November 2016 Issue
It is eerily quiet right now. Although I have sent about a hundred emails out today, I am not getting immediate responses. I am sitting here excited about all of the new offerings we will be announcing in the next few weeks but yet silence is here. It seems like the start of November is the calm before the storm. Soon we will all be in the midst of the holiday season managing multiple personal priorities while trying to push all of our year-end business initiatives. This is no different at ATD Puget Sound. Within the next few weeks, we will be announcing new board members, rolling out a new website and announcing a change in our membership offerings. In addition, we will have our 2017 calendar published and transition new volunteers into their roles.
I know the lack of immediate response is due to the head down and diligent effort everyone is putting in to roll out these final 2017 initiatives. While I sit here in the silence trying carefully to craft this letter (and attempt to steer clear of the clichéd “thankful” message during this pre-Thanksgiving season) I will share with you my story of networking.
The word networking brings almost a palpable panic over me when mentioned. I am completely overwhelmed when I am told I am going to a networking event, which is strange because I love meeting new people and connecting with friends. At ATD Puget Sound, I believe we are a network centric association. In all fairness, before ATDps my network was small and limited to the people I worked with. I never understood the value of a network until the Wednesday of our Workplace Learning Conference. Unfortunately, the day of the conference I was in a surgeon’s office discussing surgical options for my daughter. For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, you should know there are two things I cherish in life: my family and my career. I can say with certainty that they are equally important to me. It was a point where these two things I cherish collided and made me choose between them. I consulted with a couple of people within my network on how I should manage this situation. I had committed to the welcoming remarks, registration, clean up, room hosting to name a few. I was concerned about fulfilling my duty as President of ATDps. The members of my network gave me the guidance and courage to make the right decision-Sit this one out.
This specific experience opened my eyes to the very reason we have, and rightfully need, a network. Sure, it is your typical reason to assist in finding a new position or a new business opportunity, but it is also to develop professional relationships that value you as a human being; understanding that we all have competing priorities. It is when these competing priorities are in direct conflict that we can call on our professional network for guidance and assistance.
Developing a dynamic network can have a powerful and positive impact on our lives. This, my friends, is why ATD Puget Sound is a network-centric association that fosters your networking growth.
Get engaged. Explore possibilities. Be happy.
|Chapter Special Events |
David Kelly of eLearning Guild Talks Trends, Tools and Tech for L&D Professionals
David will cover important topics related to the ATD Competency of Learning Technologies, Personal Development & Instructional Design with discussion and networking.
Bring your laptop and smartphones for follow-along hands-on practice and informal networking. We'll start early (light refreshments available) and get you out of there in time for lunch!
The 3 Modules Include:
· Session 1/Topic 1:
Putting Curation to Work: What is curation? How does it work? How can we apply it to L&D?
· Session 2/Topic 2:
The Now & Next of Learning and Technology: An in depth exploration of today's emerging technologies, put into the context of the attendees’ world. We cover and explain many of today's trends, and examine how they can be applied to attendees' worlds.
· Session 3/Topic 3:
Social Learning in 2016: Social learning has been a buzzword for years. It's a concept that is in danger of becoming irrelevant, and the potential is being wasted through misled focus on technology instead of people. We would cover what social learning is, what it isn't, what people are doing wrong today, and how we can rescue social learning from industry irrelevance.
Come learn from one of the world’s foremost experts on eLearning and learning in the modern age, connect with fellow L&D professionals, and enjoy one last professional development event before the new year!
There will be 3 separate, stand-alone modules on 3 different topics:
Session 1/Topic 1: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Session 2/Topic 2: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Session 3/Topic 3: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration opens at 7:00 AM and continues until 11:30 AM.
30 minutes informal networking between each session
This event is hosted by Microsoft, Building 33 Cascade Auditorium. Attendees can park in the garage underneath building 33. If the garage is full, see the map on the event page that shows additional parking near building 33
Link to David Kelly on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lnddave
Link to eLearning Guild
Check out the other ELW events and past highlights on the ATDps website
Thank you to our generous sponsors Microsoft and SumTotal
| Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, November 15th, 5-8:30 pm |
ATDps: November 2016 Chapter Meeting
When Difficult Employee Behavior Becomes Detrimental
This chapter meeting will focus on the Industry Knowledge pillar of ATD’s foundational competency model.
Understanding complex factors contributing to difficult employee behaviors is an ongoing challenge for HR professionals. Effectively responding to these behaviors, as well as differentiating between workable and unworkable employee dynamics, is sometimes even more difficult. This interactive session is for anyone seeking a better understanding of what often drives performance-inhibiting behaviors and some basic strategies for positively influencing “stuck” employees.
