Watching college football this weekend, it occurred to me how great instant replay is in professional tennis. In college football and the NFL, instant replay can take so long it makes you want to change the channel. What is even worse about instant replay in the NFL is that most of the calls are still
As a trainer, it’s pretty intuitive to understand your role as an imparter of knowledge. Your students’ brains, in this common sense understanding of learning, are like buckets into which you dump key facts and concepts. Keeping those facts stuck there is simply a matter of will and hard work on the part of learners.
Managers have enormous impact on people performance both positive and negative. However, there are too many examples of the negative impact that bad managers have on people and performance for us to ignore it the way we do. And we do ignore it. Too many organizations react first to poor performance by blaming the employee
Change is constant – we all understand that. But a dangerous side effect in a world where information availability doubles every 2-3 years is that most of today’s employees are worn out, never knowing what is coming next while being required to get more done with less. We look to give our employees more responsibility,
You have probably seen Ghostbusters a number of times without realizing how some of the principles in the film can be applied to management. Well they can – and here they are. All you managers, it’s time to take your cues from Peter, Raymond, Egon and Louis. (Click image to enlarge)
M&M’s, those delicious little candies with a mix of colors on the outside and great filling on the inside. Yum. Who would have thought they would provide a great lesson about hiring and developing employees? Today’s workplace in an intellectual or service workplace – much of manufacturing has moved offshore. Most employees are now face-to-face
You’ve probably heard of slow food, maybe slow travel or even slow money, but how about slow networking? Networking is ubiquitous in the business world, but it’s still a polarizing term (not sure about this? Just Google ‘hate networking’). For some the term conjures up unpleasant images of sweaty palms, insincere smiles, bulging bundles of
The search for a job has evolved dramatically over the millenia. Today, with the use of the Internet, we have the advantage of being able to search all over the world for that perfect position. Of course, it wasn’t always like that. For most of history, men and women have had little to no choice
Getting up in front of a conference room full of yawning coworkers to deliver a PowerPoint presentation is already hard enough. Subjecting your colleagues to half an hour of mind-numbing .gifs and tedious minutiae isn’t going to help, either. Remember that PowerPoint is a tool that’s experienced almost exclusively by a trapped — and probably
Training and performance improvement professionals work hard every day trying to make training more engaging. Our goal is not to make the training more engaging by itself; we want to improve participation in class, increase learning and retention, and ensure application on the job that improves performance. Increasing engagement does not have to be difficult.