David Milliken

Making the Grade with Simulations

Although once reserved for the business school environment, team-based simulations have earned their rightful place in the training curriculums of learning organizations worldwide during the past decade. And the reasons are plenty: They facilitate team-building. They provide a quick and effective means to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses. They’re fun and engaging. They’re an outlet…

A Lesson in Learning from Experience

Few of us have been spared the monotonous training program replete with what seems like a million text-dense PowerPoint slides and a talking head in front of the room “teaching” us. I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I ever learned much – if anything – from that type of training. As noted…

Full Immersion: Learning That Works

Our previous blog introduced Blueline Simulations’ full immersion approach to learning – where we take people out of the office and into the field to make real-life connections to big ideas that work. We’ve taken a global biotech sales firm to Disney, Starbucks and an Apple store to explore engaging customer experiences. The client described…

Owning It: Getting High Potentials to Think and Act Like the Business Is Theirs

Like most organizations, yours likely has a special group of employees whom you view as high potentials – individuals who stand out because they already demonstrate many of the characteristics necessary to be future organizational leaders. They know their jobs, they know the organization, they know how to build relationships, manage employees and serve customers.…

If Not Training, Then What?

There’s a lot to be said for training; it certainly has solidified its place in corporate culture as a means of addressing issues, teaching skills and strategies and getting employees aligned, motivated and on track for great success. But there are times when training isn’t the answer – when the situation calls for a different…

Managing to Develop Talent… the Challenge Is on!

Today’s managers face a long and varied list of demands and challenges – not the least of which is coaching and developing their employees. After all, if their employees don’t succeed, they don’t succeed. It’s no secret what needs to be done – to mentor, develop and grow employees to their highest level of competence.…

And the Best-Dressed Award Goes to…

Grooming New Managers for Long-Term Success They stand out in a number of ways. Their ability to lead and have others willingly follow is a true gift. You’ve pegged them as the people you believe can successfully lead your organization into the future. But how do you ensure these shining stars have the skills to…