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If You Can’t Retrieve The Knowledge It Is Pretty Much Worthless

Companies of all sizes around the world spend tens of billions a year on corporate education, learning and development. Many Chief Learning Officers and Learning and Development professionals have an intense focus on comptency and skill retention. Being able to retain a skill or competency is important in learning transfer, however more important, is the […]

So You Think Your Manager’s Like a Bad Joke? Part 1: The Setup

A critic, a control freak, and a micromanager walk into a conference room… Do you know the punch line to this joke? No? That’s because it’s not a joke. Each of these folks can squelch creativity, suppress innovation, create process bottlenecks, and demoralize staff. And yet countless employees work for these types of managers and […]

How Vacation Time Can Make You A Better Leader

When you’ve been writing a blog for 5 years as I have starting this month, one of the things you appreciate as being a key factor behind your longevity in this sphere is the importance of taking a vacation break to employ the 3 R’s – rest, review, and reflection. Of course, it’s not just […]

Twofer Tuesday: On Inner Circles and Habits

Are you in or are you out?

Here’s a provocative article from my friend Les McKeown at Predictable Success. He’s put down the gauntlet to say that the “inner circle” is a dangerous thing.

And yet … we all know that loneliness at work is rampant.

What do you think? In? Or out?


The Science of Happiness. 5 Ways to Boost Your Happiness

It turns out that some individuals are genetically wired to be happier. But if you’re not among them, what can you do to improve your happiness? Studies show about 40% of our happiness depends on what we think, believe, and do.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, provides five scientifically validated keys to increasing happiness in The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want (Penguin Books, 2007):


Creative Leadership – Essential Reading #3

Today it’s the turn of Steal Like An Artist – by Austin Kleon.

I met Austin Kleon by chance in an airport bar. We just happened to sit next to one another, two souls travelling in opposite directions, briefly united by bar stools, salty snacks and beer. We talked of our love of all things art, and when the time came to part, he kindly gave me a copy of his wonderful book.

Sadly, I made that up, but it sounds so much nicer than: I’d heard about this book by this guy and so I bought it on Amazon, don’t you think?


Want More Money (or Less Stress)? Be More Grateful!

I’m generally a pretty happy, positive, glass-is-all-the-way-full kind of person. In my younger days, I was a cheerleader. I own that proudly because I’m still a cheerleader today. I love little more than cheering on those around me. I think my positive outlook also contributes to my generally grateful nature. I know just how lucky I am to be surrounded by wonderful family, friends and co-workers. (And yes, that last one does belong in the group.)


Monday Motivation – the context counts



 Something to think about

In the drive for more content, often overlooked is the desire for more context. Despite the finite number of words and smaller subset we use routinely, the key to understanding is context.

To establish context, consider the lenses available to us. What lens do we look through? Is that the lens through which we project? What about our audience? What lenses do they have?


Repetition Truly Is The Mother Of All Learning

When I sit in a boardroom with senior leaders I often talk about the “leaving learning optional syndrome.”

When organizations and their employees view learning and development as an event versus an ongoing process, often times the employees believe that “this too shall pass.”



How to Stay Career Focused

Dollarphotoclub_40278647-2It's an important question made especially difficult by today's organizational demands. Tim Butler, from Harvard Business School, brings some smarts to the party as director of its career development program.  In this job climate it's easy to lose sight of your goals, but you can stay focused.

There are a number of issues that professionals should give some serious thought to today: 

How far out should I be looking?