Julian Stodd and Leading in the Social Age

I met Julian Stodd, Captain and Founder of Sea Salt Learning at the Training, Learning and Development Conference (TLDC) and enjoyed his take on leadership in the social age. I caught up with Julian recently to learn more about his vision and how leaders can earn the right to be captains of their own community.

LearningBinge Instructor Trish O’Connor – The Spiritual Brain

As we know from neuroscience, there is a powerful urge towards spirituality and meaning, even in folks who may not consider themselves to be particularly religious or spiritual. This hard-wiring helps enrich our lives and brings out the best version of ourselves.

Trish O’Connor is the owner of Epiclesis Consulting, LLC, which provides products and services to enhance communication about issues related to a person’s sense of ultimate meaning, including editorial services, ghostwriting, writing aids, and spiritual retreats. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and a Master of Divinity from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, Missouri.

We got together to talk about her consulting practice and her courses on LearningBinge.

Erik Vance – Suggestible You – The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal

Science journalist Erik Vance has written a fascinating and informative book on how your brain can affect the way you perceive, remember and feel about the world around you. Perhaps one of the most important points he brings out is that so-called psychological effects, such as placebos, are physiologically real – there are actually physical, chemical and molecular changes taking place in your brain that product these effects.

Bruce Tulgan, Rainmaker Thinking

When we started our little podcast last year, many folks were very generous with their time and joined me in great conversations about learning, even though at the time our audience was very, very small. Now that it is starting to grow, I’m excited to bring back our very first guest, Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking, a research and management consulting firm, and author of the new book, Bridging the Soft Skills Gap.

We recently caught up and talked about Bruce’s research into this important development in the workplace and how learning professionals may be able to reverse the increasing loss of professional skills at work. In Bruce’s book, you’ll learn more about what skills employers are missing and how we can re-train new and future employees in the basics we used to learn at home. I’m going to stop describing his research now before I start to sound like my grandmother, but you need to hear this podcast and read the book.

Elizabeth Jameson – Intersection of Art and Science

Elizabeth Jameson is an artist who specializes in the intersection of art and science. She creates with the intent of transforming how people view the human experience of disease, allowing room for celebration of the imperfect body. Her practice emerged after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Undergoing numerous brain scans to track the progression of the disease, she developed a deep fascination with the architecture of the brain.

Marshall Goldsmith – 15 Coaches

Marshall Goldsmith’s new project is called 15 Coaches. He going to teach 15 people everything he knows, for free! It’s his chance to give back to others, and to honor the many wonderful people, like Frances Hesselbein, Paul Hersey, Peter Drucker, Alan Mulally and more, who have helped him in his own life.