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Five essential qualities for effective teams

Teams can make or break an organization. Zack Friedman (author of The Lemonade Life) wrote an article for Forbes about something called Project Aristotle. This was where Google wanted to determine “What makes a team effective at Google?” Their analysis showed It doesn’t matter who is on the team; what matters is that the team […]

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RIP Grumpy Cat

Internet meme sensation and Friskies spokescat, Grumpy Cat has passed away at the age of seven. Her name was Tardar Sauce and she became one of the first viral memes in 2012 when a photo of her was posted on the internet. She was an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace little buddy. You will […]

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Redwood does more than eLearning

Many of you know us as a learning company. But did you know that we also have an LMS, build online recruitment simulations, and we’ve just introduced a new assessment tool. It’s pretty nifty and lets you build your own assessments and certification programs, manage candidates, run tests, and see the results through a full-featured engine […]

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The myth of learning styles

This one might be a wee bit controversial for people in the learning industry. After all, learning styles (how learners prefer to get their learning) has been conventional wisdom for decades. The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan has done a great job citing the research in The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’. And there’s a lot of published […]

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Build a better assessment

Mary Burns writes about computer-based assessments in eLearning Industry’s online blog. She says poor design is one of the main reasons any assessment will fail. We agree, but we also know that a proper assessment tool can be just as important. We say this with confidence because we built our own tool. Here’s Mary’s Guidelines […]

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Helvetica got a makeover

Being in the design business, we’re font fanatics. That’s why we were very happy when Monotype announced they had revamped the decades-old Helvetica. And what a revamp it was! The revised typeface, “Helvetica Now” works wonderfully in large or small print and on computer and mobile screens. You can read more about it in this […]

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Toxic positivity

The Urban Dictionary describes toxic positivity as “the belief that, if you stay positive, you will overcome any obstacle,” to such a degree that you invalidate natural emotional responses and the person having those feelings.” People think they’re being helpful when they offer such advice as “You’ll get over it” or “Just be positive” or […]

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Brené Brown knows things

Sarah Schuster writes about toxic positivity, including her take for how Brené Brown describes empathy. Sarah concludes: “If sympathy is shouting down at someone while they’re stuck in a hole, empathy is getting into the hole with them. If ‘toxic positivity’ is telling someone to just “look at the bright side,” support is putting yourself […]

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Dear Abby for the workplace

There’s very good advice found in Alison Green’s ASK A MANAGER website and in her books. Alison’s been answering people’s work-related questions since 2007. She gets questions on topics like how to make your boss adore you, how to take criticism gracefully, what to do when your manager won’t manage, how to not suck at firing people, […]

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