Sam Cooke’s syrupy voice packs a punch both in your gut and in your heart. His plaintiff lyrics to “A Change is Gonna Come” include: It's been a longA long time coming, but I knowA change gon' comeOh yes, it will Change. Love it, hate it or somewhere in between, change is with us … [Read more...] about A change is gonna come; what songs can teach us about handling change
How to really engage people for lasting listening, light-hearted learning, can-do, collaboration, and clever creativity at this month’s Learning and Development Roundtable
I get it. You’ve worked really hard while shedding some blood, sweat, and tears to become the subject matter expert you are. You’ve got important work to do, critical meetings to convene, and key stakeholders to collaborate with. But the very people you want to engage with … [Read more...] about How to really engage people for lasting listening, light-hearted learning, can-do, collaboration, and clever creativity at this month’s Learning and Development Roundtable
Working on program evaluations with vulnerable communities for the Federal Government of Canada gave me a great opportunity to look at how assessing learning can not only be (almost) pain-free but fun, engaging, and motivating. Last week I shared the first five tips on assessing learning that … [Read more...] about Ten tips for assessing learning that prevent migraines and bring on magical motivation, part two
This is part one of "Ten Tips for assessing learning." Keep reading to grab hold of the tips. I knew I had to meet the federal government of Canada's program evaluation guidelines. I also knew I was working with women, all single mamas of children 0-6, who lived in poverty and who’d … [Read more...] about Ten tips for assessing learning that prevent migraines and bring on magical motivation, part one
Easter eggs. Do visions of chocolate dance in your head? Sorry. That’s not the kind of Easter Eggs I’m talking about. These ones are much more intriguing not to mention much easier on your waistline. But first a question. How many items do you see in this … [Read more...] about Surprise and delight your workshop participants by using Easter Eggs
Uncover my six-point E.S.C.A.P.E. plan - six skills for Creative Problem Solving. Keep reading. Are you a victim of what I call the Covid creativity cloud? Here are some of the symptoms. See if you recognize any in yourself: An issue that would normally not cause you stress, is … [Read more...] about Discover your E.S.C.A.P.E. plan – Six Skills for Creative Problem Solving
With grit and grace and gumption we’ve made it through this year, where any day it felt like gravity was going to stop working. And that is worth celebrating here with a special gift! We’re working our way back to each other in new ways, seeing clearly what needs to change including and … [Read more...] about Celebrating you, yes you, with a special gift!
Like I mentioned in my last post, it’s been quite the year. There’s much to gnash our teeth, despair and flail over, but there’s equally much to celebrate, including you dear reader. Now that the celebrations are done, and the chapter turned on another year, it’s time to fill the blank … [Read more...] about My wishes for you and your 2020, one for every month
It’s been quite the year. There’s much to gnash our teeth, despair and flail over, but there’s equally much to celebrate, including you dear reader. The blackbirds are singing in the dead of the night, take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life you were only waiting for this … [Read more...] about Celebrating you, yes you, with a special gift!
Imagine that your beloved furry friend keeps escaping from your yard through a gap in the fence. Exasperated and not wanting to lose her again, you’re temporarily flummoxed as you don’t have the time or cash to build a new fence. What’s a person to do? Why add a wooden spoon of course. I … [Read more...] about Ramping up your creativity with a dog, a fence and a spoon
Treasure part one: ‘No way! That can’t possibly be true,’ screamed the refrain in my head. How could I not have known that all these years? I was absolutely gobsmacked and giddy with curiosity. The lowly thing that was causing my brain to explode? You probably have one of them … [Read more...] about A simple hidden treasure life hack (with a nod to Johnny Depp)
Have you got your party shoes on? This month marks 20 years of me being self-employed. I’ve got so many reasons to celebrate, not the least of which is being able to connect with you. The same year I started my business mobile phones looked like a brick with buttons & Titanic won 11 Oscars at … [Read more...] about 20 Working Better Together lessons from 20 years of teaching