Assess More to Coach, Not Judge

Workplace assessments are critical, for both the employee and organization. However, common practices are so poor, Learning & Development professionals are squandering their best opportunity to have meaningful impact. Assessments are almost invariably placed at the end of a body of content as a completion trigger.  Most are still multiple choice recall tests due to ... Read More

My ID Story

Prior to my career in Learning and Professional Development, I was in advertising. At the time, the market was unforgiving. After being let go after yet another downsizing/restructuring, I thought about getting some formal training in graphic design.  All of my professional development in graphics and design came from the school of hard knocks- knowledge ... Read More

We have two eyes, two ears, and one mouth

  If there is one thing I took from Learning Solutions and Ecosystem 2014, it’s that L&D Pros still seem to be very focused on outgoing signals. Don’t get me wrong- there were some very good sessions on how to make the content we deploy much more effective.  I thoroughly enjoyed Will Thalheimer’s session on ... Read More

Ecosystem 2014 Resources

  Next week is the eLearning Guild’s first ECOSYSTEM conference. I am very happy to be speaking. A good story and a nice presentation are fine, but the sessions that always gave me the most value were those providing concrete take-aways I could bring back to apply to my work. With that in mind, I’ve ... Read More

Ecosystem 2014

  I am very excited to be speaking at the eLearning Guild’s first ECOSYSTEM conference in March. If you have read my responses to LinkedIn or ASTD inquiries, you will see my common concern with how most organizations approach systems evaluation. Far too many organizations start with soliciting external parties for recommendations on what is good, ... Read More

Update on 10 Tools Progress, Upcoming Reviews

Some months ago, I was inspired to take up Jane Hart’s 10 Tools Challenge. So, how’s it going? I’m probably no different than most who took up the challenge: a well-intended list, but much of it not completed due to competing priorities. Often in life, we find ourselves too busy driving to fill up with ... Read More