What We Resist Persists

What We Resist Persists

On a recent trip to China for a client engagement, I took an extra day to absorb the culture. While there, I came across a quote from Confucius that resonated with me: “[B]y three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by...
Beware of the Book First People

Beware of the Book First People

Many training companies begin with a book.  A thought leader, a researcher, someone with passion and dedication takes their energy and writes a book. They focus on dysfunctional teams, leadership principles or driving sales performance.  So far, so...
Eat or Like the Oatmeal – The Use of Leadership Authority

Eat or Like the Oatmeal – The Use of Leadership Authority

I met with a newly minted leader and long-time colleague, who is both highly collaborative and highly engaging. He cares about his people in a visceral way. I congratulated him on his promotion while warning him that there was the potential for him to fail due to a...

Your Workplace Learner: tabula rasa?

Are your employees tabula rasa? In the 21st century marketplace, innovation and evolution are constant imperatives. The acronym VUCA (Volatile, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) has been coined to describe our current environment. Companies need to establish an...

Design High

Stop feeding the lowest common denominator An old adage in the training world is that it is better to have a great facilitator and an average design than a great design and an average facilitator. Training buyers recognize this reality and spend a significant amount...