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PRESS RELEASE: April 10, 2013

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by The Learning Factor

New Division Guaranteed to Disrupt Global Executive Education

The Learning Factor, Asia Pacific’s leader in executive training, today announced the launch of its new division, Bare Brilliance. They guarantee this will disrupt executive education by breaking the boundaries of classroom training.

Many companies don’t have the time to send people off-site for days of training; nor do they have the budget to pay for airfares, accommodation and expensive training rooms. Training today needs to be short, sharp and succinct. The average Bare Brilliance session is only 90 minutes long.

Bare Brilliance improves the performance of businesses by deploying a global, next generation training solution. It delivers 40 of the world’s leading training courses right into the office and home. There are no physical classrooms but instead virtual classrooms. Bare Brilliance combines chunks of training content that is delivered with a live facilitator over the web.

“We have incorporated global research on how people learn best into each of our Bare Brilliance programs,” says Vicki Kossoff, Director and Co-Founder of The Learning Factor.

“Before smartphones, people went online roughly five times a day, in long chunks, but today with smartphones it’s 27 times per day, in much shorter bursts. Armed with this research on how today’s professionals learn best, our instructional designers have developed 40 programs to  drive participation for busy, distracted 21st century learners.”

In a Bare Brilliance training session, participants have a live, online facilitator. They interact by joining in polling, exercises, whiteboard, live discussion and review of key points using annotation tools such as the pointer or highlighter. Participants can also type their questions in the chat or embedded Q&A panels and receive immediate feedback from the facilitator or subject matter expert.

Bare Brilliance offers:

  • The ability to attend live programs from the comfort of your office or home
  • Interactive sessions including videos, chat, and multimedia tools which makes the training fun and engaging
  • Programs that are available as public virtual courses or private customised sessions for companies
  • Affordability, flexibility and cost savings

Learn more at Bare Brilliance.

About The Learning Factor

The Learning Factor is Asia Pacific’s leader in training outsourcing. For more than 15 years they have been working with Fortune 500 and ASX 100 companies throughout the region. The Learning Factor have won 5 global awards for providing high quality outsourcing services, innovative service offering, ability to provide services on a global basis, and their unique and proven approach to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Solutions.

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12 Top Questions Managers Ask About Managing Virtual Teams

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by The Learning Factor

Creating effective virtual teams has proved to be more difficult for organisations than expected. Managers can’t simply create high-performance by assembling a virtual team and ‘letting it run’ for itself. Without careful structuring, support, and attention to processes, virtual teams may not even perform at a marginal level.

Over the years, we have conducted hundreds of training programs for managers at leading global organisations. We have been tracking some of the questions that managers consistently ask about their role when they need to start managing remote teams.  The following list summarises the most frequently asked question. See if any of these resonate with you:

  • How does remoteness change group and leadership behaviours?
  • What is the right balance of task and team focus?
  • What is the right balance of control and autonomy in the way we work together?
  • What causes divided loyalties, and what can we do about them?
  • Why do we need to be a team anyway?
  •  When should we communicate, and how often is enough?
  • How do I manage my team when the travel budget is cut?
  • When should I get face-to-face, and when is it better to avoid it?
  • How do I stay visible when I’m remote?
  • What’s the point in remote coaching? Isn’t it just more work when I don’t have the time?
  • How can I travel less without damaging my career and still get results from my remote team?
  • How can I accelerate the transfer of learning through my dispersed team?

IDC’s recent Worldwide Mobile Worker Population, 2011-2015 report paints a picture of a global workforce that’s marching inexorably toward mobility. Their forecast shows that the worldwide mobile worker population will increase from just over 1 billion in 2010 to more than 1.3 billion by 2015.

Senior leaders in organisations must now recognise the need to upskill their managers in the new world of work. Motivating a virtual team to perform is one of the key challenges managers get stuck on. Take a look at the discrepancies between the rankings people gave to motivating factors at work (1 being most important, 10 being least) and what their managers thought.

What managers thought

What team members

Work that keeps you interested

5

6

Job security

2

4

Tactful disciplining

7

10

Full appreciation of work done

8

1

Good wages

1

5

Sympathetic help on personal problems

9

3

Promotion and growth within the company

3

7

Feeing “in” on things

10

2

Personal loyalty to workers

6

8

Good working conditions

4

9

It is easy to see how virtual team management can be doomed for failure when there are such discrepancies on understanding motivation – a key basic function of a team management!

Organisations save a lot of grief and stress when they get it right from the start.

 

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