Partners with DDI to Provide Access

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<p><strong>Aurora, Ontario &mdash; March 21</strong><br /> and Development Dimensions International (DDI) have enhanced and expanded their partnership to allow members access to DDI&rsquo;s OPAL online performance and learning system. </p><p>The new agreement will give;s Premier Members access to the just-in-time development/coaching solution. </p><p>In addition, individual subscriptions and corporate subscriptions will be available for sale through;s online HR Marketplace. <br /><br />&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s HR professionals face a critical challenge in being able to identify competency gaps and then train individual contributors and leaders to meet their development needs,&quot; said Debbie McGrath, CEO. &quot;Time and time again, our members tell us that leadership skills are top priorities for them, which is why we are thrilled to offer our 135,000-plus community members&rsquo; access to OPAL.&quot; </p><p> is dedicated to providing its members with the tools and resources they need to be more effective and efficient. </p><p>OPAL is a complete online competency development and day-to-day resource that enhances employee performance. </p><p>It provides a cost- and time-effective way for employees to receive just-in-time coaching and expert guidance on handling work situations and developing important business competencies.<br /><br />Accessible via the Internet, OPAL consists of two learning components. </p><p>The Advisor element provides a wide range of just-in-time practical guidelines for handling tough work situations. It also includes 300-plus learning tools &mdash; checklists, road maps, planners and intervention techniques &mdash; designed to help people apply what they learn on the job. </p><p>The Developer component is an online mentor for professional development. It helps employees understand and gain skills in 39 important business competencies, as well as develop job performance and career plans.<br /><br />&ldquo;OPAL can provide;s membership with a much-needed tool for identifying needs and developing necessary competencies,&quot; said Pete Weaver, DDI senior vice president of leadership solutions. &quot;We believe firmly that this strategic alliance will be able to deliver yet another valuable resource to the members of the community.&quot; </p>

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