How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age

How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age You already have an over-scheduled day, and you always seem to be playing catch-up with your work, so how will you find time to make professional development a part of your day? The reality is that with the unprecedented rate of change, things will not slow down, and you will always be playing catch-up until you make adjustments in your life. Professional development is no longer something that is nice to do, it is something that you have to do so that you do not fall behind. I love learning, and professional development … [Read more...]

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, Book Review

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, Book Review First published in 1963, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel (George Smiley Novels) by John Le Carré is often found on the list of must-read books, and has been a constant best seller. John Le Carré was an intelligence officer before he became a writer, however, he swears that the story is not based on any of his experiences. He wrote The Spy Who Came in from the Cold before he left the service and received permission before he could publish his book. The book, set during the Cold War (The Cold War: … [Read more...]

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach, Book Review

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach follows his bestselling Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which I loved. I can’t say the same thing about this book, and let’s get my bias out of the way, I detest books where you have a “sage” trying to show you your errant ways, directing you to the proper path. Or it could be my introverted self, speaking, getting annoyed at the notion of some well-meaning person forcing you to speak, when you do not want to. I love learning, and I am open to learn from others, but … [Read more...]

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review When you open up The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, there is a section called The Beginning, and as I was reading, I thought it was a true story, or a dramatization of a true story, but that is not the case. It is a work of fiction published in 1992, which achieved bestselling status, selling over 50 million copies. There are times when I wonder if something is wrong with me because you have these mega bestselling books, but when I read them, my reaction is ambivalent at best. I read The Bridges of … [Read more...]

The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model Expanded

The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model Expanded Yesterday, I introduced The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model, and today in the final instalment in the series, I will expand it, to give you a clearer idea what it is about. The model is a professional development system, and for it to work for you, you have to devote the time. As some may know, last year, I embarked on an informal liberal arts education, where I took a number of courses online. Of the courses that I took, only one I paid for, and I bought it when it was 75 percent off. I spent considerable time choosing my courses, but I made a … [Read more...]