Trends in Professional Development – Self-Serve Learning

February 7, 2017

Humans are naturally curious creatures. When my kids were little it was such fun to watch them learn about their world. Give them a cardboard box, plastic spoons and nesting measuring cups and they would experiment endlessly. Somewhere along the line, many of us got our curiosity drilled out of us – probably due to […]

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6 Things I Learned from (Almost) Strangers That Will Help Make My Life Better

May 31, 2016

When I attend a business conference, I expect to learn things from the presenters. That’s a given.  There’s another great source of information that many conference participants overlook: one’s fellow attendees. Many people know that networking is an important part of the conference experience, but fewer realize that the true gold of an interaction during […]

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People Equation Quick Hits: Learning Nuggets from #WorkHuman 2016

May 11, 2016

For the past three days, I’ve been immersed in Globoforce’s WorkHuman conference. Have you ever been to a conference that was so amazing, you feel like you’re literally bursting at the seams with all the ideas? Yeah, that’s how I am right now, two hours after the conference wrapped.     Watch for detailed coverage […]

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6 Truths about Training and Development

February 23, 2015

Helping people learn new things is super-fun. It isn’t always easy, but it’s always gratifying. For over two decades, I was a corporate trainer, conducting in-person learning programs and later, webinars, to a wide array of employees. I’ve facilitated programs in warehouses, stuffy conference rooms, outdoors, and with simultaneous translation to groups of non-English speakers. […]

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Zen of Jen: Who are You Really Talking To?

October 9, 2014

Ever read any self-help books? If so, you’re most likely familiar with the term “self-talk” which, as its name suggests, is the act of talking to oneself. There’s negative self-talk (“I’m such an idiot – why did I do that?”) and positive self-talk (“I am excellent at giving professional presentations”). Personally, I’ve done my share […]

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22 Tips for Career Development – Frontline Leaders Festival

May 16, 2014

This month’s Frontline Festival hosted by Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog is a topic near and dear to my heart: career development. Karin asked her blogging colleagues in the human resources and leadership fields to offer up tips for career advancement both for yourself and for others. 22 career experts offer advice on: – […]

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4-Part Series on Effective Management Coaching

December 11, 2013

For the month of November, I tried something new with my HR Answers.com page – I wrote a series of articles that elaborated on an existing article in the Answers library called Essential Management Coaching Skills for the Best Results. The result is a series of articles on four key attributes of coaching: communication, relationship […]

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10 Articles on Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Presentations

November 4, 2013

Here are the articles I wrote for my HR Answers.com page this month. When I start the month, I don’t necessarily have a theme in mind, but often one emerges. This month’s theme tended towards “development” – via coaching, mentoring, tips for making effective presentations and, drawing on my corporate trainer roots, a trainer’s checklist. […]

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Why Hiring for Personality Can Get You in Trouble

September 29, 2013

When Virgin Group’s Richard Branson speaks out, people respond. LinkedIn published Branson’s article How I Hire: Focus on Personality last week; it lit up the web with over 60,000 social shares.  Whenever I read a CEO using “personality” and “hiring” in the same sentence, my HR Spidey senses tingle. Just like the words “attitude” and […]

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Senior Leadership Development – Get Them to Experiment

September 16, 2013

Designing leadership development programs for members of an organization’s senior leadership team is challenging. They’re a time-starved bunch. Some of them aren’t big fans of formal learning. And, if they’re lucky, they’ve already had past access to excellent learning opportunities. So the program needs to be relevant, practical and extremely engaging. How should training directors […]

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