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Training and Development in a Recession What Smart Organizations Do to Survive in Challenging Times

Recording Date: January 28, 2009
Price: Free

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Throughout the business world the race is on to slash costs to the bone. However, in the midst of downsizing and rightsizing it is dangerous to view the continued development of your people as a cost.

The truth is that training is more imperative in a recession than when things are stable

Your employees are your long-term competitive advantage—especially in tough economic times, and organizations that fail to continue to invest in their people and processes will jeopardize their very own survival.

As you face this uncertainty, training and development can help refocus and reenergize your staff at a time when their commitment and engagement are critical.

Join Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard from the Ken Blanchard Companies; Jim Kirkpatrick, vice president of Global Training and Consulting, SMR USA; and Edward T. Reilly, president and CEO of AMA, for a sincere conversation and Q&A session exploring critical best-practices to help secure your organization’s future.

What You Will Learn

For an insightful hour, take an inside look at resolving management issues in cyberspace, including:
  • Steps for becoming a cyber-conscious leader and communicator
  • Tips for engaging and building trust with your staff
  • How to set expectations and build agreements       
  • Guidelines for using the 3Vs
  • How to recognize and overcome the impact of “cultural differences”
  • And much, much more.

About the Presenters

Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm. He is a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, and a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees. He is cofounder of the Center for FaithWalk Leadership, which is dedicated to helping leaders walk their talk in the marketplace. His books include The One Minute Manager®, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans®, Gung Ho!®, and Whale Done!

Scott Blanchard  is executive vice president of Client Solutions for The Ken Blanchard Companies®. Having led major training interventions at numerous Fortune 500 companies, he has worked with a wide variety of senior executives in leading large initiatives for international corporations. He is the coauthor of Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest and Leading at a Higher Level. He represents the next generation of pioneering thought leadership on management issues.

James D. Kirkpatrick is the Vice President of Global Training and Consulting for SMR USA. He presents workshops and provides consulting to Fortune 500 companies around the world. Jim’s expertise includes corporate universities, career development center management, and consulting on evaluation, team building, coaching, and leadership.  His specialty is the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model of training effectiveness. Jim has co-written 3 books with his father, Don Kirkpatrick, the developer of the Kirkpatrick Four Level Evaluation Model. He is currently working on a fourth book called Training on Trial, with his wife, Wendy.  It will be published in Fall 2009. Read more about Jim at smr-usa.com.

Edward T. Reilly is president and chief executive officer of American Management Association, a leading global not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. Reilly previously served as president and chief executive officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years in a variety of senior executive positions with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies.


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