Archive for November, 2011

More on the Latest QRaze

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In the latest issue of BRAINSNACKS, my nifty newsletter, I talked about the proliferation of QR codes and mentioned a few examples.

Here are the deets:

Nordstrom – Having wiled away an afternoon at the Laura Mercier counter, I came home, of course, with the business cards of the woman who made me up and the woman who rang me up. On the back of both: QR codes with the contact information for these ultra-modern salespeople.

American Express – A sign outside my optometrist’s office promoted Small Business Saturday (see just a bit of what they were able to program into one tiny code here). The website looks eerily like Obama’s 2008 campaign. Hmm…

MoMA – An exhibition called Talk to Me: : Design and the Communication between People and Objects, which “focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users.” – including QR codes. I caught it just before it closed on November 7.

Local Seattle realtor – A QR code on some empty commercial property in my neighborhood led to detailed information about the space and various one-click contact links, including a “call” button in the top right corner.

Got some great examples to share? Please comment!

Award Winners are Everywhere

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Spotted on a recent trip to Chicago (where I was visiting a client I’ve helped to win eight awards in the past year and a half), on my way back to the hotel after a phenomenal dinner at MK.

This bus stop advertisement made me feel right at home in the Windy City.


p.s. Chicago really is a great town. My favorite guilty pleasure? The inimitable Chicago hot dog. You read it here first.


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)