Hackathons for People

I love Hackathons and think they should be used for everything from IRS forms to anti-bullying solutions. So how can hackathons work for people themselves? A hackathon for people is to find help amplify or find solutions for one person’s work, because it’s great and you want to help spread or deliver their idea. The… Continue reading Hackathons for People

Learning How to Learn for A New Role

Taking on a new role in an organization or a new company is an interesting opportunity that can make people experience a myriad of emotions ranging from being charged up and motivated all the way to feeling imposter syndrome. When the role is out of the traditional field or work that the person has been… Continue reading Learning How to Learn for A New Role

Measuring Your Career Through Nervous Excitement

Are you taking the right risks in order to progress your career and your opportunity for learning? When looking back at your career, can you remember the times where you were nervously excited because of a decision you had to make? Originally, I was going to call this post “measuring your career by gut wrenching moments” but I… Continue reading Measuring Your Career Through Nervous Excitement

The Question Recorder

You can tell a lot about a group from the questions they ask each other and/or ask others outside the group. Think of the power of uncovering insights based on the ability to document every question ever asked by or to a group/brand/person/etc and tracking all the context and meta data attached to it.  Being… Continue reading The Question Recorder

The Most Valuable Skills a Co-op or Intern Can Learn That You Help Create

What’s the most valuable skill you can learn as a college co-op on a six month assignment at a big company while you’re still early in your college career?  As a leader, what’s the experience you hope your co-op gets while they are in your group for those six months? Let’s talk quickly about these… Continue reading The Most Valuable Skills a Co-op or Intern Can Learn That You Help Create

A Different Kind of Niche Learning Site

Want to know a quick way to stand out in the increasingly crowded marketplace for online classes?  Get smaller, go niche. Sure, you could take niche to mean “we’re only going to offer classes in this particular subject and be the absolute best source for online classes for that subject”.  Or you could take a… Continue reading A Different Kind of Niche Learning Site

Stop Hoarding Your Work

A few days ago, I got an informational handout from a company that made me laugh. Basically, the bottom of the page featured the disclaimer: “Reproduction by any means is prohibited without permission. If you’d like to purchase copies of this handout please…” This was from a consulting company that makes all of its money… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Your Work

Making Short Term Decisions to Long Term Problems

If the phrases “we just have to get through this next quarter” or “we just have to stabilize until the customers return and it goes back to the way it was” enter into the conversation when you’re about to make business decisions,  you should realize that you’re already starting your decision making process from the… Continue reading Making Short Term Decisions to Long Term Problems

Who’s Learning From You Right Now: Life Lessons from My Grandfather

They say the older you are, the wiser you get.  Luckily, I got to spend a good amount of time with my Grandfather when he was older and, after reflecting on what I learned during that time, it seems like he was incredibly wise. Some of these lessons were reinforced in the summers I spent… Continue reading Who’s Learning From You Right Now: Life Lessons from My Grandfather

Improving the Annual Performance Review with Linkedin

As part of many companies’ annual performance review process, employees are asked to submit the names of people they have worked with so their bosses can ask for feedback. Cross-pollinating that with the Linkedin recommendation section may be an interesting way to add value or participation to the overall experience. How would using a recommendation-like… Continue reading Improving the Annual Performance Review with Linkedin