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Four Top Factors That Derail Corporate Leadership Training

By Mike Vaughan | 18 October 2017

Last week, I posted about the four primary derailers we commonly encounter when implementing corporate leadership training programs – bias, attention, fear and choice –  and I dove a bit deeper into the first two. Here is a continuation of that post, with some additional detail around the two main derailers we found participants exhibiting…

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corporate leadership training

Is Your Corporate Leadership Training Being Derailed? Four Ways to Improve Focus in Business Simulations.

By Mike Vaughan | 13 October 2017

Derailers are the primary reason why employees make poor decisions and lose focus during corporate leadership training programs. They can impact thinking to such an extreme that an individual’s ability to learn, much less think, is rendered dull. We’ve found four primary culprits when it comes to derailers in professional development training programs: bias, attention,…

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training and professional development

Are Training and Professional Development Leaders Being Replaced by Machines?

By Brook Wineland | 11 October 2017

Computers rarely make mistakes, they don’t let emotions and biases affect their decisions, and they are generally faster and definitely more logical than humans. So why not let them run training and professional development organizations? This seems to be a popular topic as of late but it’s rarely applied to the corporate learning environment. Regardless…

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executive leadership development

Seeing Through the Chaos: A Case Study in Complexity and Executive Leadership Development

By Mike Vaughan | 09 October 2017

A few years ago, I received an early morning call from a colleague, Beth, the COO of a large corporation, whose situation exemplified the complex issues companies are facing today. “Mike, this is what’s going on. We went through some difficult layoffs. We’re now facing competition from small businesses—some of which are halfway around the…

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leadership and management training

Can Game of Thrones Inform Leadership and Management Training?

By Caroline Avey | 05 October 2017

Game of Thrones is a highly entertaining series, but the value of this show goes beyond entertainment; there are lessons to be learned as well. Here are some tips that can lead to better outcomes in leadership and management training. How can Game of Thrones provide insights for development of leadership skills? The popular television…

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learning and development training programs

Linear Thinking and Corporate Leadership Training

By Mike Vaughan | 29 September 2017

“Failure does not strike like a bolt from the blue,” said Dietrich Dörner, emeritus professor of General and Theoretical Psychology at Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany, and recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (the highest honor awarded in German research). He goes on to share his insight: “. . . complicated situations seem to…

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training and professional development

How Design Thinking Creates More Effective Leadership Training

By Marley Pillon | 28 September 2017

As a recent summer intern at The Regis Company, it quickly became apparent to me that design thinking played an integral part in building effective leadership training and professional development programs. Naturally, I wanted to learn more, so I interviewed Dianne Miller, the Head of Design. Here are some excerpts from our conversation: What is your…

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simulation training

My A-Ha Moment That Led to More Effective Simulation Training

By Mike Vaughan | 22 September 2017

In previous posts, I’ve talked about The Regis Company’s focus on “how to think” simulation training, versus traditional “what to think” corporate development training. I’ve also discussed Richness and Reach broken into four quadrants. In this post, I’ll dive into how this logic began to gain relevance for me, but first, a quick refresher: While…

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simulation training

Industry Specific Simulation Training – Walk a Mile in Your Client’s Shoes

By Tim Reeves | 20 September 2017

“Auditing firms must fully comprehend the industries of their clients,” said Walter E Jospin, Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office. Or else they get fined for audit fraud and the firm suffers a loss in reputation! This is one of many reasons why it is important that professional service firms, and anyone selling consultatively to…

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Learning Impact Tool

Why Do Our Leadership Development Training Programs Focus on What to Think?

By Mike Vaughan | 17 September 2017

Most leadership development training programs and technologies are based on the premise that knowledge is power. Training focuses on transmitting information from teacher to student with the idea that the mere accumulation of knowledge will equip the student to function effectively in the world. “Sage-on-the-stage” workshops and basic e learning courses reinforce a model built…

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