The Quantified Communications Blog

  • Jan 09, 2020

    Building Leadership Habits in the New Year

    Research has found that it takes approximately sixty-six days to build a habit. That is, it takes just over two months for a new behavior to become second nature. So think about that as you plan out your new year’s resolutions. Whether you’re committing to hit the gym regularly, drink eight glasses of water a day, or anything else, know that if you push through for the first two months, playing the game of “mind over matter,” then your new habit will finally start to become old hat.

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  • Dec 11, 2019

    The Future of Leadership Development: Experience Platforms

    In the last couple of decades, leadership development has undergone drastic transformation. From the physical universities like GE Crotonville and Accenture St. Charles to virtual, e-learning software platforms to bite-sized MOOCs from platforms like Lynda.com and even YouTube, L&D has been desperately seeking a structure that both fits into employees’ schedules and enables lasting improvement.

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  • Dec 04, 2019

    How—and Why—to Turn Employees into Lifelong Learners

    We’re hearing a lot of buzz lately about preparing employees for the “future of work.” Here at Quantified, we’ve weighed in once or twice on the importance of providing quality training and development opportunities for employees, ensuring they have the skills required to continue helping the company grow—but also encouraging long-term loyalty and engagement.

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  • Nov 06, 2019

    Reskilling and Upskilling: A Primer

    In all the buzz about the future of work, there are two terms we hear over and over: reskilling and upskilling. As in “Businesses will need to reskill their employees as automation changes the nature of their jobs.” Or “In today’s tight labor market, employees are looking for jobs that support their ongoing development, so savvy businesses are investing in upskilling their top talent.”

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  • Oct 09, 2019

    Beyond Compliance Training: Learning & Development in Finance

    Traditionally, learning and development of any kind has a bit of a bad rap. Being required to attend on-the-job training sounds about as exciting—and useful—as sitting through a defensive driving course. And yet, in today’s business landscape, with Korn Ferry predicting a talent shortfall of 85 million workers by 2030 at a cost of $8.5 trillion per year, retaining top talent by giving them the room and the resources to grow and develop is more critical than ever.

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  • May 29, 2019

    To Make L&D Mission Critical, Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice

    How does your organization approach leadership development? Through workshops, mentorships, and online courses? Through trial by fire? Some combination of the above?

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  • May 22, 2019

    Soft Skills Are in Demand. Can They Be Measured?

    Whether or not soft skills are important in the workplace is no longer up for debate. We’ve written in depth about the topic, and we’re not the only ones. LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report identified soft skills as the biggest trend transforming the talent landscape, with 80 percent of respondents saying employees’ soft skills are critical to a company’s success and 92 percent saying they matter as much or more than hard skills.

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  • Apr 24, 2019

    To Make L&D Effective, Ditch Traditional Programs in Favor of Adaptive Digital Offerings

    There’s no question that in today’s business landscape—where it’s more difficult than ever to recruit and retain top talent—learning and development opportunities should no longer be limited to corner-office executives. 

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  • Aug 01, 2018

    How to Get Employees Excited About L&D? Let Them Take the Reins

    One of the chief concerns learning and development leaders face in rolling out talent development programs—whether they’re weekend retreats, day-long seminars, or online courses—is finding a way to show employees their value. Often, the team members who are asked to participate in trainings view them as timewasters that take them away from more pressing commitments. And when employees resent being there, they resent the program and resist the learning.

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  • Jul 02, 2018

    Leadership Communication for Women in Charge

    Some of the questions we’re asked most frequently here at Quantified are about the differences in the way men and women should communicate if they want to be perceived as respectable, authoritative leaders. After all, it’s incredible just how often we see women in leadership positions being criticized (or praised, sure, but more often criticized) not for their message, itself, but for the way they deliver it.

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