April 2017 Issue
I distinctly remember a time in school when I thought that asking questions was a bad idea. Instead of exposing my ignorance by asking questions, I was quietly synthesizing information on my own. I was more worried about being wrong than learning—a classic performance mindset. However, when I took a job writing software documentation, asking questions became a critical skill for learning from specs and engineers about software in development and discerning what customers wanted to accomplish. At the time, it seemed possible to create documentation that customers would read to learn.
Flash forward today and look at the explosive growth of the internet. The infographic in this history of the internet blog from 2013 left me a little breathless.
“According to the infographic, the first work on the internet began back in 1969 as part of a United States military funded research project. It wasn’t actually called “the internet” until 1984 when just 1,000 hosts at university and corporate labs successfully linked, but by 1998, 50 million people were using the internet, which was supported by 25 million servers. It took another 11 years for the internet to reach 1 billion users in 2009, but just three years later in 2012, the global internet population topped 2.1 billion people. Today, more than 2.7 billion people are using the internet around the world, which equates to 47% of the world’s population.”
The bottom like for me is that knowing information is not the bar—finding information is easy. What’s difficult is making sense of information and trends and choosing what to do with it. Asking great questions is has become a critical skill of for learning.
The best questions for learning come from a place of genuine curiosity. They are the opposite of those questions that someone asks you to prove what you know. Questions that ignite curiosity may light up our brains and help us remember what we’re learning. Great questions can invite different points of view and help a team focus on what’s important.
ATD Puget Sound has some great chapter meetings and events in April and May. Bring your curiosity, sharpen your questioning skills, learn with others in our community.
Janet Williams Hepler
|Chapter Special Events |
Professional Development Day: Learn-a-palooza 3.0
Join us at CityU & register todayATD Puget Sound members consistently tell us they appreciate hearing from our amazing local experts as much as the "big names" in learning and talent development. That's why we're thrilled to bring back
LAP 3.0 takes place 9AM - 4PM - Friday May 19th.
This daylong professional development event is a great way to kick-off your attendance at the ATD International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta. If you can't make it to ATD ICE, LAP 3.0 brings the learning to you in downtown Seattle. We're excited to be hosted by our generous sponsors City University Seattle.
This year's theme is Expanding Our Reach from Local to Global and once again showcases stellar SMEs based right here in the Puget Sound during the popular speed learning rounds. Of course, much of our local talent is internationally and nationally recognized too, and we'll jump right in with learning futurist Myra Travin as the morning keynote, and a lunchtime chat with LAP creator Darren Nerland and cultural explorer Jolene Jang.
We hope you'll join us for a full day of learning and fun around this timely theme. Check out the event page and our companion site for more about the theme, agenda and speaker bios. We'll announce additional programming details over the coming weeks. See you Friday May 19th at City University.
LAP 2015 & 2016 sold out and we anticipate it will again, so grab your spot today!
LAP 3.0 attendees are invited to stay after the event to enjoy networking over drinks and appetizers at CityU. Thank you to CAVEO Learning for generously sponsoring & hosting happy hour.
Our April Chapter Meeting is on Tuesday, April 18th from 7:30 - 9:30 AM. Register to join us as Meliessa Ogrodowski, Director of Learning & Development at Craft Brew Alliance, shares how her team is shifting their company's culture to one of engagement and accountability using Cy Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book and accompanying training program, Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. In this session, Meliessa will outline the unconventional and innovative concepts on which the Reality-Based Rules are based and will unveil the competencies and mind-shifting strategies they are teaching their workforce to realize greater levels of professional – and personal! – success and happiness.
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Open Volunteer Positions:
· Manager of CPLP Certification
· Conference Manager
· Ambassador Committee Members
· Speaker Committee Members
Detailed position descriptions can be found on the ATDps website -> About -> Volunteer with ATD -> Volunteer Opportunities or by clicking HERE.
Director of Membership
I’m looking forward to my new role as Director of Research. ATD Puget Sound is one of the few ATDs with a Director of Research position. There are various responsibilities and goals I’m working on:
I will keep you posted on our progress and how it affects the organization. Feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts or questions!
Director of Research
|Recent Survey Results|
In our most recent Annual Survey (sent in September 2016), we heard feedback regarding our location and we wanted to know more, so we sent out a Location Pulse Survey in December. Below are some highlights of what we learned and what we are exploring. Thank you to those of you who participated!
We had 78 respondents to the survey, a 22% response rate.
What we learned:
We chose Mercer Island as our chapter meeting location as it is centrally located (distance wise) between Seattle, the North End and the South End (however, we learned traffic does not always make the location easy to access). We also chose Mercer Island as it offers bountiful free parking and has consistent availability.
Based on your feedback, here is what we are exploring:
Thank you for your patience and your continued feedback on the topic of location.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, or have additional feedback, please feel free to email me.
Interested in joining a small group around various talent development interests? Join one of our three interest groups around topics like networking, learning and technology, or South Sound professionals. Interest group and partner events on our calendar for April include:
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