The Big Transition- To Linked-In

Ok, I give in! I'm sort of tired of managing all these different account. Anything worth posting, I'm just going to make a LinkedIn post. We'll see how it goes.

So, until further notice, you can see all my posts here:

Bill Hall's Linked-In Posts Page

If it stinks, I'll cruz back over here.
- Bill


The Pomodoro Technique


We all want to get more done. This is what has made the human race so successful: More more more. But, as many of you know, I'm not a big fan of where technology has gone. Hey, I'm a techie and love tech, but I don't like how tech's effect on our social behavior and behavior as a whole. But oh well, that's progress right? Anyhow, one of the negative side effects of tech is: Our addiction to its stimulus and its ability to create distraction. I believe most people will agree: We're more distracted than ever. Heck, even the US government has done extensive studies on this. Did you know that US worker productivity is shrinking? Yikes! What? How can that be with all our tech and tools? Well, it's true. American workers are getting less done.

But, how about an injection of productivity? Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? It really works and is amazingly simple to do. Let's have a look…

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Frustrations With HiEd's Impact on T&D

This is skating on thin ice to talk about, but it's just hard to keep my mouth shut on this. Why is HigherEd teaching T&D students more theory, methods, and best practices of learning. Let's keep in mind here that the goal of the graduating students is going to be to add value to a company: To be strategic. I've been working with T&D managers for many years. They are some of the hardest working, brightest, honest, sincerest, and devoted people I've worked with. They've also been taught to work with models, best practices, etc: But for learning theory. Yes, I do agree this is important. But ask any executive and they'll tell you that what they want is applicability to the business outcomes.

Most execs gave up on ROI a long time ago. The really bright executives know that with a smarter workforce comes greater returns. Its very hard to argue against this. But, they'll also tell you that they want employees to better understand how the learning should impact the business. It could be in the form of revenue growth, profit growth, whatever. But the training really needs to be business first. Let's take a look at an example:

If there's a training course about safety. Yes, of course models should be used to measure retention. But, there also needs to be applicability built into the solution. A continual demonstration on how safety is important for lives, increases profits, and promotes job security. Important: I'm not talking about 3 bullet points at the beginning of a program. I'm talking about real applicability. Really explaining the why and why this is important: All the way through the training. Demonstrating is even more important. If people can experience the 'why' of the training, they'll be more inclined to actually care and use it.

In my T&D journeys, I'm seeing a firm hold on what HigherEd is teaching: Learning models, methods, and metrics. For anyone who is reading this (just a few probably), you aren't going to school to learn how to be teachers, you should be going to school to learn how to be a strategic cog within the business cart. Execs don't care that much about models of retention. They do care about business results. For better or for worse, this is how companies are graded.

The Importance of Leadership In 2017


As 2016 comes to a close, it's important to reflect on what happened, but more importantly, what is to come. One thing that is certain to come: Baby Boomer retirement. The stock market has swelled since the election. Much of the reasons is that with with a Republican led government, it is assumed that the administration will be pro business. Who knows if this is what will actually happened, but if history repeats itself, it's a fairly safe bet.

This will cause Baby Boomer exit acceleration. When the market does well, people feel more confident retiring. This is going to place an even greater emphasis on the importance of effective leadership development. Let's be clear here: To become an effective manager, you have to be an effective leader.

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What Execs Are Saying About T&D Needs


This is common: End of year slow-down at work. It is a wonderful time for me to clean-up, think, reach-out, and get caught up on the thousands of things that don't get done during the year. For those that have never run a training program, let me share a little insight: It is far more work than it looks like. As a result, our office looks like a war zone: Computers need updating with a good month of organization usually needs to happen. Thus, this is a great time of the season.

During this time is usually when I reach out to executives inside large companies to catch up, listen to trends, and get a pulse on what they're thinking for the following year. This year, more than ever, I am hearing a very consistent theme:

Training Needs To Apply Directly To Business Outcomes

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Game Theory vs. Behavioral Economics vs. Game Mechanics


When I'm talking with perspective customers, I often have to reference economic game theory, behavioral economics, and game mechanics. You can practically hear them fog over in boredom and discomfort about where the discussion is going. A couple sentences later, most are very interested in what all this means, why/how it applies, and how it can actually be used. This is a short article about what,why, and how. Here goes:

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Turning Off Auto Update and Download on OS X

Sad Mac

I know I sound like a broken record, but Apple is no longer a nice company (actually tech in general is not very kind to it's users.. It's arrogant and self centered). Just today, there was an article that came out talking about the trick to Apple Brand value is completely tied up in it's eco-system. As a result, Apple will do anything to a) Keep you locked into its eco-system (example: forcing people over to thunderbolt port of headphones… that just sucks!) and b) Squeeze you into upgrading your computer.

How can they force you to upgrade your computer: Upgrade it your Operating System so it slows down due to all the 'features'. This is why Apple release a brand new OS every year. Totally unnecessary. Not only that, Apple now automatically upgrades you which can be very problematic for compatibility.

To avoid this, do the following:

1. Go to 'System Preferences'
2. Click on 'App Store'
3. Make sure your screen looks like this:
Screen Shot 2016-10-05 at 8.48.12 AM

Warning: It is now up you to check for system updates. System updates are fine but system 'upgrades' (updating to new OS) should be slower.


Huffington Post Article About HR and Strategy


Huffington Post did a piece based on an article I wrote some time back. Hope you enjoy this:

If you’re like most people, you probably see Human Resources as the department that takes care of a company’s employees. It makes sure that the company is in compliance with policies and procedures. It’s there to ensure that each employee is treated fairly.

Pretty cut and dry, right?

But what if Human Resources had more to offer to an organization? What if it had a more prominent role in shaping the overall direction of the company?

You can read the full article here: