Brandon Hall Group Research Highlights, April 27-May 1, 2020

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A new edition of the Managing Remotely During Disruption playbook was published, along with the latest COVID-19 research data and new resources on diversity and inclusion.

Other new resources focus on employee engagement, talent risks, the future of work and language learning.


Playbook: Managing Remotely During Disruption (Second Edition)

The world of work has been transformed since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The question now is, “When stay-at-home regulations are relaxed, will we return to what was or will we build a ‘next normal?’” The great majority of business and HR leaders we speak with say there will be a transition that builds on the foundation laid during the crisis. Leaders believe a significant number of people will still work from home, so the skills to manage people who work remotely must evolve. This playbook provides insight and guidance drawn from existing Brandon Hall Group research, plus tools and ongoing research related to the COVID-19 disruption.

Responding to Longer-Term HR Challenges from COVID-19

This report features the latest data from Brandon Hall Group’s ongoing research on HR’s response to the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Gender Equity in Leadership is a Struggle and How to Improve It

Highlights of Brandon Hall Group’s 2020 Women In Leadership Study. It includes the current state of women in leadership, as well as analysis, critical questions and Brandon Hall Group’s point of view on how organizations can improve gender equity in leadership. This is the first of several reports and tools from this research.

Other Published Content


The New Future of Work

Apratim Purakayastha, Chief Technology Officer at Skillsoft and Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke discuss the influence of COVID-19 in creating a new future of work.

Diversity & Inclusion/Leadership Development

Gender Equity in Leadership: The Current State and a Path To Progress

This infographic highlights data from Brandon Hall Group’s 2020 Women In Leadership Study, focusing on the correlation between leader accountability for diversity goals and progress in advancing women leaders.

Unified Leadership, a Culture of Learning and Growth Mindset

This podcast features Denis Doolan, Chief of Organizational Excellence for Special Olympics and Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, Chief Marketing Officer at Skillsoft. Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke interviews them about unified leadership, the value of people with intellectual disabilities and more.

Talent Management

Talent Risks in 2020: Serious Issues, Series Solutions

In Brandon Hall Group’s 2019 Talent Risks Study, 20 possible talent-risk factors were examined. Even the lowest risk was considered a problem by 65% of organizations.

Employee Engagement Self-Assessment Tool

Organizations must have a strategy and determine priorities for improving various elements of engagement. To assist in that process, Brandon Hall Group developed this organizational assessment tool that includes 25 questions about several distinct but interrelated practices and strategies.

Learning & Development

How to Create Winning Training Experiences for Today’s Savvy Learners

Peter Cizik, VP of Business Development for SAP Litmos and Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke discuss the current state of training and the future of learning in this executive interview.

Creating Support Guides for Dealing with COVID-19

Ron Zamir, CEO of AllenComm and colleagues discuss the company’s collaboration with Columbia University to create guides on coping skills during COVID-19 in this HCMx Radio podcast hosted by Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke.

Centralizing Language Learning Drives Engagement, Expands Talent Pools and Saves Money

In this HCMx Radio podcast, John Ambrose, president of goFLUENT talks to Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke about the future of language learning, technology innovations that will accelerate learning and the impact of COVID-19.

Solution Provider Profile: Latitude CG

This profile features Latitude CG, producer of LatitudeLearning, a technology platform designed for the unique needs of training the people who sell and service and use an organization’s products.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, May 7: Relevancy and Accessibility: The Keys to the Learning Experience

Remember that age-old philosophical question about whether a tree makes a sound if it falls in the forest when no one’s around? The same can be asked of learning environments: If you create relevant learning content but don’t make it easily accessible, will anyone use it? Join this webinar with Brandon Hall Group’s Michael Rochelle and David Wentworth and Jeff Carr, CEO at Inkling, to learn what it takes to optimize the relevancy and accessibility of your learning content.

Thursday, May 28: Unlocking Opportunities for Immersive Learning

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have been widely used in the gaming and marketing industries for years. As the technology advances and device costs come down, we are seeing the learning industry finally begin to capitalize on the applications and benefits of VR and AR. Join David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group and Betsy Geller, Senior Learning Consultant at Conduent as they explore what these technologies mean to the future of immersive learning. Register here

Brandon Hall Group Featured in Training Magazine

Managing Remotely During Disruption

By Claude Werder and David Wentworth, Brandon Hall Group

The current uncertain situation over the coronavirus provides opportunities for Learning and Development (L&D) to do what it does best. It’s also a chance to leverage the power of employee engagement to aid productivity.

Research Surveys

Research in the Field

  • Responding to the Longer-Term HR Challenges from COVID-19: Take the survey

Learning Measurement 2020: Take the survey here.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.