Dec 052011

Training and development for employees might be one of the best investments a company or organization can make. People feel valued when they get training that will enable them to do and become more, in their job and in life.  Even if the employee leaves in a few years, the investment could still payoff if the employee has a good feeling about the firm. In that case, they might find and refer a proper candidate to replace themselves after they depart.

Fine-Tuning the Perfect Employee –

“Companies have long devoted resources to training and development, either internally or through partnerships with universities and community colleges.

But many companies cut back on programs or cancelled them altogether to save money during the downturn.

That appears to be changing: According to the American Society for Training and Development, U.S. employers spent 36% more on learning and development in 2010 than in 2009. Direct expenditures for learning, as a percentage of payroll, rose to 2.7% in 2010 from 2.3% in 2006.”


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Jan 102011

How can you leverage your work to meet new people? If you’re a blogger or create videos, some of the best new material will come from the most unlikely sources. If you are curious and open to new ideas, you’ll encounter fascinating people to write about or film.

via Web Ink Now: I love Fargo, ND in winter! What do you love?.

While checking RSS feeds in Google Reader, I came to a bunch of recent posts by David Meerman Scott and came across the passage above. It really hits on something. You can find interesting people everywhere. Engage with people more often to find great stories. The ones that are remarkable and worth documenting in some way are waiting to be shared. Ways to share might include, writing, podcasting or video.

Lesson: Meet people. Let them bring their story to you.

This is why tweetups are such a powerful opportunity. Serendipity can make magic.

*This post is more about creating opportunities to meet people than it is about leveraging your work.