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President's Message

 

 

 

A call to action from your 2017 ATD Lincoln President - Dana Meyers.

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  • Wed, February 22, 2017 12:47 PM | Dana Meyers (Administrator)

    2017 is well underway and going smoothly. I am looking forward to an early spring  - getting back outdoors and starting new projects at home and work. As the season shifts, there always seems to be a renewed sense of energy and ideas that follow, creating an exciting sense of fresh possibilities.

    Now is the perfect time to think about spring cleaning 2016. What do we want to keep? What do we need to let go of? What do we love but lost track of? What should we take with us into 2017 to make it another great year?

    For me, it's time to think outside of the box and find new and meaningful ways to re-engage our members by delivering the latest in talent development with an engaging twist on the old classic.

    It's time take what's good and make amazing, and I hope you will join me.

    Happy spring cleaning!

    Dana

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 10:42 AM | Dana Meyers (Administrator)

    Hello,

    Summer has come to a close and back to school is well underway. My daughter is in second grade this year and is loving every minute of it. She loves school. Learning, lunch with friends, and brain breaks on the playground make for great days and stories to tell on our drive home.

    She welcomed the first day back with a warm hug and I think to myself - what a gift to see school in such a way. To be excited to learn and experience new things and make new friends.

    Watching her bounce out of the car each morning and zip into school has made me question how I can bring that love and excitement to learning back to those who may have misplaced it along their career path.

    Often times we may look at learning as an obligation, a box to be checked off rather than an experience and an opportunity to grow.

    As we finish out 2016 and move into the new year, ATD Lincoln is positioning itself to find these opportunities that make learning and development meaningful and engaging for our members.

    We are excited to bring fresh approaches to our offerings and we look forward to working with you - the members of ATD Lincoln - in making this Chapter a leader in learning and development.

    It’s time to give back-to-school a fresh new look. Are you in?

    Dana

     

     

  • Fri, April 01, 2016 7:00 AM | Chelsea Larkins

    To prepare myself for this month's learning event, I decided to do a little "pre-work" in true trainer fashion. I located an article by Steve Denning on Forbes online. 

    Strategic HR is a relatively new concept for me. As a leader, I'm always looking for new ways to engage the trainers on my team, as well as the new employees that many of those same trainer impact through their daily work in the classroom. 

    One of the main point that really struck me from Denning's article was his emphasis on "shifting the role of managers from controllers to enablers, coordinating work through dynamic linking rather than bureaucratic processes". Without knowing the exact meaning of "dynamic linking" we have started to accidentally implement the concept in our teams in my office. 

    Dynamic Linking means; 

    • Work is done in short cycles
    • Management sets priorities in terms of the goals of work in the cycle based on client needs
    • Decisions about how the work is done are to be determined by those doing the work
    • Progess is measured by direct customer feedback at the end of each cycle
    We are no longer doing things the way they have always been done. We are no longer putting our team's needs first. We are not commanding, we are empowering. We are totally learner and customer focused and rely on feedback to continuously change and grow. 

    While this is a huge culture change, we have progressed leaps and bounds in the past few years in the way we complete our work. I can personally say there's nothing more satisfying than empowering my team to do the work needed to achieve our goals. 

    It may seem a bit intimidating at first, but I would encourage each of you to see how you can implement dynamic linking into your teams at your workplace. I can't wait to learn more about Strategic HR at our ATD Lincoln Learning Event on April 14th. Register now, can't wait to see you there!
  • Tue, January 05, 2016 9:59 AM | Chelsea Larkins

    As most of us do at this time of year, I've began to consider what goals I'd like to achieve during 2016. On my list, I've got the typical entries; eat more vegetables, get to the gym four times each week, but I've decided to dig a little deeper and challenge myself - this year, I want to connect

    In my own traditional terms, connect means find new connections on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn. These are great ways to add to my list of "friends" - but do I truly feel connected to those people? If I saw them at the grocery store, would I feel comfortable greeting them?

    This year, the answer is yes! My New Year's resolution is full of coffee dates, networking, and a couple instances of "Hey! I think we're connected on LinkedIn!" I'm really looking forward to investing my time in building and maintaining personal relationships, especially within our group. 

    As part of this initiative, I encourage each and every one of you to join us on January 22nd at Blue Blood Brewing Company - it's a FREE event for ATD Lincoln members and guests are welcome for just $5. 

    I'm really looking forward to this year, and can't wait to connect with you soon!

  • Tue, December 01, 2015 7:00 AM | Dani Woodward

    Competency Based Education (CBE) programs have become more popular with today’s employers.  Instead of “doing time” for the sake of completion,  CBE programs teach adult learners the skills and knowledge they really need to be more successful in the workplace. These programs can also be more efficient as more focus is placed on helping learners demonstrate competence instead of requiring extra coursework and unnecessary degree or program requirements. 

