Amy Fox

Accelerated Business Results

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Microlearning: Just in Time, Just for Me

Accelerated Business Results provides customized, blended training solutions for today's hyper attention workforce

Our increasingly digitalized lifestyles are giving us attention spans shorter than a goldfish, challenging companies to seek out new ways to train employees. Accelerated Business Results specializes in helping businesses craft customized learning experiences to engage today’s plugged-in workforce.

Microlearning – delivering content in small, very specific bursts that put learners in control of what they’re learning – is a hot topic in business training. For more than five years, ABR has pioneered this approach in response to a shift in the needs of business and the workforce. More companies are calling for short, targeted learning to better train millennials and everyone immersed in today’s technology rich environment.

“The expectation of the workforce continues to increase, and the workforce is changing,” says ABR President and CEO Amy Fox. “By 2020, millennials will make up 46% of the global workforce (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.) Today’s digital savvy workforce will not be constrained by traditional training programs and they want learning experiences on the go, at all times in a more continuous approach.”

The result has been a fast-paced evolution toward microlearning, and away from costly, time-consuming traditional classroom training and even longer form e-learning courses, she says. ABR has responded by developing a comprehensive microlearning library of training solutions for managers and leaders, designed to address the issues they face daily.

“We are developing microlearning targeted for managers and leaders because they can make such an enormous impact on an organization,” Amy says. “Development of all leaders at all levels is a critical priority for organizations. In a recent study, more than half of organizations said their leaders are not at all ready, or only somewhat ready, to lead organizations today, and 71% reported they are not ready to lead their organizations into the future.”

ABR’s microlearning library includes “micro-content” and “micro-training” addressing real world situations. These include questions from how to deal with employee gossip and emotional employees, to how to motivate employees during difficult times, or fire those who don’t live up to expectations.

“We have polled and worked with thousands of managers and leaders and they tell us what really keeps them up at night; what are the scenarios they feel they need to be prepared to deal with,” Amy says. “We are keeping it ridiculously simple, so within minutes on your phone you can search for your topic or star it because you want to go back to it; within minutes you can get to relevant business challenges, get the 30-second video or dive deep and get a job aid.”

An award-winning leader in management and leadership training, ABR specializes in blended multi-media content tailored for each organization’s needs. This can take the form of simulation, video animations, on-the-job tools, online, mobile and classroom training, or any combination to give companies the results they seek.

“We are offering flexible options, so that if a manager needs a virtual coach or the organization wants to put on a virtual training or an instructor-led training, they can access in-depth foundational training via e-learning or more traditional training methods,” Amy says. “The microlearning library is a core component of multiple options that are part of our whole effort to develop lasting sustainable results for your leadership team.”

Since founding ABR in 2002, Amy has consulted with leaders of Fortune 500 companies on their training and sales performance strategies. She has been cited as an expert source on business training by The Cincinnati Enquirer and Selling Power magazine, and has been a speaker at events for the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).

ABR is driven to meet the diverse training needs of today’s organizations, from increased sales performance and product knowledge to leadership, communication and coaching skills. Amy leads a creative, talented and multi-faceted team in business performance that includes highly skilled instructional designers, content developers, graphic designers, programmers, project managers, and facilitators, all of whom help to craft exceptional training. She and her team can share their expertise on trends vital to today’s businesses, including:

* Meeting training needs for today’s learners
* Mentoring millennials – what leaders and managers need to know
* Inspiring motivated and happy workers
* Boosting performance in sales and service
* Training through YouTube and social media
* “Sticky people issues” and how to deal with them
* Onboarding and new hire ramp-up
* Product- and company-specific learning programs
* Diversity training for cooperation, collaboration and inclusion
* Safety and sustainability training
* Creating a respectful workplace (Workplace Harassment Prevention & the Law™)

In 2015, ABR earned three Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards. In partnership with its client, Sonic Automotive, ABR won Silver medals in the Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development and Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy categories for their joint submission, “EchoPark—The Start of Something Special.” They also earned a Bronze medal in the Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development category for their “Sonic Fixed Operations Leadership Academy” submission. In 2013 ABR was awarded a Gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award and was a finalist in the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Excellence Awards. ABR was also named as one of the “Businesses WE Watch” by the Cincinnati Chamber’s WE Celebrate Awards in 2012, and has been a Cincinnati Business Courier “Fast 55” recipient and cited as a Company of Distinction by the American Society for Training & Development. In addition, ABR is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

Under Amy’s leadership, ABR has developed a reputation for professionalism, innovation, and most importantly, results in high quality learning solutions.

"Our clients build long-term partnerships with us because they can count on us to provide customized learning solutions with proven, measurable results,” Amy says. “We tailor our training for very specific initiatives with the expectation that our clients will enjoy the results of those efforts every time.”

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