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The Week That Was

The Week That Was

The Week That Was

August 2, 2012
Related Topics: Leadership Development, Collaboration, Alignment, Metrics, Business Partners, Social Networking, Communication, Business Acumen

What better way to celebrate the start of "Back to School" season than with these top five stories from for the week of July 30:

1. The Other 90 Percent of Learning: The only way to keep up is to work and learn with others. People we’ve overlooked, workers with experience, have to learn every day, too, writes CLO columnist Jay Cross, CEO of Internet Time Group.

2. Presenting Numbers: Learn to Avoid the 'Deadly Sins': As learning blends with other business functions, CLOs must be able to present financials and other metrics to senior leaders. Here are some tips to help avoid mistakes. CLO editor Frank Kalman spoke with numbers guy Randall Bolten to get the scoop.

3. 10 Steps to Capture Learning ROI: Many modern learning programs must show a return on investment to senior leaders or risk being eliminated. Here are 10 tips that provide a basis for measuring ROI, writes Mark Bashrum, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic intelligence for global training firm ESI International.

4. Leverage the Fruits -- And Ease -- of Informal Learning: With the cost of formal education rising, informal learning can outperform traditional learning and reignite organizational development, writes Michel Koopman, CEO of business book abstract provider getAbstract Inc.

5. The 'Moneyball' School of Leadership: Billy Beane changed the game of baseball, and corporate learning leaders can pull a few plays from his book to give their leadership development strategies a winning edge. Butler Newman and Greg Long, vice presidents for GP Strategies, a global performance improvement company, and Chuck Russell, chairman and CEO of BestWork DATA, explain.

In Other News ...

Do business-school graduates earn higher salaries? Those applying for MBAs have high - even unrealistic - expectations.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that business-school applicants, on average, expect to make $133,000 after completing their MBA, up from their pre-MBA salary of $45,000, according to the 2012 QS Applicant Survey. Last year, The Journal Report said, applicants targeted $111,000 in post-MBA pay.

The finding left some industry insiders interviewed by The Journal to wonder if MBA applicants had unrealistic salary expectations for once they leave school.

Among the applicants surveyed, Swiss prospective students had the highest post-degree salary expectations, The Journal article said, while prospective MBA students from Brazil and Russia also expect fat paychecks upon graduation.

U.S. applicants, the article said, are targeting salaries of $153,000 after school, vs. pre-MBA $58,000. The U.S. applicants included in the survey were considered among the most conservative and realistic in their expectations.

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