The long, three-day Labor Day weekend is here, which means there’s plenty of time to read these top five stories from for the week of Aug. 27.

1. How to Implement a Complete Training System: Isolated training events aren’t enough; you need a more integrated approach to achieve optimal results, writes Dave Basarab, a senior learning executive and the founder of Dave Basarab Consulting.

2. Why Webinars Are Ripe for Redesign: Webinars are weak and deteriorating more through overuse. Experiment, change designs and gather evidence to shake up your approach. Elliott Masie, chairman and chief learning officer for The Masie Center’s Learning Consortium, has more.

3. Tips to Improve Leadership Communication Skills: Executives who deliver a clear, concise and relevant message become more than just bosses — they become leaders, writes John Seigenthaler, CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations – New York.

4. Learning Metrics: People Just Don’t Get It: Learning metrics aren’t just a nice to have – they’re essential, writes blogger David Vance.

5. Why You Should Invest in Tuition Assistance: When aligned with business goals, tuition assistance programs can be highly impactful. Here’s how you can reap the benefits, writes John Zappa, CEO of EdLink, a provider of corporate tuition assistance management services.

On Another Note …

Playing office politics just got a lot more fun.

While dealing with office politics may not exactly be a day at the beach, the developers of a new iPhone app are hoping to bring more enjoyment to the subject.

As this blog post from The Wall Street Journal pointed out earlier this week, Iddiction recently released “Office Politics,” where “players get promoted up the rungs of the corporate ladder by backstabbing as many co-workers as they can in a kind of cubicle whack-a-mole.”

“This is what games are good at,” Billy Shipp, vice president of Iddiction, told the Journal. “You take something that is stressful, complex, and unpleasant and give people a way to escape that reality. You re-contextualize the problem and provide a new way to interact with it.”

Frank Kalman

Frank Kalman

Frank Kalman is a senior editor of Chief Learning Officer magazine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned his master’s of science degree in Dec. 2010. He is also a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, earning a degree in American history in May 2009. Prior to joining MediaTec, Frank served as an editorial intern for Crain’s Chicago Business, covering commercial and residential real estate for Crain’s real estate spinoff, ChicagoRealEstateDaily. He also covered public finance and commercial banking while a reporter at Medill. Frank can be reached at
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