Why I’ve asked every trainer at my organization to attend our local ATD chapter’s annual conference

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I work at an eye bank. I’m surrounded by a lot of very smart people. We cure a lot of blindness. We want to cure more, so we’re growing.

As we grow and roles get more specialized, many of our departments have created technical training positions. While the people who fill those positions are among the best in the world at what they do, they’ve had very little exposure to trends and best practices in learning and professional development.   Continue reading

5 of Jay Cross’s Best Tweets

Jay Cross, a proponent of informal learning and an influential thought leader in the professional development space, passed away at the end of last week. All weekend, my Twitter feed was packed with tributes to him.

Perhaps you had a chance to meet Jay, attend one of his sessions, engage with him in a forum like #lrnchat, or perhaps you’d never heard of him. Wherever you fall in the spectrum, here are 5 tweets he shared with the world over the past several months that I thought were worth mentioning today. Rest in peace, Jay. Thanks for the inspiration. Continue reading