Which English do you use? American or Canadian English?

When writing for a North American audience, which type of English do you use? Canadian or American? My experience with American audiences for the 15 years I’ve worked in large (more than 50k employees) organization is that for the most part it has to be American English. Canadian Anglophone audiences seem to consider either American . . . → Read More: Which English do you use? American or Canadian English?

How to run a Successful Virtual Group Mentoring session: My 10 quick tips!

As organizations face knowledge and expertise of long time employees retiring, one method of capturing quickly that information is through group mentoring efforts. If affords the organization the opportunity to mentor many people when qualification to do so is not sufficient to make one-to-one mentoring matches. What do you do when you want to mentor . . . → Read More: How to run a Successful Virtual Group Mentoring session: My 10 quick tips!

5 Reasons for using the RACI (or RASCI) model as part of change management

Remember the RACI model? Used for organizational change management processes identifying roles and responsibilities of individuals especially when there’s a need for increased integration, collaboration, and general interaction amongst different departments. I like to go through this exercise now and then because of these five reasons:

1. Ease of use. It’s low tech and . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons for using the RACI (or RASCI) model as part of change management

Start the long weekend early

We’ve all learned in management school that great caring managers show outwardly that behaviour to their employees in both the big ways that impact them and their peers and the little things that matter. Whenever there’s a long weekend, its a nice gesture to send everyone home early so they can be with their loved . . . → Read More: Start the long weekend early

Your Swag is You! Comparing Conference Swags (Giveaways, Freebies, and what not)

From the Networked Learning Conference in Aalborg Denmark May 2010

From MESH 2010 Conference in Toronto, Canada June 2010

If you look at these swags (giveaways, freebies, whatever you want to call them) you can immediately identify all the marketing focus and weight of these conferences, correct? But does popularity of the conference . . . → Read More: Your Swag is You! Comparing Conference Swags (Giveaways, Freebies, and what not)

Dr. Seuss helps me as a coach

I love Dr. Seuss. The cadence of the prose engages me to listen intently and create images in my mind that takes me away and provides a bigger picture perspective. When coaching corporate employees, I find myself looking for innovative, unique and authentic tools to assist me in guiding and facilitating the coachee’s self-awareness. One . . . → Read More: Dr. Seuss helps me as a coach

Are you a new coach? 25 Questions to ask your client

My coach/facilitator Edie Pereira Hulbert came up with 21 Questions to ask your client that is especially useful for new coaches. I’ve added my questions along the way to round this off to 25 questions.

TOP 25 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CLIENT 1. Where do you get your energy from? 2. Where are you . . . → Read More: Are you a new coach? 25 Questions to ask your client

Zero budget team building activity – family board games!

Just because you don’t have a budget for team building activities does not mean that you shouldn’t have one (or two bi-annually). For the zero-budget conscious manager, just be creative about it. One example for an (almost) free team building activity is to play board games during lunch time. Almost everyone I know have . . . → Read More: Zero budget team building activity – family board games!

Design idea from the New Hotel Roblin, Paris

Always looking for design ideas to share with my colleagues, I found this simple, classic design that may have been forgotten by some of you. Remember single hole-single clasp, replaceable page, handouts that we use to give out in the 80s? The four-star boutique New Hotel Roblin in Paris use the concept for the . . . → Read More: Design idea from the New Hotel Roblin, Paris

Check your ego at the door

I just got back from two weeks of meetings, dialogue and presentations on international competencies and standards from two distinct organizations – ibstpi.org and ISO.org. The first involved our current project on online learner competencies that is headed to its second validation phase whlie the second is on Learning Service Provider standards which is . . . → Read More: Check your ego at the door