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  • 07 Mar 2019 2:18 PM | Susan Plank (Administrator)

    Last week, ATD STL hosted a professional luncheon with guest speaker Sarah McLaughlin. The room was packed despite freezing rain and snow falling all morning. When people were still asking to register the morning of the event, we knew they were eager to hear about the importance of collaboration so we proceeded with the event. After warming up with a delicious lunch, members and guests settled in to learn how being open to working with others can break down silos and raise levels of engagement and productivity.

    Sarah shared Ken Blanchard’s heart, head, and hands domains of collaboration. Begin with the heart which is impacted by your character and intentions. It is very important to recognize people’s differences. A few ways you can do this is by making sure every voice is heard, regardless of title. Also, encourage polite disagreement remembering that diverse perspectives lead to better decisions and innovation. While seeking out difference, ensure people feel safe. Be a role model by being accessible, dependable and transparent when making decisions.

    Approaching collaboration with your head means knowing your beliefs and attitudes. Get your team on board by involving them in defining purpose, values and goals. They should outline what collaboration means for them overall and on each project they work. Then check in regularly by setting accountability standards and ranking values in order of importance.

    Finally, the hands domain looks at your actions and behavior while collaborating. While encouraging your team to both speak up and listen, ensure you are doing the same. Create opportunities for cross functional teams to network and work together. Invite other departments to participate in decision making meetings or brainstorming sessions. If needed, invest in training for your team’s communication skills and development.

    While explaining Blanchard’s approach, Sarah described a client that had all the best tools and technology for their workforce but struggled to be productive. They didn’t understand how not reaching out across departments and the silos they created was impacting their success. The luncheon participants completed the session with the self-assessment How Collaborative Do You Think You Are? Then, at their tables, they discusses their findings and reactions and then created an action plan to improve the domains that need the most improvement.

    Join us for our next luncheon on April 18 when we will hear Joe Totherow, a department leader of experience design for Edward Jones, explain the distinction between gamification and instructional games. You will learn how to expand your design team's capabilities in instructional game design and how to leverage commercial games for skill building. Click here to register.



  • 26 Feb 2019 9:22 AM | Susan Plank (Administrator)

    The St. Louis Organization Development Network (STL-ODN) has invited members of St. Louis ATD Chapter to join them for their April professional development program called Taking Leadership Development to Scale with the CFO as your Champion. 

    Past ATD STL speaker, Terrence Donahue, will lead the discussion on how a multinational company of 90,000 employees conceived, developed, and executed a global leadership development program that is achieving sustained, relevant, compelling, and credible business outcomes. He will also describe how Emerson's CFO became an active advocate for this learning investment.

    Learn more about this session and register by clicking here

    Don't miss out on a great opportunity! 

  • 10 Jan 2019 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Are you an ATD St. Louis member who is attending the ATD International Conference and Expo in Washington DC? If so, join our chapter team! The chapter team allows ATD St. Louis members to receive the very best conference registration rate ($1,325 for power members; $1,625 for non-power members). 


    To join the chapter team, please complete our chapter team survey to provide us with the necessary details: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ATDICE2019



  • 23 Oct 2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know a Talent Development superstar that deserves some recognition? Nominate them for an ATD St. Louis award!  

    The Awards

    Member of the Year

    The Member of the Year award recognizes an outstanding ATD St Louis chapter member that has made significant contributions to the chapter over the course of the year. Contributions may include activities such as volunteering at a chapter event, completing volunteer projects for the board, mentoring chapter members, and/or speaking at chapter events. Deserving members will be nominated and chosen/determined by the ATD St. Louis Board of Directors.

    Young Professional of the Year

    The Young Professional of the Year award recognizes a rising star in the ATD St. Louis chapter. This individual should be viewed as a leader by peers and colleagues and have demonstrated professional achievements, such as leading successful projects, managing teams, displaying excellent leadership capabilities, or mentoring others.

    Additional Criteria:

    • Must be a member of the ATD St. Louis chapter.
    • Must be 35 or younger to win.