After the session, participants will be able to:
~Understand key characteristics of challenging personality profiles
~Recognize the interplay between common psychiatric diagnoses and work behaviors
~Identify skills that increase or decrease responsiveness in struggling employees
~Identify sources of additional information for further learning
Victoria McKeever Radabaugh, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and owner of Eastside Behavioral Health, LLC in Redmond, Washington. Dr. Radabaugh is a cognitive-behavioralist whose private practice focuses on treating adults and couples with anxiety, affective and personality disorders associated with any number of interpersonal, medical and professional struggles. Prior to opening her private practice, Dr. Radabaugh earned her doctorate through University of Oregon, completed her residency at the Durham VAMC in conjunction with Duke University, and a fellowship with the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology. She has previously worked as a staff psychologist at both the National Center for PTSD in Boston and the Seattle VAMC.
5:00 PM – Doors open, networking, light refreshments
| Interest Group Meetings |
Interested in joining a small group around various talent development interests? Join one of our six interest groups around topics like the CPLP certification, member networking, learning and technology, South Sound professionals, or learning in the purpose economy. Interest group and partner events on our calendar for November include:
· Tuesday, November 1 @ 5:30 PM | South Puget Sound Special Interest Group
· Thursday, November 3 @ 5:00 PM | Seattle Networking Interest Group
· Monday, November 7 @ 7:30 AM | CPLP2 Special Interest Group
| Membership Inspiration for the Month |
If you weren’t at the ATD Puget Sound Workplace Learning Conference this last month, I urge you not to make that mistake again!
What a fun, informative and engaging event! It was so awesome to connect with our members (old and new) and learn from the amazing speakers. I am already looking forward to the conference next year and highly encourage you to stay connected with us to get it on your calendar as soon as possible.
To out new members who joined our community along with your conference admission: Welcome! We are so happy you are with us! Engage, volunteer, network and connect.
Human capital is the single most valuable appreciating asset our organizations have. And we work in the space that speeds that appreciation up. How amazing is that.
Director of Membership
| Member Spotlight |
Hello: Pressley Rankin
Where are you from, and what brought you to the Puget Sound area?
I started out in North Carolina working in management for several different companies. I went back to school at 30 to finish my B.A. in English. After graduating, I moved to San Diego to pursue a Master’s in Counseling and later a Ph.D. in Leadership. When I graduated with my doctoral degree, I was lucky enough to be hired by CityU and was able to move up to the Puget Sound area, which I love. This area was a top choice destination.
What do you love most about the Talent Development industry?
I come at Talent Development through the adult education side of things. What I love the most is helping people develop their potential; either as a leader, educator, or trainer. I think the key word for me is development. We can develop people through education, training, coaching, or mentorship. The joy for me is watching that development and seeing the amazing changes that happen in people when they achieve their goals.
Why did you join ATD Puget Sound, and in what ways are you involved?
I am the program director for CityU’s master of Adult Education. I joined ATD Puget Sounds to be a part of a community of people who work in the adult education field. While I am always on the lookout for future students, I enjoy learning from my peers in the field and developing my own personal training skills. My personal involvement thus far has mostly been attending meetings and conferences. However, with the 2016 Conference I have also moved into the role of presenter, something I am thrilled about.
Any fun or interesting facts you would be willing to share?
As I have worked to develop my intellectual side, I did not neglect my spiritual side. In addition to education and counseling, I also am an expert Tarot Card reader. I believe the cards tap into people’s subconscious mind and can tell us a lot about where we are in the present (I don’t look to the future) and what is motivating us. It really goes back to systems thinking. Trying to figure out the whole person and all the things both physical and spiritual that affect them.
What is a career or development goal you are working on?
For the first phase of my life, I spent 15 years working in different levels of management at companies all over NC. The next phase had me being a student for another 15 years. Now, for the first time in my life, I am in a career and at 49 I am starting to develop myself as a professional. Developmentally, I feel like I am back at 30 years old, trying to navigate being professional and being authentic to who I am as a person. Mastering that is my highest priority goal at this time.
Thank you to all of you who participated in our 2016 ATDps Annual Survey. We gathered 69 responses, for a response rate of 27%. That’s a 5% increase in response rate over last year. We have grown significantly since we deployed our survey, so I am excited for the breadth and depth we will gather next year from an even larger chapter.
Who did we hear from?
Of our respondents, 42% are power members (members of both our local ATDps Chapter and ATD National), and 72% have been members three years or less. We heard from a pretty even mix of internal and external employees ranging from CLO’s to individual contributors. 6% of respondents indicated they were in job transition; this was a slight (2%) increase from last year. 49% of our respondents have an advance degree (Masters or Doctoral level).
What are member needs for expertise and foundational competencies to develop?
What do members think we are doing well? These items were mentioned most frequently in comments:
What do members think we need to improve on? These items were mentioned most frequently in comments:
So now what? As a board, we will now dive into the results and review the recommendations as we begin to plan for 2017 and beyond. We are also analyzing the survey results from our 2016 Workplace Learning Conference and can share insights in December, so stay tuned!
Thank you to all of you who took the time to share your valuable feedback! If you missed the survey and still have something feedback to share, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback at any time.
All the best,
Director of Research
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