The Training Formula:  START WITH WHY, then WHAT, then HOW – (with appreciation to Simon Sinek, Start with Why)

Recently, I was talking to an HR Director of a large organization about their training needs.  She made this observation:  “we don’t need to hear some training that people hear once, and then promptly forget.”  Yep…  That is a problem!  Basically, anything we hear once will not register deeply enough to make a difference. There Read More

My synopsis of Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black is Today, Thursday, September 16, 12:30 pm, over Zoom – Come Join Us – (And, here is the synopsis handout)

If you have an open lunch time window Today, Thursday, September 16, 12:30 pm (CST), I am presenting my synopsis of Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black, Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12:30 (CST) for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare, on Zoom. This is an important book; substantive.  You Read More

Some big themes in today’s business books – Psychologicial Safety; Brainstorming, with Freedom to Fail; Inventiveness

I present synopses of at least 24 business books a year.  One begins to see recurring themes across many books. Here are some current thoughts about what may be most important concepts, based on these recurring themes that perpetually crop up. Let me first put it in paragraph form: To succeed in business, you need to Read More

Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere by Tsedal Neeley – Here are my seven lessons and takeaways

• The prominent technology company Cisco launched one of the first systematic remote work programs in Silicon Valley in 1993. • I have been deeply involved in the issues of remote work and global organizations for nearly two decades. (this book had in fact been well under way). • Remote Work Revolution provides evidence-based answers Read More

Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships by James Tamm and Ronald Luyet – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

• {Which writer’s rooms are best? – “Ones that are collaborative and you feel heard. Nothing worse than a room that is mean spirited and judgmental. Like many of them. Bryan Behar, Sit-Com writer and showrunner}. • Today nobody succeeds alone. If you don’t have the skills to build relationships, you’d better win the lotto, Read More

The Future is Coming, and We Are Not Ready – a reading list: here are some books that might help us get ready

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’ The line it Read More