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February 2017


Dear Readers,


It has become cliché to say: "employees are our great asset'.  Yet, the best companies know how to maximize their assets -- human and otherwise -- to be successful. 


In this issue, we focus on several areas critical to optimizing workplace performance.  First, identifying exceptional talent.  Unless you live in Lake Wobegon, where “all the children are above average”, you know your employees run the gamut of abilities.  Finding, coaching and cultivating those with the greatest potential can make all the difference in taking your business to the next level. 


Additionally, it is important to understand how to:  

  • Build an innovative culture – to draw out the best in everyone
  • Provide blended training – to reach people based on how they learn
  • Leverage performance reviews – for goal-setting and feedback


It is a multifaceted challenge.  It requires a coordinated effort to effectively develop employees. To keep everything on-track takes ongoing training and development.  The article on “The Best Lessons Learned in Instructional Design” offers very practical ideas that do not require a big budget.   Read on… 


                                                  WorkforceXpert Editorial Team


Five Keys to Building an Innovative Culture

By Tamar Elkeles

Want more innovation?  Start with your organizational culture. It is built through norms, behaviors, attitudes and values. Learn how to make innovation a common thread.  Initiate it, encourage it, reward it and celebrate it.

How to Identify Truly Exceptional Talent

By John Hendrickson
Finding exceptional talent early allows you to maximize their potential for your organization. But these valuable employees are not all the same. Learn how to find, coach and cultivate them to achieve industry-changing, business-boosting innovation.

Optimize Workforce Performance with Blended Learning

By Richard A. Spires

By blending traditional classroom-style training with virtual or technology-based learning, you can offer a more personalized learning experience that adapts to individual needs.  Capitalize on four effective tactics to maximize your return on training.  
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Make Performance Reviews Effective Again

By Sirmara Campbell Twohill

Performance reviews have taken many different forms, with some companies doing away with them entirely. But they’re still important. Follow these six key tips for structuring reviews to make them more effective at your organization.
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The Best Lessons Learned in Instructional Design

By Jane Bozarth

A collection of quick, easy-to-access, and just-in-time eLearning ideas that you can implement for little or no cost – while producing a superior result.  Discover practical tools to keep your instructional design fresh and effective. 
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