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May 2016


Dear Readers,


Some of the best business lessons can come from the most unusual places. 


Take the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton”.  This inspiring story of our nation’s first Treasury Secretary is set to a hip-hop beat.  The producers wanted the cast to reflect urban diversity and provide aspiring Hamilton-esque young people with the opportunity of a lifetime: to perform on a Broadway stage.  So they specifically advertised that they were looking for non-white actors.  What?


Cue firestorm of controversy stage right. 


Meanwhile, back in the glass towers of contemporary corporate America, businesses like Adobe are finding new ways to recruit the talent they need too.  Then, by utilizing e-learning, they are improving retention of new employees by increasing the pace at which they get up to speed.  And in a new research study, eLearning Guild is sharing how to better manage organizational knowledge to improve your results.  Read on…


                                                  WorkforceXpert Editorial Team

‘Hamilton’ Producers Aren’t Discriminating — They're More Honest Than Hollywood

By Kate Everson

Along with a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, the producers for Broadway’s “Hamilton” have stirred up a hiring debate on whether or not they could claim race as a “bona fide occupational qualification” (BFOQ) when sending a casting call out for non-white actors.  Time to duel it out?

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Managing Organizational Knowledge

By Sharon Vipond
In The eLearning Guild’s newest white paper, “Managing Organizational Knowledge”, authors Marc Rosenberg and Steve Foreman show how to use collective knowledge to drive learning and productivity.

How to Initiate Positive Behavior Change

By Marshall Goldsmith

Changing adult behavior can be difficult.  Understanding there are four options (i.e. creating, preserving, eliminating and accepting) linked behavioral change is a great place to start.  
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Cancer ‘Complex and Intimidating’ for Benefit Professionals

By Kathryn Mayer

While cancer impacts only 1-2% of employees, the cost of cancer-related care and treatment is growing at twice the pace of general healthcare.  More can be done to offer employees additional emotional support, financial planning and other assistance on this difficult medical journey.
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CASE STUDY: Adobe Creates a Recruitment Process That Sticks

By Sarah Fister Gale

With more than 14,000 employees and $5 billion in revenue, software giant Adobe has found a way to integrate talent acquisition and talent development in a new way.  The result is better retention and faster ramp-up using e-learning. This case study has lessons for every business. 
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