• abandon resolutions
Last year, I stopped making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I tried creating a specific vision for the year I’d like to have. I thought, “It’s what I train business owners to do for their organizations; why not give it a...
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Can you imagine your training and development manager staring at the budget and trying to decide where to invest the company’s money? The narrative in their head might sound something like this. “Can we afford to incorporate training on creative...
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I think the best way to challenge our expectations about what works and what doesn’t is to ask compelling questions. I participated in a webinar by Brandon Hall Group titled, How are you utilizing learning analytics. I’m not sure what I expected,...
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  • Persuasion in sales
Recently I was asked to speak at a luncheon for Women In Networking on the topic of sales. I had grown tired of the common, “X tips to sell more Y,” themed titles. Instead, I wanted to present something different; something...
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  • manufacturing - electronics
Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? I’m a good news first kind of person, so I’ll answer my question and start with the good news. The manufacturing industry is rebounding and entering a...
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The manufacturing industry is hurting. For years the industry declined in the U.S. for a variety of reasons in the business environment. Now, the industry is facing a renaissance but can’t find enough people to bring a new manufacturing era...
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  • leadership training
I can’t turn around without stubbing my toe on a new leadership training program. The proliferation of such programs is an acknowledgment by the training industry of the importance leaders plays in an organization’s success. Why, then, would I suggest...
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  • Adult learning and play
When I shared this post about using video in adult learning with a LinkedIn group of training specialists, I received a response that saddened me. Essentially, the trainer remarked how prospects scoffed at her use of fun in her learning...
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I found myself having read a fascinating article about CEO and author Stephan Aarstol and how he moved his company to a 5-hr work day. As I read, I thought, “Wait, these are the same benefits I extol about microlearning!” In...
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  • Disappointed with training
Last month you proudly unveiled a new incentive program to increase referrals generated by your employees’ networking. This month, as you review the results you are disappointed. Why? Before I jump into the reasons, I’ll tell you this scenario is...
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