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  • 21 Feb 2014 7:29 AM | Marcie Van Note

    June 4th non-profit training day.  If you work for or volunteer at a non-profit, this is a day for you.  For the third year in a row, Hawkeye ASTD will provide top-notch training.

    July 23rd and 24th  Kevin Eikenberry will be here to present two days of Bud to Boss.

    On Friday the 25th Kevin will provide a seminar for chapter members on Thinking Strategically about Training and Learning.

    August 13th brings Train the Trainer, more information to follow.

    Please mark your calendars!

    If you have any questions or would like to help plan these events, please contact Marcie Van Note at of 319-270-2004.




  • 29 Oct 2013 6:44 PM | Marcie Van Note

    On October 17thKevin Eikenberry presented a very motivational and inspiring all day seminar on Remarkable Leadership, also the title of his book.  I thought I would share a few of the thoughts that I walked away with in hopes that others would add to the list.

    • Leadership is complex…..let that soak in for a minute.  Kevin discussed some work his group did with NASA and asking a rocket scientist which was more complex---rocket science or leadership.  The rocket scientist responded simply, leadership. 
    •  We manage things and lead people
    • Leadership is, complex, action (leadership is a verb, it is something we do), a responsibility (it’s a focus on others) and an opportunity
    •  Leadership is not, management, a job title, a power grab or a birth right
    •  Remarkable leaders are continual learners; you have to invest in yourself.  Continual learners are curious, they ask lots of questions, learn from their experiences and reflect on them, they work outside of their comfort zone
    • Remarkable leaders champion change
    • The ABC’s of coaching---accountability, belief (if you don’t believe in someone you shouldn’t be coaching them) and conversation (a coach shouldn’t tell you what to do)

    As I sit here reflecting on the day I could just go on and on.  I walked away reflecting on new ways of looking at things, learning new things to try and reinforcing some of the things I already knew.

    From the feedback, questions and responses received I know the day was a success.  Four companies have been in contact to ask for Kevin’s contact information.  His message was powerful enough they want to bring him in-house, to invest in continual learning.

    Please add your take-aways from the day!

    Check out our facebook page for pictures from the day……it was a good one.  While you are our facebook page to see what else is going on in the chapter.

  • 17 Oct 2013 9:12 AM | Kathie Rotz

    As a trainer do you sell?  Do you teach how to sell?


    November's guest presenter, Teri Fairchild, will be speaking on Sales Training.  I've been thinking a lot about this topic.  It is not a common topic in my training business, however; it is mandatory for me to do.  I have learned that I am always selling myself and my passions.  But am I successful at it?


    I am looking forward to hearing Teri speak.  Teri sells well!!  I can always use more reminders and tips.  What sales tips and tricks do you use in your training world?

  • 09 Oct 2013 2:10 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    Special Program Notes: Registration for this program closes October 11. It is being held at a special time from 9-11 AM. Kevin Eikenberry will be presenting "Thinking Strategically About Training and Learning"from the Cedar Rapids site.
  • 09 Oct 2013 2:01 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    To promote our "Remarkable Leadership" Professional Development Day seminar, we are hosting a contest on our Hawkeye ASTD Facebook page. Please check it out and consider posting about it on your Facebook page.

  • 24 Sep 2013 2:45 PM | Kathie Rotz

    What is Employee Learning Week?

    Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.


    When is it?

    December 2-6, 2013


    Where is it?

    Employee Learning Week events can happen anywhere! Hold events in your office or plan a special off-site program.


    Why participate?

    Training is more important now than ever before. The growing skills gap and increased need to compete in today's economy require organizations to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce.


    Who can participate?

    All organizations are encouraged to recognize Employee Learning Week by rededicating themselves to employee learning.


    Tell us what you're doing to promote Employee Learning Week and we'll feature you as an official ASTD "Champion of Learning” in our monthly newsletter.

  • 17 Sep 2013 2:02 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    Check out the ASTD webcasts, podcasts and more that can support your career growth at: 
  • 25 Jul 2013 9:02 AM | Kathie Rotz

    If you or someone you know would make a good addition to our Chapter Board, please complete our nomination process for the position that fits your strength (or theirs)! The following positions are up for election in 2014:


    • ·         VP-Programs
    • ·         VP-Development
    • ·         VP–Administration
    • ·         VP-Technology
    •       VP-Communication (filling second year of this term)
    • ·         President-Elect


    The Chapter Leadership Positions and Nomination Form can be accessed through links on the Members Only page. Reminder, you’ll need to log in as a member to see this page. Please contact the current Board member to learn more about their duties and insights about their position (contact information is on the website under Leadership Team). 


    Email the completed nomination form to Susan Weinschenk  by August 31, 2013.  Online voting will occur in September. New Board members will begin onboarding in late October and will participate in our 2014 Strategic Planning Meeting in late November.


    With your help, we’ll have another successful year!

  • 16 Jul 2013 3:16 PM | Kathie Rotz

    School supplies are in the stores!  It's that time to restock our supplies.  It seems like I can never find markers under $4 unless it's "Back to School" season. 


    What supplies to you purchase to stock your training shelves?  Are you picky?  Do you prefer certain brands?


    Please share here on the blog.

  • 08 Jul 2013 12:21 AM | Melanie Hoffner

    If you are a leader, want to become a leader, or know others interested in developing leadership skils and competencies, please read this letter from Kevin Eikenberry about his October Professional Development Day seminar. We hope you and your colleagues will join us in Cedar Rapids on October 17.

    Would you please help us promote this exciting day to your networks? If you have any questions about this event or helping with promotion, please contact Marcie Van Note, VP Development. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

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