Nick Leffler

Beyond the 80/20 Principle – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

The latest book I recently finished up is Beyond The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch (also available on Amazon). My first impression by the book was a bit of confusion and having to try to find how it flowed. Even when I picked up the sample and started reading I wasn’t sure about the book.…

People Powered – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

I didn’t think I was going to have a book to write something about this week but I was further along than I thought. I was thinking there would be no post because I haven’t gotten around to taking some pictures of my recording setup. Well, here I am with another book review.

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The Last Train To Key West – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

Last week I finished up reading The Last Train To Key West (also on Amazon), my fun book in my alternating fun book, business book reading. It took me a while to write this review because I really wanted to get something else published between a book review.

My Setup For Recording Narration & More

Nick Leffler

I create a lot of audio content between my day job and the many projects I work on. Most of that audio is narration and sometimes I’m recording my screen at the same time and other times I’m reading from a script.

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5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

Read More Books – What’s Your Reading Style?

Nick Leffler

Nearly two years ago I drastically changed my relationship with books. Prior to about February 2018 I read very few books in my life. I’d be lucky if I averaged about 2 a year. I read the usual books such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (who hasn’t!?)

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A Gentleman In Moscow – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

My favorite books are the fun books and I just finished another good one. I’m not an expert at writing book reviews so these might just be more of what I enjoyed about the book and some of what I didn’t enjoy (not that there ever is anything I don’t enjoy).

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My In-Depth Walkthrough Of Missinglettr (Video & Post)

Nick Leffler

In case you’ve never heard of Missinglettr before, it’s a social media sharing tool that makes it easy to share unique content promoting your’s and other’s blog content.

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The Last Runaway – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

This book took me to the 1850s in Ohio but the journey didn’t begin there. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (also available on Amazon) begins in England with a long journey by ship across the ocean and then by land to the destination of a small town in Ohio. I don’t envy the people… Book Review Fun Book Review

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The E-Myth Revisited – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

I just recently finished reading a business book in my alternating schedule of fun and business reading. This one was The E-Myth Revisited (and on Amazon) which overall was a worthwhile read. There were a few areas where the book veered a bit from reality.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

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Where have I been all these *years*?

Nick Leffler

Yes, I have been completely absent from this blog for many years. Somewhere in early 2016 I think I just had a few too many things going on and it led to this website and my blog falling off. No more!

What Sharing Ideas At Work Does For Us

Nick Leffler

There are many benefits from sharing ideas at work. I thought it would be good to write this because I occasionally hear people talk about sharing creates stolen ideas and in return fighting over those stolen ideas. There are other thoughts on why sharing ideas at work shouldn’t be done but my focus on why it’s a good idea is based on this opposition. I don’t know about you, but I want to work better.

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Social Learning Has Never Been About a Single Tool

Nick Leffler

I noticed a ReTweet from Shannon Tipton yesterday morning where she was disagreeing with the flop part of the following blog post: What eLearning Trends Will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015 ? Predictably, I disagree w/”Flop” – you? RT @Interactyx : Do you agree with these eLearning trends for 2015? link] #Lrnchat. Shannon Tipton (@stipton) January 19, 2015. That caught my attention and I had to explore further.

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Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Nick Leffler

Attentions spans are shrinking, nobody can pay attention for more than a few seconds. That’s what I hear all the time, and it was brought up many times in a recent chat2lrn. Just to clear things up, an attention span is that thing that allows us to pay attention to something. You know, when something captures our attention because it’s so incredibly interesting and we can’t turn away. Patience goes along with attention spans, it takes patience to have a long attention span.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

The (1) Thing(s) Successful People Do First Thing In The Morning

Nick Leffler

Every other day if you look around social media and follow any professionals, you’re going to see an article about XX things successful people do (first thing) in the morning. They usually consist of overly broad activities that don’t tell you much about the person or how they became successful. People who are successful got where they are in many ways, and it’s impossible to boil down to what they do in the morning.

Communities of Practice Need Some Practice

Nick Leffler

This is my 3rd post in my journey to cover my thoughts and ideas on the four topics covered in week 3 of the Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning cMOOC. So far, I’ve covered Crowdsourcing and Idea Management and Design with the only one left for tomorrow being Working out Loud which also happens to be my favorite. Defining Communities of Practice (CoP).

Communities of Inquiry

Nick Leffler

I want to preface this post with the following information: Before a few days ago I had never heard the term Community of Inquiry, which is exactly why I’ve chosen to write and learn about it. Now for the why because I wouldn’t just pull this one out of a hat and decide to delve deeper. I’m joining in (if even partially) to a cMOOC called Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning which I found out about from Tanya Lau.

