Learning management systems—the wet blanket of our working lives. They often stifle the real-world buzz and excitement that should be associated with learning. The majority of today’s learning management systems (LMSs) are transactional, back-end, compliance-driven platforms that people visit only when required by HR.
Let me get straight to the point. One key element contributing to the dilemma of creative thinking in the workplace is fear of diversity – fear of "too" different. You see, this "too different" causes discomfort. This is the "get out of our comfort zone" we don't consider and resist.
Today, over 37 million workers in over 3.5 million offices across the country are taking part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Founded by Gloria Steinem, the program was originally created in response to research that found many girls lacked confidence and were dropping out of school by the eighth grade.
A towering yellow excavator dug into packed dirt and placed it into the back of a dump truck. As the truck backed up, it let out a loud, "BEEP... BEEP... BEEP..." and forced an awkward explanation to my co-workers on the other end of the conference call. I'd spend a good part of my afternoon that day watching the construction site outside of my office. All the while, reminiscing about when I was a kid playing with my trucks and action figures in the dirt.
Negotiating for a lower price or something extra is the modus operandi of every antique retailer, real estate broker, flea market merchant and automobile dealer. Everyone is looking for a good deal, a real bargain. I’m not taking issue with that. Bargaining is a terrific way to create and stimulate economies.