December 2017 Issue
December is a month when ATD sponsors Employee Learning Week, which is a campaign highlighting the link between learning and achieving organizational results. Whether you work inside or outside organizations, I invite us all to think of this as a week to be more mindful about our own learning. How can we mine our own experiences for what we are learning and how we might apply those lessons in new ways? Thinking more holistically about learning can connect us to skills and resources that we may not of thought of before.
Recently, I was working with a leader who was contemplating how to change to better manage several large projects facing him. He had sufficient ability to plan and organize his work for what he had accomplished, but not good enough for the big goals that lay ahead. I asked about the biggest change he had made that required a lot from him. Several years prior, this leader had lost 50 pounds by making major lifestyle changes that required exceptional discipline and an effort to build a support network for his new lifestyle. We spent time exploring what those efforts looked like. His reflection: “I never thought of applying lessons from my personal life to my work.” He is now taking this newfound awareness and applying what he learned to his new challenge of developing his focus as a leader.
The interesting thing is this: lessons from our own experience tackling big goals or navigating big changes can be applied to all aspects of our life when we leave the door open for that learning to occur. Parents who have developed amazing skills at motivating teenagers or PTA committees can certainly apply these lessons to leading and collaborating in the workplace. Volunteer experiences help you develop ways to find innovative solutions to challenges and new ways to work with others.
This brings me to what I’ve learned from this year of being president.
1. Take time to reflect. Taking a moment of the day—even as little as 5-10 minutes—to take a step back and capture lessons learned in a day—helps me be aware of what I’m learning. I know I’ll be tapping lessons learned from this year for a long time to come.
2. Engage! Engaging with our chapter, our volunteers, and organizations in our community is what makes this past year such an enriching experience. I’m grateful for our volunteers who are curious, knowledgeable, and experts in learning, and who apply that expertise to their own careers and to foster the learning of others. We have amazing talent in our chapter and everyone has an appetite for learning and generously sharing what they’ve learned with others.
3. Keep innovating. I once heard a leader say that if you start to feel too comfortable, you’re probably falling behind. While this statement applied to a startup, I find that it also applies to our profession and our chapter. Going forward, we will continue to pilot new programs and ways to connect to provide value to our members.
It has been an honor to serve as the president of our chapter. Please join me in giving Erin Clarke a warm welcome as President in 2018!
Let the learning continue!
Janet Williams Hepler
Exploring Cognitive Diversity and Navigating Cultural Differences
January 14, 2017 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM | Mercer Island Community & Event Center
Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority and strategic initiative for many talent management functions. Ernst & Young has explored a unique approach to helping their professionals navigate cognitive diversity by offering learning programs and coaching focused on exploring different global mindsets that impact cross-cultural interactions. This approach has strengthened their ability to work with global teams, both internally and with the clients they serve.
The learning objectives:
We have exciting news—ATD national membership is changing in 2018!
ATD members tell us that the number one thing they look to ATD for is professional development support. Our coming changes will allow you to enjoy even more of the resources you told us mean the most to you.
Starting on January 1, ATD Professional Plus members will have access to one ATD education program (self-paced, online, one of 11 options) to build skills and develop professionally. Additionally, ATD Professional members will now have access to premium website content on all 14 content topic areas. Learn more about these changes here.
Please note that as of January 1, our membership rates will be increasing. If you join today, you can lock in 2017 rates for up to three years while still enjoying the new benefits! Join our global community of talent developers and lock in your savings. Join Today
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Research: Annual Survey Results
Thank you to all of you who participated in our 2017 ATDps Annual Survey. We gathered 62 responses, for a response rate of
21%. Congratulations to our 2 winners who will receive an annual membership renewal: Paul O and Sarah D!
As a board, we will dive into the results and review the recommendations as we begin to plan for 2018 and beyond. We will keep you posted on other action
items as progress in this work and analysis continues.
Of our respondents:
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:
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.
-Sarah Nell Reynolds
Director of Research
|Under the Hood at SightLife|
Under the Hood at SightLife - Gamification at Work
December 4, 2017 | 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM | @ SightLife Seattle
Join us in celebrating Employee Learning Week 2017 with the launch of a new members only program.
|South Sound December Chapter Meeting|
Exciting News for Programming
In November, ATD Puget Sound officially launched the new South Sound Chapter Meeting. This second monthly chapter meeting will bring programming to talent development professionals in the greater Tacoma area.
ATDps members will have access to twice the programming every month, available in person or on the Member's Only section of our website. Join us for the December South Sound Chapter Meeting!
The Science of Character
December 5, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | @ Invista Performance Solutions
For managers, coaches and consultants working with others, knowing your clients’ and your own character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you buffer against, manage and overcome problems, improve your relationships and enhance health and overall well-being. Join us for an opportunity to identify your own Signature Strengths from the 24 Values in Action Character Strengths and identify your best self.
|Join an Interest Group: Connect with Local Learning Professionals|
Are you interested in joining a small group around specific talent development topics and or interests?
Join one of our interest groups to network with your local talent development colleagues. Interest group and partner events on our calendar for December include:
· Thursday, December 7 @ 5:00-7:00 PM | Seattle Networking Interest Group
Power Membership offers members twice the support, twice the resources, and twice the networking than just one membership.
ATD membership provides the tools you need for success. Chapter membership applies those tools to your organization and community. Together you are a Power Member!
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