I attended the ASTD Chapter Leaders’ Conference a few weeks ago and shared the ASTD-OC motto, “Come for the content. . . stay for the community” with fellow chapter leaders. All were very impressed – it may even show up as a motto for other chapters. The reason I mention this is that we have a very strong community where people are able to gain many benefits from being a member.
When you go to our Membership tab and look at the benefits, you see quite a number of events and offerings. Yet, the power of those events and offerings that the community gains aren’t always clear. A few highlights:
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” We have a community that continues to build success by working together. We’re proud that ASTD-OC provides high value to its members and has helped many people connect through the power of community.
A little over a month ago, Kathleen Sedwick (pictured, right) filled out ASTD-OC's online Volunteer Interest Form. "I am a mid-life career changer (former teacher with an M.Ed.) and have been in graduate school earning an MBA with an HR concentration since last June, 2010." she shared. "I had lunch with Janet DiVicenzo a few weeks ago ... and she suggested getting more involved with ASTD-OC and volunteering to work with the chapter." Kathie and I subsequently exchanged emails in an attempt to connect, with little success until we both attended a Career Management SIG Meetup.
We took the opportunity to meet right then and there. I learned that as a teacher, it was the areas of instructional design and educational technology that Kathie found most interesting and satisfying. During that time, she saw the need for more well-designed, engaging, effective, research-based instruction utilizing today's technology in both education and training and development. Recognizing that this is the direction she wanted to take her career, Kathie sought out opportunities to develop those skills. Along the way, she found ASTD-Orange County.
"ASTD-OC has provided invaluable benefits to me through its SIG groups, Learning Events, and networking opportunities," Kathie shared with me. "I decided I wanted to be more involved in the organization for the opportunities in my own personal and professional development, to further develop my skills in communications and social media, and to expand my network."
One member benefit that Kathie has taken great advantage of: our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). At the time of our meeting, she had been to both OD SIG and Career Management SIG Meetups for the month. She was looking forward to the Technology and Training SIG Meetup the following week.
The role of SIG Liaison seemed tailor-made for her.
This role interacts with Special Interest Group leaders to identify what they'll be doing in upcoming months, and ensures that the information is:
Kathie's position will ensure that she collaborates with the SIG, Communications, and CTO functions, and sometimes Marketing.
This position appealed to Kathie for a few reasons:
Kathie sees herself assuming a leadership role within the organization and contributing to ASTD-OC's growth and presence in our local communities.
"I believe that, as an organization, ASTD-OC must continue to promote T&D as an integral and essential component of strategic planning for businesses and support the professional development of its members."
Welcome, Kathie Sedwick! We look forward to great things!
Training Program SustainabilityInterview conducted by L'Oreal Battistelli, OS Online Editor
“What does he mean by sustainability?” one might ask.
“The term sustainability refers to a training program’s ability to survive over time,” the 18 year training veteran said. “Many corporate training programs are provided only once, and then are never offered again.”
ASTD past President Harmetz is a training professional who has been mentoring and coaching people since he was a child, long before he had heard of the training and instructional design fields.
“While the group certainly didn’t come up with an exhaustive list,” Harmetz said, “and while some programs last without all of the components the group discussed, paying attention to nine factors in particular should increase the odds that any training program will be sustainable.”
The complete article is in our OrangeSpiel Online. Members, log in to review Anthony's Nine Factors that Improve Sustainability.
People are looking for skilled Training and Development professionals -- for us. You need to make every effort to help them find you.
I speak of ASTD-OC's Find-A-Trainer feature, which has suffered quite a bit from our website transitions. Not only has our functionality profile changed, your own profile content may have changed as well.
Here's how Find-A-Trainer can work today.
Once you find the member you're looking for, click on their photo. If there's no photo, click the View Details link. The member's complete profile appears, along with a link to send a message to that member through our website.
This is a cool, fully functioning resource that will work for you if you work with it. My recommendations:
To update your profile:
The current Board of Directors have laid great track for the coming years. We’ll be able to advance on the strategic imperatives of 2011 with several current board members up for re-election leading the way. A quick update on those who are up for re-election who have served on the board in 2011:
We are fortunate to round out the board with Jolynn Atkins as the VP of Marketing candidate and Carol Adams as the VP of Membership candidate. Both women bring skills, passion, and experiences that will benefit the chapter greatly. I encourage you to take time to learn more about them and meet them at the Chapter Learning Event on September 28th.
As with all types of elections, this is your time to let your voice be heard. I encourage you to learn about the candidates, submit additional nominations of people (you included) you know would be an asset to our team and to our chapter. You will find election links on the home page. Thank you in advance for a few minutes of your time to vote!
"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.
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