Archive for October, 2010

Bike Smart – Take II

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Over the summer, I got a neat brochure in the mail that was so stylish and interesting that I actually responded to it (see Bike Smart: Indeed., and outraged taxpayer comment, below).

I was jazzed about the idea of a bike ambassador coming to my home with a kit and information, and decided to experiment. I requested online a packet to be sent to my PO box, then sent in the card for an ambassador to bring me one en casa. I know, double dipping. So sue me!

But in the end, this was a single dip. My ambassador stood me up. Never showed. Didn’t call, didn’t text.

I did get the packet at the post office, and it had all kinds of useful info that made me wish I was a more serious bike rider, like this incredibly detailed bike map (who knew there was so much to know?).

I was curious about why I’d been stood up, so I contacted Bike Smart. The very friendly Serena let me know that the ambassadors were “maxed out” and therefore didn’t reach all the folks who’d requested their services. She said she hoped I’d received a packet in the mail (nope) and offered to send one if I hadn’t.

Now, the outraged taxpayer comment below came from a colleague I like and respect very much, so I felt a responsibility to respond to his protests, and investigated with Serena.

they also participate in community events and run helmet sales for the public.

And the funding does come from our taxes, but ones levied as the result of a proposition called Bridging the Gap, a nine-year, $365 million levy for transportation maintenance and improvements passed by our very own citizens in 2006.

Proposition To Dos for the Seattle Department of Transportation include “Provide funding to implement the Bicycle Master Plan,” an ever so slightly sinister sounding initiative that, despite the snappy brochure it engendered, still left this consumer feeling a bit jilted.

So what’s the moral of this tale?

1. Keep your promises, especially spectacular ones like hand-delivered bike info (or at least use a disclaimer like “while ambassadors last”)

2. If your program exists because citizens voted it into existence, that might not be a bad thing to include in your literature

And now, I think I’ll go for a ride. Yes, in the rain.


Word Up for Wordle

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Yeah, I’m dating myself.

I actually remember the day my friend Darlene grabbed my arm on my front porch and in a hushed whisper told me that her cousin Misty (older and hipper than we) had told her what “the new word” was.

“Word.”

What?

“Word. The new word is word,” she said with an interesting mix of pride and skepticism.

But I digress.

So there’s this hip little site called Wordle, where you can make tag clouds (aka word clouds) out of any text.

The two examples here, formed from the 50 most common words in my blog, represent just some of the fonts, forms and colors at your disposal.

If you’re looking for a time suck alternative to Facebook, I highly recommend Wordle.

Beware of the many lame sites claiming to make pretty tag clouds – they’re lying.

Learning Program and Team Awards 2009-2014

ORGANIZATION / CATEGORY DESIGNATION

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

ORGANIZATION / AWARD NOTES

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)
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