New Video Facilitates Dialogue on Race

If you asked most White Americans in 2000 if discrimination in the US was still a big problem, they probably would have said no.  After all, slavery was long gone.  Anybody could live, work, and socialize wherever they wanted.  The US had finally succeeded in achieving its goal of becoming the great American melting pot.

If …Read More

Endorsement of new Industry Standard for Training

Comprehensive Learning Solutions  is pleased to adopt IFC’s Principles for Learning for all training that CLS provides.  While these principles were primarily designed for training in emerging markets, we believe in applying them to all training, regardless of the context in which the training occurs.  In addition, CLS also abides by IFC’s Guide to Training , which provides a step …Read More

The Silver Lining

Comprehensive Learning Solutions wishes all its followers, clients, colleagues, and their families good health, safety, financial security, and sanity at this unprecedented time in the world.  To help with the sanity part, we are sharing this beautiful poem by Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, who penned this touching poem about the times …Read More

What Is Different in Emerging Markets?

Any successful training program begins with a thorough needs assessment to determine the right solution.  When working in the US, we often take for granted certain minimum standards.  For instance, we assume that the classroom will have electricity and that, in most cases, our audience knows how to read and write at least to a …Read More

What’s New with What’s New?

The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means that party season is also about to kick into full gear.  Between workplace and club end-of-year parties and friends’ holiday happy hours, it’s the perfect time to establish new connections and strengthen existing ones. In other words, it’s time to brush up your networking skills.

One of …Read More

The Annual Gift-Giving Guide

An interesting contradiction exists in the business world today: Stories abound about how businesses are allowing less and less travel. Between the high cost of gas, the increase in terrorism, the prevalence of the internet, and the plethora of VOIP conference call systems, the amount of business travel has decreased. Yet, airplanes have higher passenger …Read More

The Power of Questions

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.”
–Claude Levi-Strauss
One of the biggest mistakes that consultants and managers make is to assume that they must have all the answers.  When stakeholders approach them with an issue, they feel that they must immediately solve the problem.  After all, that is why they …Read More

Finding the Big Idea

A few years ago I watched the 2008 movie Defiance about Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski: three brothers who successfully led a group of Jewish survivors through the Belorussian forest during the Nazi occupation. The movie inspired me to write Leadership and Defiance, an article about seven basic principles of leadership that the movie clearly …Read More