Reflecting the most up-to-date concerns of participants, trainers, and managers, this book addresses fundamental learning categories including learning and creativity, communication and connection, influence, compromise, problem solving, and leadership.
Table of Contents
The AMA Trainers' Activity Book”A Selection of the Best Learning Exercises from the World's Premiere Training Organization
Getting from Seminar to Workplace
Learning and Creativity
Communication and Connection
Influence, Compromise, and Problem Solving
Management and Leadership
List of Examples
List of Sidebars
The American Management Association s seminar and course leaders are among the most insightful and skilled educators in the business, consistently delivering outstanding, innovative exercises to improve individual and organizational performance.
The AMA Trainers Activity Book presents 25 exercises used successfully by AMA s seminar leaders throughout the world. Reflecting the most up-to-date concerns of participants , trainers, and managers, the book addresses fundamental learning categories including learning and creativity, communication and connection, influence, compromise, problem solving, and leadership. Easily adapted for use with both individuals and teams , the collection includes exercises on topics such as:
Making Great Decisions
Clarifying Goals and Values
Developing Your Brand
Managing Difficult Projects
Building a Positive Work Environment
You'll find eye-opening discussions of training issues such as:
And much more
In addition, a special activity template gives you all the information you need at a glance, and helps you incorporate the exercises seamlessly into your established routine, improving your training sessions immediately.
The AMA Trainers' Activity Book presents the combined efforts of the very best trainers and seminar leaders anywhere , in conjunction with the world's preeminent learning organization. It is a practical and comprehensive tool for better training, smarter learning, and higher performance in any organization.
About the Author
Carolyn Nilson (Sandisfield, MA) is a recognized expert in all aspects of training. She has served as an advisor at organizations including AT&T, AMA, Hungry Minds, Padgett-Thompson, The World Bank, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Armed Forces Training Institute, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is the author of How to Manage Training, Team Games for Trainers, More Team Games for Trainers , and more than 20 other books.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
The AMA trainers' activity book: selection of the best learning exercises from the world's premiere training organization / edited by Carolyn Nilson. ”1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Employees, Training of ”Problems, exercises, etc. 2. Experiential learning ”Problems, exercises, etc. 3. Group relations training ”Problems, exercises, etc. I. Title: American Management Association trainers' activity book. II. Nilson, Carolyn D. III. American Management Association. HF5549.5.T7A498 2004 658.3 ² 124 ”dc22 2004003430
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This book is dedicated to Matthaeus and Magdalena, whose presence during the writing of this book reminded me of why teaching and learning are the most joyous and important life skills!
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Carolyn Nilson is a recognized expert in all aspects of training. Corporate training positions have included work as a member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she was part of the "Advanced Programs, Standards, and Inspections Group" of the Systems Training Center. She implemented and promoted quality standards in training design, delivery, and evaluation throughout AT&T. In addition, she taught the Bell Labs' train-the-trainer course. Dr. Nilson also served as Manager of Simulation Training at Combustion Engineering (CE) for Asea Brown Boveri, where she managed the training operation, including the creation of high-level computer-based simulation training for international clients : Norway, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and China. At CE, she was on a corporation-wide training design team using expert system technologies to create an electronic performance support system (EPSS) in learner evaluation. Dr. Nilson held the executive position of Director of Training for a management consulting firm with a broad-based Fortune 500 clientele in the New York City area, where she was responsible for budgets and consultant staff supervision as well as for training analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation on client projects. Corporations she has served include: AT&T, Chemical Bank, Chevron, Nabisco, Martin-Marietta, Dunn & Bradstreet, National Westminster Bank, and others. She has been an adviser to Hungry Minds and The MASIE Center; and a faculty member for Padgett-Thompson seminars throughout the U.S., The Center for the Study of Work Teams in Dallas, TX, and The Egypt-U.S. Presidents' (Mubarak-Clinton) Council's Management Development Initiative in Cairo, Egypt, through Pal-Tech, Inc., Arlington, VA.
She has also been a consultant to government organizations in the areas of training design, delivery, evaluation, and management. These include: The World Bank, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, The National Institute of Education, The U.S. Armed Services Training Institute, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has been a speaker at conferences of ASTD, ISPI, and the American Management Association (AMA). Her work has been featured in TRAINING Magazine, Training & Development, (T+D), HR Magazine, Successful Meetings, Entrepreneur, Fortune , and The Pfeiffer Annual. She is the author of numerous training papers, speeches, articles, manuals, and books; her writings are selling worldwide to a diverse customer base. Four of her books appeared in Amazon.com's list of "50 Best-Selling Training Books". She is a Schwartz Business Books 1995 "Celebrity Author" (Milwaukee, WI), and was on the 1996 "This Year's Best Sellers" of Newbridge Book Clubs (Delran, NJ). Her books have also been chosen by Macmillan's Executive Program Book Club, The Training Professionals Book Club, and the Business Week Book Club.
Carolyn Nilson received her doctorate from Rutgers University with a specialty in measurement and evaluation in technical education. She earned an MS degree, cum laude, in Educational Administration/Business Administration and a BA degree in History.
Books by Carolyn Nilson include:
T he AMA T rainer's A ctivity B ook , AMACOM, 2004 How to Manage Training, 3rd Edition , with CD-ROM, AMACOM, 2003 Training & Development Yearbook , Prentice Hall (seven annual editions 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) How to Start a Training Program , ASTD, 1999, 2002 The Performance Consulting Toolbook , McGraw-Hill, 1999 (looseleaf) The Performance Consulting Toolbook , McGraw-Hill, 1999 How to Manage Training , AMACOM, 2nd Edition , AMACOM, 1998 (looseleaf) Complete Games Trainers Play, v2 , with Scannell and Newstrom, McGraw-Hill, 1998 (looseleaf) More Team Games for Trainers , McGraw-Hill, 1997 Games That Drive Change , McGraw-Hill, 1995 Peer Training: Improved Performance One by One , Prentice Hall, 1994 Team Games for Trainers , McGraw-Hill, 1993 How to Start a Training Program in Your Growing Business , AMACOM, 1992 Trainer's Complete Guide to Management and Supervisory Development , Prentice Hall, 1992 How to Manage Training , AMACOM, 1991 (looseleaf) Training for Non-Trainers , AMACOM, 1990 (hardcover and paperback); and Spanish edition, Como Formar A Su Personal , Granica, 1994 Training Program Workbook & Kit , Prentice Hall, 1989