The following is an assortment of white papers that will help you dive deeper into a variety of training topics to gain more knowledge and become a better trainer; an essential for any trainer’s toolbox.


Getting to the “Root” of the Problem!

One aspect common to almost every job at all levels in organizations is the need to solve problems. Problems can be barriers to achieving results, but they can also be “prob-ortunities” that open new doors for improvement, growth, and learning. While problems are inevitable, using a rigorous… Learn more »


Com/Putting the “Management” back in Performance Management: Being a Great Coach!

If you think about the person who has helped you most in your career, it is very likely that you have in mind someone who provided you valuable feedback and coaching at critical moments. This person may have been your manager, whose job it was to do so. Or it may have been someone else ­–… Learn more »


2017 Iowa Trends in Talent Development Survey Reinforces Value of Talent Development

ATW Training Solutions recently released the results of its 11th annual Iowa Trends in Talent Development Survey. The survey, conducted in partnership with New Horizons Computer Learning Center, the Iowa Association for Talent Development (ATD), and the Iowa Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management… Learn more »


Powering Through Assumed Constraints

We’ve all heard the story of how baby elephants are tethered to a stake by a chain when they are young to keep them from running off.  And as they get older, they have the assumed constraint that they can’t break free even though they have grown and could easily break free.  How… Learn more »


Leading a Non-Toxic Workplace

Consider the following:  38% of workers believe the workplace is becoming more disrespectful. 67% of employees believe there is a strong need for civility training in the workplace 35% of workers believe they are bullied at work 71% of workers discouraged others from seeking employment at their… Learn more »


Efficient Employees = Organizational Energy!

It seems like we’re always looking for ways to be more energy efficient with our buildings, homes and vehicles.  But, have you ever considered how to become more energy efficient in your organization? It starts with understanding that the catalyst of what we call “organizational energy”… Learn more »


The Value of Emotional Intelligence

We probably all know people, either in the workplace or in our personal lives, who are exceptional listeners. No matter what kind of situation we are facing, these people hear us and always say the right thing, in just the right way. These same people are also masters of managing their emotions. Instead… Learn more »


Silence Fails

The Silent Crisis This year, leaders across the world will make an awful bet. They will bet a substantial portion of their organizations’ budgets on ventures that have less chance of paying out than a red or black bet on a roulette wheel. And yet, as in every year for many decades, leaders will… Learn more »


The Leadership-Profit Chain

Defining the Importance of Leadership Capacity It’s no secret that leadership capacity is critical to organizational success, but little research has been compiled about the long-term impact of leadership on organizational productivity and profitability. In response, The Ken Blanchard Companies®… Learn more »


Ten Performance Management Process Gaps

Performance planning, coaching, and review are the foundation of any well-designed performance management system, but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. Researchers from The Ken Blanchard Companies® teamed up… Learn more »


Trust Works!: Four Keys to Building Lasting Relationships

The Critical Link to a High-Involvement, High-Energy Workplace Begins with a Common Language. Trust has taken a hit lately in all facets of our life. Chalk it up to the combined effects of the economic meltdown, financial mismanagement, and an increasing sense that, in business at least, everyone seems… Learn more »


Strategies for Turning Conflict into Creativity

It is an understatement to say that we are living in times of great turmoil, polarization, and change. It is a time when unresolved conflicts permeate our lives, our workplaces, our politics, our community. Very few systems are immune from the tension conflict generates. We watch helpless, as countries… Learn more »


Virtualosity for Training Professionals

"Virtualosity" is a new set of skills demanded by the workplace as a result of the convergence of technology, and socio-professional norms and expectations of connectedness, responsiveness, and engagement. Virtual training can be faster and more cost effective, but that does not mean it is easier. As… Learn more »


Creating training designs that unleash brilliance and create results

Peak learning experiences have the capacity to transform us, help us to grow, and, ultimately, optimize our lives. In a professional setting, learning gives individuals a chance to accelerate their success and expand beyond their current knowledge and skills. Yet so often those who teach-whether in… Learn more »