Coaching can help fill the soft skills gap

CLO Magazine

Knowledge transfer and skill building happen in a variety of ways: formal education, self-directed learning, training, mentoring, executive coaching, job rotation, etc. However, I posit that executive coaching is still the best way to help leaders develop skills that are difficult to teach, measure and sometimes articulate — soft skills. The Soft Skills Gap. Specifically, there is a gap in skills that are difficult to teach, measure and sometimes articulate.

Coaching Employees to Improve Performance

Unboxed

It’s common to find great coaches on the playing field – but what about in the workplace? Coaching employees to improve performance starts with effective leadership. Good managers are skilled in coaching employees. Did you know that coaching employees can actually boost productivity and create more positive morale? Characteristics of a Good Coach in the Workplace. You can effectively coach employees in a variety of ways. Follow Follow Follow.

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Don’t Assume Sales Managers Know How to Coach

Allego

Behind every good salesperson is an effective sales manager who mentors, coaches and supports – that’s the goal, anyway. The Challenge of Providing Good Coaching. They might also be unclear about the priorities and expectations for coaching their teams, and feel overburdened by non-coaching tasks. What Kind of Coach Are You? The present coach asks good questions rather than telling reps what to do. How to Coach the Sales Manager.

Why Sales Managers Struggle with Coaching

Knowledge Guru

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Those who can, do; those who can’t do, teach”? These new sales managers have to then transition their role from the doer (selling products) to the teacher and coach (managing sales reps). It’s not all about the skills gap, though. Don’t have time to coach. Many sales managers are dealing with teams that are too large for one individual to provide meaningful coaching and mentoring for all.

How to Fill Soft Skills Gap while Onboarding

Tesseract Learning

A new employee brings to the table varied technical know-how. In this blog, we will look at how to fill the soft skills gap while onboarding a new employee. This is an apt time to get to know new inductees and to recommend appropriate soft skills competencies for them, rather than let them go on with the usual and try and bring change later, or simply make do with what is available. . Onboarding is both a nervous and an exciting experience for a new employee.

Mentoring or Coaching: What’s Best for Your Company?

CLO Magazine

Mentoring and coaching strategies translate to better employee engagement and retention. But it pays to know the key differences between coaching and mentoring to implement an effective program. Today we’re faced with a serious talent gap and, with the improving economy, greater difficulty in recruiting highly skilled employees to fill those positions. There is a difference between coaching and mentoring.

Closing the Learning-Acquisition Gap with Informal Learning

Learnkit

We get trained to do something, perform a task to maximize our rewards, then reap the benefits. We aren’t pigeons and we can learn to do things in more way than one. We’re already struggling to close a widening skills gap and can’t have our people lose faith. I think the primary reason for this skills gap is that we are still only rewarding people for learning and doing their jobs in limited ways.

Mentoring can elevate women in tech (webinar recap)

Everwise

Experts believe that mentoring can help reverse this trend–and conversely that a lack of mentors for women, particularly in tech, is partially responsible. In an Everwise webinar in late September, a panel of tech leaders who mentor women shared how mentoring can help attract and retain women in tech. One of the major questions the tech industry must answer is: Why do female technologists drop out of the field and not return? Mentors benefit, too.

Bridging the Generational Gap in Your Workplace

Everwise

Together, these generations form a uniquely diverse workforce, who have much to share with one another if they are encouraged to do so. One might expect this to give rise to tensions as older workers could have mixed feelings about being coached by those younger than them, but in fact most workers say they don’t find it difficult to have a younger boss. Generational differences affect all parts of HR from hiring to coaching and talent development.

How to Prepare Your Mentoring Program to Scale

Everwise

Mentoring is a powerful way to boost engagement and satisfaction among employees, but only when it’s done right. Over 83% of employees say they’d benefit from a mentoring program, yet just 30% of them have participated in one. The fact is, many programs are run by HR departments who are interested in scaling them, yet lack the resources, support, technology, or people to do so. Insufficient or Improperly Motivated Mentors. “If Protégés Feel Guarded with Their Mentors.

How to Prepare Your Mentoring Program to Scale

Everwise

Mentoring is a powerful way to boost engagement and satisfaction among employees, but only when it’s done right. Over 83% of employees say they’d benefit from a mentoring program, yet just 30% of them have participated in one. The fact is, many programs are run by HR departments who are interested in scaling them, yet lack the resources, support, technology, or people to do so. Insufficient or Improperly Motivated Mentors. “If Protégés Feel Guarded with Their Mentors.

Grow multicultural leaders with coaching, not just business English

CLO Magazine

In a recent survey conducted by Wiley Education Services and Future Workplace,“Closing the Skills Gap 2019,” fewer than half of the 600 surveyed HR leaders reported spending $500 or more to upskill individual employees. HR and L&D leaders will likely begin by considering what role communications coaching and language learning programs can play in helping to meet the development need. The following scenario is based on an actual coaching engagement.

How do you build eLearning?

