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By Todd Dewett | Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Find a Mentor (That's Worth Having)

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Your success is about a lot more than just you. You’re born with a particular IQ, personality, family, and so on. And they matter a lot—but so do your choices.

Your choices about goals, friends, and education have a huge impact on your future. In particular, successful people make the choice to find a mentor who can advise and inspire them.

In many ways, a mentor is your life’s biggest accelerator. Mentors take who you are and what you’ve done and help you understand how to multiply what you can accomplish through better decision-making.

Here’s what you need to do to find—and take advantage of—a great mentor.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Building new leaders is your job: Management Tips


Explore Management Tips at lynda.com.

One fatal flaw for many middle managers is an overzealous focus on their own careers. It’s not about narcissism; in the middle ranks, managers are often wearing many hats, working long hours, trying to manage up and down the hierarchy, etc. So it’s not uncommon for them to fail to invest adequate time developing others.

In the first of this week’s Management Tips, I’ll show how developing others is a core part of any leader’s job—and if you work in a high-performing organization, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that ability before further promotions. Once you do start helping your team members develop their abilities, remember that they may think and learn differently than you do. So what works for one (direct coaching, for example) might not work well for another (who needs classroom training).

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