March Program: Getting AGILE

Internationally recognized Learning and Development expert, Bob Mosher, provided a lively, entertaining and provocative presentation to a large and appreciative audience, entitled, "AGILE Content Development: Keeping up with Change - The New Normal."

I heard Bob Mosher speak at ALC last October and I was anxious to hear him again.  A couple of things he said made me laugh and think.  He talked about "shiny penny syndrome", describing how many L&D professionals desire the latest technology and contrasted that with "hanging slate on a wall and writing on it with a piece of chalk."  The moral of the story is to never put the means ahead of the end. He also discussed knowing vs. doing and that our job is not so much to teach but to enable performance.  He introduced an update to the traditional ADDIE model, the AGILE model (Align, Get set, Iterate and implement, Leverage and Evaluate.  He definitely gave me a lot to think about!.

Patrice Hanotte

Chapter President-elect

See additional photos from the March 2014 program.

Bob's presentation is available in our Members Only section.

February Program: Getting Creative

Author, professor, and international speaker Dr. Gerard Puccio presented “Creativity: An Essential 21st Century Workplace Skill” at our February program. After sharing the little-known fact that Buffalo was the birthplace of brainstorming, 

Dr. Puccio provided a compelling argument for the importance of creativity in the workplace.  To make his point, he guided participants through a model-building activity that demonstrated the critical role of leadership in workplace engagement. Groups with leaders who supported their creative efforts worked diligently to solve the challenge at hand. Groups with negative leaders found themselves unwilling to offer ideas or participate fully. In the end, the audience discovered a new appreciation for creativity as an applied discipline, as Dr. Puccio affirmed that everyone can be creative.

 Check out Dr. Puccio in this recent The New York Times article.

What do you get out of attending NFASTD programs?

This is my first year attending ASTD Niagara Frontier programs, and it has been a breath of fresh air.  Not knowing what to expect when I get there, and then leaving equipped with tools to do better programming has been quite empowering for, and a confidence booster.  I feel like I have grown, and at the same time increased my abilities and knowledge about professional development training.  Thanks ASTD Niagara Frontier!

Ottilie M. Woodruff, M.S. Ed.
Professional Staff Development Director
Senior Academic Advisor/Student Financial Services
Educational Opportunity Program 

Upcoming events

25 Apr 2014 7:30 AM (EDT) • Canisius Center for Professional Development, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst, NY 14226
14 May 2014 8:30 AM (EDT) • Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202
13 Jun 2014 7:30 AM (EDT) • Templeton Landing

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