We’re back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Start 2013 off right with the top five stories from CLOmedia.com for the week of Jan. 7.

1. Petco Maps Out a New Leadership Strategy: Learn how Petco leaders fought to win back market share by delivering a consistent customer experience at each of the company’s 1,100 stores.

2. Employees Take Charge of Their Own Development: The days of training as something that is done to you are ending. Replacing it is a more employee-driven model that is responsive to changing career paths and organizational priorities. CLO editor Mike Prokopeak has more.

3. The Future of Mobile Learning: Excitement about mobile is leading to hype, not readiness.The first step will be to make current and new content device-ready, writes CLO columnist Elliott Masie.

4. Tuition Assistance’s Fiscal Cliff: If the U.S. economy heads off the so-called fiscal cliff, how will tuition assistance programs be affected? Teri Shipp, vice president of client services and marketing for EdAssist, a managed education provider, explains.

5. Deloitte Acquires Bersin & Associates: Combined with Deloitte’s human capital and talent capabilities, Deloitte and Bersin aim to provide the talent marketplace with broad HR and talent management services.

On Another Note …

If you didn’t already hear, the parent company of Chief Learning Officer made big news this week in announcing its purchase of Workforce Management magazine. With the acquisition, combined readership of Human Capital Media Group — which also includes Diversity Executive and Talent Management — will exceed 150,000 readers and reach 1.5 million website visitors.

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Also, those short interruptions throughout the day, such as tending to a smartphone or perusing Twitter, have a large effect on someone’s ability to complete a task accurately, according to new research from Michigan State University.

“The study, in which 300 people performed a sequence-based procedure on a computer, found that interruptions of about three seconds doubled the error rate,” according to this story on the study published in Science Daily.

“Brief interruptions are ubiquitous in today’s society, from text messages to a work colleague poking his head in the door and interrupting an important conversation. But the ensuing errors can be disastrous for professionals such as airplane mechanics and emergency room doctors,” said Erik Altmann, lead researcher on the study.

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 fkalman@CLOMedia.com.
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