Change requires steady work

By Angela Buckley | October 17, 2018 |

Recently, we had the opportunity to run the Niagara Falls Half Marathon.  The longer distances attract me because of the work they involve.  The training plan is divided into distinct stages, each section crafted to support the end goal.  I do not love every morning run, or every grueling hot training session, but I love…

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Begin with the End in Sight

By Angela Buckley | July 30, 2018 |

Sports have a great advantage: the goal is immediately apparent.  In golf, sink the ball in the hole.  In football, get the ball across into the endzone.  In quidditch, catch the golden snitch.  Regardless of the sport, the rules clearly state how to score points and the objective.  Unfortunately, the objective of training is not…

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The Not So Simple Art of Communications

By Angela Buckley | July 20, 2018 |

Communication is an art form that requires diligence and patience to get right.  How we approach differing opinions can quickly set the stage for positive (or negative) interactions.  Once each person has taken up camp, it is difficult to find a common ground.  In business, and our personal relationships as well, perspectives matter.  In the…

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Context & Details for Understanding

By Angela Buckley | June 21, 2018 |

 Understanding is a part of learning, but conversely, learning is a part of understanding. Context and detail are critical in bringing your classroom participants along the learning journey.  Seek to understand their context, and provide the detail for them to understand yours. This morning my son and I admired a new vehicle as it passed…

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The Five Stages of Training

By Angela Buckley | June 15, 2018 |

As a Six Sigma Black Belt, leader of an organization, or as Training Manager, the question of training effectiveness eventually becomes a topic.  As an internal auditor, I have too often seen “training” as the only (and repeated) solution to a quality spill.  In order to address the efficient and effective training, consider how training…

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Quote on Inquiry

By Angela Buckley | June 5, 2018 |

Upon this first, and in one sense this sole, rule of reason, that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to think, there follows one corollary which itself deserves to be inscribed upon every wall of the city of philosophy: Do…

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Driftwood and Goals

By Angela Buckley | May 5, 2018 |

To reach a port, we must sail – Sail, not tie at anchor – Sail, not drift. – Franklin Roosevelt

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Images and Parables

By Angela Buckley | May 2, 2018 |

Parables are word pictures not of visible things, but rather of things of the mind and the spirit.That which cannot be seen with the eyes of the body, a parable will reveal to the eyes of the mind, informing the subtlety of the intellect by means of things perceivable by the senses, and as it…

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When Carrying Baggage Impacts Change

By Angela Buckley | April 23, 2018 |

There are times when I think General George S. Patton had an easier time moving his Third Army across Europe than I do getting my kids into the minivan for a trip. The kids are masters at prolonging the process: I start with a friendly announcement that we will be departing in an hour; 30…

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The Journey to Certification

By Angela Buckley | April 23, 2018 |

Last week marked a milestone that has long been on my bucket list.  As a problem solver, I have wanted the Six Sigma Black Belt certification, but the opportunity had not presented itself when I was working in industry or researching in academia.  I’d like to share with you my statistical learning journey. In high…

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