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Improve Productivity: Go Outdoors, Enjoy Nature

Organizations want their people to be more productive, but discovering innovative approaches is often challenging. Consider the Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences. As an example, one innovative approach to creativity is to spend time looking at nature. Bring your group outdoors or take a personal break. There is evidence that looking at green objects– through a […]

Leadership Strategies: Speakers Avoid the 3 B’s

Early in my speaking and management career, my mentor introduced me to this lesson. I learned it a few times the hard way and again in Toastmasters. Remember, speakers are leaders. A leader is constantly working to build trust and maintain credibility. I apply public speaking skills when I am engaged in strategic planning, change […]

Accelerated Learning: Remembering People’s Names and More

First impressions are just that. There is no second chance. Remembering names and an even greater volume of information allows someone to stand out in today’s highly competitive workplace and global marketplace. There are accelerated learning strategies that, when applied consistently, will make the difference. Retention of names is something many of us have said, […]

GENERATION Z: Understanding these iGeneration Screenagers

INTRODUCTION Generation Z are people born in the late 90’s at or after the year 2000. This is the generation that follows Millennials, or for more perspective, the third generation removed from the Baby Boomers. While the workplace is still learning how to best support and leverage Millennials (Gen Y, 1980-1995/2000), this is the fifth […]

The Transformational Leader: Story of the Seed

THE STORY A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different.  He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, “It is time for […]

How Does Social Media Play a Role in Training?

Social media is not just a generational fad of the millenials and Gen Y.  Organizations are doing more with less and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  This means even after economic rebound, companies will likely keep the belts tightened.  Investments in people are under the microscope.  Payroll has been typically one […]

Informal Learning: Are Your Maximizing Your Full Learning Potential?

Let me ask you this. What do you feel makes an organization cutting edge when it comes to a learning and development strategy? Recently, I was asked this question in an interview.  This question came up because they asked my why I listed Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn among my learning technology experience.  The answer of […]

How do people see you? Are you a TRUST BOOSTER or a TRUST BUSTER? CORPORATE TRUST Begins with YOU

When it comes to trust—How do people see you?  How do you view yourself?  Are you a trust booster or a trust buster? Today, trust is a critical element in the workplace, whether it is an email, a tweet, one-on-one, in the classroom or in a staff meeting.   I have done my share of trust […]

VOLUNTEERISM: Improving Innovation, Learning and Leadership Performance

When people are in need, my hand is often raised.  Especially, wherever I see I can contribute and make a difference.  I grew up reading super hero comic books—Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Hulk, Spiderman—you name it!  Maybe this is where it all started.  I collected them all.  I believe […]

DISC or MBTI? How about Emotional Intelligence (EI)?

This week I have been reviewing job descriptions seeking candidates with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) experience.  And, this week I was asked a question by a colleague wanting to transition from technical training to doing leadership training.  He asked which is the preferred of the two psychometrically proven Jungian (Carl Jung) based, behavioral assessment tools, […]