    Professional of the Year

    The Professional of the Year award recognizes an ATD St. Louis chapter member that has made significant contributions to the Talent Development community. This individual should be creating innovative learning solutions that incorporate sound adult learning practices. Nominations may pertain to a single event, a course/class, a program, or the nominee’s overall body of work.  

    Additional Criteria

    • Must be a member of the ATD St. Louis chapter.

    Nominations

    To nominate an ATD St. Louis member for the Professional of the Year or Young Professional of the Year award, complete the nomination form by Friday, November 9. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee and announced at the December Professional Luncheon on Thursday, December 6. Self-nominations are not permitted.  

    Winners will receive a plaque and ATD St. Louis All Access Pass which grants free registration to all five 2019 ATD St. Louis professional development luncheons and the annual Learn St. Louis conference.

  • 21 Sep 2018 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD St. Louis is looking for dedicated members that have a desire to impact the local talent development community and help shape the direction of the chapter. If this sounds like you, please consider joining the board of directors.

    Serving on the ATD St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors provides you with an opportunity to contribute and shape the direction of the Chapter. Board leaders serve two-year terms, and are expected to actively participate in monthly Board meetings, Chapter events and planning meetings during the term year.

     Joining the leadership of ATD St Louis Chapter is an excellent way to enhance your professional development, build you network within the talent development community and broaden your understanding of the latest industry trends. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please contact Danielle Buscher at presidentelect@atdstl.org.

    Open Board Positions for 2019

    VP of Communication

    • Provides communication support for the chapter. 
    • Develops and executes a comprehensive annual communications plan that supports the mission and image of the chapter.
    • Sets goals and performance measures for the chapter’s communications plan. 
    • Ensures the consistency, relevance, timeliness, and accuracy of the chapter’s public messages. 
    • Manages the chapter’s website and social-media channels. 

     

     

  • 14 Sep 2018 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unless you were one of the lucky 50, you probably missed out on our recent workshop - Instructional Designer's Toolkit facilitated by Megan Torrance. Thankfully, ATD St. Louis member, Derek Kindig from Rabo Agrifinance, was willing to share his insights.

    Recently, I attended a workshop facilitated by Megan Torrance about her “Instructional Designer Toolkit.” Along with 40+ others, I absorbed as much information as I could and began to think about how I can implement these ideas. Below is a summary of my takeaways but if you’d like to learn more about Megan’s toolkit, visit torrancelearning.com/toolkit. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if you want to discuss my experience.

    Rocketbook app

    I must first admit that I’m incredibly biased on this topic. Some time ago my wife was on one of her Kickstarter rampages and ran across the Rocketbook Everlast and thought I would be interesting in the product. She was right.

    Essentially, the app scans pages and can send a PDF to just about any location you want; OneDrive included! Megan went on to explain that Rocketbook has some of these pages available for download on their website and she enlarges them up to use as a flip chart. She agreed that making the printouts even larger to laminate and mimic a whiteboard would be a good use of this resource as well.

    Learning Personas

    Megan and her team uses Learning Personas as a way to gear their training for a specific audience. This goes deeper than identifying that a general audience needs the training. Rather, it looks at that audience and defines characteristics about 2 or 3 types of people within that group. When it comes to instructional design knowing your audience is arguably the most important piece and this concept can really help with driving home the training. I’m really excited to try using this on an upcoming project.

    Action Mapping

    We briefly covered Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping and how it helps keep the end goal in mind during the design process. I like action mapping because it helps me stay focused on the things my learners have to do. It also helps me refine content so that I’m not just throwing information on a screen because “it’s important.” We got to practice action mapping in small groups which was nice to get that practice in.

    Evaluations

    This one is definitely a can of worms but… The main point was that the 4 levels of evaluation in the Kirkpatrick model doesn’t really work. Megan uses 8 Ls (not actual levels) for measuring training and to be honest I don’t remember them all. The one that stuck out to me was learner experience. I believe it could be the center of our measurement if we can create a standard definition for learner experience. I could go on for a while here but am hoping I haven’t lost you just yet; feel free to contact me if you’d like to dive down this rabbit hole together. 

