Are You Teachable?

OK, let me be honest, this question is for myself. Am I Teachable? Strongly inspired by The Key to Everything, which I’m already reading (actually listening to, via Audible) for the second time. Teachability is almost a synonym for humility. And pride is clearly a roadblock to teachability. QBQ has the same idea: “Wisdom: What […]

What Are Your Abilities?

What a simple question. What a great question, especially if you’re a job seeker. I was recently asked the question and I was caught off guard. I didn’t have an answer! How can that be? Do You have a fast answer?   Last updated: 4/25/2016 You can find all my Job-Search related articles here. Please […]

FORTRAN

FORTRAN This will really show my age. And my history! It’s been a long time since I remember reading a book or article by Edsger Dijkstra, and unfortunately I can’t remember the reference and I can’t find the exact quote. But this is close. “In hiring, I ask the prospect if he knows FORTRAN? If […]

Checklists and Scorecards

The Power and Simplicity of Checklists Are you a list person? Simple checklists, and maybe scorecards, can do wonders for an organization. A checklist might even save your life! This is a slightly long article, but you’ll get the idea in the first few paragraphs. Do More of What Already Works. “Three months after it […]

Which Way Do You Work?

Just curious, do you: 1. Open an app, then find the document? 2. Find the document, then let it open

What Makes Training “Good?”

What is good training? That’s almost a trick question. Which of these are true? Good training is when somebody actually learns something Good training is when somebody learns something new Good training means learning how to do something faster Good training is when the student can pass a test or certification Good training provides the […]

Beginnings: Hunger-Based Learning

Hunger-Based Learning More Please Yet another concept I picked up from Liberty Church, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t original with them. A teaching principle that some pastors have learned, and lots of motivational speakers live by:?Stop talking before your audience wants you to. Leave them hungry for more. Yes, a great concept, and I […]

The Change Pyramid

The Change Pyramid I’m a big fan of the Arbinger Institute books Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace One of the concepts from Anatomy of Peace is called the Change Pyramid. Real simply, the idea is to build systems and processes (or training) that help people do the right things, rather than complaining […]

Making Things Natural

From the Jobs movie. ?I think you believe that the computer, or the Walkman, or whatever it may be, should be a natural extension of the individual, and it’s that mission, that devotion to quality” — Jony Ive (the movie characters, perhaps not the real one) This quote, whether it’s really from Jony Ive or […]

Project Management == Communication

Sadly reminded of the importance of communication in project management. Establish written dates and milestones. Communicate them. Get buy-in. Yes, I’ve recently been involved in a project where some of this was missed. Not my project. No even my company’s project. Many people will be negatively impacted.What’s the point of project management? How about “No […]