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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
There have been major changes for my husband and me this year as we moved from our residence of 33 years to a new location and struggled to downsize our “stuff.” As you can imagine, there was a lot of it! During the purge, I came across a set of encyclopedias, Better Homes and Gardens how-to books, and Speak & Read/Math/Spell learning toys. When my 9-year-old grandson looked at me puzzled while holding the Speak & Math, I began to reflect on how learning has changed over the years as I explained that his mom used it to learn math.
As a designer of eLearning and virtual instructor-led training at Maher & Maher, I am constantly challenged with developing instruction that keeps every learner engaged. We know all too well that dumping the “kitchen sink” into a PowerPoint, adding some narration, and… Read more →
Moving to microlearning is just one shift that we have been helping our clients navigate as they refine their Talent Development strategies. There are others that are essential to engage Modern Learners and allow them to excel by onboarding and upskilling in both an effective and efficient manner. We focused on the value of storytelling and social / peer learning in our last newsletter, but there is even more we can do. Time is money, regardless of industry. It is critical that as our workloads expand and continue to shift to address the pulls and pushes of our economic times, we are driving a learning strategy that is framed for success.
We’d like to share an article that summarized key learning trends in the corporate world to give a flavor of what can be done to move our learning strategies in… Read more →
As a working mother, it is important to find ways of balancing my time wisely between family, friends, the causes I support, and career goals. That’s a tall order in today’s busy world and the tools that enable me to achieve that balance are essential.
Video is one of those tools. How, you ask? Let me tell you a brief story.
Two years ago, right in the middle of the weekend crunch to get my family’s school uniforms, dance leotards, and work clothes ready for the coming week, my washing machine stopped working. I stood amid the stillness of the laundry room and stared into a wash bin full of clothes floating in soapy water. No draining, no rinsing. I was certain the washing machine was broken.
After some consideration, my husband I… Read more →