Do adult learning principles transcend cultures?

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I was in Canada last week observing several pilot versions of training programs that my team had developed. After one of the sessions I was talking with a participant who asked: “Have you found that adult learning principles work the same across cultures?”

As I took a moment to reflect on my experiences, everyone’s eyes turned to me, curious of what I might have to say about it.   Continue reading

What’s the value of a train the trainer session?

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One of my favorite topics to design and deliver is presentation skills. When people present better, they have the opportunity to change the world.

Over the past few years, as I reflect on these sessions, I’ve begun to question the value. Is a presentation skills or train the trainer session worth the investment of time and money? Too often, when I peek in on what people are doing after attending such a session, I would have to say: no, the investment of time and money wasn’t worth it.   Continue reading

A New Spin on Peer Feedback Forms

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Greetings from sunny Uganda! I’m on assignment this week in Kampala, where it’s Day 2 of a 3-day train-the-trainer program.

There will be a lot of practice facilitation and peer feedback today. Days like this can grow long and monotonous, with presentation after presentation, and the peer feedback process can grow stale and feel drawn-out after the first 5 or 6 presentations.

Recently, a colleague suggested I alter our peer feedback form. For this suggestion, I think he’s a genius.   Continue reading

Numbers need to be put into perspective, or they’re just sounds

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At last weekend’s end-of-year celebration for my organization, a colleague got up and said a few words about one of his direct reports. As he was bestowing accolades upon her, he shared some of her accomplishments.

After he shared one data point that sounded like it could be eye popping, he wanted to emphasize his point and said: “To put that number into perspective, that is the equivalent of filling four Olympic-sized swimming pools!”   Continue reading

How ruthless can a learning and development professional be?

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Happy New Year!

In my last post from 2016 I shared my one-word resolution that I’m hoping can center me as I try to make my work bigger and better in 2017: ruthless. As in: ruthless prioritization.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been asked to design several training programs in which the clients want big things achieved… and they’ve also given very limited time in which to achieve these things. My biggest challenge was to figure out how to deliver what the clients wanted while at the same time ensuring the training programs were what I’d consider to be fundamentally sound.   Continue reading

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

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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

As an L&D professional, what’s your legacy?

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony voted for a congressman in the U.S. election. As a result, she was arrested and fined.

Fourteen years after she died, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed, giving women the right to vote.

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A hundred and ten years after she died, my family visited her grave; earlier this week my wife voted for a woman candidate for president and my daughter lives in a world in which she thinks it’s odd if there isn’t a woman running for president.

Susan B. Anthony didn’t change the law, but without her efforts (and the efforts of many others) that law may never have been changed.   Continue reading