Long Love Doth So (Part II): STRESS + REST = GROWTH

In my last post, I introduced this series on living and working sustainably to prevent burnout. I experienced a burnout a while back. Since then I’ve encountered many people and organizations who seem to think toxic workplace practices are the norm – the way things are and the way things will always be. It doesn’t have to be this way. …

Long Love Doth So: Living and Working Sustainably to Prevent Burnout – Part I

These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honeyIs loathsome in his own deliciousnessAnd in the taste confounds the appetite:Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. William Shakespeare Spoken by Friar Lawrence Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 6 In our …

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How to Recover from Burnout

As I mentioned in my earlier post, human learning and performance professionals should know better, but we sure do like to work in crazy, caustic work environments. Indeed, in my experience, learning and performance professionals are some of the worst culprits of contributing to workplace toxicity. A few years ago, I experienced a burnout. I’m better now, but it’s not …

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How to Burnout

You know, as learning and performance professionals, we should know better. I don’t know whether it’s our drive, our creativity, our passion, or just our desperation (the majority of us are not paid well), but we sure do like to work in crazy environments. Aren’t we supposed to be the experts in meeting human needs to increase learning and performance? …

Looking Back: My First Instructional Design Project: AFJROTC TX-945

Looking back, I now know I did my first instructional design project in high school, when I was a Cadet Major in the TX-945 Air Force Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). It was my senior year (’96-’97) at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. My instructor, Colonel Thomas W. McCay, asked me to create a booklet that could …

what does it take to be an executive chief learning officer? learning from Joe Ganci

You Should Know Joe Joe Ganci is a leader in the eLearning design and development community. Anyone who’s in this community knows that what I just said is an understatement. Allow me to quote from an interview Joe had posted on the Learnovators website: Joseph Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a custom learning company located outside Washington. D.C. Since …

Dive Deep: Advanced Actions, Variables, and JavaScript in Adobe Captivate

I was recently able to give a presentation on Adobe Captivate’s more advanced features (and tell a few sea stories along the way) at the Adobe E-Learning Conference here in DC (May 17, 2016). I had a great time learning from other amazing presentations, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share. Might be able to come back …

Enneagram and Me: Looking at the Enneagram and “What Type of Leader Are You?”

My classmates and I, part of the first cohort of the Executive Chief Learning Officer graduate certificate at George Mason University, are on the home stretch. We just entered the third module this week and are taking classes on Leadership and Learning Analytics and Big Data. Our professors are seasoned leaders in business. Roy Hinton, an Associate Dean at George …

Team Learning and Changing Realities: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Learning Organization

As part of my studies for the Executive Chief Learning Officer graduate certificate at George Mason University, I’m studying the book Building the Learning Organization: Achieving Strategic Advantage through a Commitment to Learning. The book has been a great read so far, and I can see it becoming a go-to reference in years ahead on how to transform and build …

The Learning Value Chain

Everyone needs to show what they’re bringing to the table. That’s one of the things I’m learning at George Mason University’s first offering of the Executive Chief Learning Officer graduate certificate. How do learning and performance teams let everyone else know they’re providing value to a company or organization? Enter the Learning Value Chain. ORIGINS A Value Chain, as defined …

The Importance of a Proper Needs Assessment

I’m in the first cohort of the Executive Chief Learning Officer (ECLO) graduate certificate program at George Mason University. As part of my coursework there, I’m reading The Chief Learning Officer by Tamar Elkeles and Jack Phillips. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that chapter 4 of the book, “Align the Learning Enterprise with Business Needs”, is there. …

Why Do Dysfunctional Approaches Still Exist in the Learning Profession?

In the first edition of The Chief Learning Officer, Tamar Elkeles and Jack Phillips close their first chapter by discussing how learning professionals need to learn from disappointment and failure. Allow me to quote: …there are many issues that cause a lack of success with learning programs and the function overall. These issues have confronted the field for decades and …