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From leadership styles to corporate culture, the rise of startups and the ubiquity of social media, the last 20 years has radically shifted the professional landscape. Those who embrace the new uncertainties thrive, while those who ignore them fall further behind. We’re exploring all elements of the new world of work, and sharing them here.

The Simple Way to Prove The Impact of Your Program
by Chris Taylor

How do I prove the impact of my programming? This is the age-old question in training, facilitation, consulting, and coaching – how do we do it? How do we show our clients the work we’re doing in having a tangible, measurable, impact on things that matter to them? Let’s take a look at the well-known […]

How to Guarantee Post-Session Learning Application
by Chris Taylor

How do I ensure that my participants are applying what they learned after they leave the room? This is the question we get asked. All. The. Time. From consultants, facilitators, trainers and coaches.  Tell me if this feels familiar: You’re nearing the end of a great session; As a facilitator, you’re just “on”. You’ve delivered […]

Moving from Learning to Business Impact
by Chris Taylor

The goal of the learning that happens in your leadership sessions is the creation of a change within the organization that hired you.  The goal of this change is the development of a lasting effect.  And finally, the goal of the lasting effect that you’ve sparked is a translation into true business impact.  So how […]

The Importance of Quantifying Behavior Change for Client ROI
by Chris Taylor

In our last blog post, we discussed the issues learners face in remembering content and sparking lasting change as a result of learning and development sessions.  In this post, we’ll discuss another client challenge, this one faced by the organization as a whole.  For the organization, an investment into a learning and development program is […]

Program Efficiency vs. Effectiveness and How it Affects the Learner
by Chris Taylor

The goal in the delivery of most learning programs is supposed to be “effectiveness.” Why, then, does it seem like so many programs are focused on efficiency? We try to get as many individuals in the room as we possibly can.  Then, we pack as much information as possible into as short of an amount […]

How Quickly We Forget: Ebbinghaus and Training Program Measurement
by Chris Taylor

It might be true that some strategic priorities are advanced through training investment. But how would we know? The current methods of sustaining and measuring training program efficacy are largely broken.  Over $358 billion was spent globally on corporate training last year, with an estimated $41 billion of that figure being spent on leadership training […]

Here’s How to Help Participants Achieve Guaranteed Momentum
by Chris Taylor

If you’ve been a leadership development consultant, coach, or facilitator for a while, you may very well be able to recognize the moment that realization sparks within your participants.  It’s an “aha!” moment that we sometimes call the “facilitator high.” Participants’ eyes might light up, they might even physically lean forward, but they’ve definitely reached […]

The Importance of Relevance in Habit Change
by Chris Taylor

Leadership development consultants crave habit technology. There’s a growing movement around habit tools of all sorts—from habit trackers and stackers, to habit applications, to behavior change tools. This makes sense. Leadership development consultants are eager to help participants establish new habits after the session. But consider this: is what you’re really searching for simply a […]

What’s In It For Me?: The Value of Why For Participants When it Comes to Habit Change
by Chris Taylor

At Actionable we have analyzed 1000s of commitments – defined as a learner’s habit or new behavior they would like to implement as outlined in Actionable’s Habit Builder framework. This analysis reveals many things, chief among them: the importance of relevance.  Relevance in this context is learners having a strong “why” behind their commitment, or, […]

The Art (and Science) of Intelligent Commitments for Succesful Behavior Change
by Chris Taylor

80% of NewYear’s resolutions “fail” by mid-February1.  Reasons for their failure include anything from lack of clarity to over-ambition when setting the goal.  This leads to the question: what makes a good habit commitment?  You probably wonder this same thing when helping participants create action plans coming out of your learning interventions. How can you […]