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Don’t Drink the Learning Evaluation Kool-Aid!

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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, the unspoken truth is that the Kirkpatrick model is flawed. Yes, I dare say it out loud and may the learning gods, and some of my peers, strike me down. While you pick you jaw off the floor, the fact is that the evaluation method has some apparent issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Love Letter to ATD for Hosting ICE 2015!

loveWe 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 efforts as leading industry contributors are being heard or was it all for not? After the last few days meeting friends, peers, and followers it is all for something.

This post is to share our feelings with you because we don’t think we are alone in our self-reflection. After speaking to some other colleagues (also leading industry contributors) we were not the only ones feeling this way…and it seems ATD 2015 was the medicine to cure our melancholy.

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‘Snake Oil’ From the Bully Pulpit

bullying2Recently, 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 having a ‘snake-oil’ person in a PLN  become?” It doesn’t seem to be a significant issue within my PLNs.

Since it is not an issue for me, I reflected on how would I define a ‘snake oil’ person within my PLNs? And, do they exist in my PLN or other learning environments I participate?

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Identifying Learning Opportunities Through Financial Analysis

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(Article initially published through ASTD Links Newsletter January 2013)

Underlying every business concern is a fundamental question all leaders ask, “What do we need to do better?” Ultimately, corporate survival depends on how well they can answer this question. At first glance this appears as a non-threatening question but it is a challenge to answer properly. If you don’t believe me, try providing a concise answer. Not so easy, right?

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Post-Conference Meltdown…Why Training Professionals Don’t Apply What They Learn?

Ajay M. Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood

So…it’s been just over one week since the “mother” of all workplace learning conferences took place. The ASTD International Conference and Expo (or as the regulars know it, ICE) is the leading and largest conference in the training space.

This is not to take away the great efforts placed by other conferences (most of them I enjoy) but ICE is IT! ICE attracts the largest number of WLP professional and specialists from around the world…up to 10,000 participants at times. It also invites the most innovative and leading speakers to conduct workshops and concurrent sessions…including yours truly! Read the rest of this entry »

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A Perfect Workplace “Storm” is Forming…

The perfect storm is forming in the workplace if it hasn’t occurred already. Employees are coping with an unpredictable economy, increasing personal debt-levels and taxes, daily gridlock, over-worked, under paid, and facing precarious employment conditions. It’s safe to say that the anger threshold is very high and volatile. Read the rest of this entry »

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