Archive for 'learning'

Jobs… His most signficant influencer

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I purposely have avoided starting Isaacson’s  book on Steve Jobs  until this month. Intuitively, I think I might have been biased by the hype after his death. I primarily read biographies to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of leaders and I have found that they are best read when I can be distant from the actual subject.

From my early reading on the first 100 pages of the book, I find Isaacson’s book an excellent read due ...

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Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

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Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 Stanford Commencement Address stresses the importance of learning from life, to grow into being more of our selves, to be life longer learners!

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Wikipedia vs primary sources

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Seth has a very good piece on this blog this week about Wikipedia. I agree with much of what he says with regard to students spending time on writing vs spending time finding articles. Where I differ is I disagree with his suggestion that students do not need to learn to find “primary” sources. This is a continuous debate, one that is old.. began back before the net… Seth even discusses an example where he slipped ...

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American Society for Training and Development

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Starting Sunday, I will be at the International Conference of the ASTD. This is a great time to soak up trends in leadership development, as well as check out new strategies and methods for e-learning and face-to-face training. I will be trying to capture some of the keynote’s main points here on the blog when possible. Just to give you two of the big names who will be presenting: Jim Collins and Tom Rath. I am ...

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Powerpoint: Should you use it?

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This month’s ASTD Learning Circuits Big Question is on when PowerPoint is the appropriate tool for teaching or in the case of this blog.. leading? There are scores of opinions on this.. Tony did a quick scan on his blog and listed numerous links to opinion on PowerPoint and it’s use. And while, Learning Circuits poses some very good questions, I would like to take the dialog in a different direction. Here are five principles ...

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