Offer trainees more choices and watch performance soar

Stephen J. Meyer

Look for ways to give trainees choices. Reason: Studies show that performance improves when people have choices, even small ones. Read on to learn the science behind this discovery, and how you can use these findings to improve knowledge retention.

Small victories are key to mastering complex skills

Stephen J. Meyer

Trainers can break down all the behaviors successful people do into individual skills. By mastering small obstacles, eventually they’re mastering a larger skill or task. Read on to learn more about how this works.

The Research: Why Training Transfer is So Low

Stephen J. Meyer

Dozens of studies in the past 40 years have tried to figure out how to improve training transfer. The truth is its up to managers to make sure employee training sticks. Keep reading to learn what factors impact training transfer, and how managers can help.

Training Transfer: Kirkpatrick Says It’s All About Managers

Stephen J. Meyer

Training expert Donald Kirkpatrick once said that the failure of employees to retain what they’ve learned is the result of managers not doing enough to follow-up. Read on to learn more, and how he suggests managers promote knowledge retention.

Are Your Managers Plugged In to Best Practices in Your Industry?

Stephen J. Meyer

The way to become a gazelle in your industry is to achieve flawless execution of strategy at all levels of your company. Fail to accomplish that goal and somebody’s eventually going to knock your block off. Read on to learn more about the importance of management keeping their skills sharp.

Why Training Dollars Go Down the Drain

Stephen J. Meyer

Why doesn’t training stick? Tons of research shows that the main reason is lack of managerial follow. Read on to learn a technique called “The Four Rs” that will help managers improve learning retention.

How Shared Vocabulary Can Improve Training Transfer

Stephen J. Meyer

One of the goals of any training effort should be to create shared vocabulary. That is, words and phrases that capture key concepts that drive performance in an organization. Learn why you improve training retention when you create a shared vocabulary in an organization.