The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: A Learning & Development Checklist for the Birds

 This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.) Munir Virani is a quiet, humble kind of guy whose eyes twinkle as he adroitly draws you into his passion, which is raptors.  I contacted him recently out […]

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Learning & Development Roundtable – Drum Cafe Style

For about a year & a half now I’ve been organizing a monthly learning & development roundtable in Nairobi.  (Check out the link for a list of our workshop topics & resources.) We are an eclectic group  from NGO’s, corporate companies & the UN.  Each month we have a different speaker.  This month we were […]

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Why a Neuroscientist Lied to Her Kids – Mental Time Travel vis a vis Full Body Brain Memories

The following article was originally published in the Washington Post & written by Dr. Kelly Lambert.  No link to the article is provided as the article has been taken down, but the previous link is to Dr. Lambert’s website. As I look out the window to my sunny backyard & leafy avocado & banana trees, […]

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What can you do with 28,835 jelly beans?

This is a fabulous video because … – it’s powerful; it talks about mortality & how we choose to spend our lives – it’s unique; it uses jelly beans to dish about mortality & life choices – it’s simple; see point above I love learning & development examples like this. Poignant.  Powerful.  Creative.  Candid. As […]

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Training & development learning well November blog post round up

If you didn’t catch all the posts this month simply peruse & click what’s below. Here’s the Rock.Paper.Scissors’ monthly training & development round up for the month of November. Learn well in the training & development learning well.  Dive deep into the learning well or take a small sip. Shower yourself in training & development […]

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The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see (Alexandra Trenfor)

What do you think?  Is this what good teachers do? Do we, as learning & development folk, show or do we create space for exploration? Do we demonstrate or do we encourage experimentation? Do we tell or do we guide participants to their own learning? Food for thought.  Let me know what you think. Thanks […]

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The art of being an unconventional trainer (with a nod to Chris Guillebeau)

I saw Chris Guillebeau speak recently, the author of The Art of Non-Conformity. He thinks instead of looking for efficiency we should be looking for adventure. I agree and as an adventure seeker when it comes to learning and development here’s my 10 point take on how a conventional trainer stacks up against an unconventional […]

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‘Don’t fake it – you gotta feel it’ Mr. B. to his PS 22 Chorus at the Oscars

Mr B is the phenomenal teacher and conductor of PS22 Chorus, the choir that’s taken Youtube by storm.  A recent Time Magazine article describes them as having a tendency to skip traditional chorus tunes in favor of exuberant renditions of pop songs. Mr B recently gathered his charges, from Graniteville, New York, a racially diverse […]

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Learning about learning with tuiles

I recently wrote about an example of what not to do if you want your learners to feel included and your content to be accessible. It had to do with differentiated learning and not being told upfront what that meant.  Harumph! (e.g. I’m tired, it’s the end of a long day and you, the presenter, […]

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Confessions of an introverted trainer

I adore being a learning and development specialist.   Being with people.  Lots of people.  Different and diverse people. And with them, creating a process that unfurls the heads of confusing question marks into tall and proud exclamation marks.  I get it!  I never thought of it like that.  That’s why my (insert your choice of: […]

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