The Top 4 Soft Skills You Need To Ace An Interview

First, let’s tackle “soft skills” themselves — what are they? Soft skills are desirable qualities that are often intangible and difficult to quantify, but just as important as any to be demonstrated during the interview process. Examples include the ability to work with others, a good attitude, common sense, and empathy. Last month, we were... View Article

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The Future of L&D IS Augmented But Not in the Way You Think

CalTech Regional Bank is implementing a custom mortgage servicing platform. They have 35 branches throughout the southwest with more than 500 employees who will be affected by this implementation in their daily work to meet the needs of home loan customers. What CalTech didn’t account for in its project charter was the impact of this... View Article


The Ultimate L&D Guide to Interviewing Staffing Vendors

So you’ve considered the benefits of staff augmentation, and the allure of adding Extra Hands You Don’t Have to Hold™ to your maxed-out training department sounds almost too good to be true. Hmm…skeptical. And rightfully so! As a responsible training manager, you’re often asked to wear many hats, including risk management, vendor manager, and learning leader,... View Article


Pros and Cons of Hiring Contractors vs. Employees

One of the biggest hurdles you’ll encounter when expanding a business is the age-old question: Which should I hire — contractors or employees? The answer may be simple. If you need someone with a specialized skill set for a short period of time, then staff augmentation or, as we like to call it — Innovators... View Article


5 Blog Posts to Help You Beat the Heat and #UnlockInnovation

If you are shocked that your calendar already says “August,” join the club! We cannot believe the summer is coming to a close, but until it’s over, we’re going to keep enjoying the warm rays and good reads. With all that fun in the sun, we know it’s easy to fall behind on the many... View Article


Is Staff Augmentation Right for Your Learning Organization? [+Quiz]

When your learning team’s demand grows beyond capacity (faster than you can say “we need help!”), it’s time to consider your outsourcing options. Should you contract out your content development for ongoing support, or bring on temporary talent in house to provide your internal team some short-term relief? When you’re working with your head below... View Article


12 Blog Posts to Help You Spring Into Summer

The rays are finally warm enough for laid-back weekends by the pool and summer nights at the beach. Anytime in between (at the work desk, of course!), you’re dreaming of each. With the turn of the season, it’s easy to only think about kickin’ back to relax with the perfect summer picnic plate in hand.... View Article


How to “Make It Work” with Staff Augmentation

Staff augmentation — often shortened to “staff aug” or referred to as contingent workers, temporary talent, out-tasking, or as we like to call it — Innovators on Demand™ — is an outsourcing strategy utilized by learning organizations to quickly scale their internal project team to meet a certain business objective. Or, as we like to... View Article


How To Ensure The Right Hire

Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into the future and see if our next hire is excelling six months down the road? Will they really be the best fit for our organization? Who we hire has a profound impact on our business. A bad match costs time, money, and sometimes even morale. How... View Article


5 Easy Ways to Save Big on Training Cost in the Middle of Q4

You just got out of a meeting with a desperate plea from one of your key stakeholders, realizing that X training solution is urgently needed in order to meet X performance needs by X date. You go back to your office, look at the training budget and realize there are few dollars available to get... View Article


Webinar Recap: Staff Aug for First Timers

A few weeks ago, we scheduled a webinar — “Staff Aug for First Timers” — to help learning organizations that had never used staff augmentation as part of their strategy. We were going to answer any and all questions about engaging and utilizing staff aug resources — on a live platform. Fantastic! Then Hurricane Irma... View Article


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