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 →
Don’t Drink the Learning Evaluation Kool-Aid!
Learning practitioners are taught early, or should I dare say brainwashed, to believe the ‘essential’ four levels of evaluation. Many of us refer to these levels as the Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model and it has been a cornerstone in every learning event and also a foundation for many evaluation models that followed. But let’s be honest,... Continue Reading →
A Love Letter to ATD for Hosting ICE 2015!
We would like to begin by saying, thank you ATD 2015 for reminding we why we do what we do. ATD Conference organizers really know how the bring it! We thank you because after a long, cold, and dark winter and an overwhelming demand of client mandates we were feeling unmotivated and questioning if our... 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 →
It’s Not About ‘Learning’…It’s About Business Accountability!
Business leaders place Learning practitioners under tremendous pressure to demonstrate that their learning efforts and initiatives are worth the budget they allocate to it. This is probably one of the biggest challenges facing those involved with any aspect of workplace learning. There are many reasons why learning practitioners are unable to connect their efforts with... 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 →
Giving Thanks for Turkey Stuffing & Lifelong Learning
People often say to us, “Wow, you're lucky! You have everything you wished for.” We politely respond with a 'thank you'...but what we really want to say is that both 'luck' and 'wishes' had nothing to do with it. With (US) Thanksgiving only a few days away, we do believe that this is a good... 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.