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Sofia enables mentoring any place, any time

By William Seidman | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

An article in the Wall Street Journal about mentoring programs caught my eye. The article, written by Sue Shellenbarger, appeared in the Q&A section “Work & Family Mailbox” where a...

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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...
Leadership learning programs: the good, the bad and the ugly

Leadership learning programs: the good, the bad and the ugly

In the last week, I have had substantive interactions with three corporate universities (“U” for short) responsible for a wide variety of learning programs, one of which was incredibly vibrant, energetic and effective. The other two were low energy, clearly demoralized and ineffective. The contrast...
4 Neuroscience-Based Components of Engaging Leadership Development Programs

4 Neuroscience-Based Components of Engaging Leadership Development Programs

We are pleased to report that our article, 4 Neuroscience-Based Components of Engaging Leadership Development Programs, was recently published in Training Industry. In the article, we describe the four key components that make neuroscience-based leadership development programs so successful: a compelling purpose, path to mastery,...