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If you’ve arrived at this site by following a link and find it missing, please note that many dated, past posts have been archived. I started this blog in February of 2007 and wrote on the subject of corporate learning and development. The blog has been mostly inactive for the past few years because my work-related writing is published elsewhere and on Twitter. If you have any inquiries into past posts, please contact me. 

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I’ll text you or something.

December 27, 2017

A nice end-of-year reminder to stop saying useless platitudes. Imagine the corporate L&D version of this. I also point you to this site because I’ve grown to love the Headspace app. It’s mission is to improve health and happiness through meditation and mindfulness, something most of us need to survive 2018.

Headspace | 10 useless platitudes to stop saying in the new year | December 26, 2017

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Here’s a six-month old essay about online media that resonated with me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I was an early-ish analyst blogger in the learning space (2006) and blogged the same way the writer did back then (quick commentary vs in-depth analysis) and secondly, it’s a sad and accurate story of how we got to where we are today – from WordPress-powered “Hello World” reflective blogs to memes and to trolls on Reddit – basically, a whole bunch of garbage. Perhaps I’m just part of the noise. Definitely.

“…instead of this promised blossoming of the modern mind, instead of education in an instant, we snapped our fingers and got entertainment, a medium without prerequisites, perplexity, and exposition.”

Big Wide Logic | Internet Stone Soup | July 10, 2017

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If you didn’t see that job ad, maybe you’re too old (age discrimination on digital platforms)

December 22, 2017

PROPUBLICA and The New York Times co-published an article about several companies that are recruiting applicants for jobs using targeted ads that exclude particular age groups. I’m not talking about millennials. At a time where companies look to remove unconscious hiring bias by utilizing talent acquisition software, this is alarming.  An employment lawyer calls it […]

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What does it take to become a Data Scientist?

December 22, 2017

Fun facts: Data Scientist is listed as the #1 job to have in the US in 2017, according to Glassdoor. The median base salary is $110,000.  There will be about 2,270,000 data science positions in the US by 2020. There is a need for female data scientists! This article breaks down the data from 1,001 […]

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Creation spaces are a key vehicle to accelerate learning

December 20, 2017

John Hagel writes about coming together in creation spaces – “a cell, a small group of people, typically somewhere between 3 to 15 people, who come together on a very frequent basis and share a common goal to have an increasing impact in some domain.” These small groups, he notes, connect to expanding networks with […]

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Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace

December 20, 2017

Gallup has released its State of the Global Workplace report. You can access the executive summary by supplying your contact information. The full report is available for purchase. Here are a few interesting points: Businesses that orient performance management systems around basic human needs for psychological engagement, such as positive workplace relationships, frequent recognition, ongoing […]

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Jane Hart really knows how to curate

December 20, 2017

My e-learning feed is probably the most boring of all my feed categories. I seriously need to clean it out. That said, there are always a few great finds. Jane Hart’s favourite 30 posts of 2017 is one of them. Enjoy! Modern Workplace Learning Magazine | Jane Hart’s favourite 30 posts of 2017 | December […]

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The shift in how software and hardware is being built

December 20, 2017

I was pulled into this article when I read “a gigantic shift in computing is about to dawn upon us.” The gist – the US and China are investing heavily in designing high-powered AI chips to handle the linear algebra computations used in AI and this represents a fundamental change in how we build software […]

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Thinking of implementing AI technologies?

December 18, 2017

Here’s a great (kinda wonky) article by Ben Lorica on O’Reilly’s “On Our Radar.” Ben shares slides from a recent presentation, offering an overview of the state of adoption of AI and suggestions to companies interested in implementing AI technologies. Ben also shares a sketch of a typical tech stack for intelligent applications. Notable is […]

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Is competency more important than credentials? A warning against degree inflation

December 18, 2017

This US-focused HBS article discusses “degree inflation” – the practice of employers demanding bachelor’s degrees for job that don’t require them. Because the pool of graduates is limited, the author explains, this practice can cause a misalignment between supply and demand, especially for middle-skills positions.  Complicating matters are automated hiring tools often exclude applicants without […]

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AI: Improving Workflow Through Worker Behaviors

December 18, 2017

The last paragraph of this article by Gigaom offers good advice about AI: look for solution providers that are using AI to help improve workflows based on workers’ behaviors. In my experience, this often means looking beyond solutions that are ready-made for learning.  Gigaom also identifies four “tectonic shifts” taking place that are driven by […]

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