Reflections on the Training Officer’s Consortia Annual Institute

Recently I had the privilege of presenting at the Training Officer’s Consortia (TOC) Annual Institute – Making Training Sweet in Hershey, Pennsylvania and I want to share my experience with you.

The Institute kicked off with a presentation from Kathryn Medina with OPM. Kathryn’s keynote address highlighted how critical it is that the next generations of Human Resource (HR) professionals receive training. Expecting HR professionals to solve the most pressing challenges of today with the tools of yesteryear is not a recipe for success. The Institute continued with David Mallon with Bersin & Associates who highlighted some of the results of their resent research, including:

  • Developing a performance driven culture
Creating innovations in organizations
Filling critical gaps in leadership
Measuring ROI
  • Creating alignment of training with the business
  • Helping facilitate transfer of learning

My session entitled The Top 10 Strategies to Help Federal Training Managers with the Most Pressing Organizational Development Challenges of 2011 – Making Learning Sweet, was based upon recent research we conducted. It is striking to me how closely aligned the research SPI conducted is with the findings both keynote speakers shared. Through open discussion and an interactive brainstorming activity, I was able to:

  • Offer specific strategies on what training managers and/or OD professionals can do now to address some of their most pressing challenges.
  • Collect over 120 additional suggestions from attendees on how to address some of the most pressing organizational development challenges business professionals are currently facing.

If you would like to know more about solutions for addressing your most pressing OD challenges, please feel free to participate in a FREE Webinar I will be hosting on Thursday, May 26th at 10am ET. To register please visit and follow the links for Coffee With Ken.

If you are not able to attend the webcast but would like to receive an in-house briefing of the data and strategies let me know and I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

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