Learning on the Go

Learning on the Go

While I have never considered myself an auditory learner, during each school year I began noticing a significant dent in the time I was able to spend on my own professional education. These days I have a weekly slate of business-related podcasts that I count on to keep me on pace with the industries I work within, while traveling for work or waiting in the carpool line. 

Beating Writer's Block When You're On a Deadline

Beating Writer's Block When You're On a Deadline

Whether you are writing client copy, marketing content, or your first novel, you likely know the mad, skull-squeezing feeling that writer’s block brings. When you’re working on deadline, there is hardly anything worse. Extracting even the most mundane of words from your mind is like pulling teeth. And that blasted blinking cursor underscores how much more white space there is on your screen than written words. It is enough to push a sane person to the brink and cause them to wonder if they had ever been able to string together coherent sentences in the first place.

Iterating Into a New Year

Iterating Into a New Year

Most of life’s metamorphoses are impossible to detect while they are happening to you—at least not in their fullest and rooted eventuality. That was certainly the case for me over the past year. While most of the big business and personal decisions were made with great deliberation, there were moments when I worried I may have lost sight of the end goal.

Mindset: Raising Kids Who Are Not Afraid to Fail

Mindset: Raising Kids Who Are Not Afraid to Fail

Isn't it funny the way a certain concept or behavior can seem to suddenly be all around you, all the time, after its compelling first appearance on your awareness radar? Nutella was like this for me. I lived a full 30 years of my life, blissfully unaware of its existence. But once I was introduced to its chocolate-hazelnut perfection, it was literally everywhere I looked.

LEGO Lover Lives Here

LEGO Lover Lives Here

Picture a nine-year-old boy, up extra-early on a Wednesday morning in May to put the finishing touches on his end-of-year school project. It is a project he has been working on and researching for months, and it all culminates with a presentation in front of his teacher and all his classmates. He is ashen with anxiety and he has faint circles beneath his eyes from a restless night’s sleep.

You Get What You Inspect

You Get What You Inspect

So just how do organizations justify continually-increasing training expenditures without the ability to prove the actual effectiveness of those investments? While in some cases, it can be justifiably blamed on an institutional "checklist mentality," it is much more often related to the particular challenges of developing a truly effective training evaluation strategy. 

Monotasking: Productivity's Silver Bullet?

Monotasking: Productivity's Silver Bullet?

Like understanding the rules of email etiquette or how to backup important files to cloud storage, the ability to monotask–to effectively distinguish information delivery vehicles from our to-do list, to prioritize work based on actual goals, and to manage our engagement with digital communication tools accordingly–is merely another learned behavior necessary to successfully communicate and work within our modern digital environment.