Archive for May, 2014

All Rise

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I would be remiss if I, like so many others, did not pay tribute to the inspirational Maya Angelou. Below is her famed poem, and rightly so.

But I also recommend watching her recite it. So wise, so powerfully truthful, sassy, funny and fearless.

A favorite Angelou quote: “When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”

I thank the universe for this great lady.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Thought for Food

Monday, May 12th, 2014

My brain runs all the time.TED logo

I can’t keep up. Mind you, it’s not necessarily thinking great thoughts, just functioning with a constancy that can be incredibly fun and superbly annoying (sometimes simultaneously).

So I’ve come up with a way to occupy it while I’m fixing myself and then eating lunch, here in my home office in Seattle. Because, you know, I shouldn’t just be relaxing or thinking about my next vacation to Alaska.

I watch TED Talks.

Now, if you’ve never heard of TED Talks then I am unbelievably excited to be the one to tell you. In their words:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”

They have an amazing treasure trove of videos of all kinds of smart people saying and doing amazing things. And smart search capabilities so you can easily browse and/or navigate their wellspring of watchable brilliance.

Some of the speakers are famous, some because famous after their TED Talk, some perhaps still will be famous. But whatever interests you, it’s more than likely there.

A few options to start you off and/or bring you to new places (you can also click here for TEDs own TED 101, 11 “classic talks”).

I’d also like to point out that three of the top five most watched talks are given by women.

And that, friends, is thought for food.

Got a favorite? Let me know and/or share below. Thanks!


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)