ExecOnline’s April 2018 Program Run [Infographic]

ExecOnline’s April 2018 program run is a wrap! This was our largest spring session yet, with more than 1,400 participants from over fifty different countries. All ten of our corporate programs ran during this session, and participant feedback was something we continue to stand by...

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4 Steps L&D Can Take To Be Agile

Agile isn’t a new concept in the business world, but in the last several years, it has made its way into L&D. A growing number of L&D leaders have recognized the benefits of Agile principles, which include, among others, collaboration, flexibility, transparency, and speed to...

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3 Ways to Upscale Online Leadership Development When Budget Is Tight

L&D professionals are being asked to do more with smaller budgets. The most effective way to make your budget dollars go further is by investing in online leadership development. ExecOnline has found that online programs not only save organization’s money, but also increase the quality...

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Maximize Your Business Agility at ExecConnect 2018

In today’s fast-paced business world, organizations need to stay one step ahead of their competition. Is your organization prepared for rapid change? Join fellow L&D professionals at ExecConnect 2018 to unpack one of the most important issues facing businesses today—how to maximize business agility. ExecConnect...

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How to Convince Your Boss to Invest in Online Leadership Development

To make a convincing argument to your boss, you’ll need to build a business case for why it’s imperative to invest in online leadership development. This means arming yourself with knowledge and data to show why an online experience is right for your organization’s unique...

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Comparison: Online Leadership Development v. In-Person Leadership Development

As online leadership development programs grow in popularity, L&D executives are tasked with comparing differing kinds of online programs with traditional, in-person experiences such as business school and company sponsored programs.   To help you select the perfect solution for your organization’s strategic business needs,...

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How Your Leadership Development Partner Can Prove ROI

A shift is underway: Leadership development professionals are being asked to prove their learning initiative’s business and financial impact. This leaves little room for leadership development companies that don’t deliver proven value. Below are five steps every leadership development company needs to take to ensure...

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12 Questions to Ask Your Next Leadership Development Provider

Finding the best leadership development provder is difficult. There are hundreds of companies, not all of which will help you achieve your organization’s goals. Below are common questions you should ask to ensure maximum return on your investment. 1) What programs do you provide? The...

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What L&D Leaders Need to Know About Strategy in 2018

Columbia’s Willie Pietersen Breaks Down Everything You Need to Succeed L&D is undergoing a dramatic shift. Today’s leaders are asked to play a larger role in their organization’s strategic planning. To help you succeed, we sat down with Willie Pietersen, Columbia Business School professor and...

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Why Corporations Should Invest Their Tax Cut in Leadership Development

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a boon for corporations, which—among other changes—slashes the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Forbes states that over the next decade the tax plan will save corporations $600 billion, with an additional $350...

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8 Myths About Online Leadership Development

Myth 1: Online Leadership Development Programs Are Low Quality Fact: Many online leadership development programs are university-certified and go through a rigorous design and review process that could take months, if not several years to complete. When evaluating an online program ask your vendor about how their...

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Post-Hire Talent Assessment Best Practices to Make HR Leaders More Effective

Post-hire talent assessments, also known as simply talent assessments, empower organizations with the data necessary to ensure employees’ skills and behaviors align with critical business strategies. Below ExecOnline outlines best practices for leaders who are implementing talent assessments. 1) Aggregate Your Knowledge Talent assessments provide...

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ExecOnline’s 2017 Year in Review [Infographic]

In 2017, ExecOnline generated $594,495,000 in realized financial impact for our corporate partners. In short, it was an extraordinary year. In the infographic below, we’ve highlighted some of our most significant achievements during the past 12 months, along with exciting data about our leadership development...

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ExecOnline Secures $16 Million Series B Investment

New York, NY – July 27 – ExecOnline announced today that it secured a $16 million Series B investment round. The round was led by NewSpring Growth Capital, NewSpring Capital’s dedicated growth and expansion stage fund. Existing investors Osage Venture Partners, New Atlantic Ventures, Kaplan,...

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Are You Investing in Wasted Learning? To Maximize Learning Impact, Focus on Scale, not Choice

When done right, digital learning offers significant advantages to in-person learning in terms of scale, speed, and learner engagement. However, CLOs need to carefully consider the right deployment strategy to get the most benefit from their investment. In our last two posts, we outlined two...

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Going Digital with Your Learning? Focus Less on Tech Savvy, More on Reflection

In today’s business environment, progressive CLOs are likely to also be digital CLOs. In last week’s post, we explored the importance of being thoughtful and strategic in setting the course for digitizing learning and development — and avoiding common pitfalls. However, not all digital learning...

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To Succeed as a Digital CLO, Craft a Vision for Digital Learning

There’s no denying that a digital focus is the key to success in today’s fast-changing business world. Indeed, research suggests that companies rated highly in digital leadership boast both stronger revenue growth and greater profit margins than their peers, and another study found that their...

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Using Technology to Close the Gender Gap

Despite the wealth of evidence that gender diversity makes good business sense, a significant gap persists. A 2016 study of almost 22,000 firms across the globe found that while having a 30% share of women in the C-suite was linked to 15% more profitability, more...

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Struggling with Organizational Complexity? Creativity, Not Just Discipline, Is Key to Success

Today’s business leaders grapple with unprecedented levels of complexity. Thanks to rapid advancement in information technology over the past few decades, systems and organizations have become more interconnected, interdependent, and nuanced than ever. Complexity makes virtually every process — from basic decision making to advanced...

