You’ll Float Too

Scary learning and development situations, like monsters under our bed, simply don’t exist, right? I mean, compared to other professions, (law enforcement, snake wrangler, dinner buffet worker, etc.) we rarely find ourselves enveloped in fear or exposed to real danger. But when we do, we prefer to make the experiences memorable. Here are some fearful situations* experienced by this learning and development professional, in no particular order. Continue reading “You’ll Float Too”

I Know Kung Fu

Warning: This post will make no sense if you’ve not seen “The Matrix.”

Among all the memorable effects, choreography and fashion in “The Matrix,” was the now famous line from Neo: “I know Kung Fu.” That scene and the montage that followed it have always felt to me like lessons in adult learning. Hear me out.  Morpheus, for our purposes, is a determined and dedicated learning professional. He has the luxury of leaping past learning levels 1 (“Wow.”) and 2 (“I know kung fu.”) and can now focus entirely on behavior and results. When you think about it, much of the second half of this movie is an illustration of Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluation. Continue reading “I Know Kung Fu”

I’ll Have What She’s Having

We all should find an audience that looks at us the way Dr. Beverly Kaye’s audiences look at her. There’s no greater thrill than attending a session or presentation delivered by someone who is at the top of their craft. I love watching the audience light up when an engaging facilitator creates an environment that connects the dots. Continue reading “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

Top Five Movie L&D Professionals

What are the best depictions of our profession on the big screen?

Compared to other professions, there are few workplace trainers portrayed on the big screen. Maybe we’re just not considered as exciting as spies, commandos or ballet dancers. So, what are the best depictions of workplace learning professionals in film?  Before we begin, any list like this needs ground rules. Mine are:

First, they must be trainers for adult learners, preferably in a work environment. They have to have taught someone to do a job or skill. That means say goodbye to teachers and college professors. Everyone, well Hollywood, loves the story of the unconventional teacher who goes to the rough part of town to inspire wayward students using hugs, toughness and an occasional violin lesson. Continue reading “Top Five Movie L&D Professionals”