Why “curation” is so 2015… and what’s taking its place


Last week I was perusing my LinkedIn feed and saw that LINGOs CEO Chris Proulx had shared this article by Josh Bersin, with a provocative (dangerously close to click bait) title “Make HR ‘Go Away'”.

I was particularly taken by this paragraph: “The word ‘curation’ was probably the word of the year in 2015 or so. Today I think even the concept of curation is out of date: we need machine intelligence and predictive analytics (‘people like me will most likely click on X’) to sort this all out. We now read about false news on social media and even companies like Facebook and Google are struggling to figure out how to make relevant content easier to find.”   Continue reading

Cool Professional Development Tool Review: Degreed

A few months ago I was at a conference at which Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer at Degreed, delivered the opening keynote speech.

A few weeks later, I was emailing with a colleague and she mentioned how impressed she was with Degreed.

A few weeks after that, I got a call from a Degreed sales rep to gauge my organization’s interest in using their platform on an enterprise level.

It seemed the universe was trying to tell me to take a closer look, so I finally checked it out for myself. I liked it. Here’s why.   Continue reading

Are L&D professionals letting the perfect be the enemy of the good?


“You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

The first time I heard someone say that was 7 or 8 years ago. I had hired a lean consultant to help out with a process at my organization, and this idea of  not letting the perfect get in the way of something that was “good enough” gave me a jolt.

I never liked the idea of “good enough.” I was definitely in agreement with the psycho music instructor from the movie Whiplash when he said: “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job'”.

Yet there it was.   Continue reading

One tip to change the outlook of your PowerPoint slides

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a post about some small tweaks to a slide deck that could lead to a much better visual presentation. One reader, Dan Jones, posted this comment:


I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I actually suggested this particular tip within my organization recently after attending a monthly stats meeting. The more I look around, the more I see this particular engagement strategy being used… except it doesn’t seem to be used very frequently in the world of presentations or learning and development.   Continue reading

20 Things for which this L&D Professional is Thankful

Thanksgiving 2015

As Thanksgiving approaches here in the U.S., I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for in my professional life. As a learning and development professional, I’m in a unique role in which I have an opportunity, if I’m doing my job correctly, to make someone else’s life better by teaching them to do something new or different or better. I’m thankful every day for this very special opportunity.

As I think about the past year, here are 19 more things I’m thankful for:   Continue reading

Cool Study Tool: A Brief Review of Quizlet

I was working with a team last week to push forward a sales training program that I was helping them develop. At one point, a sales team member asked: Have you ever used Quizlet?

No, I hadn’t.

She pulled out her phone and showed me how she quickly created a series of flashcards to help her study terminology she’d need in order to sound intelligent and informed during her sales calls.


The flashcards were basic – nothing flashy – but they could be used by someone sitting in front of a computer (via the desktop version) or someone who was on the road (via the free app). I was intrigued.   Continue reading

Lessons that this week’s DevLearn attendees can take away from a disastrous election night party

My birthday is in early November and every four years we host a birthday/election night party at our house. It was a lot of fun in 2008 and 2012. This year? Worst. Party. Ever. Perhaps the worst party in the history of humankind.


For my birthday this year, life gave me lemons. What follows is my attempt at lemonade.   Continue reading