Employee Development on a Shoestring 'trailer' [video]

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Finally got it done! 

I've created a short video that describes why I wrote my book, Employee Development on a Shoestring, and how it can help.

It has been estimated that 70 percent of employee development takes place through informal learning, rather than through formal learning events. Employee Development on a Shoestring offers insights and lessons for leveraging these naturally occurring growth opportunities in developing employees outside the classroom and ‘outside the box’. This hands-on resource delivers specific implementation tools and techniques for developing motivated, engaged employees in today’s “do more with less” business environment. A handy resource for any employee developer, this book provides worksheets, checklists, and detailed implementation guidelines to help managers develop their workforce in a way that is tailored to each employee’s strengths, development needs, and constraints.

Grounded in employee development best practices, Employee Development on a Shoestring provides in-depth descriptions of the how-to specifics of eleven different, easy to implement employee development methods, including:

  • Step-by-step guidance for initial goal-setting and preparation for effective development planning for every employee, for all development methods.
  • Templates, worksheets, checklists, and guidelines to make your employee development efforts effective and sustainable.
  • A discussion of the value of developing employees in ways that leverage and target their individual strengths, learning styles, and development needs.
  • A modular, customized approach to developing employees by tailoring the development method to each employee’s unique needs and each organization’s budget and constraints.
  • Ways to capitalize on self-directed learning ideas that are easy to implement and apply, immediately and cheaply.
  • Insights for using volunteering as a low-cost and low-effort employee development method.
  • Ideas for creating unique immersive learning opportunities by sending employees on a sabbatical.
  • How to leverage the power of mentoring to develop new competencies for both mentors and protégés.
  • The hidden value of job rotation, stretch assignments, and special teams for addressing your employees’ development needs while enhancing organizational results.
  • Ways to multiply your return-on-investment by identifying situations where peer teaching opportunities exist.
  • The secret of turning employee development into fun and engaging games and contests.
  • Tools and techniques for developing employees by encouraging them to capture stories from the frontlines into digital content for everyone’s benefit.
  • Why developing “innovation zones” within your organization may bring huge learning and development rewards.
  • An examination of social learning and the use of multiple collaborative online tools for real time, on-the-job employee development.

By offering multiple employee development methods for every learning style and budget, experience-based tips and suggestions, exercises, and input on maximizing the utility and efficacy of your employee development efforts, Employee Development on a Shoestring is a comprehensive tutorial for all managers, supervisors, trainers, human resources (HR) personnel, coaches, and other professionals who are involved in developing employee competence efficiently and cost-effectively.

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