Improv – The Creative Solution to Problems at the Office

I am an ultramarathon trail runner. When I run in a race, I must make sure I have what I need to keep running for 30+ hours. I cannot rely on an aid station to have the food I need

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No Training Without Coaching, No Coaching Without Training

Studies have long shown that adult learners retain approximately 26 percent of what they learn in a workshop if the content isn’t reinforced or deployed within a few weeks of the program.  That means roughly 74 percent of the information

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Leave Room for Happy Accidents

Your most memorable experiences happen because you leave room for happy accidents. Think of the greatest vacation you ever experienced. What was the best part? I’ll bet it was not the event you over-planned, the one you pinned down to

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Creativity vs Innovation… What’s the Difference?

Often creativity and innovation are used interchangeably. However, they have two subtle yet important distinctions. Do you know what they are? Creativity is the method of unleashing the mind to think in different ways and come up with new ideas.

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Begin with the End in Mind to Create Memorable Instructional Design

Logic tells us we should start at the beginning, so each component of a project is built upon the information that came before. But what if changing up that expectation could breathe new life and infuse fresh thinking into your

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Inspiration Isn’t at Your Desk. Take a Break and Find Solutions.

In a previous post, Give Me a Break … Because Downtime at Work Is Highly Productive, I wrote that taking regular breaks at work helps make you more productive and boosts your energy. Did you know regular breaks also help

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Can Zombies Help You Keep a Captive Audience in Your Instructional Design?

Haunting us from English classes past is the phrase “use active voice.” We hear the warning chains rattling in the halls of our memories, and a disembodied voice demands “no passive sentences.” Here’s where zombies come in handy. Zombies, it

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Cultivating Wonder Enhances Creativity

Today we live in a fast-paced, goal-driven society that emphasizes accomplishments and outcomes. We problem solve and multitask. We don’t like not knowing why or how. We want answers, and we want them yesterday. Seldom do we allow ourselves to

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Give Me a Break…Because Downtime at Work Is Highly Productive

Are you feeling like your to-do list will never get done? Is your day filled with back-to-back tasks? Do you believe you can’t spare an extra five minutes devoted to anything but work? When you see all the items you

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Daydreaming: Carefree Creativity or Pointless Procrastination?

My mom always called me a procrastinator. I was the kid who was up until midnight desperately trying to finish the diorama of the first Thanksgiving. No matter how early I started collecting tiny pilgrims and popsicle sticks, the project

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