Category: Miscellaneous Ramblings

The New World Ahead…

…Meeting the Challenge with Strategic Learning


Speaker:
Monica Walters (Mastercard)

Topic:
Educate the entire workforce on a new company landscape due to converting Mastercard from a private to publicly held company.

Key Point:
Mastercard was going public and the entire company culture and landscape was about to change. Every employee (5,000 of them) needed to be educated on what the new company looked like, what was the new financial model, and how they each contributed to the bottom line. They had several large sessions with table coaches that did group discussions and activities based around a “Map” motif. They made maps that illustrated complext concepts like financial revenue streams and dicussed where everything came and went. Then, when quarterly financial results started to be released, groups would post the numbers on these same maps and have discussions on the performance. This helped tie the training to real world work efforts and drive home the new culture.

Speaker Comments:
Very good. She worked on the project. She had a lot of enthusiasm for the topic.

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Keynote Speech

Opening Speaker: Tony Bingham ASTD CEO & President
Keynote Speaker: Jim Collins author of “Good to Great”

CEO
Good speaker, talked about the role of training in companies. Intermingled with video clips from CLO’s about strategic role of training.

Keynote Speaker
Jim Collins, the author of the best selling books “Built to Last” and “Good to Great”. He was a very compelling speaker. He mixed in personal anecdotes with theories from his book. Talked about things “NOT TO DO” as opposed to a To-Do list.
Big Idea: Primary Focus should be to Attract, Retain, and Develop talent. Who, not What, and build cumulative momentum.

Another message was to…
Preserve CORE (values, focus) while Stimulating Progress

One of his parting thoughts was for us to ask ourselves, “What is your Question to Statement ratio?”

I have been eyeballing his book “Good to Great” for a while, and I’m definitely going to buy it now.

When the session ended, the marching band from the movie “Drum Line” who are from Atlanta, came out and did a brief performance, then marched out and lead the audience to the Expo floor. That was interesting if nothing else.

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View from the CLO: Profile of a Chief Learning Officer

Speaker: Doug Lynch (U Penn Wharton Scool of Business)

Topic: What does a CFO do.

Key Point: There is no formal definition of the role or training for it, or typical path.


Speaker Comments:
Typical Ivy League B-School mumbo jumbo. The more I learn about these high-level B-Schools, the less respect I have.

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Creating FLOW in Distance Education

Speaker: Dennis Glenn (Northwestern University)

Topic:  Spoke about FLOW, which is when you are totally immersed in an activity and lose track of time. How do you create this feeling in training.
Engaging learners using different techniques. Use test to determin “learning style” then apply the style that suits each learner.

Talked about free systems: moodle, and other open source LMS and LCMS. Gave a ton of links to his sight and others.

Really good and fun speaker. Involved in some cool projects.

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Let’s Start the Insanity!

This is my first post on this blog.  It took a little time to get the set up on my server to work and look OK.  I will be writing about a lot of things.  Mostly Tech news, stories, rants, and flights of fancy.  There will be the occasional dip into politics, art, entertainment, sports, etc, but mostly Tech.  I’m looking for people with some similar (or different) interests to write a few posts here and there.  I have a job, a kid, and a new house that needs everything to be done, so I don’t have a ton of time.  I’m going to try to put up a post every other day or so.  I’m more of a sprinter than a jogger, so it will probably be more like four days off, then six posts in one night.

Hopefully someone other than me will find it worth reading.

By the way, here is my first stab at a logo.  I’ll welcome suggestions or submissions.

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