Posts from May 2015

ATD

May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015 Last week I attended the “2015 ATD Convention & EXPO” in Orlando. This annual conference used to be known as ASTD (Association of Training & Development) but in 2014 changed its name to the Association of Talent Development. Why the name change? I’m not sure. They claim that with this name-change, “This organization is changing to reflect the work you do and will do, and becoming even more inclusive...

THE COLLEGE DEGREE MYTH

May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 A couple of years ago a most insightful column appeared in THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL (Memphis, TN), “College No Longer for Everyone” by Robert J. Samuelson: “The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all Americans homeowners, it’s now doing more harm than good. It looms as the largest mistake in educational policy since World War II, even though higher education’s expansion...

OPPORTUNITIES ARE ACCELERATING

May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 I was encouraged last week to discover an article in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD by Janice Podsada, “Community Colleges, Local Unions Offer Apprenticeships, Programs to Train for Jobs Increasingly in Demand.” Here’s an excerpt: “ . . . The demand for skilled tradespeople — from plumbers to electricians to diesel mechanics to auto mechanics and welders — is on the rise. An older generation of skilled workers is retiring and,...

e-LEARNING: WHAT TO EXPECT

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 What should you expect from the e-Learning courseware you purchase? First of all, it should be a complete training system providing everything needed to run a comprehensive training program, including:  pre-tests, lesson menus, short teaching segments, simulations, and post-tests. The courseware design should be so easy to use that trainees can access content readily. The performance objectives must be clearly stated so that the trainee can understand exactly what...

DERAILING OUR CHILDREN’S POTENTIAL

May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 I have had multiple careers in business, training and education. During that time many changes have occurred within the culture of our country. But, the change that bothers me most is the current over-emphasis parents place on their children’s grades — an emphasis they mistakenly pair with success. Unfortunately, what those parents mean by success is almost always equatable with money. “Make straight ‘A’s’ in school so that you...