Category Archives for "INSTRUCTION"

The Look of Knowing

The Look of Knowing

One the techniques I’ve discovered and honed through the years of educating adults I call: “The Look of Knowing” You’re no doubt aware of the look even though you may not know it had a name. It goes something like this: Me: “2 + 2 = 4, right?” Student: nods approvingly, with a little light […]

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Simplicity Rules

Saw this recently while researching different leadership ‘models’. “The practice of ***** requires one to embrace complexity.” Wow. Of course that’s not the first (nor the last) leadership model written by academics intended to reshape the way leadership is practiced. Clearly there are some awfully big brains out there with an opinion on how to […]

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The Future of Training

Future of Training

What’s the future of training?  How long will professional instructors be relevant in front of a classroom? One could argue (me included) that: the personal touch of classroom instructor has no equal. it’s blasphemy to even suggest that a computer can do a better job of educating tomorrow’s leaders than the flesh and blood of […]

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Stop Micromanaging, Start Communicating

Start Communicating - Briefing and Debriefing

‘Communicating via micromanagement isn’t a personality flaw; it’s a breakdown in the fundamentals of delegation.’ In the Harvard Business Review article, “Why is Micromanagement so infectious?” the authors describe some reasons why and how micromanaging can spread into an organization’s culture.  And reduce our effectiveness at communicating. One of the reason’s they cite is due to […]

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Hungry for a … Content Sandwich?

  Picture this 2-part quandary: Delivering content to a diverse group of students (new v. experienced) material that is not over the heads of the new folks AND not too simple for the experienced folks. Delivering content to a folks that come from completely diverse fields. Such as: fire, law and EMS sitting next to […]

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Ever had a Bad Apple in Class?

Bad Apples

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar … I had a guy in class a couple of year’s back who said in his introduction: “I am retiring at the end of this week. I don’t want to be here. I was told by my *(!&@^ boss to attend.” Of course it didn’t take long to understand […]

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3 Steps to Better Training

Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.  ~ Winston Churchill Our language is a fragile thang, er I mean thing. In the epitomous 21 Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn we are reminded that it is a small miracle that we can ever convey […]

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