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Archive for March 2017

Celebrating Brain Awareness Every Day

When I started my consulting business more than a decade ago, I was energized by the research papers I was reading from the new discipline of neuroscience and stunned to learn that most teachers and trainers had never even heard the word, let alone started to incorporate these findings into their practice.

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Past Event: Mentoring New Leaders Without Real-World Experience – International Mentoring Association Conference (Wilmington, NC – Apr 26-28, 2017)

According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of concentrated practice to become an expert in any field or skill. In the past, many companies were able to develop new leaders from within, using this principle to provide several carefully crafted years of field experience, stretch assignments and mentoring relationships to build their leadership pipeline.

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Your Lazy Brain – Finding the Path of Least Resistance

I recently wrote about “desire paths” and learning, linking a concept in architectural design to learning design. Basically, the idea is that our brains naturally look for the easiest path to our destination, so over time users of a system will show the designers where the formal pathways should be. It turns out that your brain isn’t just looking at the easiest path in the physical world; it is constantly creating a backup plan for every tiny decision you make, all day long.

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Julian Stodd and Leading in the Social Age

I met Julian Stodd, Captain and Founder of Sea Salt Learning at the Training, Learning and Development Conference (TLDC) and enjoyed his take on leadership in the social age. I caught up with Julian recently to learn more about his vision and how leaders can earn the right to be captains of their own community.

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