Gifts, Blessings and Gratitude

Charlee-_2-150x150As we come to the end of the year and look forward to 2014, we asked Charlee Hanna, blogger, website manager, organization guru and white-water rafter, to write a guest blog for you following our theme for this month  — gifts and celebrations. We hope you find it as meaningful as we did… 

I have had a very blessed life with many different experiences. I have had the privilege of living the extremes of life and very rarely in the middle.  Because of the range of experience I have also had the privilege of knowing a great variety of people.  Some have hard-calloused hands and dirt under their fingernails while others have literally saved the world and brought world peace. Some have very few possessions and others are rich and famous. Most of them try hard to give more than they take.

Greg is a close friend of mine.  I do not see him much but I think of his story often.  He grew up in the 50’s, with a father that was always out of work and a mother who connived constantly in order to keep the family going.  There were other hardships in his childhood and he developed a debilitating stutter.  The family moved often and his life was very unstable, unstructured, and with few rewards.  His late teens and twenties often included a state penal system address.  Not a great beginning.  There was a marriage, some children, a variety of unskilled jobs, and a divorce. Life was a struggle. Read more

‘Tis the season: Top 100 Learning Tools for 2013

The results are in — learning professionals around the globe have voted!

The report on the 100 most valued learning tools in 2013 has been published at the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.  Jane Hart, the C4LPT founder and leader, built the list from selections identified by more than 500 learning professionals from 48 countries. (Keep reading because this report assists personal learners as much as “learning professionals”.)

SURPRISED? I AM!

The report surprised me because some technologies seemed to fall well outside a learning context. Their inclusion and rankings made me reconsider the many tools I use to aid my online learning and that of others for personal or professional growth. Then I realized two things. These tools are part of my tacit knowledge + skill foundation.  Second, they are vital to my communicating, collaborating, or producing something of value that others may hear, read, or respond to.  These knowledge-building tools are like the ancient Phillips screwdriver or Read more

Top 40 Websites By, For and About Women in the Workplace and Beyond

Women in the WorkplaceA few months ago, I ran across an internet article entitled Top 50 Leadership Blogs. Dr. John Warner, the author, included a valuable list of bloggers whose focus is improving leadership and management. I found the list, in order of Alexa ranking in 2012, to be a useful resource.

When I reread it a few days later, I was intrigued. The list started with Seth, Michael, Wayne, Dan and Daniel, John, Mike and Bob. By now, you probably get the picture. I realized that the most influential bloggers on this topic seem to be men. Upon closer inspection, I found that only 12 of the 50 bloggers were women—less than 25%.  Read more