    The ATD Competency Model provides a solid foundation for CBE programs. We have been thinking a lot about how to better prepare and develop our trainers and I think taking a look at the competencies chosen by ATD are helping to point us in the right direction. For example, when I think about “Change Management,” I considered how our team serves as agents of change within our organization. It’s really true –all changes filter through us! Our trainers are out there on the front lines delivering the messages of change through communications and classroom training. We need our trainers to demonstrate their competence to promote their ability to perform

    Focusing on demonstration of a set of competencies can really set your team or organization apart in terms of performance support. To read more about Competency Based Education, click here


    I look forward to seeing each of you on December 10 at James Arthur Vineyards!

    Dani


  • Mon, November 02, 2015 7:00 AM | Dani Woodward
    As the holiday season approaches, we are all bound to attend more impromptu gatherings - which presents us with the opportunity to network! It may seem intimidating, but networking is so important for your career. 

    I wanted to share a few tips from an article I located that featured Nancy Schess of Gotham City Networking: 
    • Have an Opener.  Know what you want to say after you introduce yourself. Find a good, comfortable conversation starter. Instead of telling someone about yourself, ask questions that help you get to know the person you're talking to. 
    • Forget a Name? It's okay! Don't be afraid to own it and say, "I remember meeting you, but please help me recall your name." Most people won't be insulted, as long as you acknowledge you remember them. 
    • Follow Up. Failing to follow-up with a new connection can be fatal to the relationship! After an event, sit down and decide which method of follow-up is appropriate. It could be as simple as an email or connecting on LinkedIn. 
    Looking ahead, we are hosting the perfect event for networking and learning more about other members of our chapter in January. Did I mention that it's FREE? I can't wait to network with each of you in upcoming months!



    Dani




  • Thu, October 01, 2015 7:00 AM | Dani Woodward

    Recently, I discovered an article written by Josh Linkner called The New Theory of Relativity. It really spoke to me in the fact that success is not automatically determined on what we already know, or what “we’ve always done.” Success in the business world is now defined by a new formula:

    PROGRESS = SPEED times LEARNING divided by COST (P = SL/C)

     As we transition into 2016, I encourage you to seek ways to innovate within our chapter and provide feedback on what changes you’d like to see implemented. In order to progress, we’ve got to prioritize our own learning and keep moving forward to keep up with the rate of change around us. Linkner states, “to enjoy sustainable success, you’ll need to adapt; to evolve; to innovate in real-time.”

    To provide your input, please email me at president@astdlincoln.org. I look forward to hearing from each of you!

    Dani


  • Tue, September 01, 2015 7:00 AM | Dani Woodward

    ATD Lincoln is accepting applications for the 2016 Board of Directors.  A nominating committee will review applications and interview candidates in fall 2015 and present a slate of Officers to the membership for a vote.  The results will be revealed to candidates in late fall and announced to the membership at the October learning event. 

     

    The benefit to the Chapter is inherent in your service on the board but don’t forget your personal benefit.  Board members tend to build, not only a strong network of colleagues, but a circle of lasting friendships.  Opportunities to showcase your talents are nearly unlimited on the board, whether your gifts are technical, theoretical, organizational or creative.  We have a way for you to shine.  The professional development opportunities you have as a member are rich and varied but as a board member your opportunities and resources grow exponentially.  Don’t forget the power of a “board member” title on your resume. 

     

    For an application, please contact: President, Dani Groh at president@astdlincoln.org or President Elect, Chelsea Brandl at presidentelect@astdlincoln.org.  


  • Sat, August 01, 2015 7:00 AM | Dani Woodward

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  • Wed, July 01, 2015 8:23 AM | Dani Woodward

     

    Recently, you may have received an email from ASTD Lincoln asking you to get involved with the Knowledge Management Council (KMC) initiative, “Make it Work for Lincoln.” I wanted to give each of you a bit more information about the special partnership between KMC and ASTD Lincoln and why we need your help.

    KMC was initiated by ASTD-Lincoln's 2012 President Kevin Mattran and Board, in response to members' concerns regarding a growing need for workers with higher level skills.

    Over the last two years, KMC has implemented and began to analyze a business survey conducted with over 200 Lincoln companies. The primary purpose of the survey is to create and increase awareness of the education and skill levels available, while also identifying needs for future development of the workforce in Lincoln.

    Now, it’s time to get busy! By getting involved or referring someone from your company to join a focus group, we will gain your valuable insight into your industry’s specific needs when looking for skilled workers! Click here to access the KMC Focus Group Card.

    Focus groups will be assembled this fall. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect ASTD Lincoln members with KMC and “Make it Work for Lincoln.”

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