• Anytime people accuse me of being a "Thought Leader" (or trying to be), I squirm and shirk it off. It just happened again this morning, and I'd like to clear this up once and for all: leading people's thoughts is something I want no part of, thankyouverymuch. I'll leave that to the politicians and the marketers. What I strive to do, and sincerely hope that all of us try to do, is help others toward their own independent thought. When I write, I attempt to provide leverage toward smart. I share things that I hope ignite your critical thinking skills. I do this frequently on LinkedIn and Twitter. Whether it's a comment on someone else's post... ...or a link I'm

    Aug 28,
  • Earlier this week I posted the following article to LinkedIn. Seeking simply to ask a question and get some feedback about where to go next, I had no intention of posting this here on SnapSynapse.com. But then... ...Well, then it blew up. Within 48hrs this article had received more Shares, Likes, and most importantly Comments than anything else I've ever posted. It seems to have struck a nerve. So in case you missed it, here is the post reproduced in its entirety. Plus, you can still go see the comments here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-you-want-ld-profession-sam-rogers ... In my 17 years of working in the Learning & Development field, I've seen a lot of things change. The widespread adoption of online courses, webinars, LMSs, and

    Aug 21,
  • Just out today, Sam Rogers of Snap Synapse is interviewed on The Learning Innovations Podcast with Doug Bushée. In it we discuss the current world of Learning & Development, as well as foreshadow some innovations that are coming soon. It's 35min of great conversation with hosts Doug Bushée and Mike Lenz. Click to listen below: Or if you're an iTunes kinda person, listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/011-sam-rogers-interview/id1233269618?i=1000391103741&mt=2 

    Aug 16,
  • Here at Snap Synapse, we do a lot of LMS implementations and integrations. Though we have a great track record of success, it's hard won. It seems like we run into the same dilemma with every client. After looking for metaphors and analogies to express this, I think we have The One. People come to an LMS asking, “what can this system do?” and “show me what to choose from” as if they’re walking into a café to order one or two of a dozen items off the menu. Only this system is not a café at all, it’s more like a Chinese restaurant with 500 menu items in 3 different languages that can all be customized. We need to

    Aug 09,
  • Motivations behind the requests to build new training vary. Not all of these are actually requests for "training" nor do they have much to do with "learning." ...Quite a lot of them, actually. Maybe I missed the conversation at one of the dozen corporate training industry conferences/events I've been speaking at in the last year, but I've yet to hear anyone talk about this directly. So here are some thoughts, which we share to inspire yours. Here at Snap Synapse, we categorize requests for training into basically five types: True Learning = helping people perceive/think differently Information Acquisition = helping people add facts to what they already know Behavior Change = helping people do things differently Legal Defense = helping reduce organizational liability Propaganda = helping people believe/feel something While the deliverables may not be mutually exclusive, what drives them almost always is. For

    Aug 03,

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