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2015 Year in Review: Evil vs. Good

The Big Picture 2015 was a year that epitomizes the epic human struggle between evil and good. Syria, refugee migration, anti-immigration backlash, ISIS, Paris, San Bernardino. The headlines screamed terror and death, so the people ran in fear and panic. The stampede of refugees from war-torn areas of the Middle East and Africa set off […]

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Today’s Thought:

“Doubt can be ended by action alone.” Thomas Carlyle, Scottish author.

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Conflicted Humanity

We have been bombarded with news of human conflict lately, from road rage to police shootings to wars ravaging the Muslim world. It appears as if we are losing our human decency, but the fact is human beings have been conflicted from the beginning of our existence as a species. The particular reasons for conflicts […]

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Strategic Human Resource Management

Being Strategic We hear a lot these days about the need to be strategic. We know that organizations need an effective and well-articulated strategy to navigate the turbulent times we inhabit. But what does it really mean to be a strategic Human Resource professional? First, strategic HR differs from the traditional HR administrative role in […]

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2014 Year in Review: Fear and Loathing

The Big Picture  Back in the early seventies, when the counter-culture was just peaking, Hunter S. Thompson wrote about the failure of the American dream in the place that symbolized all its excesses – Las Vegas. The fear and loathing back then was aimed at a culture of crass commercial consumerism and a government that […]

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Is Good Old ADDIE Really Dead?

You may have seen the obituary; it’s been all over the training landscape – ADDIE is DEAD; long live ADDIE! As someone who was educated on the ADDIE model and has used it successfully for over 30 years, I was skeptical, I admit. But I have always believed in the power of an open mind, […]

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Life’s Purpose Expressed in a Business

Recently, I attended a local school event entitled “Destination Purpose.” Parents and students were challenged to define our life purpose and to resolve to live true to that purpose each day. I came away impressed than even 12 year olds can define a life purpose for themselves, even if it is a bit vague and […]

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Job-related Testing

A client of mine recently asked me to review a couple of tests that they use to verify the proficiency of their technical workers after training. Initially, they were concerned that some of the wording and answer choices were confusing to students and might be preventing them from passing. When I looked at the tests, […]

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Test Validity and Passing Scores

On a recent site visit to a client who was applying for accreditation of a safety training program, the issue of testing became front and center. The organization was using a 20 item multiple choice test to determine if learners had sufficient knowledge to safely handle hazardous chemicals on the job. As an Assessor, I […]

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2013 Year in Review: Big Brother and the Dueling Economies

The Big Picture 2013 was a transitional year in many ways. The global economy showed signs of recovery and potentially better times ahead, depending on where you stood in the economic pecking order. The U.S. National Security Administration was caught spying on every single American and most of the world’s leaders, leading for renewed calls […]

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