“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” -Steve Jobs (“60 Minutes,” 2003) The Ideal Learning Environment What makes people learn? I’ve personally facilitated numerous hours of in-class instruction as well as designed multiple online learning experiences. During the construction and participation of these learning experiences, I have found that every successful experience has hadRead More →

Practicing gratitude — making a deliberate point of being thankful for the positive things in your life — is good for your happiness and well-being. But when we express our gratitude to others, we have a tendency to talk about ourselves when we should be thinking about them. Often when we get help and support, we want to talk about how the favor made us feel: “It let me relax…” or “It makes me happy….” But expressing gratitude shouldn’t be all about you. Helpers want to see themselves positively and to feel understood and cared for, which is difficult for them to do if you won’t stopRead More →

HBR Tip 9/12/16 Managing a multicultural team can be tough. Communication styles vary, and there may be differences in conventions around time, giving feedback, and disagreeing publicly. To overcome these differences, set clear norms and stick to them. Start by taking into account what will work best for your team as a whole. Be aware that there may be team members who find it harder to meet certain expectations because of their cultural backgrounds. For example, if you have established that team members must arrive at meetings exactly on time (Western-style punctuality), you’ll need to reinforce that norm consistently across the group and remind non-Westerners why being onRead More →

  Challenge #130: Engage Learners Through Visual Storytelling Audio slideshows are a form of storytelling commonly found in digital journalism. They combine images and sound (narration, natural sounds, music) to create engaging stories. While they’re simple to build, they do require a skillful blend of writing, photography, and storytelling to be effective.   The Inspiration for ELH130. I loved reading Dante’s Inferno, and when I did a search for free narrated audio, I found LibreVox, a library of public domain narrated content. It’s great for someone like me, who consumes audio-books at a voracious pace. I’ve just finished Sun Tzu’s Art of War and nextRead More →

My goals for the EXPO were: Thank Robbi Rohr in person for the EXPO Tickets! Visit Articulate and gomo learning locations to check out the newest in authoring tools for e-learning. Visit Akorbi  and at least 20 other e-learning service provide booths during the event. Exchange at least 75 business cards during the entire length of the event. Create a Snapchat Story every day during the event. Visit the Career Resource Center at the EXPO at least once. Check out the infographic below for a scorecard of ATD ICE.   In the next post, I’ll be discussing my takeaways from the EXPO, what I did well, andRead More →

Heading to The Colorado Convention Center this week to attend ATD’s ICE EXPO from the 22nd to the 25th of May.  My goals for the EXPO are (Booth Number): Thank Robbi Rohr (1535) in person for the EXPO Tickets! Visit Articulate (425) and gomo learning (657) locations to check out the newest in authoring tools for e-learning. Visit Akorbi (1262) and at least 20 other e-learning service provide booths during the event. Exchange at least 75 business cards during the entire length of the event. Create a Snapchat Story every day during the event. Visit the Career Resource Center at the EXPO at least once. Are you attending ATD ICE?Read More →