadership. After… Read more →

Retention Gains Tied to Onboarding and Mentoring

Chris Mokros, National Training Director of StoneMor, came to the organization with the intention of creating and implementing a Training Strategy aligned with business goals. StoneMor was growing quickly and, at that time, there was not a centralized learning function or technology infrastructure.  Chris’ key focus out of the gates naturally was the sales function.

StoneMor Partners L.P. worked with Maher to launch an online university. New hire onboarding for Sales was the first blended solution offered and was rolled out in 2015. It includes a mix of eLearning, classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and post-training pull through tools. Last year, StoneMor added a formal mentoring program for new hires in the Sales function, as well. The combination of these two offerings has doubled retention and has proven to more rapidly improve sales performance of new hires who completed the new training path when compared to… Read more →

“Slumdog Millionaires?”

Lessons on Job Training I Learned in the Slums of Mumbai

I recently spent some time touring India. We did the “northern route” (for those who know the terrain), and I was there on vacation, but learned important lessons about career training as well. Let me explain.

First, for the travelers among you, I started in Delhi, and moved on to Varanasi (Hindus make a pilgrimage there like Muslims might to Mecca), Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and finished up in Mumbai (formerly Bombay).

It was a trip full of contrasts – from the busy streets of Old Delhi, to the Hindu priests and faithful on the banks of the Ganges, the Taj Mahal and opulent palaces of the Maharajas’, to the unspeakable condition of Mumbai’s slums. If you think there is a growing divide between the rich and poor in America … Read more →

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