When Your Wave Comes, Ride It

Laird Hamilton surfing Teahupoo on August 17, 2000.  Photo: Tim McKenna   On August 17, 2000, Laird Hamilton was surfing a famous break off Tahiti called Teahupoo. The break at Teahupoo already had a fierce reputation, but on this day, Laird and his friend Darrick Doerner saw a wave approaching unlike anything they had ever[…]

7 Leadership Lessons from a CEO

I recently had an opportunity to hear Gail McGovern speak to a group of high-potential leaders at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC. She shared her personal history from her early career at AT&T where she started as a computer programmer and rose to Executive Vice President. There were a lot of lessons[…]

How to Use Stretch Assignments for Employee Development

Are you struggling to find the budget to pay for employee development? Or maybe you’ve found that there aren’t any upcoming seminars or outside learning experiences available for your team. Research shows that some of the best employee development tools exist within your own organization, and they’re free. These free employee development opportunities are found[…]

Marissa Mayer Under the Spotlight: What Can Leaders Learn About Trust?

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, was hired to fix a broken organization. She came into the spotlight recently with her decision to remove the option to work from home. This caused a huge uproar – tweets, blog posts and articles spread like the flu within minutes after a copy of the memo was released. Never[…]

5 Steps to Business Impact

  I will be speaking at the 2011 ASTD International Conference in Orlando (May 22nd – 25th) on how to achieve business results from training. The following is a description of the presentation and learning outcomes for the event. Those of us who have been in and around the learning  industry a long time know that[…]

Urgency for Leadership Development is Growing

Leadership development has long been considered a discretionary expense.  During economic downturns it is often one of the first budget line-items to be cut.  However, there was a different feeling this time around.  As we entered the recession in 2008 and 2009  there was hope, and some evidence, that  companies had learned from past downturns. […]

Alignment of Learning to Business Goals

Has the recession forced organizations to more closely align learning objectives to business goals? A new study by CLO Magazine surveying over 1,500 senior learning and development executives found: “90 percent of CLOs believe their learning will be more aligned with organizational business objectives this year. That’s music to some executives’ ears.” Jim Gillece, AlliedBarton’s[…]

New e-book: Getting More from Your Investment in Training

The current global economy is forcing people and organizations to find ways to do business more efficiently and more effectively. Companies are revisiting strategy, markets, R&D, size of workforce, and their entire cost structure. There is an intense focus on business results with an added emphasis on trimming anything that doesn’t directly contribute to the[…]