Free training eBook

What We Teach How We Learn eBook CoverIt seems like 2010 is the year of free eBooks, but it’s really a lot of fun to come together with some other brilliant minds and put together a resource like the What We Teach and How We Learn eBook. Big thanks to Benjamin McCall of ReThinkHR for pulling this together!

The neat part about the book is the open space for you to add notes, ideas, and ways you can implement what you’re reading. Love that it’s interactive like that.

Here’s a snippet of my piece called “Train for the minimum, fail half the time.

How do you recognize when someone has been trained to do something? For instance, if Bob is training for a marathon, you can plainly observe the results of that preparation when he finishes the race, right?
What would have occurred if Bob trained not for the marathon, but for a half marathon? He wouldn’t have been successful! Then why do companies train supervisors to recognize the minimum acceptable standards but not much more?
A Painful realization
I had to sit in on a supervisor training session recently,and it was painful to watch. All of the material was geared toward teaching them how to reach just above the minimum acceptable level (how not to get sued),but the training never went farther by teaching how to give positive feedback or how to have a difficult conversation with their staff.
If we train people only to recognize the minimum acceptable standards, but we don’t give them anything more, then they won’t know how to do–and be–better.

Click here to download the free eBook

My companions in this venture

  • Erin Schreyer, President of Sagestone Partners, Founder of Authentic Leadership Cincinnati, Twitter: @eschreyer
  • Jennifer V. Miller,, Managing Partner at SkillSource, Twitter: @jennifervmiller
  • Steve Boese, HR Technology Blogger, HR Technology Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Twitter: @steveboese
  • Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP, She is the, President of Internal Talent Management (ITM) Group, Twitter: @sharlyn_lauby
  • Matthew J. Stollak, Ph.D., True Faith HR, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, St Norbert Collage, Twitter: @akaBruno
  • Ben Eubanks ,, Runs his SHRM chapter\’s RocketHR blog, HR pro at Volunteers of America, Twitter: @beneubanks
  • Chris Ferdinandi,, Author of CultureConvo, Employee Development & Social Media Specialist at EMC, Twitter: @chrisferdinandi
  • Lance Haun,, Community Director for ERE Media, Twitter: @thelance
  • Steve Browne, Executive Director of HR for Larosa\’s Pizza, Facilitator, HR Net, Twitter: @sbrownehr
  • Benjamin McCall, Leadership Performance Consultant, Editor,, Twitter: @BenjaminMcCall

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