Tip #586: Which Should Be Addressed First in Training Design, Knowledge or Attitude?

On September 14, 2015, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #586: Which Should Be Addressed First in Training Design, Knowledge or Attitude?

“Attitudes are more important than facts.” Karl A. Menninger

I have just read an interesting article by John Kissinger, titled: “ASK: How Benjamin Bloom Got It Backwards.” He discusses how Benjamin Bloom’s three domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor and affective came to be known as knowledge, skill and attitude (KSA).

He is concerned that, because KSA appears to be in rank order, curriculum designers have traditionally given priority to Knowledge but given short shrift to Skill and totally ignored Attitude.

“But we’ve focused efforts too much on knowledge acquisition, not enough on skill development, and far, far less on addressing attitude. Indeed, we all know that when it comes to making an impact on organizational performance, skill development trumps knowledge Read the rest

Tip #585: Which is More Important for New Hires, Knowledge or Attitude?

On September 7, 2015, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #585: Which is More Important for New Hires, Knowledge or Attitude?

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

I recently read an article about why it is important for training to be designed to focus on attitude, then skill development, and only then on knowledge. This would certainly be a departure from common wisdom in training. However, it is worth considering both from a training perspective and from a human resource perspective when screening job applicants.

Knowledge and skills are concrete and can be measured. Years ago, when I was a human resources professional writing job descriptions and designing screening examinations for job applicants, it was important to identify the job duties and the knowledge and skill … Read the rest

Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

On March 16, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” Paul Sweeney

When my two little granddaughters visited, I had to work with the second grader on her homework. She really didn’t want to do it.

It was math homework, which was not my best subject at any age, including this one! It was immediately clear that her negative attitude, and resulting desire to get the homework over with as soon as possible, kept her from reading the complete problem or thinking through the solution. Based on the first few words in the directions, she would pull an answer out of thin air and write it down.

Okay, so that was one problem- and that was her responsibility. She had … Read the rest

Tip #355: Light Candles

On December 27, 2010, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #355: Light Candles

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. Earl Nightingale

There is too much pain and misery in the world today. May you always have the strength of will, generosity of spirit and physical health to use your gifts to make a positive difference in the lives of those you touch.

I will light candles this Christmas

Candles of joy, despite all sadness,

Candles of hope where despair keeps watch.

Candles of courage where fear is every present,

Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,

Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens.

Candles of love to Read the rest