Archive for June, 2010

Bike Smart: Indeed.

Friday, June 25th, 2010

What a wacky town this is, Seattle.

A wacky, hike-loving, container-gardening, Subaru-driving, farmers market-shopping, scrap-composting, recyclables-recycling, bike-riding town.

In fact, it’s such a bike riding town that I can fill out this form you see here below (click on it for a closer look) and apparently a City of Seattle Bicycle Ambassador (read that again if you need to) will:

a. Come to my house and

b. Bring me a FREE bicycle kit

I am not kidding.

No joke.

In all seriousness.

Here’s the photo proof.

Now, as it happens, this direct mail piece got me right between the eyes (see next photo, with the swirly lines).

I don’t know where the best routes are in my neighborhood. I am intimidated by the hills.

[In truth, I don’t own a bike, and I’m a sissy of a rider, but O How I Long to join my Seattle brothers and sisters in two wheeldom.]

And the people at Bike Smart Seattle know that. 

They know who they think they’re talking to: all manner of bike sissies, who would get off their butts and onto their bikes if only they had some clue about where to go and what to do.

Especially if someone would come to their house to deliver the info!

Lordy, Lordy, we are not in Kansas (or Manhattan) anymore.

I give Bike Smart Seattle an A+. Smart indeed.

Next: Deb responds to the non-profit direct mail offer and provides her contact details in exchange for free information on bicycles (nice reminder: if you want someone to give you their contact info, be prepared to give them something in return).

Stay tuned…

One Note on OneNote

Monday, June 7th, 2010

OK, I’m back, and I’d like to tell you that I am still pretty crazy about OneNote (and I’m still plugging it for that reason).

Here’s a short demo video that describes it better than I can. I actually like this video series a lot.

Microsoft is infamous for creating marketing that misses the mark, but this is pretty spot-on: videos featuring the folks who created the products speaking conversationally about them.

What was that word again? Credible.

And very human. The company suddenly looks less like a global behemoth and more like a group of seemingly normal people who are passionate about what they do.


Learning Program and Team Awards 2009-2014


ASTD Excellence in Practice

Technical Training Award
Training Management Citation (for new programs)
Learning Technology Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Leadership Development (x2) Award, Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Onboarding Citation
Sales Enablement Citation

Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning

Best Custom Content Gold
Best in Learning Strategy and Governance Gold
Best Leadership Development Program Gold
Best Innovation in Learning Technology Silver
Best Leadership Sales Training Silver
Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management Bronze
Best Use of Games for Learning Bronze

Brandon Hall Technology Excellence

Best Advance in Social Learning Technology Gold

CLO Magazine Learning in Practice

Technology Innovation Gold, Division 1
Innovation Gold, Division 1
Business Impact Gold, Division 2
Business Impact Bronze, Division 2


Learning Organization Ranking Awards


American Society for Training & Development

ASTD BEST #1 (up from #32 in one year)
#2 (up from #37 in two years)

ELearning! Media Group

Learning! 100 #1 (first year on list)

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

LearningElite #1, #4

Training Magazine

 Training Top 125 #1, #2 (up from #41 in one year)