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Oakland, CA – Feb 8, 2012 – Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering Human Resources (HR) organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced the winners of the Bersin & Associates 2012 Learning Leaders™ Program, now in its sixth year. The firm also announced the availability of its report on the 31 winners, titled Learning Leaders™ 2012: Lessons from the Best.
The complimentary, 108-page report details how winners improved their businesses with innovative, efficient and effective approaches to employee learning and talent management. This year’s Learning Leaders™ winners emerged from hundreds of applicants – including industry leaders in management consulting, hospitality, business-process and document management, financial services, and wind power. Executed in the face of a challenging economic recovery, winning programs focused on business alignment, measurement, social networking, and simplicity. As in past years, Bersin & Associates conducted the awards program in partnership with Elearning! magazine.
“This year’s Learning Leaders demonstrate that the focus of learning has evolved from simply building a skill set to driving the right skills for competitive business advantage,” said Kim Lamoureux, Senior Director of Research Practices and Principal Analyst. “Learning teams increasingly measure how training and development contribute to the top and bottom lines of their organization. Social networking for the first time played a role in almost every entry, enabling learning and talent leaders to leverage the expertise of their people to find new talent and train current employees without creating formal programs. ”
Another core theme: simplicity. “At a time when rapid change is commonplace and employees must juggle conflicting priorities, simplicity is becoming really important,” Lamoureux said. "Finding ways to deliver simple solutions requires innovative thinking, and this year’s winners demonstrated a drive to make it very easy to meet one critical learning or talent need successfully.”
Bersin & Associates’ report explains winning strategies and best practices for employee learning and development. For example, it tells how Cisco’s new year-long training program for new sales representatives uses virtual delivery, rather than in-person classroom sessions, and blends formal training with on-the-job experience. The program has made associates 10 percent more efficient upon moving into the field, which translates to $111 million in increased bookings for the year.Elearning! magazine features winners in its February special issue.
“True innovation is the differentiator of high performing organizations,” said Catherine Upton, CEO and Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “Despite a challenging business environment, the 2012 Learning Leaders have embraced new business processes and technologies to build competitive advantage. We are honored to present the 2012 Learning Leaders to the global community via Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines.”
Learning Leaders™ categories and winners include:
Leadership Development Strategy Excellence
Learning, Leadership and Talent Initiative Excellence: Informal Learning
Learning, Leadership and Talent Initiative Excellence: Leadership Development Programs
Learning, Leadership, and Talent Initiative Excellence: Learning and Talent Technology
Learning, Leadership, and Talent Initiative Excellence: Operational Training and Development
Learning Organizations and Governance Excellence
Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management: Business Solutions/Content
Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management: Platform/Tools
Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management: Informal
Learning Leaders™ winners will be recognized at Bersin & Associates’ research conference, IMPACT 2012: The Business of Talent, April 10-13. In addition, HR, learning and talent practitioners from winning organizations – past and present – will participate in panel discussions and present case studies on a wide range of topics. Organizations to be represented include AT&T, Accenture, Cisco, Kelly Services and Xerox Corporation.
To receive a complimentary copy of the Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders™ 2012: Lessons from the Best report, go to http://marketing.bersin.com/2012LearningLeaders.html For more information on the Learning Leaders™ Program, go to www.bersin.com/leaders. To join the mailing list for Learning Leaders™ Program news, updates, and the next call for applications, contact Learning Leaders@bersin.com.
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