From the monthly archives:

September 2010

TLW 015: You Have Poppy Seeds in Your Teeth

by Robin Lindbeck on September 30, 2010

Today’s Learning Workplace podcast #15–You Have Poppy Seeds in Your Teeth
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Today’s article:

Other articles and things of interest from this week:

 

Today’s Topic
Training on Demand, and Implications for Changing the Role of Trainer“

  

What Would You Do?
This week:

  • Dear TLW–
    We recently developed a “communication” course for our individual contributor population. It will be a four hour course with lots of discussion, exercises, and role playing. We feel very good about the content. We have been debating as to whether we should have a pre-class assignment…something that would get participants thinking about a typical situation they might encounter, and what they would do if they were one of the two people in the situation. Pre-class work is new to this population. When is pre-work appropriate? What are some tips on how to “assign” it?

Next week:

  • Dear TLW–
    Ladies…I’m not a trainer.  I’m the manager of our accounting department…five people total.  Our human resource manager has been listening to your podcasts and encouraged that I listen as well.  We both have picked up several ideas for ourselves and our groups thru your discussions as well as the books and articles suggested.My question to you…what would be your 3-5 key tips for meeting management?  I have regular weekly team meetings, but I’m beginning to wonder about their effectiveness.  It seems as if we go from one meeting where I’m doing all the talking, to the other extreme where there’s a lot of talking but nothing getting accomplished.


2 minute tips of the week

  • Terri: Keep handouts simple and interactive
  • Max:  Divide them into groups and have them “teach back” the content
  • Robin:  Have senior management/relevant business leader set the stage

  

 Resources mentioned during the show

 

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TLW 014: PPT doesn’t bore people; People bore people

by Robin Lindbeck on September 23, 2010

Today’s Learning Workplace podcast #14–
Powerpoint doesn’t bore people; People bore people

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Today’s article:

Other articles and things of interest from this week:

 

Today’s Topic
PowerPoint: Use it or lose it?

 

What Would You Do?
This week:

  • Dear TLW–
    I recently led a “team building” session for one our internal departments.  They are  growing in size, roles are changing, business is increasing, and the group has felt a  need to stop, reflect on what could hinder them as they go forward, and what they  might be proactive with relative to communication tools, etc.  There was one person in  the group that seemed to be negative, and talked about how the communication  changes we decided on “wouldn’t work…that we’ve tried that before…etc.”  I did my  best to maneuver thru the discussion, give her time to speak, but move forward in the  agenda.  I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for what I can do in the future, as  I’m sure we’ll continue with these sessions…and I’m sure she will continue with her comments.

Next week:

  • Dear TLW–
    We recently developed a “communication” course for our individual contributor population.  It will be a four hour course with lots of discussion, exercises, and role playing.  We feel very good about the content.  We have been debating as to whether we should have a pre-class assignment…something that would get participants thinking about a typical situation they might encounter, and what they would do if they were one of the two people in the situation.  Pre-class work is new to this population.  When is pre-work appropriate?  What are some tips on how to “assign” it?


2 minute tips of the week

  • Terri: Stand not-in-the-front for variety
  • Max:  Mixing up table seating
  • Robin: Recommend small group timekeepers

  

 Resources mentioned during the show

 

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TLW 013: Eating your own dogfood

September 16, 2010

 Today’s Learning Workplace podcast #13–Eating your own dogfood (right-click here if you want to download the MP3 to your computer)   Today’s article: Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything (HBR blog) Other articles and things of interest from this week: Google’s Top Ten Golden Rules and Education (Tweenteacher blog) Greatest Hits of TED videos (Fast […]

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TLW 012: Get some sleep!

September 9, 2010

Right-Click Here To Download The MP3 Show #12 News, articles, current events Six Ways to Supercharge your Productivity (HBR blog) Other articles and things of note from this week: Email’s Dark Side: 10 Psychology Studies (PsyBlog) Good Games, Good Learning (Upside Learning) Six Fundamental Shifts in the Way We Work (HBR blog) How to Choose […]

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Show 011: Learning Professional “Courage”

September 2, 2010

Right-Click Here To Download The MP3 Show #11 News, articles, current events 10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones” (we’ll call it “leadership courage” too!  Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy) Other articles and things of note from this week: Do Techies Make Good Leaders? (Wall Street Journal) How to Create a High-Learning Team (Center for […]

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