Month: March 2012


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire’s work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire’s life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come. For more information, visit

Book News Annotation:

Reprint of the 1970 classic with a new introduction and bibliography (of 16 p.) by Donaldo…

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Running Naked With Scissors

Sometimes it seems that life, that which happens when we are trying to get where we want to be, can be better than getting to where we want to be.  The journey better than the destination.

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Or maybe it is the destination that is the sweetest and the journey is what we reflect on after we get there.  I am not sure.

But, I am happy.

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U.S. | The top 1 percent got 93% of income growth

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93 percent of income growth went to the wealthiest 1 percent of American households, while everyone else divvied up the 7 percent that was left over according to Emmanuel Saez.

Main Findings


“Figure 1 presents the income share of the top decile from 1917 to 2010 in the United States. In 2010, the top decile includes all families with market income above $108,000. The overall pattern of the top decile share over the century is U-shaped. The share of the top decile is around 45 percent from the mid-1920s to 1940. It declines substantially to just above 32.5 percent in four years during World War II and stays fairly stable around 33 percent until the 1970s. Such an abrupt decline, concentrated exactly during the war years, cannot easily be reconciled with slow technological changes and suggests instead that the shock of the war played a key and lasting…

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A Better Way to Communicate

Today’s post is by bestselling author Seth Kahan.  It’s an excerpt from his book Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out.  You can learn more about him and his book at the end of the post.

In the conclusion to this post I would like to highlight the following:

“Most importantly by engaging our stakeholders using social construction you will be able to:
– Penetrate the demands and clutter that are part of business life.
– Break through the assorted messages the media constantly delivers.
– Get people’s attention and move forward to help them engage, get involved, and begin contributing.
– Coordinate this activity without formal authority.”

Check it out, great article:

A Better Way to Communicate.

What floats your boat? from Sonar6

attaboy! image from sonar6



Leaving aside all the political correctness and the soft pseudoscience, what really, honestly motivates you to perform better at work?

Interesting site, great graphics:

Performance X Design

The Learning End GameTrap

Perhaps you’ve re-committed to improve learning as the mission of your department (or next big initiative, or…).  It’s well meaning but can be self defeating (or worse, self-fulfilling). The term leaves the impression that learning is the end game, your raison d’être. The real end game is performance; individual and organizational, defined in terms the business uses to measure itself. Sure, you don’t have control over all the factors that influence performance, but that doesn’t mean your solutions can’t be intimately connected to them. Thinking performance first is liberating and opens up whole new perspectives on the types of solutions you can and should be bringing to the table.

Antidote to the end game trap:  Performance Thinking (Cathy Moore and Carl Binder have nice methods for deriving learning from performance needs)

The Planning Trap

I used to believe in the perfect annual plan all…

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Apprenticeships face ‘identity crisis’, according to Forum of Private Business writes HR Magazine 

The Forum of Private Business yesterday warned a group of MPs that apprenticeships are facing an ‘identity crisis’, with business owners in certain sectors concerned that shorter schemes do not provide the same value as longer courses.

The Forum’s senior policy adviser Alex Jackman gave evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) select committee’s inquiry into apprenticeships in the House of Commons yesterday.

Jackman told MPs shorter apprenticeships have faced criticism from UK business owners, particularly those in traditional industries such as manufacturing and engineering, who argue they do not provide the same value as the longer schemes they run – despite evidence of their popularity among more service-orientated sectors including retail.

He said: “At a general level we have spent decades devaluing GCSEs, A-levels and degrees by making them easier to pass. It is just…

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Top 100 Learning Organizations Named in Second Annual Awards Program

Elearning! Media Group (EMG), publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, announced today the Learning! 100 Award recipients. The Learning! 100 Award recognizes 60 corporate and 40 public sector organizations for outstanding learning culture, innovation or collaboration that drives performance. Honorees cut across all industries and organization sizes, from 5 to 1.6 million employees.” See link below:

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