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What Are You Measuring?

Posted by Bill Crose on September 13, 2019 at 11:33am 0 Comments

A lifetime ago, my training department colleagues and I were satisfied with training data. We cranked out the requested ILT programs plus the "flavor of the year" content, we kept a busy training schedule, and made sure the coffee was always the right temperature. When accused of not delivering effective training because the learners didn't perform as they were trained, we took refuge in our management support role and not ultimately responsible or accountable for LEARNING or productivity.…

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Once again from the Foreword - "I often feel that I write in order to understand what I am thinking."

I also feel this way and I feel this way about speaking aloud to others.

Lately, I have been overly conscious of talking too much and providing long answers to short questions. This is selfish on my part since I am indulging on others so that I can accelerate my learning by "talking aloud."

Writing is becoming an outlet for me to accomplish the same effect - and I have also learned that it has other effects too. The spoken word once uttered is subject to be forgotten or misunderstood. The written word - while still likely to be misunderstood - has the potential for a longer life (thank you Internet and Ning.)

It is interesting and educational to read what one has written - many months and years after it was written and learn from oneself - perhaps over and over.

What we choose to write about matters - what we choose to learn about matters - what we choose to share with others matters. The analytic part of me (an important part of my self-image) wonders if perhaps we only write, learn and share perhaps a very small percent of what matters to us. And yet what we write may be all that remains of us when we are gone. So if our life matters (which I believe we all wish it to) then certainly we need to understand why what matters to us matters.

Does this resemble putting two mirrors face-to-face and peeking into infinity?

What we place in front of the mirrors - matters.

Learning matters!

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