arrogant (ˈærəɡənt)

— adj

having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud: an arrogant teacher ; an arrogant assumption – Source

Also assuming that doing the job provides it all: knowledge, experience etc., without having to read, learn and stay up to date with technology, ideas and trends. Comparing humans with wine bottles, the more you leave them ‘untouched’, the better they get.


Impressions From Moodle Moot Romania 2012

Last weekend I attended Moodle Moot Romania ’12 and, as an overall impression, it was worth it. Hosted in a castle belonging to the Vasile Goldis West University of Arad, the event gathered an unexpected diverse crowd. Here are a few reasons to consider attending a Moodle Moot in your region:

  • you work in a field related to education and want to enhance your knowledge of Moodle Learning Management System (LMS)
  • you are interested in open source and in finding affordable ways to develop an e-learning platform
  • people working in education are not necessarily teachers. We had participants from private Continue reading

Work Engagement Vs. For The Sake Of Doing It

A company says: we’ve created these projects where you can volunteer to help. We’ve created them for you to have enough opportunities to develop. We… We… We… {We in this real case is a group of managers}

The message that reaches me: here are some projects we created with the purpose of development. We may be sincere in our interest and commitment to your development, or we may just care to tick the box of employee engagement, the FACT is that we decided on the projects by ourselves. You can either get involved or not. We did our part and and no one can blame us for being passive.

Gallup released their Engagement Survey last month. Worth taking a look at.

Seventy-one percent of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive. That leaves nearly one-third of American workers who are “engaged,” or involved in and enthusiastic about their work and contributing to their organizations in a positive manner. This trend remained relatively stable throughout 2011.

A good interpretation of the survey can be found on the Harvard Business Review blog.

Mapping the learning process – teaching myself underwater freestyle

Sport has given me many opportunities to challenge my patience, my ability to set objectives and divide a huge effort that seemed unconquerable, my ability to mentally focus until I reach my objectives.

Often I looked at the completed task and made connections to other areas in my life. After all, an objective is an objective in sport or in business. Approaching one in different areas has similarities.

I will experiment now with a swimming challenge and, from the beginning, will map my way to success, going through every step from the frustration at the beginning to the sweet taste of success. Continue reading

Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement survey

Jumping thorough Learning and Development forums these days, I’ve come across a question about Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement survey.

As some commentators pointed out, it offers a snapshot of the context at work. A more thorough survey may be needed to have solutions to the points that Gallup’ Q12 reveals.

Meanwhile, here are the questions:

  1. Do you know what is expected of you at work?
  2. Do you have the materials and equipment you need to do your work right?
  3. At work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Continue reading