They’re not learners, they’re people

Nick Leffler

They’re not learners, they’re people. I don’t know if this has any value in stating but it’s something that’s been rolling around in my head for a while. I often hear people referred to as learners, or “my learners” when talking about the audience. It seems odd to me to refer to people in a way that assumes the action that they will get from your creation. I can’t think of another industry that does the same. The most common term I hear for other industries is ‘user’.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

What Sharing Ideas At Work Does For Us

Nick Leffler

There are many benefits from sharing ideas at work. I thought it would be good to write this because I occasionally hear people talk about sharing creates stolen ideas and in return fighting over those stolen ideas. There are other thoughts on why sharing ideas at work shouldn’t be done but my focus on why… Work Connect Diversity Idea Sharing Show Your Work Work Out Loud

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Make Someone’s Life Easier

Nick Leffler

What have you done lately to make someone’s life easier? That’s a question you should be asking yourself every day. I like to constantly think of things I can do to make someone’s life easier. When thinking about learning experiences when training is needed, it’s important to train as efficiently as possible. Even if you’re cutting down an hour and a half plus training session(s) down to less than 30 minutes, it might not be enough.

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Increasing Social Awareness in Higher Education

Nick Leffler

About two months ago I wrote about increasing social awareness in higher education , specifically the MSIDT program that I graduated from. Developing the social awareness of the program has gone well, although nothing like I had planned. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because plans can’t take into account all the variable but just doing it can definitely adjust for variables.

What I’m Working On

Nick Leffler

Life ebbs and flows, that seems to be how it goes. I went from relatively quiet days to too much. The quiet was prior to 6 months ago, it’s gone to relatively busy since then. In the past few days it’s caught up with me, either that or I have a bug that’s slowing me down (I do, finally took my temperature so if this post is a bit loopy that’s my excuse. It’s nice to slow down sometimes and take a deep breath though. Taking a little time (how much time is up to you!)

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Modeling a Training Framework

Nick Leffler

I was provoked into this blog post by none other than the eLearning Provocateur , Ryan Tracey. I do agree with the fact that you have to take the good with the bad when speaking of frameworks, but my caution is in that there’s usually more bad than good and it’s increasingly more difficult to separate the two. I’ve re-purposed some of the comments I made on Ryan Tracey’s blog, check out his blog for some of the original discussion we had.

For Fear Of Failure

Nick Leffler

What keeps you from trying something new? I grapple with this question in my work life and home life. We tend to stick to the things we know which keeps us from trying new things. You’ve seen that right? If you’re in L&D then the answer should be yes, but this isn’t about L&D. My theory is that we get so comfortable in one place that we stop trying, you know, wresting on our laurels. We’d rather things stay the same and comfortable as they are now.

Learning From Others

Nick Leffler

Over a year ago I began to share what I am learning at the moment. I did this through the hashtag #LrnToday which I also encouraged others to do. It’s been a while since I’ve reflected on how well it has worked and how I’ve updated it. A while being since I first posted about the hashtag and then later created a page for #LrnToday. Forced Reflection. As I think over the times I’ve used the hashtag, I realize I still have a long way to go to make it a habit.

Social and Learned Helplessness in Learning

Nick Leffler

It’s been a few weeks since I first wrote about Learned Helplessness in Learning but it hasn’t once left my mind. Even last week had some familiar mentions of it but without the name. What I gathered from DevLearn Tweets during Neil deGrasse Tyson’s keynote was that he spoke in part that kids are born scientists, but we beat it out of them. That sounds familiar to Learned Helplessness in Learning. Kids are curious, heck, all ages of people are!

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The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Employees Avoiding Corporate Barriers

Nick Leffler

This is a story that is close to me because I see employees avoiding corporate barriers every day. I’ve seen what command and control leads to and it’s not good for anybody, organization or employee. When an organization gets worried about lawsuits and starts to shut computer systems down to prevent leaks and errors, people don’t always take part willingly. For an employee, getting their job done the best they can is the first priority.

Learned Helplessness of Learning #chat2lrn

Nick Leffler

I recently had my first experience on the other side of chat2lrn last Thursday with a co-authored guest post and questions with Mark Britz. I’ll start off by saying it was an amazing experience. But then again what experience with Chat2lrn isn’t amazing? I approached the chat2lrn crew with the topic Learned Helplessness of Learning. Mark Britz brought the topic to my attention in October and I’ve since written on it several times.

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Social Awareness Program For Instructional Design Degree

Nick Leffler

I recently began a new consulting job with the Master’s program I got my degree from. It’s the MSIDT program at California State University Fullerton (CSUF). It wasn’t for any typical Instructional Design work which I’ve worked on (even in my side consulting jobs) but with social media skills at the center. I’ve done a lot around social media lately including participating in several Twitter chats.

Join Me And Keep Ideas From Fading Away

Nick Leffler

I’m sitting here on Halloween having just finished carving the pumpkins with my daughter and wife. It has become a tradition to get all the seeds, clean them up, and roast them into a delicious Halloween treat. I’m smelling them roast in the oven right now smothered in olive oil, salt, and as my wife tells me waaaaay too much garlic (it does smell of garlic very strongly in here but it’s so so good).

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6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

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Work Out Loud – Don’t Just Share What You Did

Nick Leffler

Today is the final day of my four-day journey to cover my thoughts on this week’s topics for the online cMOOC Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning. I’ve already covered the wonderful topics of crowdsourcing , idea management and design and yesterday’s communities of practice. This is my favorite topic out of the four. How To Work Out Loud.