January 14, 2020

A beloved former co-worker always had a great saying when it came to training - that we (as a learning and development unit, as an organization, as a team) should be ready to "eat our own dogfood." Dogfood to mean not so much a lack of tastiness or quality (ie perjorat...

December 26, 2019

We are still in the thick of the holiday season here in the US, and so my thoughts inveitably turn to the thank you notes that these types of seasons require.

On my desk before I left for the holiday break was this card. In it was a handwritten thank you note from the E...

December 19, 2019

I normally speak at least once a year at a national or regional L&D conference. In fact, I plan some of my professional development time each year around it. Plus, they are so much fun. I mean, really, surrounded by  by those in my field who I can learn from (yay!) and...

November 14, 2019

There has been a bit of virtual ink spilled recently on LinkedIn and in the media centering "the future of work" and "what skills are needed to future-proof your workforce" and how AI is going to change everything in the workplace anyway ...

If you believe the less...

October 17, 2019

When I was about 6 years old, I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up. After that, a teacher. After that, a scientist. After that...you get the picture.

Recently I have been approached by two women who are thinking about a career pivot. One of them comes to corporate...

September 20, 2019

This week I had an opportunity to take part in a workshop that focused on design of virtual meetings. There were a number of great takeaways - not the least of which was it's fun to be a participant for once rather than the facilitator - including tips on getting folks...

September 5, 2019

How do you keep busy people engaged in optional, on-going professional development? 

Create a themed or seasonal campaign and let it ride! 

This campaign - a monthly manager's brown bag series - is brought to you by a few 99 cent store purchases, and a bit of nostalgia f...

August 19, 2019

It was when I heard the telltale sounds of Mario Kart coming from his room that I began to get suspicious.

You see, in a few days I will be dropping my boy off at college. He had to complete some drug and alcohol awareness online coursework before he will be permitted e...

May 6, 2019

When new instructional designers, trainers, or facilitators ask me what they can do right away to become better at their job, my answer is this...surround yourself with heroes.

Here are a couple of mine. We met working for the same global health non-profit in Seattle. R...

April 22, 2019

I am a big fan of Mr. Sketch markers (and no, I am not getting paid to say that.) They work fantastically well on flip charts without the bleed through that many other brands do, they come in a number of vibrant colors, and they bring back memories for most participant...

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