Welcome to the combined September/October issue of the
D-Letter. I hope you had a wonderful summer and
are having a productive beginning to the fall.
This issue spans two months because I will be out-of- the country
for the next four weeks and, believe it or not, in places where the
Internet is just not yet part of the daily life. I am going to Tibet
to complete two pilgrimages – one around Lake Mansarovar and the
other around Mt. Kailash.
In this issue I also want you to join me in wishing the disk
drive a happy birthday in the Facts for Thought section, invite you
to two upcoming "Let's Get Serious" webinars, alert you to upcoming
Fall events, remind you that this is the ‘last call’ to participate
in my ‘what-did-I-do-this-summer’ contest, and continue to define
what it is that I do for my clients.
Thank you for joining me. As always, I welcome your comments and
feedback. Don't hold back.
|Facts for Thought|
"You can't solve tomorrow's problems with the thinking of
today." Albert Einstein
- The first hard drive (RAMAC) was 'delivered' on
September 13, 1956, weighed in at 2,140 lbs and stored 5
megabytes of data
- Today, a video iPod weighs 5.5 ounces and holds up to 60
gigabytes of data
- In 1956, the RAMAC cost $50,000, or $10, 000 per MB
- Today, a GB of storage on a 3.5 inch hard drive can cost
less than 50 cents
I invite you to submit your own facts for
thought to be included in this section. Email them to
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Free Webinars - September 20th and October
It's time to really get serious about learning in today's
world ... to separate out fact from fiction, truth from myth,
cutting edge from bleeding edge, hype and hyberbole from
what's real. Please join me in these fun and informative
- September 20th - Let's Get Serious About Learning
Architectures: Building the Foundation for Learning and
Performance in Your Organization
- October 26th - Let's Get Serious About Learning
Technologies: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and Why
Both webinars start at 2:00pm EST, are 60 minutes in length
-- and are FREE. I look forward to 'seeing' you online.
|Upcoming Fall Events|
The Fall is a great time to get away from your desk, out of
your office, and even out of your state to join me and your
colleagues at one or more of these valuable conferences.
- October 23rd-25th: Training Solutions in Denver
- November 5th-8th: Learning 2006 in Orlando
- November 9th: PA/DE/NJDLA 4th Annual Conference &
Expo in Malvern (PA)
|Pilgrimage to Tibet|
In celebration of my 55th birthday I am
joining a small band of modern day pilgrims on a journey in
Tibet. We will be completing two pilgrimages.
The first is around Lake Mansarovar. According to Hindu
mythology, Mansarovar is a creation of Lord Brahma, the God of
Creation. The sons of Lord Brahma lacked a sufficient site to
perform rites, so they called Brahma, their holy Father, for
help. As a result, Mansarovar was created. A ritual bath will
deliver a pilgrim to Brahm's paradise, is believed to bring
about salvation and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins
of a hundred lifetimes.
The second is around Mt. Kailash, believed to have been
formed 30 million years ago when the Himalayas were in their
early stage of formation. It is one of the most revered places
in the Himalayas as it is considered to be the 'Center of the
Universe' by Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and Bonpo and its flanks
give birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus , Brahmaputra
, Ganges and Sutlej. One circumambulation around the holy
mountain assures you freedom from the sins of a life time.
And, if you complete 108 circumambulations, you are assured
enlightenment. (But did I tell you that there is a 19,000 foot
pass you must cross along your way?!)
I plan on taking lots of pictures and will share them - and
the stories of this wonderful adventure - with you upon my
|'What I Did on My Summer Vacation' Contest:
Now is the time to send in your contest entries. A winner
will be picked soon!!
The contest is simple:
- Have a great summer vacation.
- At the end of your vacation send me an email with a
picture of yourself enjoying, exploring, adventuring,
- Include a one paragraph description/explanation
The winner will receive a signed copy of my book
"Implementing e-Learning" and earn bragging
|Chief Solution Architect At Your
A Chief Solutions Architect is someone who applies
strategic thinking and design to:
e-learning. organizational change. program
implementation. knowledge management.
communications. instructional design. learning.
change management. LMS/learning management systems.
LCMS. learning architecture. change leadership.
strategy. program development. training.
organizational development. stakeholder assessment.
internal marketing. change implementation.
organizational redesign. education. executive
coaching. integrated performance support. curriculum
On My Mind
“Follow the work.”
At a recent conference where I
had the pleasure of keynoting alongside of him, process guru
Geary Rummler kept repeating that phrase over and over and
over. He was making the point that you need to really focus on
the work if you want to improve business results. Well, that
got me to thinking.
What if we – as learning professionals – ‘followed the
learning’ in our organizations? What if we really expanded our
horizon beyond making the learning as we know it more
efficient (i.e., doing it cheaper and faster)? Or, even beyond
making it more effective (i.e., doing it better)?
What if we really ‘followed the learning’ to look at how we
can transform it – to do what’s never been done before, to
really impact business results? What might that look like?
Novices being experts. On-time, every-time performance.
Learning-at-the-speed-of- work. Learning-at-the-speed-of-life.
After all, isn’t that what you see if you ‘follow the
learning?’ You see people learning all of the time, in every
way possible, with and without technology, with and without
teachers and experts, at different speeds, and using different
Isn’t it our job then as learning professionals to find
ways to enable, extend and enhance this learning when it
happens, where it happens and how it happens?
I have some ideas about this that I’ll share with you in
the next D-Letter. Stay tuned.