Extraverts May Win The Battle, But Neurotics Win The War

Chelsea Rowe Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, Learning and Development, Performance, Science

While we may be entering the age of the introvert (anyone read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain?), extroverts have long been cashing out on the benefits of their personality.  Nothing new, right? Extraverts are easy to spot. They: enjoy being the center of attention, often think out loud, tend to …

Learning by Crashing

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, T+D

“Experiential Learning” is the process of making meaning from direct experience, i.e., learning from experience.  We’ve done this most of our lives—such as learning to ride a bicycle—yet many learning professionals ignore this approach when it comes to skill and competency development within an organization.  The formal classroom experience is not going to cut it unless there is the opportunity …

‘Tis The Season To Be Learning

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development

Image this scenario: You are sitting at home enjoying some quiet time right before the holidays. Perhaps you are wrapping gifts, baking some cookies or taking a nap. Then the silence is shattered by the ring of the doorbell.  You slowly open the door and crashing in comes your family, dogs, luggage, gifts, and lots of noise as they arrive …

Talent Management, 1989 Style

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change, Coaching, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Generations, Influence, Learning and Development, Race, T+D, Talent Strategy

Once upon a time, in 1983, a track & field team was formed at a small division III school in Northeast, PA, named Moravian College.  Like most new athletic programs, recruiting was difficult with the absence of a championship and lack of big-name athletes.  The head coach, well aware he would not land the High School State Champion, decided to …

FOT Job Posting: Leadership Development Specialist/Swami…

Kris Dunn FOT Jobs Postings, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Hey FOT Nation – this job at Kinetix and the right hire will be working directly for me. If you’re down with all the noise you read on this blog, have a background in OD, Leadership Development or simply are a high-end HR/Talent pro who’s looking to try and change the world, then I’ve got the spot for you. Take a look: Leadership …

A Conference Deal So Good, It’ll Make You Want To Drink The Kool-Aid

Cara Lucas Conferences, Learning and Development, Worldwide FOT

“If John or Jane Doe was walking off the cliff (or in some cases, the bridge) would you do that, too?” If I could go back in time I’d tell my Mom, “Maybe if they had the right leadership voice or their tone was communicated authentically.” But I wouldn’t drink the Kool-Aid or don the Nikes. Maybe. Delivery matters when …

It’s September, Back to School

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Learning and Development

Thank God it’s September and back to school for millions of children across the country!  If your house is similar at all to my house, both mixed feelings between spouses for the first day of school. Some parents are absolutely jazzed with getting their kids out of the house, and others dread the endless activities and ongoing battle with completing …

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Learning and Development

If you are not familiar with the show, “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout”, it matches up middle-age men going through a mid-life crisis against Eagle Scouts in a series of challenges based on merit badge competencies.  These are not your typical Boy Scouts but rather some kick-@$$ boys that could probably stand toe-to-toe with Bear Grylls.  They have …

Stop Checking the Box

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, HR, Learning and Development, T+D

I recently attended an industry conference and was enjoying some spirits with my peers when the topic of measuring training was put on the table.  I swear it was only minutes before everyone was sharing awesome percentage of completion numbers and giving each other high fives, even talking about winning awards.  Everyone seemed pleased by how many employees had checked …