Industry Insights


  • The Ever Evolving Chief Learning Officer

    The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) found that U.S. organizations spent an average of $1,195 per employee for training in 2012, up from $504 per employee in 1998. More recent numbers have yet to be released, but the trend is leaning toward bigger budgets for more training. Additionally, the global e-learning market is expected…   Read More >

  • How to leverage employee feedback this year

     In our last post, we offered a template for gathering feedback about the quality and effectiveness of your company’s training programs. Collecting all those great insights will be for naught if you don’t share them and make a plan for improvement.  To start that discussion, we created a meeting agenda that will be perfect for the slow weeks…   Read More >

  • How to Collect Productive End of the Year Feedback

    As the year wraps up, people tend to reflect on how they spent the last 365 days and how to improve themselves. It’s also a perfect time for businesses to do the same. An honest assessment of the year’s training and meetings can really help refresh and improve the effectiveness of those who work in HR, corporate training or meeting planning.…   Read More >

  • 6 Conferences Meeting Planners Should Attend in 2014

    Attending industry events, conferences and expos is one of the best ways to improve your meeting planner chops. They give you the chance to learn about emerging trends and meet other planners who understand your challenges.  Whether you work for a corporation, an association, a nonprofit or freelance, investing in yourself will infuse new life…   Read More >

  • How LinkedIn can make your meetings more successful

    LinkedIn is more than just a social network for connecting with colleagues and finding a job. It’s an indispensible tool that can help you plan, promote and improve your meetings. Learning the ins and outs of the network can save you a lot of time and stress. Here’s how: Get speakers Speakers rely on their professional connections to get…   Read More >

  • Three TED Talks that will make you rethink work

    TED is a nonprofit that hosts conferences around the world with one goal: Spreading ideas. There are over 1000 TED Talks – a series of videos that explore ideas from biology to philosophy to tying your shoe. But one subject keeps popping up in discipline after discipline – the way people work. Experts examine motivation, creativity, and even…   Read More >

  • Corporate culture secrets of five companies employees love

    Over the past forty years, we’ve learned many lessons while helping organizations run effective meetings.  One of the most important lessons is that all organizations – no matter their mission or size – are influenced by one thing: culture.  The focus on organizational culture has become more mainstream as of late, and for good reason. The…   Read More >

  • Don't avoid change, Manage it!

    In the modern working world, change is constant, relentless, and driven by many factors: technology, consumer trends, governmental legislation, integration of different cultures, and more. Add that to the instantaneous nature of today’s communication, and the speed at which these changes affect your organization has never been faster. Because of…   Read More >

  • Building a Great Team – Quotes on teamwork from great thinkers and doers

    Every day, hour and minute at work involves teamwork on some level. To elevate a business beyond average, the staff must be able to build, run and participate in an effective team. Teamwork forms the backbone of progress. Learning how to effectively run, work within, and improve teams defines your ability to lead. Many visionaries of our time knew…   Read More >

  • The Advantages of Interdisciplinary Meetings

    Five years ago, Beth Peluse had just started her job as an Account Executive at a mid-sized digital marketing agency. Like any fresh face joining a new team, she was ushered from one coworker to the next for quick introductions. Two weeks later, she performed improv with a Vice President, a Director of Search and Innovation, a Project Manager, and a…   Read More >

  • Create a culture of innovation by embracing the start-up mindset

    Start-up companies have great advantages because of their close-knit atmosphere. Because they work together in a small team, each employee carries significant weight for the company – personally touching each success and failure. The incentive for innovation is high and their contribution to success is clear. But when a company grows, each new…   Read More >

  • What Organizations can Learn from MOOCs

    Businesses will always need to train and educate their employees, but by no means does the method have to stay the same. In fact, ignoring education trends could leave your staff woefully behind. Many colleges and universities have started to go beyond the lecture hall with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These online courses reach a large…   Read More >

  • A Review of Patrick Lencioni's, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

    A friend of mine recommended that I read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni and I’m so glad she did. I found the book particularly relevant to the meetings industry and to executive learning because we so often help teams find a productive and decidely functional way to work together. The book is an easy-to-understand leadership…   Read More >

  • 5 Best Practices for Successful Corporate Events

    When an event is all said and done, how can you truly know if it was successful? It would be naïve to think a few kind words from attendees at the end of an event represented the thoughts of everyone. The fact is that many best practices before and after the event can help ensure everyone leaves happy and fulfilled. Pick the right…   Read More >

  • How Games Can Help with Learning According to Dr. David Williamson Shaffer

    After every meeting, your attendees should leave more rounded than when they arrived. One great way to spur this growth is through experience. Put an associate in a manager’s shoes. Give a manager a swing at an executive task. They’ll be happy to prepare for advancement all while learning a lot about how problems are solved above their level. It…   Read More >

  • Meet Our Advisory Board

    Q Center prides itself on creating a learning and team building environment that uses the latest techniques to maximize the effectiveness of meetings. The last few difficult economic years have brought a lot of changes to meetings and corporate training as budgets tightened and staffs had to become more efficient. In addition, technology has grown…   Read More >

  • 6 Books Every Professional Development Executive Should Read

     Q Center loves those that push organizational education to the next level. Our friends, clients and advisory board members regularly suggest great resources that help develop employees, teams, and whole companies. Here are a few that caught our fancy: Stanford Social Innovation Review – Published quarterly, this review gives the nonprofit…   Read More >

  • 5 Ways to Help Young Professionals Excel During Corporate Training

    Corporate training is essential to developing a young, productive and vibrant staff. But to teach them the tricks of the trade, you need to know how they learn and what motivates them.   Don’t give them the answer. Teach them how to find it. Young execs have grown up in an ever-changing world, so they aren’t accustomed to set-in-stone…   Read More >

  • What’s a Chief Learning Officer and How do They Drive Change?

    The job title “chief learning officer” (CLO) came on the scene in the 1990s and is becoming even more mainstream today. With the need to globalize organizations, embrace smaller budgets, and adjust to new technology, CLOs are crucial for long-term success. So, what exactly does a CLO do?  Perhaps the most well known aspect of the CLO’s job…   Read More >

  • 5 Reasons Companies Use Off-Site Training

    “If employers want engagement and commitment, they must put money into training,” says Kristen Fyfe, a spokesperson for the American Society of Training & Development, in this Fortune article. Industry leaders create “a culture of learning” at their organization, which enables them to attract the best employees, she adds. Every organization…   Read More >

This event could not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of your team.

Giuseppe D'Alessandro, ConAgra Foods

Q Center
1405 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Get directions >

Group Sales: 877.774.8437
Information: 877.774.4627