Brandon Hall Group Research Highlights, July 30-August 2, 2020

Webinars and podcasts provide powerful insights on inclusion and leadership in these unprecedented times. A new webinar and 16 solution provider profiles illustrate how technology helps organizations manage change in learning, talent management, leadership development and workforce management. 


How Employers Can Bring People Together Through Inclusion

Most organizations believe diversity and inclusion is a powerful driver of business goals, according to Brandon Hall Group’s latest research. However, the majority don’t leverage the strategies, programs and processes to build an inclusive culture of diverse talent.

This webinar, featuring Jonathan Jackson, Director, CARE Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Elisa Vincent, Vice President of Global Talent Enablement at Skillsoft shares powerful insights about how a holistic approach to inclusion can drive real change in businesses and communities. 

Published Content

Leadership Development

HCMx Radio 152: Pandemic, Protests and Economic Uncertainty – Leading in Turbulent Times

This year has been a challenging time for everyone with the pandemic, economic uncertainty and social injustice rising to the forefront.  Brandon Hall Group’s Rachel Cooke hosts Fortune 100 leadership consultant Bonnie St. John for a lively dialogue around the key challenges facing top executives today. You’ll hear Bonnie’s thoughts on behind-the-scenes conversions she’s having with women and minorities who are pressured to step up as leaders in this environment — which can be a blessing or a curse — and how to help their companies and families stay on track.

Solution Provider Profile: DDI

DDI provides clients with the best of both worlds — more than five decades of experience researching and consulting on leadership, combined with a strong focus on the changing leadership needs that will make companies successful in the future.

Learning & Development

Solution Provider Profile: Degreed

As one of the first solutions in the industry to emerge as a Learning Experience Platform, quality is where Degreed sets itself apart. Degreed offers the tools for organizations to manage and curate all of these content sources so learners don’t have to wade through a sea of irrelevant material to get what they need. 

Solution Provider Profile: eThink

eThink presents a unique set of offerings aimed at organizations that can’t quite seem to find the right learning technology in the marketplace. Instead of settling for platforms that are “close enough,” eThink can provide an organization with a customized, open-source solution based on either of the two most widely used open-source LMS platforms — Totara and Moodle.

Solution Provider Profile: Training Orchestra

As organizations shift to a broader, more digitally focused learning environment, this does not mean that the need for in-person training will go away. Training Orchestra is uniquely positioned to help organizations through this transition. While many technology providers move away from the classroom, Training Orchestra recognizes the ongoing need and meets it. Not only does the platform allow companies to better manage their classroom training, but it helps make the most of the learning budget.

Solution Provider Profile: Bridge

When most organizations talk about employee development, they mean much more than training. Bridge by Instructure is one of the few software platforms that has that philosophy at its heart through Bridge Learn, Bridge Practice, Bridge Perform, Bridge Career and Bridge Connect. 

Solution Provider Profile: Valamis

Valamis is one of the few solutions available that always has been a Learning Experience Platform. While other providers have tried to shift with the needs of the market, LXP is Valamis’ DNA. The platform is highly attuned to the user experience, allowing it to be customized not just for different audiences but for different learning approaches as well. 

Solution Provider Profile: Brainier

Brainier offers a cloud-based solution that allows your curriculum and content to be 100% accessible anywhere, at any time and by every registered user. Brainier is built for multiple screens on mobile devices. Brainier delivers video-based training across devices. Desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone — the learner can access content under any conditions. 

Solution Provider Profile: Socratic Arts

As its name suggests, Socratic Arts achieves its outcomes by asking the right questions. Socratic Arts helps its clients conduct a needs analysis, a critical step that is often skipped or overlooked when companies are creating their own learning. Based on this in-depth analysis, learning programs are designed with the business objectives in mind, which align the programs with performance expectations and outcomes.

Talent Management

Solution Provider Profile: SHL

Through organic growth, acquisition and partnership, SHL has all the science-backed assessment tools any organization needs to make informed decisions in hiring and talent management. SHL can go end-to-end on assessments in industries ranging from mining to technology.