B Online Learning

When it comes to building eLearning, how do you do it? Do you just open up Articulate Storyline , have a look at the content that your SME has provided and then just start building it? Do you import a bunch of PowerPoint slides, add a player skin with the obligatory Next and Previous buttons, attach some word documents as resources, and then hit publish? Do they need to be assessed to prove their understanding has changed? So how do we do that well?

Mentoring Millennials to Teach Hard to Come by Soft Skills

Training Industry

It’s the "Young Employee Dilemma" that's creating a gap between potential and performance. Mentoring We need millennials for their innovation, passion and technology know-how. Mentoring gives young professionals the opportunity to talk candidly and learn from someone older and more experienced, in a relaxed environment. Celebrate the training’s completion, and invite each employee to mentor new staff themselves.

Do You Know How to Create an Actionable Learning Strategy?

CLO Magazine

For another, when they do review and/or develop learning strategies, those strategies don’t always mesh well with business priorities. Further, CLOs need to know how learning drives business-centric concerns like revenue and market penetration. A focus on learning objectives versus business objectives: Learning leaders should use training needs assessments to identify skill gaps and pain points. Leaders also can be valuable mentors and coaches.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! Live session with Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! How do we use new and emerging technologies in the learning space? Point of today’s conversation: talking training, design and development if a marketing person were doing it. What are they doing that’s different?

Need to Combine E-Learning with Mentoring? Here’s a Simple Solution.

Rapid eLearning

Recently someone asked how to combine their mentoring program with elearning courses. It usually involved a production environment where peer coaches were tasked with training new employees on the floor. But the ideas in this post could work in any type of training program that includes some sort of mentoring or peer coaching. A person’s hired to a new position and often assigned a peer coach who walks beside him until he’s up-to-speed. Peer coach guides.

Soft Skills and Cultural Divides: How One Mentor Helps Proteges Navigate Tough Challenges

Everwise

After a decade in the industry, Hirsch says, “I started to coach and mentor the chemists under me. A mentor trying to help a protégé develop soft skills needs to understand social dynamics and psychology so well they can see the whole picture from just a subjective glimpse. Why do you mentor? What do you get out of the experience? I also write articles on the internet for publications like The Knowledge Center , I do webinars for Special Chem.

3 Mental models for learning L&D professionals should know about

Matrix

3 Mental models for learning L&D professionals should know about. Figure out the gaps and go back to the source material. Repeat the process until all gaps are filled. This is why a lot of fields use this model – it’s present in therapy, coaching and even marketing. Read more: How many types of mentoring are there? Understand where the gaps are. It might sound obvious, but knowing what we don’t know is actually harder than it seems.

Know how your firm makes money

CLO Magazine

Why do you want to know?” For example, as the CFO explained the historical revenue sources, margin ratios and competitive strengths and compared those with the future business goals, his tutorial led me to ask more questions which, in turn, expanded this initial meeting to more of a mentoring relationship. We all know that the best way to retain knowledge is to teach, so when I was invited to speak at HR industry events I was able to practice.

Learning Pathways: How to Fill Your Industry’s Skills Gap

WBT Systems

If you ever hiked up a mountain without the help of a trail, you know how frustrating and, sometimes, dangerous it can be. Learners who tell us that their goal is to start a new career will be shown a complete guide to that career including what skills they need to know, the sequence of courses that teach those skills and even pre-requisites needed to successfully master the skills,” said a Coursera product manager. No longer do they have to wonder, “Where do I begin?

How Education Entrepreneurs Can Transcend a Crazy Busy Lifestyle with Executive Career and Mindset Coach Elizabeth Pearson

LifterLMS

Learn how education entrepreneurs can transcend a crazy busy lifestyle with executive career and mindset coach Elizabeth Pearson in this episode of the LMScast podcast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. Elizabeth is an executive career and mindset coach, and she’s also a program developer in the sense that she helps people move through a process. In 2016 Elizabeth launched her coaching business part-time while leading a skincare company as a C-level executive.

Beyond the hype: What you really need to know about digital learning this year

Learning Pool

Talking about the ‘war for talent’ might sound like a well-worn cliché but the reality today is that there are new roles emerging all the time and skills gaps opening up like never before. Digital learning has its limits, but by creating programmes that include coaching and mentoring, on-the-job training, space for reflection, measurement and assessment, you can build out a much richer and more rounded experience for your learners.

21 Kinds of Informal Learning at Work [Video]

Pract.us

But most of learning we do at work occurs informally, through interactions and experiences while we’re doing our jobs. Take a look and see how much crucial learning you do outside the classroom. They get help from mentors and experienced colleagues who are also learning from the experience. Most of us have learned one job or another by simply following an experienced colleague around and watching what they do. Informal coaching. Peer coaching.

Corporate Training Trends 2020

Unboxed

Based on what we’re seeing with our clients, and in the L&D industry overall, we have compiled the top four future trends in training and development that you need to know for the upcoming year. According to SHRM’s Skills Gap 2019 research, 75% of HR professionals say there is a shortage of skills in candidates for job openings. One of the “most effective remedies” mentioned in the report for this growing skills gap is to improve employee retention rates.

