Beyond college: corporate training and career development


Do you, as an employer, view a degree as the only measure of skills and capabilities for your workforce? The answer is "it depends." Different industries have different requirements. But we need to step back and look at how the definition of higher learning—traditionally via a four-year degree program—has evolved, for both individuals and employers. Degree alternatives For…Read more Beyond college: corporate training and career development

Training focus: leadership

Leadership: Truths, Trends, and Training


Leaders can be iconic, causing a shift in how people approach leadership.  Unfortunately, a leader who really changes things—a company, a product, or an industry—often causes a “guaranteed success!” rallying cry that is doomed to fail for many. After all, leadership, at its very core, is unique to each company and each individual. Some people can respond to…Read more Leadership: Truths, Trends, and Training

Cybersecurity certificate programs at NOVA

Cybersecurity: closing the Workforce gap


A flurry of recent articles have revealed a growing problem that is particularly troublesome in light of recent cyberattacks on Government entities, including the White House, U.S. Postal Service, and National Weather Service. Cybersecurity is a buzzword in IT circles, but students aren’t flocking to government-based job openings. Why? Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp cites low pay compared…Read more Cybersecurity: closing the Workforce gap

recipe: cilantro-avocado chicken


i have been cooking for others for a very long time. food is love, and i'm a very loving person. 🙂 i have posted my recipes online for others, but i had never thought about actually putting a recipe in my blog... but why not? cooking for others is as much a part of me…Read more recipe: cilantro-avocado chicken

bunny


ah, easter. when everyone's minds turns to little fluffy bunnies. i always feel sorry for animals that end up becoming a holiday-oriented item, since marketing doesn't quite mention "and this little bunny will live for several years!" when selling the tiny little bunnies in stores. same for chicks, even though the threat of, oh, salmonella…Read more bunny

Brands and Social Shenanigans


Just saw this Gawker article on Brands and their "curious" use of social media to generate warm fuzzies among their target audience. Some good points in here. Brands Are Not Your Friends, by Sam Biddle Read the whole article on Gawker.com.

arches


I was meeting a client in downtown DC yesterday, and on my way back to the Federal Triangle metro station, I enjoyed the beautiful stillness of this pathway at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

blogs i follow: Zen Pencils


I have enjoyed the inspiration that bursts forth from this amazing artist; the quotations are timeless, and the artwork is perfectly suited to drive the message across in a fun yet meaningful fashion. Motivating others without being heavy-handed with the message is a challenge, but Zen Pencils does it well, creatively, and with a beautifully…Read more blogs i follow: Zen Pencils

Graphic Design trends for 2014

2014 design trends (infographic)


from iStock.com: "Another year came and went in a blur of Helvetica and hipsters, — so before you blink and miss 2014, grab a coffee, sit back and check out these top visual design trends to expect in the coming year."

jump


after many photos of dogs jumping outside (along with one goat), i have one more to offer. this was taken several years ago in burlington, vermont. i watched as this dog bounded down the pier and threw himself into lake champlain with happy abandon. he would swim back and repeat the process about four times before…Read more jump

dogs! jumping! outside!


Our very serious focus group determined that dog agility would make for a lovely series of photos. Behold, a lovely series of dog agility photos!   um, what are you doing in this project? you're not a dog. baaa... er, bark?  no, goat. bad goat. this is not for you. you're not the boss of…Read more dogs! jumping! outside!

focus group


after a bagful of crunchy treats and many hydrant breaks, the very serious research panel that i use for determining what posts i should add to my blog has determined a series of posts should be devoted to... dogs! jumping! outside!* thank you for your participation. ladies and gentlemen: SCIENCE. and two seriously enthusiastic pups. *of…Read more focus group

paw-nderous


yes, that is a really bad pun. one of the things i love about cats is their ability to switch from being adorable to contemplative in short order. for all we know, hubert here could be starting at a squirrel outside or reminiscing over the meaning of life. you just never quite know. at any…Read more paw-nderous

the road is long. my feet are tiny.


i am inspired by those who dare to go after a dream, who find that someone moved their cheese or the path less travelled ended up overrun with thorns--and still soldier on, adjusting the route and enjoying the unexpected scenery along the way. whatever you do in life, whatever the goal, the dream, the journey...…Read more the road is long. my feet are tiny.

sparrow


OMG I CAN’T REACH YOU BUT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KISS YOU AND KISS YOU AND YOU HAVE A BALL RIGHT? I THINK I SAW YOU HAD A BALL AND I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO THROW THE BALL SO I CAN GET IT FOR YOU AND THEN I WOULD COME BACK AND LICK YOUR FACE AGAIN BECAUSE I THINK I MAY HAVE LEFT A DRY SPOT AND THAT’S NOT GOOD BECAUSE I WANT TO BE A GOOD BOY AND GIVE YOU TONS OF KISSES OMG WHY CAN’T I REACH YOU I WANT TO COME CLOSER WHAT IS THAT BLACK THING IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE I THINK I COULD LICK THAT TOO

how to be more creative


Infographic: How To Be More Creative. a fantastic blueprint for the creative process.

ball?


look, i'm sorry i got all nippy last time. it's not like i'm lucy with the football. i won't try to snatch it away from you this time. promise. go ahead... take the ball and throw it for me! taken with my iPhone, Gloucester, Massachusetts. 23 degrees outside!