Welcome to the Summer issue of the D-
I hope you are enjoying your summer wherever you are and whatever
you are doing. Summer is truly the time to relax and recharge. But,
summer is also the time to start planning and preparing for a
In this issue I want you to consider what Americans are really
doing on their vacations in the Facts for Thought section,
invite you to join me in the upcoming Fall "Let's Get Serious"
webinar series, point you to a couple of recent articles, share with
you my new title, alert you to upcoming Fall events, and remind you
to participate in a wonderful and fun contest.
Thank you for joining me. As always, I welcome your comments and
feedback. Don't hold back.
|Facts for Thought|
"You can't solve tomorrow's problems with the thinking of
today." Albert Einstein
Souce: Opinion Research
- The number of Americans who work during their vacation
has nearly doubled in the last decade
- Laptop computers have replaced the cell phone as most
the useful tool for working on holiday
- 43% of office workers work on vacation, compared with
23% in 1995
- 1 in 4 employees spend 3+ hours working during vacation
- 10% cited an 'inability to relax until things were taken
- 41% said their laptop computer made it easiest to work
on holiday, followed by their cell phone, PC and Blackberry
- In 1995, most people cited their cell phone first, then
their beeper, fax machince, laptop and PC
- 61% of Americans use all of the vacation time they have
coming to them; 39% do not
I invite you to submit your own facts for
thought to be included in this section. Email them to
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Let's Get Serious - Introducing My Fall Webinar
It's time to really get serious about learning in today's
world ... to separate out fact from fiction, truth from myth,
cutting edge from bleeding edge, hype and hyberbole from
what's real. In this three-part webinar series, we'll delve
> learning architectures - putting all the
pieces together for a comprehensive learning solution
> learning technologies - leveraging technology
to enable, extend and enhance learning in powerful ways
> implementation - ensuring your learners,
managers and organization get the true benefit from your
- September 20th - Let's Get Serious About Learning
Architectures: Building the Foundation for Learning and
Performance in Your Organization
- October 26th - Let's Get Serious About Learning
Technologies: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and Why
- November 15th - Let’s Get Serious About Implementation:
Getting Real Returns from Your e- Learning Investment
All webinars start at 2:00pm EST, are 60 minutes in length
-- and are FREE. I look forward to 'seeing' you online.
|Upcoming Fall Events|
The Fall is a great time to get away from your desk, out of
your office, and even out of your state to join me and your
colleagues at one or more of these valuable conferences.
|What's A Chief Solution Architect?|
A Chief Solutions Architect is
someone who applies strategic thinking and design
e-learning. organizational change. program
implementation. knowledge management.
communications. instructional design. learning.
change management. LMS/learning management systems.
LCMS. learning architecture. change leadership.
strategy. program development. training.
organizational development. stakeholder assessment.
internal marketing. change implementation.
organizational redesign. education. executive
coaching. integrated performance support. curriculum
|What We Have Here is A Failure to Communicate
For us baby boomers, there are few better- recognized
quotes. I find that many people who have never even heard of
“Cool Hand Luke” can utter these words with authenticity.
Reviewers have pointed out that as this movie arrived in the
late 1960s, a whole generation of non-conformists was
rebelling against the status quo, the “establishment.” Well,
fellow non-conformists, it is time we now rise up and make our
voices heard loud and clear: analysis, design, content, and
development are all important, but really -
about the people, stupid!
|'What I Did on My Summer Vacation'
I'm pleased to announce the first annual Dublin Consulting
'What I Did on My Summer Vacation' Contest!
Where are your plans for this summer? What exotic locales,
fascinating explorations, daring adventures, or just good ol'
family fun do you have planned?
The contest is simple:
- Have a great summer vacation.
- At the end of your vacation send me an email with a
picture of yourself enjoying, exploring, adventuring,
- Include a one paragraph description/explanation
In September I'll post all of the pictures on
DublinConsulting.net and we'll vote on a winner. The winner
will receive a signed copy of my book "Implementing
e-Learning" and earn bragging rights.
|Continuous Improvement at
Work continues. Please take a look and give me your
feedback on how I can make the site more informative and more
useful to you.
Also, this is another reminder that I’m changing my email
address to make it easier for you and others to reach me. From
now on please send email to me at: email@example.com
On My Mind
For the past couple of years many of us have been calling
Google the world's best e-learning application. As I'm sure
you've experienced for yourself, Google puts at your
fingertips - in a matter of seconds - links to the information
you are seeking in the form you like the best (i.e., text,
still images, graphics, video, sound). And, if you follow all
of the Os at the bottom of the screen, you are
presented with more and more screens of links to more and more
information to check out.
Well, lo and behold, Google may no longer deserve this
lofty acknowledgement. There is a new 'kid-on- the-block' (a
reference I'm not sure many kids now get ... is there a block
in the virtual world of text messages, cell phones, and the
Internet?). The site is called Medstory.
Medstory is a consumer research product that helps you to
navigate around health and medicine. But, it does it with a
difference. With Google you get links which you then have to
read and determine what's important. But, Medstory does the
hard work for you. It returns results that are deeper, more
useful and sorted more logically. Medstory mixes traditional
algorithm search technology with a computerized editing
function that links documents with similar concepts, creating
what the experts call "an intelligent Web" experience.
Imagine this same technology for a wider domain of
knowledge ... intelligent e-learning. Wow!
I welcome your reactions and thoughts. Check out Medstory for