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The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

It takes a lot of moxie to call yourself a definitive classic. However, the subtitle of The Adult Learner  is probably correct. I picked up the book because of my work on the SharePoint Shepherd Presents DVD series . The goal of the series is to make le...
The Art of Explanation

The Art of Explanation

I spend quite a bit of my time in the professional world trying to explain things. Sometimes it’s to clients. Sometimes it’s developers. Sometimes it’s to the infrastructure team. Whomever it is, I know that sometimes my explanations work – and sometim...
The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

During my interview with Steven Kotler , the author of The Rise of Superman , he credited an idea to Josh Waitzkin. He was careful to share with me that Josh was a chess champion and the subject of the movie “Searching for Bobby Fisher” (which I’ve ...
Efficiency in Learning

Efficiency in Learning

I recently wrote an article for TrainingIndustry.com titled “Everything You Think You Know about Learning Retention Rates is Wrong ” which is perhaps a bit of a hyperbole but it’s based on the discovery that the traditional thinking about how people learn...
Extraordinary Minds

Extraordinary Minds

While reading Mindset , I stumbled across a reference to Howard Gardner’s  book, Extraordinary Minds , that intrigued me. It said that “exceptional individuals have ‘a special talent for identifying their own strengths and weaknesses.'” On the basi...
Job Aids and Performance Support

Job Aids and Performance Support

I’ve been a big fan of job aids for years. It’s my awareness that job aids are more impactful than training that led to the creation of the SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide . I’ve read many materials about how adults learn – like The Adult Learner  and Effic...
Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation

Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation

Sometimes, you say a thing and it just catches on. It’s a moment of insight that gets frozen in time like a mosquito in amber, and later you realize just what you have. Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation  is like this. It’s a simple framewo...