Not Your Typical Engagement Story!

It’s the middle of February.  Time to celebrate those connections that make us feel special and valued.  And if those connections work right, we get engaged.

This is the story about Bob in Accounting.  Bob just got engaged!

It started when he connected with Charlotte, the CEO of his company.  Charlotte recently started holding regular gatherings where …Read More

Not Your Father’s Compliance Training

Every year, employees in countless organizations engage in the “check the box ritual:”  They attend mandatory training to comply with safety, financial, or legal requirements.  In the past two decades, many organizations have resorted to web-based training to ease the burden:  organizations do not have to spend as much on training delivery, and employees can …Read More

What Do Skirts and Training Have in Common?

Women’s fashion in the 1800s was characterized by maxi-dresses which came all the way to the ankles.  By the 1940’s, skirt lengths crept to mid-calf with the introduction of the midi-skirt. The 1960s continued the upward climb with mini-skirts that sat mid-thigh.  These days, any length is acceptable, including the hybrid hi-lo:  short in the …Read More

Making the Connection

When it comes to preparing us for adult life, schools do a pretty good job.  We learn basic skills like reading, writing, and mathematics and advanced skills like critical thinking, creative thinking, and public speaking.  But we never learn to network. Networking, according to Lynne Waymon in Make Your Contacts Count, is “the deliberate process …Read More

Where Did We Go Wrong?

The good news for training professionals is that more and more companies are seeing the value of investing in training. According to a 2015 Deloitte University study of over 3,000 business leaders globally, 85% felt that “learning” is “important” or “very important” to their business’ success.

The bad news is that those who are responsible for …Read More

Good Reads

It seems like new books are published every day that promise better ideas for “how to” improve the way we work: how to consult, lead teams, manage businesses, design better courses, use new technologies, or communicate more effectively.  A quick search on, for example, revealed that it has 951,187 books related to management practices …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