If you’re not following these 18 people in order to help hone your L&D trade craft, you should.

Last week I had coffee with a learning executive from another organization. We’d exchanged a few messages via social media (which is how we originally met), but this was the first time we were having a face-to-face conversation.

As our conversation unfolded, I kept asking him: “Do you know so and so?” or “Have you read so and so’s work on that topic?” He hadn’t heard of any of the people I was mentioning. It dawned on me that sometimes I assume everyone I interact with is familiar with everyone else I have personally found instrumental along my path to developing my professional skill set.

It’s an erroneous assumption.

Until now.

You, dear reader, have an opportunity to learn from the following 18 people who I’ve found have a lot to offer when it has come to sharpening my own L&D tool set. If you’re not following these people, you should be. Continue reading

L&D Lessons to be Learned from Rand Paul’s Silly #StandwithRand Selfie App

“The internet is where things go to go wrong.” So wrote NPR reporter Sam Sanders last weekend as he wrote about Republican hopeful Rand Paul’s #standwithrand selfie feature embedded in his campaign app.

Of course, it immediately made me think of L&D and our use (or mis-use) of social media as a learning tool.

In the #StandwithRand selfie campaign, the idea is to have people use an app to post a bunch of “selfies with Rand” to Twitter and show the world how fun the campaign is. It actually yielded some nice, supportive tweets like this:  Continue reading