Leadership + Communication = Influence?

Throughout my career, I have sat on several team projects. Team projects usually have a defined leader with an official title of responsibilities and duties. Then, there is the unofficial leader with no title and responsibilities that seem to merge among the group. What is the defined skill between assigned leaders and natural leadership? Continue reading

Lists, lists, and more lists: Overwhelmed?

Photo Credit: Gary Mcinnes

Lists?  It seems that everyone out there has a list for something.  List to arrive to this, list to arrive to that, and a list to get to where?  Everyone wants a list of “how to”.  But what happens when the list does not work?  What occurs when we have checked off all items?  Have we been lied to by the list?  Lied to by the list maker?  Or what did we not check off or check off incorrectly?  Continue reading

Learning: What are the next waves?

Photo courtesy of Zsuzsanna Kilian

Last week, my blog post was “missing in action.”  Why?  I was busy researching and putting together daily topics for the latest information on adult learners as my local American Society for Training and Development chapter (ASTD Smoky Mountain) celebrated what has been deemed Employee Learning Week (ELW).   Below are the daily email tops sent out to our chapter members that will be good to know in the upcoming decade.

What is Employee Learning Week?

The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) created Employee Learning Week as an opportunity for organizations and chapters to demonstrate their commitment to employee learning and to emphasize the connection between a highly skilled workforce and organizational results.  To learn more about ELW, see www.employeelearningweek.org.

Proclamation

This year the Chapter received proclamation from the City of Knoxville for Employee Learning Week (ELW).  If you are not able to view the photo below of proclamation, please see the News section of our website.

 

Day 1 WLP Topic:

Is your organization prepared for the emergence of informal and mobile learning?  Will mLearning replace what we know as the textbook, and traditional classroom letcure?  How will mLearning impact group discussion during the delivery of course material?  Do you find yourself automatically grabbing a smart phone to quickly research a topic for class or discussion Continue reading

What Does It Take to Change?

What requires you to make change in your life? Is it a friend willing to go down the journey of change with you? Is it a friend willing to nudge you or drop kick you in the rear if you don’t make change you keep talking about?

It’s obvious change is a fact of life. If you have not figured that one one, please let me know what planet you are living on as I would like to join you. Why do we change? Is it to make our lives better? Improve the lives of others? Personal gain? Self-development? Have a lasting impact on others?

For me, change has been away of life as I have lost count of the significant life changes in the past 12 years Continue reading

How to Drive Your Freight Train

Wow, when the train starts rolling, it doesn’t stop!  That is so true for my own personal life and probably true for many of us.  This summer was a pivital change in my life as I enrolled in to a regional unversity’s Masters in Education with a focus in Human Resource Development program (aka, now known as Human Performance Improvement).  Shall we not forget I am working on my project management certification as well.  In the midst of this, a couple of hobbies that I have in music and digital photography are beginning to turn in to side business adventures – yes, I’m investigating certificaiton classes for them as well.  (We will not even count my normal day job that is funding all this).  This almost reminds me of my junior and senior year of college being heavily involved in campus leadership activities and some how graduated without going insane.  Sleep?  Who needs it right?  Continue reading

Networking Roulette: Spin the wheel, here is your next contact!

In October 2010 of this year, I was provided a unique opportunity to participate in an online networking event called Network Roulette, sponsored by BrazenCareerist.com.  If it is one thing that I have learned in my professional career, it is networking…whether you have a job or do not have a job!  Being a part of the Network Roulette beta group, this had been the first time I have been involved in an online speed networking activity – an experience that I truly enjoyed. Continue reading

Overcoming 10 Years of Life’s Little Interruptions!!!

I gotta blog, I gotta blog, I gotta blog.  Ok, whew, now that I have gotten that all out.  It has been a few weeks since I have been able to blog for various urgent matters that I personally had to manage and resolve.  Which leads me to this topic, interruptions…don’t you just hate those dam things!!!!

Photo Credit: Steven Ritts

Unfortunately life just happens and as much as we want to have control over our lives, there is something there that seems to take that control out.  After 10 years of wondering around in the professional dessert, in the past six months, I finally decided to go find a mental compass and guide myself out to better lands. Continue reading