Four Principles in Educating For Diversity-Related Change

How do public sector employees successfully seek LGBT-friendly changes in their workplaces?  I conducted a case study of a 20-year effort to attain domestic partner benefits in one large state university system.  The public sector has always lagged behind large private sector employers in offering employee benefits and other policies that are equitable for LGBT people. Part of that study looked at how employees educated the public, state officials, other employees, administrators, and board members to support the changes.

The four most relevant findings for others seeking such changes in public sector organizations are: Continue reading

Coworking…Telecommuting 2.0?

As telecommuting has become a fixture in many workplaces, some have started to look for alternatives.  There’s a yearning for somewhat regular face-to-face interaction and a need for spaces that foster creativity and idea sharing. Traditionally, such sharing has been spawned through chance encounters at the “water cooler,” talking in the hall, or talking in the breakroom.  Continue reading

Does Lack of Professional Experience Discourage Participation in Online Learning Settings?

With online learning in professional settings for adults, instructors often wonder whether their less experienced students feel comfortable participating.  A study I conducted several years ago suggested that in online professional development courses, novices were actively observing online discussions but made few contributions.  In other words, novices “participated,” but were in the background.

However, this new research I conducted Continue reading

Three Key Findings About Online Occupational Education in Community Colleges

Online course offerings are a major part of community colleges’ workforce development efforts. These courses are key in providing access for people who need job training, but cannot attend traditional face-to-face programs either because the program isn’t offered in their geographic area or because of work/family commitments. Continue reading

Mindfullness as Leadership Development Approach: Four Key Principles

Polly LaBarre writes in the Harvard Business Review Blog about a leadership development program that brings about organization change by transforming “the hearts and minds of people” rather than “changing systems and processes.”

This program, from biotech firm Genentech, utilizes four principles Continue reading

Online Contract Training in Community Colleges

Community colleges in the United States have become major providers of human resource development services, particularly through offering workforce development training to local employers.  The addition of workforce development services to community colleges is a fairly recent phenomenon.

Some see workforce development efforts as diluting community colleges’ historic mission of providing affordable and accessible opportunities for students to transfer to four-year institutions.  Continue reading