• January 17, 2017 12:17 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    Written by SEWI-ATD Guest Blogger, Craig Bodoh

    The turn of the calendar from one year to another often motivates people to set, or ponder setting, a New Year's Resolution. But time and time again people set themselves up for failure if they don't follow a few simple rules.

    The opportunity to reflect upon what went well and what didn't in the current year and what one would like to change in the new year can be a great way to make a difference in how one's life changes.

    But what's that quote? “If nothing changes but you expect a different result, it's called -----”.

    Habits good or bad are a huge part of your daily routine. How you brush your teeth, or put on your clothes are examples of habits that serve you. What is your natural reaction to a stressful situation? Raise one of your five fingers? Say something you might regret? When you are driving along and the railroad crossing gates come down and you are forced to wait, how do you react? These reactions (your habits) can be changed over time.

    The R.E.A.L. simple formula to follow for setting New Year's Resolutions:

    R = Realistic; Get clear and be specific about the new behavior.

    E = Enjoy the process; It takes a minimum of 21 days for a new habit to become a part of your life. And if you stop the new habit during the 21st day of the habit formation period, it is day ONE the next time you begin the new habit. That's right, it takes daily focus and regular practice for the new habit to become part of your life.

    A = Action; Regular focus on the new change, supported by affirmations, brings change into reality.

    L = Long term goal; Determine the what, the how, and the why you want this new habit or goal to become a part of your life.

    Far too many people expect quick results - The “get rich quick schemes,” the infomercials that offer a better body in minutes. The easiest path is what everyone wants to take. When in reality, changes can happen, but not at the speed the marketing department wants you to believe it will take. Constant, regular, focus will make changes happen. Understanding the process of how new habits can be brought into your life makes a huge difference in how things end up.

    Instead of the earlier quote, “If nothing changes but you expect a different result, it's called -----,” you now can understand and believe,

    “If you make simple positive changes on a regular basis, anything is possible.” ~Bodoh

    About Craig Bodoh

    Craig has been an active SEWI-ATD member since 1990. He is president and founder of Personal Effectiveness Plus, a personal development coaching practice specializing in time management. As a certified Master Life Coach and trained time management consultant he has helped hundreds of people begin a path to a fuller, richer life. Craig is also an adjunct instructor for Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), a workshop leader, a public speaker, an author, a figure skating coach, and a music director. He works from his passions, using his skills to do what he loves; making a difference in people's lives through personal development. Contact Craig if he can be of service to you!

    Email: timeman@earthlink.net

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/craigbodoh

    Website: www.gainingtime.com

    Twitter: @gainingtime

  • January 12, 2017 4:45 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    If you haven't yet met, worked with, or taken advantage of a learning opportunity with Master trainer Sivasailam Thiagarajan, AKA Thiagi, find a way to do so! He is a prolific writer, blogger, and thought leader in challenging learning processes with creative, serious games. This article from the January 2017 issue of Training Magazine will give you some insight into how he is rewriting the way we learn.

    As a bonus from the Thiagi Group GameBlog, try out Envelopes, a flexible structure for an effective follow-up activity to review to content of lecture.

  • December 19, 2016 10:55 AM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    To ensure mindfulness initiatives are having a meaningful impact on the workforce and the organization’s bottom line, measure their effects. Learn more in this essay by Max Dubowy, an executive mindfulness coach and the CEO of Your Success Launch.

  • December 16, 2016 9:53 AM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    Rapid changes in technology will force companies to redesign themselves to engage and develop top talent and drive their competitive edge. Check out this article by the editors of Chief Learning Officer, and read the associated research report, "Predictions for 2017: Everything is Becoming Digital" (linked below) for some insights into the new year ahead.

    Predictions for 2017.pdf

  • November 17, 2016 2:37 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    Do you use "movie trailers" in a flipped learning model to create interest and provide quick information for your virtual learning audience?  In her blog postDana Peters, CEO of Mondo Learning Solutions and President of SEWI-ATD shares strategies and video editing software to help you reach your audience in a simple yet entertaining way.

  • November 15, 2016 11:38 AM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    This article was referenced by Diane Kelly, Director of PWM Professional Development at Robert W. Baird & Co. during our November 4th Leaders of Learning and Talent Development PDN. While the piece appeared in the Harvard Business Review back in 1991, its progressive views appear to still hold true in today's modern Adult Learning revolution.

    Give it a read and feel to comment based on your own contemporary experiences!

    Teaching Smart People How to Learn by Chris Argyris

  • November 10, 2016 1:30 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    There are four specific, key traits, behaviors, and actions you need to exhibit to distinguish yourself as a strategic leader. Could your approach use a makeover? For some sound advice, read, "What Does Being Strategic Look Like?" by Diana Thomas

  • November 06, 2016 3:13 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    Although there is considerable overlap between coaching and consulting skills, both have a place in the learning strategy development process. The key is to find, as in most areas of life, just the right balance.


  • November 03, 2016 3:37 PM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    While stating course objectives upfront has proven benefits for boosting the achievement of learning outcomes, it's rarely the most glamorous part of your training. Ensure your learners interact with the content in a different way by implementing these unique presentation methods.

  • November 01, 2016 10:54 AM | Laura Chartier (Administrator)

    You live in a world of dynamic and interactive multimedia. Why, then, are you still subjecting your learners to static and one-dimensional training materials? Augmented reality is now an affordable technology that can be easily integrated into your learning content to provide immediate context at the moment of need.

    Check out this article by Alexander Salas, CPLP and Supervisor, Learning Management Systems at Centene Corporation to see how apps like Zappar, Aurasma and Blippar allow users to overlay digital media to create AR experiences through mobile devices.

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