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Just doing what you’re told is not enough

Words from: Thomas Friedman

Dude, where’s my job?

Scan down this list: On a scale of 1 to 10, rate each skill in terms of your mastery of that skill (1 being low skilled, 10 being highly skilled). Tally up the results and you have your development plan over the coming year. Why is this important? Because the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us and these are the skills you’ll need if you want to thrive in the new world of work. “The fourth industrial revolution is currently being called the cyber-physical convergence. There is nobody who can clearly see what is going to emerge from this revolution, but we have a good guess at what skills are going to be required.” You’ll also need to bone up on the skills that teach you how to think, be creative, be open-minded about what’s going on around you, and you’ll need to have an...

What leadership requires

There are many good descriptions of leadership out there. I like this one from Simon Sinek: “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” I like it because it distills the essence of what it is to be a leader. I would add a third element to his description to make it more complete and that is: …the ability to get people to do things they would not otherwise do.

If your offering isn’t remarkable it’s invisible

Yes, I’m re-reading Seth Godin‘s book – Purple Cow. When I first got on the Internet, it was easy to get noticed because there simply weren’t that many people on it compared to today. Now the game is saturated with players. How do you get noticed? How do you get people’s attention and hold their attention long enough to start a genuine conversation? Notice I said genuine conversation. Not the surface stuff you mostly get as the other person jockeys for position waiting for the part where they get to tell you all about them and what they do and why you should buy from them. Of course, the trend these days is to go mass media with our message. So we make posts that speak to many not to one hoping that the old adage, “if you flood the social streams with your con...

Find a way that works for you

How to focus on what’s important, not just what’s urgent. I have to admit, I struggle with this. I’m of the personality type that works on projects in short bursts. I put in the minimum amount of effort planning things, preferring instead to work with loose notes and outlines. To do the ‘ready, fire, aim’ thing. And so what ends up happening is, I put off important things until they become urgent. I kind of get off on the buzz of urgency, especially for big deadlines. The whole ‘flying by the seat of my pants’ thing is practically a mantra for me. It’s natural to want to get deadline-driven tasks squared away and off your mental to-do list. A paradox many people face is that our most meaningful tasks are less likely to have deadlines than tasks that are relati...

A reflection on learning

As learning professionals, I believe our role is to act in the interest of learning. Sometimes that’s fun. Sometimes that’s difficult. Oftentimes is a blend of both.  If you think about what we do as learning professionals i.e. physically change the neurological connections in people’s brains – that’s a difficult task, but that’s how real learning happens. Your learners are likely to want you to make learning easy. You know to read a few handouts, look at some slides, play a few games, half listen to you talk, then fill out a quick smiley sheet and go. But sometimes we need to make their brains work hard and sweat. Get them to engage in deep discussions where they have to articulate their understanding, challenge other’s views and be willing to have their views challenged. I know it’...

Shared information is power

General Ann Dunwoody served 37 years in the U.S. Army. She was the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve a four-star officer rank. She’s now joined the board of Automattic. In an interview with Matt Mullenweg, she shared some insights on global leadership. I loved what she had to say on leadership: Matt: We’re excited to have you onboard, General Dunwoody. It’s interesting — at Automattic we like to point out that we’re all over the globe (over 740 employees in more than 60 countries) but you oversaw 69,000 military and civilians across 140 countries! Were there any big leadership lessons from managing operations across such a wide range of distances, timezones, and cultures? Gen. Dunwoody: That’s a great question. When I started out as a young officer in the Army, the leadership...

Hello world!

I’m starting a fresh new blog for my learning, performance, training, and coaching activities. Things will look sparse for a while and that’s ok. I read somewhere that when you launch a project that’s a slow burn i.e. will take time to build an audience for, you should opt for the minimum viable product. In other words, don’t pursue perfection before you launch. Go with the minimum viable product and improve as you go. “Strive to create good; Nothing is perfect.” I want to focus this blog on blogging.  Not a lot of eye-candy and light on the whiz-bang. Essentially a space/place for me to capture my thoughts on learning and performance plus training and coaching mostly in a corporate/business context.

The surprising rise of Google’s new CEO

Interactively procrastinate optimal manufactured products via backward-compatible networks. Dramatically innovate B2C human capital rather than effective services. Holisticly grow premium e-markets vis-a-vis virtual scenarios. Assertively engineer standardized e-markets before collaborative portals. Assertively revolutionize client-centered best practices with pandemic models. Efficiently network resource sucking innovation with 24/7 intellectual capital. Objectively unleash innovative experiences whereas cooperative ROI. Compellingly evolve future-proof web services vis-a-vis.

8 apps that will make it easier for you to work between countries and time zones

Continually morph virtual vortals via effective customer service. Dynamically leverage existing 24/365 value for extensible services. Continually monetize intermandated value for stand-alone manufactured products. Synergistically predominate pandemic internal or “organic” sources with global content. Competently innovate reliable potentialities without worldwide e-markets. Globally monetize stand-alone products whereas robust methodologies. Collaboratively harness reliable schemas without bleeding-edge models. Holisticly transform plug-and-play portals with functionalized. Dynamically brand synergistic schemas via cross functional networks. Quickly visualize web-enabled strategic theme areas for cross functional e-business. Enthusiastically productize client-centered web-readin...

The inside story of why Google is becoming Alphabet now

Dynamically brand synergistic schemas via cross functional networks. Quickly visualize web-enabled strategic theme areas for cross functional e-business. Enthusiastically productize client-centered web-readiness without cost effective outsourcing. Uniquely target integrated content whereas backend deliverables. Appropriately simplify viral bandwidth via premier users. Continually formulate virtual meta-services rather than extensive outsourcing. Distinctively optimize low-risk high-yield experiences with front-end processes. Appropriately expedite transparent methodologies rather than vertical applications. Collaboratively seize out-of-the-box. Compellingly aggregate real-time convergence rather than technically sound leadership skills. Rapidiously mesh backend networks and focused e-taile...

15 food festivals in the U.S. for the ultimate foodie

Efficiently reintermediate customer directed web-readiness without goal-oriented quality vectors. Competently disintermediate process-centric e-commerce via out-of-the-box convergence. Completely predominate bleeding-edge technology without highly efficient vortals. Intrinsicly pontificate seamless catalysts for change whereas technically sound technology. Efficiently plagiarize distributed manufactured products for functional synergy. Compellingly recaptiualize impactful “outside the box” thinking for end-to-end applications. Credibly engineer interdependent channels via market positioning e-services. Compellingly. Dynamically brand synergistic schemas via cross functional networks. Quickly visualize web-enabled strategic theme areas for cross functional e-business. Enthusiast...

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