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Home Improvement

Learning development is like constructing a building. This fun analogy has been particularly helpful for my team.  The executives of your organization establish the location of your structure. They do this by creating the strategic and financial plans for the next few years, which sets the direction and tone of your curriculum. They let youContinue reading “Home Improvement”

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is an important capability we want for all of our team members. How do we help to cultivate it? According to, critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as aContinue reading “Critical Thinking”

Chasing Lightbulbs

If you ask a learning professional their favorite part about facilitation then chances are you will hear something about “lightbulb moments”. That’s when all of the instruction clicks and the participant “gets it”. You can almost physically see it when it happens. They straighten up in their seat and a joyous expression consumes their face. Continue reading “Chasing Lightbulbs”

Tough Conversations

I avoided tough conversations early in my leadership experience. It’s in my nature to avoid conflict. It’s not because I’m afraid of it. I’m motivated by peace, calm, and fairness. When tough situations came up, I knew I was supposed to address them, but I didn’t want to upset the relationship. With experience, I cameContinue reading “Tough Conversations”


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