The Hidden Benefits of Keeping an Updated Skills Inventory

Avilar

Do you know what skills your people have today? Here’s how (and why) to do it. To discover what skills your employees have – and don’t have – review skill inventory and skill gap reports for individuals and teams. Your reports will tell you where your employees’ skills are the strongest, where they’re weak, and where you have gaps. Identify the skills gaps that can be filled by new employees. Avoid being caught off guard by a future skills gap.

Looking the Future in the Face

CLO Magazine

Ridner agreed, saying that the best leaders, “motivate their teams to do the best work possible and achieve the best outcomes.”. They’re more likely to do this, he said, not only because they were brought up in a culture where failure was more acceptable, but because it allows them to tap into that creativity, collaboration and flexibility to problem-solve. Bridging the Gaps. The face of leadership is starting to shift.

Do You Use Training as a Security Blanket A Systems Approach to Improving Performance

Training Industry

Leverage training as a solution when knowledge or skill gaps exist. It also tells me that the team knows how to do the work. If you’ve pinpointed a gap, only provide training for the performers who need it. I know this stuff already!” What do you do when knowledge or skill gaps don’t exist, but performance is subpar? What specifically are they doing wrong? Do they ever do it right?

How to Win the War for Talent with Competencies

Avilar

We know that learning and development is a big part of the employee experience for workers of all ages and experience levels. Younger workers, especially, are eager to know what’s needed to move into a desired position. The easier you make it for employees to know what skills and competencies they need to master, the better they can focus on closing their skill gaps and gaining valuable experience.

How to Keep Talent from Walking Out the Door

The Performance Improvement Blog

My friend and colleague, Bernie Donkerbrook , retired Ford Motor Company program manager and now executive coach, places responsibility for retaining talent on the shoulders of an employee’s supervisor or manager. Bernie believes that there is much those managers can do to keep their employees engaged and productive. You should be asking yourself, “What am I doing to ensure that my key talent remains once the job market improves?” But what do your employees say about this?

Matching Military Veterans With Business Veterans

CLO Magazine

Dutter serves as a mentor in the program, established through a partnership between Military Veteran Partners and B2B sales training company Empire Selling. While veterans may have developed strong leadership skills during their time in the military service, many of the soft skills they have acquired do not transfer easily into the civilian workforce, Cloetingh said. There’s a gap that we see from veterans coming out of the service and into civilian life,” Cloetingh said.

Key to Success: Piecing Together A Top Notch Personal Board of Directors

Everwise

January is National Mentoring Month. While we typically think of mentorship as a one-on-one relationship, as the workplace changes, having just one or two disparate mentors is no longer sufficient. There is growing consensus that executives, managers, and junior staff alike need a board of directors – a thoughtfully developed group of 8-10 mentors and role models you can consult regularly to get advice and feedback. You know what they say about shooting for the moon.

How Do You Get Leaders to Change?

CLO Magazine

Collective coaching and development wisdom about how to help a person change goes something like this: 1. Once the goal for the change is clear, the person must receive some sort of learning support or instruction on how to do the new behavior. Most leaders will agree that they often do not get the kind of attention they need to initiate substantial change. “When a gap has been identified, we expect them to be able to make the shifts on their own.

Product Knowledge Training: Creating and Implementing a PKT Plan

Infopro Learning

One of the most common complaints customers have today is that the customer service representatives that they talk to do not know enough about the organization’s offerings to answer their questions. This includes strategies like role play, coaching, and mentoring.

How This Citizen Of The World Applies His Experiences Towards Mentorship

Everwise

As a mentor for Everwise, Wade uses his experience as a citizen of the world to push his proteges to challenge their perspectives and the status quo. Read on to see just how Wade approaches his career, mentoring, and his own development. You’ve spent a lot of time coaching and mentoring others both outside and within organizations where you work. What themes do you see emerging? You’ve written about learning from those you mentor. Can you truly do that?

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A Medical Device Maker Turns Budget Cuts into Better Sales Training Using Allego

Allego

By adopting Allego , they were able to dramatically improve the company’s sales enablement program with fewer resources—to achieve the fabled goal of “doing more with less.”. Because of the budget cuts, we were forced to spend more wisely, to do more things and give more responsibility to local managers and higher-performing sales reps to mentor each other.”. You know how hard it is to reach and teach full-time representatives, but imagine a rep who’s working 20 hours a week.

Jocelyn Greenky’s Advice on Navigating The World Of Work

Everwise

But every office expected me to know the culture, the office politics and the speak of the industry off the bat. And I thought: where is the book telling me what to do, and what to avoid?”. It’s safe to say that Greenky is an expert on navigating the workplace — so much so that she’s authored a book, The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know. Your expertise is in coaching, leadership, navigating office cultures and diversity.