Butler recently had the great pleasure of going to an athletic reunion at the small high school he attended in Norlina, North Carolina. The invitation simply stated, “Open to all who participated in athletics from 1915 when the school opened through existing freshmen in 1981 when the school closed.” Over 300 people showed up and many old relationships were rekindled. Top athletes from every decade reminisced about championship teams and standout coaches and players. Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe you’ve heard some buzz about massive open online courses (MOOCs) and you’re wondering if they’re a good idea for your company. As the name suggests, MOOCs are typically “open,” meaning that anyone in the world can access them. We’ve seen a variation within corporations where MOOC-style courses are “mostly open” to employees. MOOCs usually combine video-style lessons from an expert, discussion forums, reading assignments, analysis and writing assignments, a requirement to review other students’ work against a rubric, and some kind of social element. Some also include elements of gamification. What they usually do not include is live, synchronous instruction or personalized feedback from an instructor. Some MOOCs, like the free Kahn Academy, are set up so that a learner can join at any time and proceed at their own pace. Others are moderated, have fixed start dates with weekly content, and include the option to pay for certification. Read the rest of this entry »
Avoid the temptation to start a client conversation focused on learning activities and solutions. Rather, initiate a strategic conversation by asking about the problem to be solved and the desired outcomes. Opposite of how we read a book, the logic model helps us look at this strategic conversation by understanding the key questions to ask and how to document the “chain of evidence” from the problem statement to the required investments and activities leading to the desired outcomes.
Leaders face challenges every day, big and small. Those challenges can take on even greater complexity with remote teams.
Balancing strategic initiatives, departmental goals, and project deadlines as a leader is just the tip of the iceberg. Read the rest of this entry »