"May I ask a question?" asked a Board member. "Was this a big deal? Did a lot of people express disappointment that the Picnic didn't happen this year? Why would we share this?"
The Board member was talking about a "lessons learned" article written by Damion Donaldson after the cancellation of this year's ASTD Southern California Family Picnic. Damion had taken on the responsibility of coordinating the event with the ASTD-LA chapter, and had found the coordination spin out of control. In response, Damion offered to share with the Board the lessons he learned from the experience. When he completed his introspective study, he opted to share his findings with the Chapter membership.
In doing so, Damion captures the spirit of ASTD-Orange County. I've often shared that this is a community of practice, an organization in which all those who participate get the chance to experience new things, successes and failures, and to learn from them. By taking part in this "lessons learned" exercise, Damion shows us all that there is no such thing as a complete failure, if one is willing to learn from it.
This brings to mind a quote from Al Franken:
"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from."
Damion's findings are applicable to any individual planning an event, be it a pilot training session or an all-hands meeting. Learn more in this month's OrangeSpiel Online.
Rich was a long-time member and active supporter of the ASTD-Orange County Chapter, and held several board positions, including President in 2006. He was a regular attendee at meetings until he moved to Northern California last year.
We received the following funeral details from his children, Nicole & Scott:
Dad will be laid to rest with his family in Los Angeles. Please feel free to pass this along to any friends or family.
If you attend only one training event this year, it should be The Total Trainer Program! I am speaking both as a previous participant and as the Program Manager last year. I first attended the Total Trainer Program in 1992 (yes, it’s been around at least that long!) early in my career as a Trainer. It was the best gift I gave to myself! Then, in 2010, as a new member of ASTD-OC, I volunteered my time as Program Manager. While the content has evolved over time to ensure it keeps pace with industry best practices, the program has the same high-quality instructors as it did 19 years ago. This highly interactive program gives participants hands-on experience in designing, developing, and delivering a training module in the topic of their choice. The delivery of the team project is the capstone session, and it's very fun to participate in each team’s module. Whether a new or seasoned trainer, you'll walk away with new skills and experiences that make a difference in your career, not to mention the networking, friendships, and new colleagues that enhance your life.
ASTD-Orange County's strategic partner, Brandman University, has released their Fall 2011 Leadership Services schedule.
Utilizing data-driven curriculum, an experiential learning environment, and instructors with solid business backgrounds and significant leadership experience, the Brandman University Leadership Services Program equips existing and emerging leaders to maximize performance and deliver immediate results. By incorporating industry best practices with a strong academic foundation, leaders develop the skills necessary to improve their organization’s performance, as well as their own professional capabilities.
Learn more! View the Brandman University flyer.
This time of year reminds me of the Uncle Sam posters, “I Want YOU” and the chapter’s pursuit of chapter leaders and volunteers. Of course, we aren’t drafting anyone and the experience of working on the board and with the chapter provides learning opportunities, leadership growth, and satisfaction in helping people throughout the chapter.
August is “Nomination Month” and we are in the process of taking nominations for the various board roles. We have restructured the board and have seven board roles up for election:
We have contacted a number of people and have begun to accept nominations. The nomination process concludes August 26th with the election process beginning September 1st and concluding September 30th.
Has a specific area always interested you? Do you know someone who would be good in a role? There are many roles that help the chapter. Your commitment can be minimal, based on the time you have available, or more comprehensive, if your schedule allows. Would you like to help the chapter, just not in a board position? There are various ways to support the chapter in roles outside of the board. Contact us and we'll answer any questions you may have.
Shortly, you will receive a nomination form. We will also post the nomination form on the new website. Take a few minutes and reflect on a role for yourself or a role that may be good for a colleague, a direct report, or a professional you may know.
Here are a few ways to contact touch us:
We definitely “Want YOU” and look forward to seeing how we might work together.
Rhonda Askeland, President-elect
By Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd
The last decade has brought a multitude of changes in technology and in the learning function. What will the next 10 years have to offer?
This is an excerpt from a T&D article published June 2010. Complete article can be found here.
Ten years ago, we had just come out of one of the most costly IT investments of all timeundefinedthe Y2K scare. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, was in high school. Microsoft had just lost a major antitrust lawsuit; Google was getting settled in its first office space after being in a garage for its first year; and the presidential election results were stalled due to hanging chads. The economy was in a state of hope and opportunity known as the dot-com boom, and the phrase "Web 2.0" was 1 year old.
In the learning industry, the LMS was seen as the provider of the comprehensive solution for the technology needed in an organization; e-learning content providers were merging to provide comprehensive libraries; and portals were the intranet solution of choice for content destinations.
What a difference a decade makes. Will the next decade bring just as much change or more? Not only are there new technologies being introduced daily, but shifts such as globalization and demographic changes will surely affect our future. In 1999, the United States accounted for 43 percent of the largest global companies in the Financial Times Global 500. By 2009, only 36 percent of global companies were from the United States, while the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) moved from a combined four top 500 companies in 1999, to 52 in 2009.
Teams composed of employees from multiple countries across several time zones are no longer unusual, which makes face-to-face training logistically difficult and expensive. Regarding demographics, in only four years, Millennials (born between 1977 and 1997) will make up 47 percent of the workforce. Their comfort with tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and texting surely indicates that they will expect tools like those to be used in their work and learning experience.
Throughout the last three years, we have researched what the future holds for fields as diverse as human longevity and the future of the web. That research helped us come up with 10 predictions for the future of social learning. If you are just now dipping your toes into the social learning pool, we hope the following predictions will give you some ideas about where the future is headed so that you can prepare accordingly.
Read Jeanne and Karie's predictions.
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