Professor Titmouse opened the door of his office after a week on holiday and braced himself for whatever might fall on his head. In thirty years of teaching he had never been able to open an office door without some kind of joke being played on him—most often the class...

I work with a number of people who coordinate meetings to provide continuing medical education credit for smaller organizations that are not accredited. I like them all, but I have a couple with whom I have become close. I got to speak with one of them this morning, an...


Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named AnnaBellaMariaJane. It would be nice to say that her friends called her “Anna,” or “Bella,” or “Maria,” or “Jane,” but the princess didn’t have any friends. She’d been a difficult child because she was very partic...

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but in the interests of total transparency I think I should say it again: I’m a podcast junkie. One of my absolute favorites is Criminal, with Phoebe Judge. I find her stories interesting and, at times, completely riveting. Her most re...

I just passed my 53rd birthday on May 28th, and as I start thinking about how I want to spend the next 20+ years of employment I find myself reading blogs and articles about decision making. Now that I have a ‘real’ career for the first time, with credentials to back t...

Now and then I read something that is so simple and straightforward I can’t believe I had to be reminded of it. Today I read a LinkedIn teaser that led me (once again) to Richard Branson’s blog. He talked about his approach to planning, both business and personal, whic...

I’ve been thinking a lot about some difficult subjects lately, and the one on my mind most prominently today is the concept of equality. In general, I dislike the word equality, because in my opinion it’s only a functional idea on paper. Merriam Webster’s online dictio...

November 24, 2017

 I know I write a lot of blogs that mention Julian Stodd and his work, but very often what he is working on gets me thinking enough that I have to do what I think of as “writing through” it. I try to get down on paper what I’m thinking before I lose that particular tra...

When I read someone else’s blog posts about leadership or learning I end up going to definitions at some point, so let’s just cut to the chase on this one:

Sanctioned - give official permission or approval for (an action)

Subversion - the undermining of the power and aut...

August 7, 2017

A younger friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s 27. She’s a learning and development professional, so her avenue for getting the word out initially was via social media. Like so many of us these days, Rachel’s network is broad and internationa...

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