Harrison’s Application for TEDx Grand Rapids

I hate being late.

I am the first guy at a party because when something starts at a certain time, I just can’t reconcile in my head this concept of being fashionably late. I also suffer from anxiety when other people don’t show up on time. I have no idea where this great sense of punctuality comes from. My brother certainly doesn’t share my views on punctuality, so I’m not sure I can blame my parents.


Cracking the Human Capital Improvement Code

(Or what affects human capital & performance improvement anyway? And why does it matter?)

In my last blog post, we talked a bit about some principles of Performance Improvement. This week I want to relate that to the real world in which huge concepts like Six Sigma live side-by-side with market realities, social networking, and a myriad of other things—like classes/courses, jobs, meetings, discussions, and human emotions.


Measuring the Costs of HR

Having spent over two decades in a Human Resources role or developing solutions for Human Resources, I have always struggled when making budget comparisons for HR to any other department within the organization. I often wondered why the HR budget is so pale in comparison to my peers. When I asked, I was always provided with scripted excuses in response to my inquiries: “HR is overhead,” “we are not a revenue generator,” etc. All of those answers left me either scratching or shaking my head.


Cohort Programs: The Killer App for Social Learning

An increasing desire to incorporate social media in corporate learning has garnered lot of attention at recent conferences and in trade publications. Many early efforts have borrowed from consumer social media models such as Facebook and YouTube. Early adopters rushed to co-opt various social media look-alikes in closed networks behind the corporate firewall. Media 1 has even helped with a few of these implementations using SharePoint™-based solutions.


The Integrated Learning Manifesto

Corporate learning has too long been dictated by old paradigms. Over the last decade, the focus has remained on saving cost and pushing knowledge to a global workforce through disparate learning events – courses. Today a course may be delivered as self-paced online learning (WBT) or instructor led via a virtual classroom or webinar, but the underlying learning model for most corporate learners remains the same as it has been for decades. When it’s time to participate in a learning event, learners visit a Learning Management System (LMS) as the enterprise learning hub. The LMS follows a traditional classroom model for registering from a catalog of courses, recording learner progress, and reporting to management.


Branding and User Acceptance of SharePoint Sites

In my last post, Pizza and SharePoint™—Branding and Design, I drew an analogy between presenting your best work to your customers without presenting your best selves to your employees in terms of the systems and sites developed for internal use. But why is it so hard to gain user acceptance and what sorts of things can we do to make it easier on ourselves? Why do we even care if your employees “accept” sites we build for them?