Education Happens Everywhere

February 17, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Companies are again investing in their employees education and development.  Formal training classes, coaching programs, and all hands team meetings are returning to the calendars.

People are also attending conferences again in possible record numbers.  But the best learning at events is often what happens in the hallways.  "Hallway Conversations" are what can take a conference from good to great.

These impromptu chats that lead to "ahh ha" moments and allow all involved to process the information and create links to other concepts.  When attending events be sure to talk to others, as your best learning can happen when you least expect it.

However, these powerful conversations are not limited to when you attend formal events.  Anytime you have a conversation with others you can

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Training Classes Need To Reach Each Student In Their Own Way

January 13, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

I have never enjoyed corporate training classes that were simply a formula. The trainer goes through the motions and the students check the box for being in the class.

If the course does not stir the audience to think in ways that impact their unique situation, then it is not effective.

Marcus Buckingham had an blog post on this subject on the Harvard Business Review Blog in June 2012. "How to Give Every Employee Customized Leadership Advice" talked about this idea of creating unique experiences for the employees and helping them learn in their own way.

Link to HBR post: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/06/how_to_give_every_employee_cus.html

I try to inspire those in my classes to take the parts that work for them to heart, while not being concerned where they cannot make the idea

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