Is workplace learning and development (L&D) dying? Does it deserve to continue to exist? What should L&D become to survive? These are some of the questions people have recently been asking. My friend and colleague, Tom Spiglanin, just blogged about a significant change in the workplace learning space. Tom knows his stuff and I encourage... Continue Reading →
3 Career ‘Must Do’ Resolutions!
Yup, another year over and the pressure of another year is upon us. To be honest, ringing in a new year is exciting but at the same time extremely intimidating. Recently, on my regular radio workplace segment on CJAD800 Radio, my friend, journalist and talk-show host James Mennie (Twitter @jamesmennie) asked an interesting question. He... Continue Reading →
Trends, Goals, and Professional Development….Planning for 2016
The 35th anniversary of John Lennon's death just passed but his word remain..."So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over. And a new one just begun." Yes. Another year is over and what have you done? If you are unable to fully answer this question don't worry, you are not alone.... Continue Reading →
The Real Business of Learning Evaluation
Thank you to Con Sotidis (@LearnKotch) and #OzLearn for inviting me to be part of their upcoming Nov 10, 2015 (8pm AEDT) Twitter Chat. I wish my L&D colleagues 'down unda' learn as much from my perspective as I expect to discover from them. Business leaders place Learning practitioners under tremendous pressure to demonstrate that... Continue Reading →
The Last Employee on Earth
Thank you to my friend Adam Weisblatt (@weisblatt) for contributing this post and sharing his truly unique perspective. Megan the VP of Contractor Management in Operations went to see Ralph, an engineer who had been dodging her for a while. "Ralph, we need to talk." She had cornered him in the coffee room and he... Continue Reading →
‘Snake Oil’ From the Bully Pulpit
Recently, a well-respected workplace learning peer posted an interesting and conversation-inducing discussion about dealing with a 'snake oil' person within your personal learning network (PLN). Personally, I found this blog post very insightful. I respect the message the post is attempting to communicate but a thought crossed my mind, "How prevalent is the issue of... Continue Reading →
Slaying the “Elephant” in the Training Room
Did you notice the real elephant in the room at these conferences? No? it is safe to say that many of the speakers we encounter at every conference simply rehash the ‘same old’ and well-worn thought process. Speakers do this hoping participants won’t notice that their work is, in reality, useless. So...what is your responsibility? Discover the answer in this blog post.
Time to Get Real About Workplace Learning!
(Originally published on ASTD Links March 4th, 2014 http://bit.ly/1gIJFJL) After circulating the conference circuit in the past few months, we’ve been dismayed to see that many learning professionals believe learning’s role can, and possibly should, remain disconnected to from business reality. By no means do we want to minimize some of the worthy learning integration... Continue Reading →
Get on the RADAR! Gaining Buy-in for E/M-Learning
The challenge for many workplace learning professionals is their ability, or more the inability, to get their leadership to recognize the importance and relevance of significant learning initiatives. If you are frustrated not gaining the attention you believe your initiatives deserve you are not alone. Through this tip, you will get on, what I refer... Continue Reading →
5 Quick Steps to Strategically Map Workplace Learning
This is the first of a series of "Quick Steps" that will empower learning professionals to align with their management's and organizational expectations for training and e-learning. So, please keep coming back to read the next "Quick Steps" in upcoming blogs. Many learning professionals believe business and strategic concepts are complicated. Let me share a... Continue Reading →