Blog Posts by Dr. J

To Help Students Learn, Prepare Them to Accept Change


"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." -Nathaniel Branden

As an educator, I've found that students usually don't like change, especially when it involves changing their habits or daily routine. The reason why is that they rely upon those habits and patterns of working in a particular manner to meet the requirements of each class, and the idea of having to change in some form can create a mental roadblock or barrier to their progress.

Communication Can Be Transformed with Diplomacy & Tact


How do you react when a co-work disagrees with you?

How do you address a negotiation that requires you to meet specific goals?

How do you approach a customer who appears to be upset or angry?

Here's Where Transformational Learning Begins Within an Organization

Organizational Learning

"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.  And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn." – Peter Drucker

Corporate training has tremendous potential to promote learning in organizations. An organization that becomes practiced in learning and development initiatives and programs has the potential to transform both how employees perform and how the organization performs. Where does this transformational learning begin within an organization? It all starts with the training department and/or the trainers who are tasked with developing training plans. However, the effectiveness of organizational learning depends upon the role of the trainer.

"I Wish I Had More Courage" - 5 Strategies to Learn From Life's Lessons


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

Consider the last time you looked back at your life or your career. Did you ever question the choices you made or had to make? Did you ever wish that outcomes experienced had been better or different?

Hopefully you are able to look at the past and consider it to be old news or something that is beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go of the past – even knowing that it cannot be undone or changed. As a career coach and educator, I have had heard many negative statements made about past decisions during self-reflection exercises and many of these comments can be summarized as follows.

If I only had the courage to:

Take a Stand

How Do You Become Successful in Your Career? With Hard Work + A Positive Mindset


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill

Do you feel successful now in your career? Have you experienced success? For some people success seems to happen easily and for others it may seem to elude them. Everyone has experienced some measure of success in their career, even if it involved completing a challenging project or making a contribution to the success of a team.

Do You Ever Feel Challenged by a Student? Here's What to Do

Challenging Students

Do you believe that challenging students are a problem to solve, an indicator of something else, or an opportunity?

As instructors know all too well, not every class is going to function perfectly with every student performing at their very best. Some students will excel, some will respond to outreach attempts when needed, and others will struggle with development of academic skills and completing their assignments.

Why Do Students Fail Online Classes? How Can It Be Prevented?

Online Students

Failing a class never feels good for a student. In a traditional classroom students have an opportunity to discuss their progress and obtain immediate feedback from their instructor. While they may or may not choose to try to work with their instructor, they know that on the scheduled class days an instructor is present and available. If a student isn't present in class an instructor will notice that absence immediately.

Good Boss, Bad Boss: Here Are 5 Strategies to Cope With an Unpredictable Manager

Coping Strategies

Jekyll, reflecting on mankind, "All human beings... are commingled out of good and evil."

You may be familiar with the Robert Louis Stevenson story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll believed that he found a method of separating the good and evil that he believed resides in all of us. The consequences of his experimentations did not bode well for him or the safety of others.

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been used as an analogy for the balance many people try to maintain, between being a good person and doing "the right thing" at work, and acting in accordance with other self-interests. We have all likely worked with individuals who may not have always acted in the best interest of their employer and/or their customers, which can create an ethical and possibly moral conflict.

Fear is Real. Fear is Natural. Fear Can Be Managed. Learn How Now

Overcome Fear

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  – Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is one particular feeling that carries with it more potentially negative power than any other and it is fear. The very word fear itself can bring unpleasant memories to light and remind us of what we believe we cannot accomplish. It carries a negative connotation and represents an uncomfortable feeling and a perspective of helplessness or hopelessness. It may be felt when a milestone has not yet been reached or a goal was not achieved, and result in a time of questioning, doubt, and second-guessing.

3 Vital Strategies to Help Students Who Do Not Like Change

Students and Change

Students usually don't like change, especially when it involves changing their habits or daily routine. They rely upon those habits and patterns of working to meet the requirements of each class and the idea of having to change can create a mental roadblock or barrier to their progress. Students may also not recognize a need to make changes in how they work or perform until it has been brought to their attention by the instructor, through feedback or direct interactions in class, and they may or may not be willing to accept it.