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Avoid the Top 5 Blind Spots that Could Derail Your Strategy

For most leaders, change is on the horizon in 2017. According to ExecOnline’s recent Trump and Leadership survey, 78% of business leaders across top companies expect to make at least one big strategy change as a result of the 2016 US Presidential election. Yet, most...

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Lead Strategic Change by Aligning Your Business

Leaders often suffer from blind spots when it comes to identifying their biggest execution challenges. In fact, almost half of executives tell us that senior leaders at their firms are not aware of critical execution challenges. In our last post, we explored the strategy execution...

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Developing Agile Leaders

The 2016 US Presidential Election brought heightened uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policies and political impact on the business world, and business leaders face a widened range of potential scenarios – both positive and negative – that could result. Unfortunately, few organizations are prepared for...

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How Leading Organizations Are Preparing for L&D’s Future

  In today’s competitive market, talent is the top priority for many organizations around the world. L&D professionals must unlock the full potential of their leaders in order to drive business outcomes and reach strategic goals. In its 2017 Workplace Learning Report, LinkedIn surveyed 500...

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Intelligent Risk-Taking in the Trump Era

Despite the rocky start to the Trump presidency and growing concerns about business risk, post-election confidence is holding up. To succeed in an environment characterized by both more confidence and more uncertainty, leaders must focus on intelligent risk taking. Growing Confidence and Uncertainty US stock...

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Employee Conflict More Concerning than Geopolitical Conflict

The 2016 US Presidential Election has thrown political and social divides into sharp relief, perhaps more so than any in the country’s history. Effective leadership in 2017 will require navigating the aftershock, and companies across industries are evaluating how to best move forward in an...

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The Essence of Business Strategy: Changing Times and Changing Approaches

Effective business strategy is, in its own way, a living, breathing entity. It evolves to suit the times, with conventional wisdom giving way to disruptive innovation and new strategies forged from repeated success. Two topical articles, featuring insight by ExecOnline’s Leading Strategic Growth faculty and top Columbia professors Rita...

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From Above and Below: Overcoming A Culture of Change Resistance

“Change” can become a dirty word. For some, it can come to represent the failure of existing efforts and processes, unexpected challenges or simply a deviation from what is operationally comfortable and familiar. This distaste for rethinking old assumptions runs deep and manifests in the form of change resistance...

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Digital Learning: Executives Report Higher Motivation to Complete Digital Development Courses

For HR professionals looking to foster the development of leaders, the reach and scale of digital learning is appealing.  However, many question whether online learning can work for an executive population that is accustomed to in-person development. ExecOnline research clearly suggests that, in many ways,...

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A Look into the Future of Corporate Learning Departments

With budget planning season in full swing, most L&D executives are reflecting on the past year while also looking ahead to create plans that will maximize learning impact in 2017. Having just wrapped up our inaugural ExecConnect16 conference on Oct. 18-19 which brought together CLOs...

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Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: Reshaping an Inherited Team into an Effective Team

Building an effective team from the ground up is a feat all by itself – yet in many ways, reshaping an inherited team is even more daunting. Understanding the existing power dynamics in a group of people you may have just met is a challenge. Strong leadership can act quickly to optimize the...

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Lack of Operational Creativity, Not Discipline, is Slowing Down Business

Earlier this year, a top consultant outlined in Fortune what he saw as the slowing down of business decision-making as organizations become larger and more complex. He discussed the opportunity and the challenge involved: “It would be foolish to suggest that the root causes of our current...

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Is it Time to Ditch Email?

As a busy executive, what is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up? Before even getting out of bed, you are likely checking your emails to get a head start. Once you finally arrive at work, another dozen emails are...

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Engagement Does Not Equal Application

CEB just released some new data showing how engagement and application are diverging: “While 78% of employees say they are satisfied with L&D products, only 37 percent of learning is applied on the job. As the study referenced here indicates, there is definitely a big...

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How Can You Influence Without Formal Authority?

Your success as a leader is increasingly dependent on your ability to influence peers and employees outside of your direct reporting lines.  While this has always been an important leadership skill, it’s more important than ever as organizations become increasingly matrixed, and decisions increasingly decentralized....

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Get Ready for Change: What’s Your Adaptive DNA?

Do you struggle to overcome resistance to change in your organization? Whether it’s shifting strategic objectives, changing organizational leadership or new roles and responsibilities, chances are your organization has experienced significant change in the past year. Unfortunately, tried-and-true, top-down approaches to driving change are proving...

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Successfully Managing Remote Teams

A large – and ever growing – number of employees are working remotely, whether full time or a few days a month. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of the American workforce has telecommuted at some point during their career. This figure has increased dramatically since...

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Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

When successful, action learning is a powerful tool to help leaders apply and retain what they learn in development programs. Unfortunately, in practice, clients tell us that many leadership programs fail to successfully incorporate action learning or drive measurable impact. Our work with leading organizations...

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Is it Time to Eliminate Your HiPo Program?

As marketplaces grow more competitive and organizations rise to face new challenges, the need for strong talent is at an all-time high. It is no wonder then that many organizations are investing in high-potential programs. A CEB study shows that HiPo employees are twice as valuable to...

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