Teach Me But Make it Snappy

There are good days and there are bad days, and yesterday was one of them.

Having taught in a variety of settings, including a college classroom for a number of years, I’ve always been a believer in the value of face-to-face learning.  As a result, no one is more surprised than me to learn I’ve become a big fan of delivering training online. 

Technologies have improved significantly since I first taught on the web so I’m not referring to those one way webcasts where someone talks at you and then invites you to type in questions. Instead, it’s now… More Posted on 07-31-11

Distracted by Shiny Objects

This week I swear I’m so distracted by shiny objects you’d think I was a raccoon.
 
Maybe it’s the epidemic of overwhelm at work or perhaps the amount of data I’m trying to process each day, but it just seems I’m more and more susceptible to the distractions that technology has made so omnipresent in my life. It also struck me that we’re all probably paying a price for diversions.

Too often it seems I’m so busy chasing the shiny objects that it puts me at risk for losing sight of what’s really important. Or,… More Posted on 07-24-11

Five Reasons to Quit Your Job

A colleague, in a move that will surprise the many who know, respect, and admire her for her knowledge and for her kindness, submitted her resignation this week.

While many will question her decision to leave a secure, well-paid position after 20 years, I’m not one of them. Instead, I think she’s being remarkably courageous for recognizing a situation that is no longer tenable.

At the risk of sounding like someone with a sketchy employment history, it made me think about the jobs I’ve quit in the past, why I did it, and how I knew it was… More Posted on 07-17-11

The Family that Plays Together Stays Together

When I met my now husband, he was a single dad raising two sons. At the time, his boys were age ten and twelve, mine was three. We clicked, as did the kids, and so went on together to buy and renovate a house, get married, juggle careers, businesses and school, and raise our blended family of noisy, active, delightful children.

Regardless of how busy we were, we always made family vacations a priority. Skiing in the winter and camping in the summer became part of our agreed-upon rituals even when the money was tight. 

Ultimately those vacations… More Posted on 07-10-11

Staying Creative

A friend of mine recently described herself as someone who “specialized in being a generalist”. While the comment made me laugh it also made be realize it was a description I could apply to myself.

My current work involves a lot of complex, often fragmented information that comes fast and furious. Working with our team, my job is to make sense of it, find possibility, synthesize, summarize, and determine our future direction and action.

Being a generalist who knows a little about a lot of different things, and how they could potentially interact, is vital for success in… More Posted on 07-03-11