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How to “retrain” your workforce using self-directed learning

By William Seidman | August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

I recently read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Amazon to Spend Big to Retrain Employees.” The article focuses on a commitment Amazon has made to spend...

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Is working 9 to 5 really for losers?

Take the time to work smarter. I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times entitled In Silicon Valley, 9-5 Is for Losers. The gist of the article is that the high-tech culture in Silicon Valley values extreme work hours in order to potentially make a...
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Google’s Oxygen project took months to find out what makes a manager great; Cerebyte takes a day

Recently, a colleague forwarded me an article about Google’s Oxygen project from Inc. Magazine. This is a well-known effort by Google to use statistical analysis of performance reviews to determine what makes someone a good manager. The Google team’s findings are hardly revolutionary but, because they are Google,...
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Does sitting next to a “star” improve your performance?

Recently, I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Use Your Seat to Get Ahead." The subtitle of the article, “Sitting next to a star at work improves your performance,” particularly piqued my interest since we do a lot of work with...
Does having a “sense of purpose” help you sleep?

Does having a “sense of purpose” help you sleep?

As anyone who read this blog knows, I am an advocate of developing a compelling social purpose and aligning everything in your work and life with achieving that purpose. Recently, I wrote a blog about how purpose-driven approaches to learning in general and the Cerebyte...
Why We Work

Why We Work

I just finished reading a book entitled, “Why We Work” by Barry Schwartz. The book has three core messages that really resonated with me: - The evidence that purpose is the primary motivator of behaviors is overwhelming - The conventional wisdoms that formal, particularly financial...
systematically developed with the right tools

systematically developed with the right tools

  I recently read an article in the New York Times about neuroscience and innovation titled, “Eureka? Yes, Eureka!” The article starts off by disputing a quote from Mark Zuckerberg about innovation. In his quote, Zuckerberg states that innovation does not occur in a single...
Rodney Guenther, a Cisco certified instructor teaches an Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices class to unemployed workers at the Solano Employment Connection building in Vallejo. The class, which normally costs $3500, was offered for free to qualified workers through a partnerhsip of the Solano County Workfoce Investment Boar, Cisco, Skyline  Advanced Technology Services and Techsponential.

Effectively Re-Training Displaced Workers

Today, workers often need to learn new skills for increasingly technical jobs. Re-training workers who have been displaced seems to be an ongoing need. We shared some advice about how to manage effective re-training programs in this article that’s just been published in Training Industry. Check it...
Meta-cognition: learning about learning helps the health insurance industry

Meta-cognition: learning about learning helps the health insurance industry

In the past few weeks, two events converged that caused me to reflect on the importance of being a self-directed learner in today’s fast-paced, complex world. First, we launched a program for one of our clients in the health insurance industry. The program’s goal is...
Innovation can be systematically developed with the right tools

Innovation can be systematically developed with the right tools

In the past few weeks, two events converged that caused me to reflect on the importance of being a self-directed learner in today’s fast-paced, complex world. First, we launched a program for one of our clients in the health insurance industry. The program’s goal is...