TBF042 – Where you at, boo?

Why aren’t kids going to school in Detroit? This Detroit Free Press article got my wheels turning about the efforts currently being taken to have kids show up on time, or at all. The Attendance Works organization has a number of documents and resources that teachers can use to try to get more kids to show up.

Gamification is certainly an option. This article from HRMS looked at the a few ways to get adults to show up for their work, but this wasn’t a perfect fit.

For my money it’s convincing kids that delayed gratification has value, even if it’s not popular in today’s society.  This article by James Clear gives us a few good ideas but learner contracts are not a bad way to go either.

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Feedback: Come at me, bro!

Let’s talk about feedback, shall we? Hold up. I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s talk about survival, shall we?   Hands up, everyone that wants to survive.  Ok, great. Now hands up for everyone that wants to stay gainfully employed? Oh, it’s mostly the same people.  Ok. Good.  If you want to stay employed and use all that money you’re going to be paid, you’ll need to stay on top of your game.  One of the big hurdles is admitting you can do better and finding out how. Continue reading

Fail is the New Win

I’ve been thinking about my mistakes lately.  Not because I’ve been making more of them, I’d say I’m running par for the mistake-layden course.  But because I’ve been seeing more value out of them.  This is not the first article that you’ll see about learning from mistakes but I think I’ve got a few things the add to the list.

Let’s briefly examine why average looking folks, like you and I (or at least me), occasionally find ourselves resenting overly attractive people.  Beautiful women get doors opened for them, literally and figuratively, simple because they are beautiful.  Same goes for men, by having a strong jaw, broad shoulders and a full head of hair they find themselves Continue reading

TBF020 – Learner Engagement & Lies

This week we examine a couple approaches into Learner Engagement and also review a blog post that I wrote this week.

The first thing that we look at is the blog post that I wrote called How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.  It started off as a reflective exercise that I did to examine specifically why we remember some of those larger life lessons.  You know, the ones you parents teach you, often by force.  If you were interested in what you heard on the podcast please read the post, linked above. Continue reading


How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.

When we look back on our lives and think about the major ‘lessons’ that we’ve learned, we probably think of life changing events.  Perhaps, once, we were a reckless driver and we survived a terrible accident.  Or maybe we tried to get away with something and got caught (lets go with taxes and keep this light…).  Maybe it was something as simple as a grandparent telling you stories of their mistakes from the past and why you should adopt certain life-philosophies.  As different as they maybe, these are the lessons that we remember when we look back on our lives. Continue reading