We are less than one month away from our HCM Excellence Awards Program entry deadline and I’m so pleased with the entries that we have been receiving so far. There are a lot of great companies focused on the right things to develop their people and create a business impact across all aspects of the organization.

Last month I presented a webinar with our Senior Learning Analyst, David Wentworth, as we shared some examples from 2014.  In the last quarter of 2014 we conducted a survey to capture HCM Business Priorities for 2015. During our webinar, we spoke about creating a stronger link between learning and performance, which was one of the top six critical areas that HCM Business Leaders were focused on to drive greater business results in 2015.  In 2014, our award applications also supported this premise.

Whether the entries were about onboarding, leadership, performance support, or a basic learning or talent program, they offered a variety of approaches such as social, mobile, video conferencing, video, e-learning, instructor-led training, gaming, and others. This diversity is necessary to support and deliver effective development opportunities to today’s workforce (and tomorrow’s), which is multi-generational, diverse, global, and geographically dispersed.

Has your team created or implemented a leading program or enabling technology to help streamline, save costs, and improve productivity within your organization?

Are you an HCM solution provider that has offered incredible technologies to your client organizations?

Then we want to hear from you and invite you to apply for Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 HCM Excellence Awards Program. Deadline is April 17, 2015.

To begin your application, apply here.

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Creating Learning Experiences

The most successful companies are focused are creating more opportunities by providing experiences rather than just formal instruction.

The easiest way to improve the link between learning and performance is to have a blended learning strategy – 70% on the job activity, 20% informal learning and 10% formal learning


Source: Brandon Hall Group, 2015

70:20:10 has been around for a long time but we are just starting to understand how important this framework is to creating a learning program that produces breakthrough individual and organizational performance.

Ernst and Young received a gold award in 2014 for Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation. EY is an organization that exemplifies how learning can be linked to performance – they developed a Performance Agenda Program that aligned the consulting practice and learning team by providing a successful blended learning model. The results were nothing less than fantastic – they have generated incremental sales of $139 million since the kickoff of the program.

If you missed our webinar last month and would like to view the rest of our discussion and details about entering our HCM Excellence Awards Program, click here.

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Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.