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As we move into the digital age we find that there is much to know in order to succeed and formulate effective strategic operating plans. Leaders oftentimes find themselves distancing away from what has worked in the past. Twentieth century solutions do not always apply to twenty first century challenges. Millennials have added insight, direction, and expertise with technology, unsurpassed by new hires in the past. These skills are now vitally important in the development of strategies that will remain relevant into the future.

The impact that Millennials have had as they are continuing to influence the way in which business is done often causing disruption among those in the C-Suite. They in turn are applying pressure on HR and middle managers to come up with solutions to perceived problems which should be the implementation of the changes necessary in order to remain competitive.

Skills Gap Challenges and Talent Shortages

Despite the current trends of employers offering training programs to improve employee effectiveness 61% when surveyed said they could be more effective in their jobs with additional training. Overall the survey results concluded that 55% of employees thought they could advance professionally if offered greater training opportunities. The percentage was even higher for Millennials at 62%. Since the workforce currently is comprised primarily of boomers and Millennials, there needs to be a mix of online and onsite options available to assure maximum benefits for all training across the board.

Boomers and Millennials are over 70% visual learners and for boomers the emphasis and passion that can be conveyed from an in person presentation resonates more effectively with them than does an online application. Unlike many of the online training options, an onsite presentation offers an opportunity for Q&A afterwards offering an instant avenue for feedback which should have appeal to the Millennial segment of the viewing audience.