I don't often talk about happenings at my day job, but I have an interesting case study to share. We have recently completed a major system conversion, a project that has taken nearly 3 years from inception, but particularly the past 18 months. My team was tasked with enabling the entire organization through training, on-the-job … Continue reading Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change
Why “Lean In” Made Me Step Back for a Moment
Over the past few years, the Lean In movement has become a highly influential, inspirational voice for professional women around the world. As a professional female, I appreciate the message and encouragement. As the mother of a teenage son (today, at the time of this writing, is actually his 15th birthday!) and a college-aged daughter, I … Continue reading Why “Lean In” Made Me Step Back for a Moment
Heading to #ATD2016 this month?
It's May - are you heading to Denver for ATD's International Conference & Expo (ICE) this month? I am - and I couldn't be more excited! ICE is the biggest event of the year for L&D folks, and I'm ready to absorb every possible idea or nugget of wisdom along with 10,000+ of my fellow … Continue reading Heading to #ATD2016 this month?
When does onboarding become too much of a good thing?
Ah, c'est l'amour. For several years, countless tourists in love made a pilgrimage to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris to pledge their undying devotion by attaching a padlock, a "love lock," to the metal grating on the bridge. So. Many. Locks. The love lock tradition has spread to a number of other cities … Continue reading When does onboarding become too much of a good thing?
The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…
How many of you put out candy for training attendees? I know we do at the day job...in fact, the photo above is a shot of my cart on a recent stock-up trip at my local Sam's Club. Even when the cost of doing business continues to soar, this is an expense that we have … Continue reading The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…
10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator
Do you remember the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Recently, I came across a copy of Robert Fulghum's inspirational collection of essays and remembered a high school teacher had a poster with excerpts from this book in her classroom. While I recall looking at the poster, and even reading … Continue reading 10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator
Six Ideas for Getting Started with Blended Learning
The idea of lecture-heavy, “sage on the stage” classroom training has been an antiquated notion in workplace learning for quite some time, particularly in a global organization. Images of snoozing, daydreaming, multi-tasking attendees (because they really aren’t “participants” at that point, are they?) come to mind, and any shred of intended value or applicable learning … Continue reading Six Ideas for Getting Started with Blended Learning
The Secret to Connecting With Training Participants
Waaaaaaay back in 1992, right about the time I was sporting my Hypercolor sweatshirt and teasing some very tall bangs, there was a study by Broad and Newstrom about training transfer. While some many elements of the workplace learning industry have changed - technology has certainly commanded much of that - there are still a … Continue reading The Secret to Connecting With Training Participants
Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience
There was some interesting news in the music and tech industries this past week: Madonna previewed her new Living for Love video. Via Snapchat. Now, depending on your musical tastes, demographics and social media preferences, you may or may not have paid any attention to this headline. As one who is snugly nestled in that … Continue reading Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience
3 Facilitation Tips from Jimmy Fallon
Confession: I have been a little smitten with Jimmy Fallon for quite some time – since he was a young SNL player, giggling uncontrollably during sketch after sketch. His easygoing, likeable style has kept me coming back, show after show. I was thrilled when he visited Indy for a week to host the Late Show when our … Continue reading 3 Facilitation Tips from Jimmy Fallon