A few weeks ago, I wrote a post with 5 reading recommendations for new trainers. Well, that post took on a life of its own! Thanks to the comments on the post and a very active discussion thread on LinkedIn, I decided to curate the suggestions and now have a library's worth of books to … Continue reading 30 (More!) Recommended Reads for Learning Professionals
Playoff time has arrived, my friends. Regardless of what team you might be rooting for, I don't think anyone could argue that the Denver Broncos are having an impressive year. At the forefront of this franchise is the one and only Peyton Manning, QB extraordinaire. You could say I'm a little bit of a Peyton … Continue reading 5 Leadership Lessons from Peyton Manning
If anyone is counting, 2014 marks 15 years of my involvement in the Learning & Development field. And I'm tired. Don't get me wrong, I am more passionate about adult learning than ever, but I am tired. At first glance, one might think this is because I'm in perpetual motion. I'm a mom with a … Continue reading I’m tired.
I love those AT&T commercials where the guy is hosting roundtable discussions with precocious kids. A recent one, pictured above, has a little boy talking about his new year "revolution". At the risk of sounding like a Sprint commercial with James Earl Jones and Malcom McDowell, that is "totes adorbs" (yes, I know I'm way … Continue reading A New Year…Revolution?
Happy Holidays, all! Yes, it's been a moment since I've checked in - here, on Twitter, LinkedIn or even Facebook. The past few weeks have been a blur...wrapping up the year at the day job so I could take some long-awaited time off (!!!), enjoying some holiday time with family and making some exciting plans … Continue reading 3 Tips to Energize a Tired Training Session
In the corporate world, there is so much focus on where one falls in the grand hierarchy. So often, an employee is defined by his little block of real estate on the organizational chart. And, just like in traditional real estate, the rule is often the same: Location, location, location. The higher one falls on … Continue reading Organizational Hierarchy and the Training Department
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When it comes to developing learning programs, I'm a bit of a rule-breaker. There are smarties out there who have developed complex models on how adults learn, where adults learn and why we should follow these rules. I respect them. And sure, they have merit. But … Continue reading In Learning, It’s Okay to be a Rule-Breaker
I always get a kick out of articles that summarize the year's most popular corporate jargon. Having worked in a corporate setting for many years, I have heard (and, admittedly, used) many of the terms at one point or another. Come on, you have too. Admit it! Jargon isn't limited to conference calls and status … Continue reading A Few Words About Onboarding Jargon
I see this quote often. On motivational posters. On coffee mugs. And certainly on various social media sites. As true and as relevant as Ghandi's words are, I'm probably not alone when I say I've become a little desensitized toward this quote. But let's think about it from a learning perspective for a moment... Learning … Continue reading Create a Culture of Learning
Several years ago, I participated in a train-the-trainer program to become certified to facilitate a sales training program for my then-day job. As we were mock-facilitating sections of the training, the leader was giving us feedback. She said to me, "I'll bet you were really good at speech class when you were in school." Well... … Continue reading 10 Tips for Facilitators (and why I hate public speaking)