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New Ways To Navigate The Increasing Complexities of Work

About two years ago, while reading Jennifer Garvey Berger’s Simple Habits for Complex Times, I was introduced to the distinction between complex and complicated. This distinction, more than anything I had previously learned, helped me to understand why we often get stuck and frustrated by the challenges we face. What was most liberating for me […]

Ronni Hendel-Giller
Overcoming Your Habit Nature — Embrace Your Saboteurs

What can we do to work with our habit nature—with the parts of ourselves that are most resistant to change? How do we create the best versions of ourselves?

Ronni Hendel-Giller
Ditch the Happy Sheets: Create Sustained Learning Impact

I have a strong belief that an L&D behavior change platform, is the way to provide professional learning experiences that enable sustained learning impact.

Nick Burnett
Serving Up Learner-Led Learning

Learning professionals must not only evolve their delivery methods to encourage learner-led learning, but their competencies in concept and design as well.

Morgan Toane
The Inner Game Of Learning

The inner game, in this context, is how we can control our mindset and our strategy when we approach learning something new.

Peter Nakamura
Leaders: How Do You Curate Learning?

How do you curate learning to effectively solve challenges for your team? And more importantly, how do you apply that learning consistently?

Sara Saddington
Growth Lessons from a Gardener

If you want something to grow, focus on giving it the things it needs to stay alive and healthy. Be attentive. Be patient. The growth will come.

Sara Saddington
Nutrition & Stress — Managing Workplace Productivity

By improving nutrition in to reduce uncomplimentary stress, and managing complementary stressors with intention, it is possible to increase productivity.

Alysha DeMarsh
High Impact Learning: Uncovering Your Training ROI

Training ROI occurs when it’s relevant to the needs of the team, and the content can be evaluated and reshaped to solve challenges facing the team.

Alyssa Burkus
Creating Insight — Exploring the Aha Moment

This knowledge about creativity and insight can help us to work and lead in ways that create the conditions for greater creativity and innovation.

Ronni Hendel-Giller
Building a Curiosity Culture

We want to nurture a curiosity culture because it makes us more present to the journey, more creative, better at communicating alignment with each other, and more agile.

Morgan Toane
The Effects of Learning: Getting out of the Fishbowl and Into the Ocean

Here’s just one example of the growth that can occur though embracing a learning culture, and maintaining an expansive mindset.

Sara Saddington
Why Executive Education Can’t Create a Learning Culture

I’ve seen countless organizations rely on executive education to deliver their learning and development initiatives. Here’s why that strategy can be frustratingly ineffective.

Ken Kesslin
Does Your Company Really Want to Build a Learning Culture?

Here are my top three tips to start to build a learning culture, right now. Start today, and the results will roll in sooner than you think.

Shawn Shepheard
Actionable’s Learning Culture: How Learning Has Helped Expand My Role

Actionable walks the talk on our values—we don’t just write about why organizations to create a learning culture, we embed these lessons in our daily work.

Alysha DeMarsh
How to Create a Learning Culture

To keep employees engaged, and to develop the agility they need to keep up, organizations need to embrace a learning culture.

Sara Saddington
Infographic: The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

It’s time to reevaluate our perception of “soft skills”—communication, collaboration, emotional intelligence, etc., and consider them core skills essential to competitive teams.

Sara Saddington
Stop Treating Training as a One-Time Event

Too often training is seen as an event. It is treated as a one-off. A gap is identified and then a training event is provided with the content that addresses that gap. Unfortunately, that’s not how learning works.

Aileen Armstrong
How We’re Making Health A Priority In 2017

We recently started an #actionablehealth channel on Slack, as a place to talk about our health and fitness goals. As a result, many members of the team have made commitments to incorporate more regular exercise throughout the day.

Sara Saddington
An Actionable Blueprint for Year End Planning

We have developed a worksheet resource to help you plan to make this your best year yet. This worksheet will help you reflect, visualize, and plan for a successful year.

Sara Saddington
Taking the Leap to Live Outside Of My Comfort Zone

I don’t feel like I am working under someone, I feel like I am working with a collaborative group of equals. I am challenged and engaged, and I want to learn and contribute.

Gina Meret-Dybenko
Focus on Learning and Development to Retain your Millennial Workforce

Given that millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020, it’s no surprise that organizations are making millennial retention a priority.

Alyssa Burkus
Getting Comfortable with Failure

Not all great ideas end up generating revenue. What sounds brilliant in a brainstorming session may be a total flop in the real world. If we were afraid of failure, we would get paralyzed.

Sara Saddington
Avoiding Supply Teacher Syndrome

Real lasting results happen when leaders invest in themselves and their teams and have regular ongoing conversations.

Shawn Shepheard
Finding My Dream Job — Why Interviews Need to Be Honest Conversations

Finally, after many terrible interviews that left me feeling discouraged and deflated, I spoke with Chris Taylor. From our first conversation I felt that I could be myself, ask questions, and talk openly about my aspirations.

Alysha DeMarsh
Stop Just Reading, Start Really Learning

Information overload is here to stay, and you’ll never be able to entirely escape it. The key is to figure out how to manage the flow, and how to apply what you’re reading into tangible benefits for you and your team.

Alyssa Burkus
Stoicism, Self-Control, and the 21st Century Workplace

Stoics apply stringent control of their perceptions of the world around them to be able to manage emotions and see things as they truly are. Applying these principals to a 21st century workplace can help to minimize emotional triggers.

Peter Nakamura
Messy Scary Change

The learning and development landscape is changing. And as Actionable works to address these changes, we’re changing too. And that means learning, growing, stretching, changing.

Anna Schmohe
Podcast Replay: Two Episodes to Expand your Thinking

As we move into the busiest time of the year, it’s important to make space for creative thinking, and to examine the direction our teams, businesses, careers, and personal projects are heading in.

Sara Saddington
Managing Polarities And The Power of “Yes, And”

Like many powerful ideas, you might be surprised by the simplicity of polarity management. At the core, it’s about the shift from “either/or” to “both/and” thinking.

Ronni Hendel-Giller
How Long is Your Year?

When you’re going through bursts of growth, it’s important to set the heading (vision), and then schedule “annual planning” sessions for a more frequent schedule.

Chris Taylor
The Coaching Mindset: Webinar Replay

This webinar talks about how adopting a Coaching Mindset will help you work less hard and achieve more impact.

Sara Saddington
What Do You Value?

Most business leaders identify their people as the #1 asset in their company. Actually, it is the employees—their strengths, skills, ideas, and energy, that clearly set an organization apart from its competitors.

Bonnie Sussman-Versace
Pivot Webinar Replay

We were delighted to host Jenny Blake for an Actionable webinar to discuss her book Pivot. Alyssa Burkus sat down with Jenny for a live chat with members of the Actionable community.

Sara Saddington
Our Favorite Tools for a Virtual Workplace

We love finding the best tools to optimize virtual work life at Actionable. Here are three that have become integral to our communications.

Peter Nakamura
Lessons in Teamwork From an Amateur Improviser

I’m a teamwork consultant. What was I doing being on a stage? And then I realized that the corporate world can really benefit from lessons learned on the comedy Improv stage.

Todd Attridge
A Team So Smart, I Constantly Feel Dumb

Working with smart team members simply pushes you to do better. It’s great to feel like the dumbest person in the room.

Brian Rhea