Book Review: ASTD Learning System Module 7 – Coaching

Last year, as part of my professional development, I completed a skills survey through the Association of Talent Development (ATD). One of the areas that I needed to spend more time on was that of coaching. So this year, I set aside time to read a number of books focusing on coaching as well as watch some videos. One of the books I read was part of the ATD Learning System, it was Coaching (ASTD Learning System, Module 7). Here is what I thought of that particular learning module. Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: The Dip

While on a recent trip to Madison, Wisconsin, I picked up the book The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)* by Seth Godin. This book has been referenced countless occasions on a number of podcasts I listen to. So I was very pleased while browsing through a used bookstore to find this book. I just finished reading it. While I believe the message is really important, I was underwhelmed by the book itself.

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Book Review – The Stranger’s Long Neck: How to Deliver What Your Customers Really Want Online

If you have a website or produce content for a website, then you really need to pick up a copy of The Stranger’s Long Neck: How to Deliver What Your Customers Really Want Online* by Gerry McGovern. This book talks about how you can create a better experience for your viewers by attending to the critical tasks. It looks at critical tasks, navigation, search, and the effect of noncritical tasks on your website performance. Read the rest of this entry

Ethernet connections throughout the house with Netgear 1200 Powerline kit

I am thrilled with my new sets of Netgear Powerline 1200 and Extra Outlet (PLP1200-100PAS)*. For a year, we have been running two computers off of wireless with less than stellar results. With the Netgear Powerline 1200, we jacked up the speed without hardwiring our house. We are now actually pushing internet through our house electrical system. If you are trying to get faster speed to your game controllers, computers, and TVs, then check out this product.  Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

“It’s not enough to be good. In order to be found, you have to be findable” (Kloen, 2014, location 19).

As Austin Kleon began his book, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered*, he emphasized that in order to be successful in today’s world you need to be able to be found. One way to be found is to share your work, show your work, and work out loud. The fact that he wrote about showing your work and working out loud is what attracted me to this book. I think it is a very useful book to help individuals start working out loud in this new world. Read the rest of this entry


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