    Learning Moments

    Some of you may be familiar with Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson’s 5 Moments of Learning Need, but Megan believes there are 9 moments. Regardless of it being 5 or 9, I am a big proponent of this concept as it approaches what a learner needs from a different angle. Megan went on to say that although she has 9 moments mapped out, not every project will use all of them. It really depends on your audience and the business goal. I like that it makes you think about a time in which a person would need training. Are they in the middle of doing a task and need help? Are they completely new to it? Do they need a refresher?

     

  • 20 Aug 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD St. Louis is looking for dedicated members that have a desire to impact the local talent development community and help shape the direction of the chapter. If this sounds like you, please consider joining the board of directors.

    Serving on the ATD St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors provides you with an opportunity to contribute and shape the direction of the Chapter. Board leaders serve two-year terms, and are expected to actively participate in monthly Board meetings, Chapter events and planning meetings during the term year. The President Elect serves a three-year term to succeed the current President, then to serve as Past President for one year.

     

    Joining the leadership of ATD St Louis Chapter is an excellent way to enhance your professional development, build you network within the talent development community and broaden your understanding of the latest industry trends. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please contact Danielle Buscher at presidentelect@atdstl.org.

     

    Open Board Positions for 2019

     

    President Elect

    ·        Prepare to be Chapter President by staying abreast of ATD compliance requirements.

    ·        Serve as the Chapter ATD CARE recorder and is responsible for submitting the Chapter CARE report to ATD by the required due date.

     

    VP of Community Engagement

    ·        Serve as a liaison between the chapter and local community, educational, and nonprofit groups.

    ·        Manage and promote community engagement within the chapter by developing and executing initiatives, programs, and outreach efforts

     

    VP of Professional Development

    ·        Responsible for planning chapter events of value to our members that also reflect the vision of the Chapter. 

    ·        Communicate and coordinate with speakers, event site staff and collaborate with the board members to manage all aspects of each event. 

    ·        Responsible for special events to provide additional value and development to the members’ experience including the annual chapter conference, special interest groups, workshops/seminars, etc. 

    ·        Collaborate with the VPs of Communication and Marketing to promote events. 

    ·        Collaborate with the Chapter President to set appropriate goals and performance measures to ensure the chapter is meeting goals and providing meaningful events for members’ Professional Development.

     

    For a full job description, please contact Danielle Buscher at presidentelect@atdstl.org.


  • 27 Apr 2018 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whether you missed it or just want to review it again, check out the PowerPoint from our April luncheon about Needs Assessments.

    2018 ATD TNA Session.pptx 

  • 26 Dec 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to hear from you! Your insights and feedback are critical to our ability to serve our membership and our profession. Please help us plan a 2018 that includes the professional development opportunities that you want to see by taking a few moments to complete our Membership Engagement Survey! It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be available until Friday, January 12.

    By participating in the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary registration to one of our professional development luncheons in 2018!

  • 07 Jul 2017 8:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are having a book exchange at our 2017 Learn St. Louis Conference on Thursday, October 19!

    Why have a Book Exchange?

    Take a good, hard look at your bookshelves. Do you have previously read books that you promised yourself that you would go back to reference? Have you not opened those books since you read them? If so, you should give others the opportunity to read them.

    How it Works

    It’s pretty simple. Everyone drop off books they would like to part with prior to the event or the day of the event. The day of the event, you mingle, pick out new-to-you books to take home, and the leftovers get donated.

    Drop off locations: (This way we will have the time to organize the books by topic.)

    The following events will be drop off locations for the books.

    • Facilitators Special Interest Group – July 10
    • Articulate Storyline Special Interest Group – July 13
    • Adobe Captivate Special Interest Group – Aug 10
    • August luncheon – Aug 24
    • Articulate Storyline Special Interest Group – Sep 7

    The following locations are available to drop off books anytime:

    • BHR – 12647 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 – Contact: Lisa Lappin
    • Moneta Group – 100 S. Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105 – Contact: Anthony Palazzolo

    Please contact Anthony Palazzolo at community@atdstl.org with any questions.

     

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