Four Secrets of the Learning Brain – ASTD Video Available

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At the 2010 ASTD Conference & Exposition, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s session, “Four Secrets of the Learning Brain,” received a 98% participant satisfaction rate. You can now preview and purchase the mp3 or audio file of this popular session by visiting the ASTD Live Learning Center.

Discover how to align training design, e-learning, activities, tasks and responsibilities with multiple thinking models – thereby improving the impact of your learning design.

In this information-packed, engaging presentation, Ann draws on decades of research on the brain and learning to show you how to build a performance-based program that gets the results you need, meeting the requirements for your organization to remain competitive.

You’ll take away a practical set of tools you can apply immediately to leverage your talent’s brainpower, and you’ll learn how to design and implement training using a proven Whole Brain® approach.

Head over to the ASTD Live Learning Center for full details:

Four Secrets of the Learning Brain
ASTD 2010 International Conference & Exposition
Speaker: Ann Herrmann-Nehdi
Program Code: 214158

Innovative Learning Takes on Today’s Workplace Challenges


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.


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.

Putting the ‘Fun’ into Functional


It is rare that anyone pushes back on having some fun, unless it feels like we are doing something “too serious.” Fun is, in fact, one of the most effective ways to engage, learn and gain compliance.

Perhaps you have seen the video on YouTube that shows the piano stairs in Sweden, designed to get people to take the stairs rather than the escalator for improved health reasons. Before they know it, subway riders have actually enjoyed their climb up the stairs.

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The current issue of BusinessWeek Magazine has a fascinating story about a new approach to childhood education and compliance for those who suffer from diabetes. Didget is a glucose testing meter that plugs into a video console: Why not make the annoying process of drawing blood for testing something fun?

Research done with our partners in South Africa clearly demonstrated the challenges associated with getting compliance from diabetic kids. The typical approach used by educators and parents focused solely on the rules, schedules and other compliance issues (the B quadrant of the Whole Brain® Model). Once they adopted a Whole Brain® approach – which included an element of fun – compliance happened (and parents stopped nagging!).

What are your examples of making functional more fun?

What could you do in your day-to-day that would take an unpleasant activity and turn it into something really appealing and enjoyable? Share your ideas—we will send a “fabulous prize” to the person who submits the best example.

Herrmann International Featured in Chief Learning Officer Magazine


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


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?