PLI Blog 8-6-18:  7 ways That Peer Learning Groups Develop Managers

“If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more productive.” Lew Platt, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Managers have a great deal of knowledge and experience that for many reasons often goes unshared and unrecognized as an important organizational asset. Managers may be unaware of the value of the tacit knowledge that they have accumulated. They may not have opportunities to share […]

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PLI Blog #23: Just in Time Systems Training- Part Two

PLI Blog #23: Just in Time Systems Training- Part Two

In PLI Blog #22, we looked at the problems inherent in teaching a new hire a large number of proprietary  information systems. In this blog, we’ll look at two issues that still need to be addressed. Hopefully, it goes without saying (although I’m going to say it) that ten minutes of practice is definitely not sufficient for the new hires to get comfortable or proficient […]

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PLI Blog #22: Just in Time Systems Training- Part One

PLI Blog #22: Just in Time Systems Training- Part One

Your organization probably has proprietary information systems that some of your employees need to use to perform their work. So, when new hires enter your organization, they need to learn about those systems. They need to learn first, that they exist. They need to learn what they would use each system to do. Then they need to learn: how to locate and log onto each […]

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PLI Blog #21: If You Want Employees to be Productive, Give Them What They Need

PLI Blog #21: If You Want Employees to be Productive, Give Them What They Need

If a business wants to be effective in this (or any other) economy, the key is to make sure employees can be as productive as possible. This can be accomplished by: giving them what they need to be successful, and removing system barriers to employee performance. What do employees need to be productive? The quality management guru W. Edwards Deming said: “Eighty-five percent of an […]

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PLI Blog #20: How to Monitor Employee Performance

PLI Blog #20: How to Monitor Employee Performance

Monitoring involves conducting periodic checks to determine an employee’s level of performance in relation to established performance standards. Monitoring provides the data by which performance is ultimately evaluated. It is important for the supervisor to monitor the employee’s performance, not only to be able to conduct the performance evaluation itself, but also to be able to reinforce good performance or attempt to improve unsatisfactory performance […]

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PLI Blog #19: How Supervisors Ensure That Employee Training is Successful

PLI Blog #19: How Supervisors Ensure That Employee Training is Successful

Training is intended to support employee performance. Supervisors should take advantage of this important resource and actively participate throughout the entire training process. After all, supervisors are in the best position to: identify training needs; provide direction to the nature and scope of the training program; supply relevant content; advocate for, expect and reinforce new learning; and evaluate the ultimate effectiveness of a training program. […]

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PLI Blog #18: Don’t Waste Your Technical Training Dollars- Lecture Does Not Build Skills

PLI Blog #18: Don’t Waste Your Technical Training Dollars- Lecture Does Not Build Skills

What happens when your technical experts get in front of your audience? Do the participants: (a) learn a lot and leave confident in their own competence? (b) enjoy the stories and consider it good entertainment? (c) leave in awe of the expert’s knowledge and skill? The answer is probably not (a). Unless your technical experts understand adult learning principles enough to set the participants up […]

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PLI Blog #17- Are Your Performance Expectations Reasonable?- Part Two

PLI Blog #17- Are Your Performance Expectations Reasonable?- Part Two

There are five strategies that can help managers set expectations that will allow their employees to perform better and reduce their own frustration and stress in the work place. We discussed the first two in PLI Blog #16 and will discuss the last three in this blog. Strategy #3: Establish a realistic deadline. It is important to consider what you can reasonably expect of an […]

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PLI Blog #16: Your Performance Expectations Reasonable?- Part One

PLI Blog #16: Your Performance Expectations Reasonable?- Part One

There are many reasons why employees are unable to meet performance expectations: The expectation is not realistic in relation to the employee’s skills, experience or position in the decision-making hierarchy. The expectations are too vague. The time limits for the task are unrealistic. The manager mistakenly assumes that the employee has the necessary knowledge and resources to perform the task. The manager does not check […]

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PLI Blog #15: The Value of the Peer Learning Group Model©

PLI Blog #15: The Value of the Peer Learning Group Model©

The Peer Learning Group Model© is an innovative, self-directed and self-managed professional development opportunity for managers that uses a peer-to-peer group approach. It validates and builds on the knowledge and  skills of the group members on topics that matter most for their performance and success in the workplace. It meets onsite on the managers’ schedule. Peer learning brings tangible results to organizations. Companies that use […]

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