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Why Walt Whitman’s Secret Writings on Training Are More Relevant than Ever


While Walt Whitman was writing Leaves of Grass—perhaps the most important book of poetry in American history—he was producing an advice column on the side under the pen name Mose Velser. Whitman’s long-lost essays on “Manly Health and Training,” which ran weekly in the New York Atlas newspaper in 1858, were discovered by a graduate student digging through microfilm at the University of Houston in 2016.

The essays have now been cut up, curated, and published in a short, stylish volume by Ten Cent Press. [Click to continue…]

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From General Mills to Merck, World’s Top CEOs Pledge to Bring Unconscious Bias Training to their People

Back in January, Grovo named 2017 the year of diversity training, and for the first time, we released our microlearning curriculum on unconscious bias to the public—for free! These 20 lessons enable learners to examine and address the latent prejudices and predispositions that affect thinking, behavior, and decision making in the workplace.

While many companies in the United States strive to create more diverse workplaces, the reality is that fewer than 20% of organizations offer education and training about unconscious bias to their employees. Grovo’s goal is to help move the needle and increase the number of companies offering critical training on the topic. [Click to continue…]

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The Most Important Question In Any Learning Designer’s Arsenal

A while back I came across this great quote from Kevin M. Yates, M.Ed summing up a common frustration among learning professionals:  

“There are times where the discussion between the L&D team and the business sounds like placing a fast-food order for training… ‘We’ll take a classroom training from the lite menu with a side order of video-conference,’ or ‘Can you give us a couple of WebEx programs to go and we’re in a hurry so can you put a rush on it?’”

You might think it’s your job to simply fulfill such orders, no questions asked—many learning professionals do. After all, you’re very likely in this field because you genuinely want to get people the help they need to perform their best as quickly as possible.

But in this case, speed can come at a hefty cost. [Click to continue…]