Category: Miscellaneous

Unknow What You Know

I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind, about the history of the use of psychedelic drugs. What I find most interesting are Pollan’s descriptions of how an “experienced” mind works and what that might mean for creativity and ingenuity. While we laud experience and education specific to what we do and […]

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It’s Career Day! How Enlightening Teens About Careers in Training Provided Unexpected Inspiration

Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local high school for Career Day. Talking to teens about training can be a little bit daunting! Those of us in the industry experience the relevance daily, but effectively communicating said relevance can prove challenging. Even for students bent on heading to college, the thought of […]

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Mindfulness: Does It Have Merit?

Mindfulness. It’s everywhere these days … even in the world of corporate training. Some seem to think this is a good idea, and others are skeptical. Whether they consider mindfulness as spiritual “mumbo-jumbo,” or whether they worry that a spiritual practice is being co-opted by corporate America to make an extra buck, there is a […]

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If You Offer It, They Will (Not?) Pull

Recently, I was talking to some corporate L&D people about microlearning and performance support, and the conversation turned to pushing such content to employees versus having them pull it themselves. The L&D folks said that they were returning to a push approach because employees weren’t pulling content without being nudged, prodded, and reminded to do […]

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Distracted Working … It’s A Thing

Oh, hi! I didn’t see you there. I was on the phone with a co-worker, while completing my month-end invoicing tasks, reading my email, and texting my dog-sitter. Or, in other words, I was multitasking. I always considered myself a good multitasker. I get things done. I’m productive. I’m efficient. Or, so I’d like to […]

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Putting On My Conference Lenses: How I Plan To Maximize This Professional Development Opportunity

The home page for the Association for Talent Development International Conference & Exposition (ATD ICE) explains how this conference may help you excel as a talent development professional. As the president of the ATD Detroit chapter, however, I read this page a little differently. When contemplating whether to attend the conference this year, I wondered: […]

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