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Innovative Learning Takes on Today’s Workplace Challenges

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As new challenges place greater demands on businesses to be nimbler, smarter and more innovative, companies are looking for the most efficient and effective ways to rapidly build the capabilities of their high-potential employees.

With the recent announcement of the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Awards, Herrmann International’s program, The Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™, is demonstrating that a Whole Brain® approach – both in content and delivery methods – is vital for addressing today’s workplace performance challenges.

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This blended learning solution received the USDLA’s 2010 Gold Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. It was also recognized last fall with a Silver Learning in Practice Award for Excellence in Content from Chief Learning Officer Magazine.

Originally developed with IBM as part of its global new leader development program, The Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™ gives companies the ability to meet learners “where they are” with insights into their own thinking preferences and skills to apply Whole Brain® Thinking to improve their on-the-job effectiveness. It is now being implemented by organizations of all sizes and industries in a variety of applications.

Some are deploying it to meet individual learner needs while others are finding it useful in ramping up large-scale initiatives spanning continents. We’ve heard about its role in initiatives to improve teamwork, communication and innovation in addition to leadership development – all the critical skills organizations are dealing with in the 21st century work environment.

And beyond traditional elearning, many HBDI® Certified Practitioners are using it in conjunction with classroom workshops. As Deb DeNure, founder of DB Associates, told us:

“Ultimately it helps learners to be self-directed and learn to communicate in an appropriate fashion for the situation.”

The essence of Whole Brain® Thinking and learning.

Tell us: How are you using the Thinking Accelerator™ to get better results?

Haven’t seen it yet? Be sure to contact us to learn more about this award-winning learning solution.

Herrmann International Featured in Chief Learning Officer Magazine

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Herrmann International’s work with IBM in developing the new blended learning solution, the Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™, is featured in the December 2009 issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine as part of the magazine’s coverage of its 2009 Excellence in Practice Awards. Herrmann International received the Silver Award for Excellence in Content in the Provider Awards category.

According to the magazine, the Excellence in Practice Provider Awards were created to “recognize distinguished service providers for their close work with clients to design and implement innovative and effective learning solutions.”

Over the past three decades, Herrmann International has had the great pleasure of partnering with clients like IBM who are dedicated to growing the field of learning and discovering new and innovative ways to build the next generation of great leaders.

Originally developed as part of IBM’s global new leader development program, the Thinking Accelerator™ is an example of that kind of innovative partnership. The solution includes a five-module online simulation that incorporates a participant’s HBDI® profile data, allowing the learner to explore thinking preferences and apply Whole Brain® Thinking techniques to improve communication, leadership, problem solving, creativity and other critical business skills.

IBM has incorporated face-to-face classroom labs, webinars and other action learning activities as part of this blended learning solution to achieve key learning objectives while efficiently and effectively reaching its emerging leaders around the globe. Read more about the partnership with IBM: “An Innovative Whole Brain® Solution Develops the Next Generation of Great IBM Leaders”

Serving Up Blended Learning with a Whole Brain® Twist

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Is “blended learning” on the menu for your organization’s learning and development initiatives? It can certainly offer some powerful advantages, but only if it’s done right.

Blended learning has built up momentum in the last few years as many organizations are looking for ways to turn the challenges of a fast-changing work environment and continually evolving technological capabilities into an opportunity to think differently about how we develop and deliver training.

But if you get too caught up in the latest tools and trends, you’ll risk losing focus on what really matters: the learning. And watered-down learning can be pretty unsatisfying.

On the other hand, when it’s done right, blended learning offers a very brain-friendly way to reach diverse audiences and achieve desired learning and business objectives. It can also provide the impetus for more innovative thinking around approaching instructional design and delivery from the learner’s viewpoint.

In the white paper, The Best of Both Worlds: Making Blended Learning Really Work by Engaging the Whole Brain®, Herrmann International provides a recipe for applying the Whole Brain® model to develop an effective blend.

What are some of the things you’re doing to diversify your menu and get more innovative with training design and delivery?