Category: Training

Sandpaper and Learning

You didn’t ask, but I’ll give you the answer anyway: the reason my site has a sandpaper background is to honor the role that woodworking played in my professional development. Some background: when I was in junior high school, I

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A Gentle Reminder

It’s the eighth day of the new year. Do you know where your training and learning goals are? Just about everyone who writes about human performance reminds us that having specific goals almost always improves performance. And since learning and

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Learning from the White Elephant

One of the more charming features of the holiday season is the White Elephant gift exchange. The idea is simple: wrap up something you don’t want and exchange it for something that someone else doesn’t want. Hilarity is supposed to

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Resistance is Futile, Part Deux

Earlier, I wrote a post in which I shared my initial reaction to an announcement that I was going to be participating in a training exercise. I was initially put off by the announcement even though I generally like learning

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Before you Lecture, Think About your Options

I know how tempting it can be to set up a training session as a lecture. I know all the reasons we tell ourselves that lecture is the best method, too: there’s way too much material to present it any

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Tag Team Training

This morning I had to iron a dress shirt and, as I always do, I started with the unseen portion of the collar (to test the heat of the iron) and then proceeded to the sleeves before doing the body

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Resistance is Futile

I just received an email promising that I will be taking part in a short (I hope) training exercise this weekend. And I have to admit that my first response was to resist the idea. Based on the description of

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Ten Training Mistakes to Avoid

Most employees dislike being trained, or at best they’re neutral about it. At the same time, most people really do enjoy learning. So what’s going on when people who, on the whole enjoy learning, despise the idea of being trained

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