Archive for November, 2007

For some reason I keep getting free copies of Website Magazine.  There’s always something interesting.  In the August issue they listed the top 50 video sharing sites.  So if you want to go beyond Youtube, Google, Yahoo and Myspace, here’s some other top rated sites to try:

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eduscene1.jpg   Singapore is really become a model of change and innovation in education.  I’ve run across a great website that provides a lot of good information and links about public and private education in Singapore.  It’s worth a look.  www.eduscene.com

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I think there is a significant difference between the way people actually learn and the way they are taught.  It’s actually an interesting way to start a session to ask participants to:  Think of something you’re good at.  How did you really learn to become good at that?

There’s a lot of practice, experience, coaching and even a few breakthrough moments where something unique happens.  So the idea would then be to build training that matches these descriptions.  However, the traditional way is to start by thinking about everything you need to know and do and then line up a series of courses starting with building blocks and finally ending with application.  The two paths end up being very different.

 In the design of training, people are pretty good at identifying the “what”, but are less good at determining the “when” and “how.”  The “how” tends to be more around what delivery mechanism to use rather than “how” you actually learn that skill. 

I’m very interested in stories about how people actually learned to do what they do well.  Please add yours to the comments.

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Another Video

This is another video I found interesting showing the power of beliefs.

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Adults have very strong belives about everything.  Those beliefs can often be barriers to learning something new.  This is an example of this principle.  Interesting video.

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I think one of the most interesting parts of international training is when you deal with other country’s understanding of American culture.  It’s actually rather funny.  They tend to get about 75% right and the rest is rather funny.  I remember dealing with collections in India.  In their training, they referred to people who refused to pay as credit criminals.  I had to tell them that fraud is a crime but just owing money isn’t.  We don’t have debtor prisons.  They also thought that American’s can’t wait to get on social security and live the good life.  I’d be interested in any other funny stories like this.

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I’ve had the opportunity and challenge of working with companies in about 6 countries.  In some cases, I’m able to do consulting without ever leaving the house.  I did work with people in India for 2 years and it was all emails and phone calls.

 I’ve found that it’s a must to have a service like SKYPE that allows you to have unlimited free phone calls.  I’ve hooked up a good head set to my computer and I forward my calls to my cell phone when I’m out.  I also will use a webcam.  It’s probably more fun than practical.  I’ve also been playing around with different live meeting type providers.  That last couple of sessions were on Yugma which is free for under 10 people.

 So if you imagine doing business with a company in Sinagore, you can run interactive meetings and patch in your associates in the UK and Canada for free.  It’s all worked very smoothly so I can’t tell you have to deal with any bugs.

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As I’m blogging, I’m amazed by some of the resistance to speeding up the learning process.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I don’t want to read faster because I want to savor and enjoy what I’m reading.”

The reality in the learning process is that learning quickly helps overcome the early stages when it’s normal to give up and quit because it takes to long.  In a corporate world, most turnover happens in the first 90 days because new employees never gain the confidence that they can do the job or will ever learn the job. 

Speeding up training means setting out a path that is focused on getting to proficiency as fast as possible by adding structure, practice and experience.  A lot of times people learn how to do things when they happen rather than making them happen as quickly as possible.  Sometimes what people need to learn doesn’t happen for a year or two and that a very long time to get up-to-speed. 

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As I promised here is the list of famous college drop outs. 

Ben Aflec  Carl Bernstein  Eleanor Clift  Jackie CooganJames Fenimore Cooper  Claire Danes  Michael DellHarrison Ford  Bill Gates   David Geffen  William Randolph HearstJohn Hughes  Don Imus  Reggie Jackson  Harry Truman  Steve JobsRush Limbaugh  Walter Cronkite  Abraham Lincoln  John MackeyRay Romano  Theodore RooseveltKarl Rove    Michael RubinWilliam Safire  Frank Sinatra  Will Smith  Daniel Snyder  Leo TolstoyTed Turner  William McKinley  Jesse “The Body” Ventura, DeWitt WallaceGeorge Washington  John Wayne  Kanye WestBruce Willis  Anna Wintour  Steve Wozniak  F. Scott FitzgeraldRosie O’Donnel  Ellen Degeneres  H Wayne Huizenga  Emile ZolaMark Zuckerberg  Barry Goldwater  Dustin Hoffman  Jerry Yang  Tom Hanks   Warren Beatty  Richard Gere  Burt Reynolds   John Jacob Astor  Irving Berlin  Chuck Berry  Milton BradleyCharles Bronson  Michael Keaton Brad Pitt  Yoko OnoNina Totenberg  James Cameron  Sharon Stone  Bill MurrayDan Akroyd  Frank Lloyd Wright  Tom Monaghan  John Glenn  Charles Lindbergh  J. Paul Getty  Robert Frost

And now for an added bonus, here are the billionaire dropouts. 

Paul Allen   Ray Kroc   Henry Ford   Andrew Carnegie   Kirk Kerkovian   Richard Branson   Bill Gates   Larry Ellison   Steve Jobs   Barry Diller           J. Paul Getty   Michael Dell   Carl Ichan   David H. Murdock    Stephen Spielberg    Theodore Waitt     George Westinghouse   Jerry Yang 

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There’s always a lot of dispute about the value of a formal education. Most of what people learn comes from many other sources including experience and practice. Right now there are 18 billionaires, 7 Presidents and 10 nobel prize winners who were either college or high school drop outs. I did a little research to see if I could find more famous drop outs. Here are some you might recognize. I’ll start with the grade school and high school drop outs. And yes…William Shakespere made the list. Tomorrow I’ll post the college drop outs.

Count Basie                      Jack Benny                        Humphrey Bogart

Peter Bogdanovich           Whoopie Goldberg           Benny Goodman

Danny Thomas                  Peter Ustinov                    Patrick Stewart.

Anthony Quinn                 Julie London                     Sophia Loren

Joe Louis                           Roy Rogers                       Olivia Newton-John

Rosa Parks                        Mary Pickford                   Sydney Poitier

Tommy Lasorda                Richard Branson               Alfred E. Smith

Charles Chaplin                 Angelina Jolie                   Henry J. Kaiser

Louis Lamour                    John Major                        Groucho Marx

Sean Connery.                   Jack Kent Cooke               Noel Coward

Joan Crawford                  Robert De Niro                 Gerard Depardieu

Thomas Dolby                   Sonny Bono                      Duke Ellington

Ella Fitzgerald                   Aretha Franklin                 Horace Greeley

Robert Maxwell                Rod McKuen                    John Jacob Astor

Irving Berlin                      Chuck Berry                      Milton Bradley

Charles Bronson                James Caan                       Agatha Christie

Mark Twain                       Joseph Conrad                  Simon Cowell

Johnny Depp                     Walt Disney                      Isadora Duncan

Matt Drudge                     Charles Dow                     Millard Fillmore

Benjamin Franklin             James Garner                     Mahatma Ghandi

Samuel Gompers               Barry Gordie                     Gene Hackman

Herman Melville               Claude Monet                   Charles Rangall

John D. Rockefeller          Colonel Sanders                William Soroyan

William Shakespere           John Phillip Sousa             James Taylor

Walt Whitman                   Adolph Zukor

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