Solution Provider Profile: Talent Quest

TalentQuest’s innovative Talent Management software suite is fueled by behavioral science and proprietary TQ Talent Insights™ that offer modern, next-generation Talent Management software that promotes employee engagement and an unparalleled level of productivity — all in a user-friendly, mobile-friendly, cloud-based platform.

Solution Provider Profile: eSkill

eSkill is on track to become the only testing provider to offer hard-skills testing, personality testing and video interviewing on one platform. That’s a significant differentiator, especially for companies that want all testing available on one login.

Solution Provider Profile: Ibbaka

Ibbaka has a rich and unique understanding of the power of skills to differentiate a company and drive market share. Ibbaka’s AI-driven platform can serve as a system of record for skills and link them to all talent processes, from recruiting and hiring to career development, succession planning and workforce planning

Workforce Management

Solution Provider Profile: Paychex

Paychex is a single HCM platform that’s scalable. Paychex can actually handle one-person shops (Paychex Flex focuses on companies with 1-1,000 employees) but has the ability to scale completely as far as it needs to go — and that goes with technology as well; it can work on almost any device.

Solution Provider Profile: Ramco

Ramco is well-positioned because it has been preaching digital transformation for quite some time. So, now that everything has been accelerated because of the COVID-19 crisis, Ramco is already there with the infrastructure needed. 

Solution Provider Profile: Ascentis

What makes Ascentis stand out is that it blends the benefits of having a suite and a point solution. Ascentis has taken many different point solutions and bundle them. Ascentis can offer everything from performance management, compensation planning, assessments, etc., and all the core functionalities while still being able to get the benefits of having a point solution and most of the benefits of having a suite.

Solution Provider Profile: Benefitfocus

Benefitfocus has three main areas in which they separate themselves from their competitors. First is their ability to give insights by pulling in data from all systems that they use across a very large market offering. Second, Benefitfocus can check every box when it comes to products that are needed, so they don’t have to specialize in one particular industry. Third, Benefitfocus can get better prices and offer better transportability of information across companies. 

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, August 12: Learning Agility: Five Ways Learning Will Change

During the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have been grappling with what business operations and learning will look like in the world of the “new/next normal.” If anything, the shutdown crystalized the need for learning agility. Organizations with agile learning processes and systems were able to pivot; those with more traditional learning systems and processes struggled. Join Brandon Hall Group Principal Learning Analyst David Wentworth and Chris Tratar, Director of Product Marketing at Inkling as they discuss the concept of learning agility and explore five ways learning will be transformed based on recent research conducted by Brandon Hall Group. Register here.

Wednesday, August 19: Courageous Humility: Leading with Resilience in Challenging Times

In today’s world, leaders at all levels are facing unprecedented challenges: a pandemic, protests in the streets, racial discrimination, political tension, and more. In this webinar, Bonnie St. John, President and CEO of Blue Circle Leadership shares her perspective as an African-American and amputee with over 30 years of experience as a leader in business & government. She equips leaders with fresh, practical tools to help bridge sensitive subjects and situations without blaming, shaming, or silencing various points of view. The webinar is hosted by Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke. Register here.

Thursday, August 20: HCM Excellence Awards 2020 Announcements

Join Brandon Hall Group executives as they announce the winners of the coveted 2020 HCM Excellence Awards in a live web event! These winners develop and leverage the most innovative and effective human capital management strategies to provide measurable business results.

Brandon Hall Group Featured on Training Magazine website

Technology and People Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Claude Werder, Brandon Hall Group

Technology has been important in human capital management for many years, but adoption has been uneven. With a more dispersed workforce, that technology is even more important. Unfortunately, beyond payroll, most employers do not have the technologies in place to support a larger dispersed workforce. As a result, many employers will have to make critical investment decisions. 

New Research Surveys

Research in the Field

  • 2020 Performance Management Study: Take the survey here
  • 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Study, Part 1: Take the survey here
  • 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Study, Part 2: Take the survey here.
  • Learning & Development Benchmarking: Take the survey here.
  • Talent Management Maturity 2020: Take the survey here
  • Workforce Management Maturity 2020: Take the survey here.  
  • Extended Enterprise Learning: 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.

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