Are you happy? Don’t overthink your answer, don’t parse it into happiness in some parts of your life but not others, happy about certain things and not others. These mental gymnastics are clever ways to avoid the central question – are you happy?
When I started my consulting business more than a decade ago, I was energized by the research papers I was reading from the new discipline of neuroscience and stunned to learn that most teachers and trainers had never even heard the word, let alone started to incorporate these findings into their practice.
In my workshops I often talk about the power of story to draw the learner into the role of a character, seeing things through his or her eyes.
Last week a colleague of mine gave me some pointed feedback that set me back a bit. “I’m not following you for your political beliefs,” she said. My initial reaction was to deny that I was making any political statements, but the truth is, I was and I knew it.
I recently wrote about “desire paths” and learning, linking a concept in architectural design to learning design. Basically, the idea is that our brains naturally look for the easiest path to our destination, so over time users of a system will show the designers where the formal pathways should be. It turns out that your brain isn’t just looking at the easiest path in the physical world; it is constantly creating a backup plan for every tiny decision you make, all day long.
Lately things seem to be coming to me in bunches – ideas that appear at first to be distinctly different subjects are starting to merge inside my brain. The last time this happened I tried to make sense of machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. This week I’m thinking about the history and future of learning technologies.
If you want to get a sense of the vast amount of data exploding every second, visit Internet Live Stats and watch the numbers for Internet users, websites, emails and many other statistics updated in real time. But watch out – you might find yourself mesmerized by the rolling numbers and the dizzyingly rapid pace of expansion they represent.
I often write about how the human race evolved and how we developed our finely tuned survival machines – our brains. Today I’m going to look into the evolution of a very close cousin of ours – the dog.
As a cat lover and owner of many wonderful felines, I felt it was time to focus on our other “best friend,” the cat.
Training 2017, the conference sponsored by Training Magazine, concluded this week in sunny San Diego. I’ve written before about the value of attending conferences as a learning professional. Of course, the formal learning programs offered at these events give you an opportunity to learn best practices from a wide variety of experts. But the most powerful learning probably takes place informally, in the casual conversations between sessions that lead to more substantive sharing after you get home.