Let's call this post "My, how time flies!" With good intentions to blog at least three times a week, I have a look at the calendar and realize that I have not entered a post here since Thanksgiving -- and to be honest, even that post was excusing myself due to family / holiday commitments. (The dressing was yummy, btw).
But because I have been busy, let me just record here that I have been engaged in curriculum development. After networking with a friend who has an established training business, she gave me an idea that I should develop an entire series of supervisory training classes. Well, it's an excellent -- and do-able -- project. There are a couple of core classes I would need to develop. So that's what I've been working on. For instance, a core concern for good management training is how to handle conflict. Naturally, conflicts arise in even the most collegial workplace atmospheres. A talented manager will know how to handle subordinates who are experiencing a disagreement, as well as how to defuse a potentially explosive situation based on news he or she must deliver to his/her staff. So over this past week, I have been engaged in curriculum development. Let me tell you, that process is both grueling and exciting. I am pleased with the product I have developed, and it is uniquely my own, including exercises and activities.
The next course I will be working on will be a meaningful class in communication skills. A central concept in conflict resolution is effective listening, so it makes sense that the next course should focus on effective communication. I will admit right now that as we approach the holidays, there will be another large block of time -- as much as two weeks or more -- in which I will not be putting fingers to blog posts. But as we move past the beloved holidays and into the bright, new, fresh 2012, let me just quote from Arnold Schwartzenegger: All'll be baccckkkkk.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a relaxing and energizing new year to you. Cheers!