What Our CEO, Debbie Wooldridge Is Loving This Month (+ Why You Will Too!)

Debbie Wooldridge
Posted: February 12, 2019

Ah, February…the month of love, the Super Bowl (still a bit heartbroken over my beloved Chiefs!), and the mid-point of Q1 where you’re either feeling:

  1. Like you’re finally getting into the groove of the new year
  2. Like you’re still playing catch up from last year

Let’s hope it’s the former! However you’re feeling about the shortest month of the year, I’d like to share 7 things I’m crushing on right now – everything from achieving the perfect work life balance to moringa powder (perfect for tired eyes), plus an invite to an upcoming webinar, Fall Back in Love by Revitalizing Old Content. You might even fall head over heels too!

  1. Embracing work/life balance: One of my goals for 2019 is to be better in tune with this concept. Instead of thinking, “No worries, I have my cell phone with me. I can still read/respond to every email as it comes in or answer every call before it goes to voicemail,” I’m actually unplugging during time away from the office. My recent month-long stay in Mammoth, CA is a great example. Each day we were up on the mountain, I blocked my calendar for a ski break from 8am – During that time, I stepped away from all things work related. What I uncovered was that, when I returned, I was refreshed, refocused, and ready to innovate. And the feeling has carried over – now that I’m back to my normal routine, I still feel the energy because I know that balance is 100% possible!
  2. Content curation: At the beginning of December, I attended The CLO Exchange. Content curation was causing quite the buzz! I was excited to see companies talking about how to solve the problem of having so much content in so many different places. It’s no wonder employees are overwhelmed trying to stay relevant! 2019 will be the year that learning and development organizations promote content curation as an important method of sharing information and providing the right experience to learners. Stay tuned ¾in the coming months, we’ll be sharing about our favorite methods and tools for content curation and how it’s affecting the landscape of L&D as we know it! Click here to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a post.

  1. Innovation management software: It’s no mystery that innovation is essential to staying competitive and remaining relevant. I believe companies that build a culture of innovation are on the path to growth, and I’m passionate about fostering that culture in our own organization. (Spoiler alert I’m so passionate about it that I’m launching a companywide innovation campaign here at ttcInnovations this month!) However, I know that all too often, what starts out as a great idea can end up on the cutting room floor because team members don’t know how to make it happen. So putting a framework in place to help manage that “ideation to execution” process is essential. I’m loving IdeaScale. It’s a free, easy-to-use, engaging platform that will help us bring the next big ideas to life. I particularly love the ability to vote and provide comments on ideas, which allows us to use community feedback to prioritize!
  2. Companies that view training as an employee benefit: Learning and development plays a key role in engaging and retaining employees. It’s great to see so many companies leveraging their training department to help differentiate themselves and compete for talent. As a training organization, we know the expectation is high when we bring in new Innovators, so I’m absolutely obsessed with the new ttcAcademy our HR department launched this year! The ttcAcademy was initially developed as an onboarding tool, yet it hosts valuable information for everyone. All Innovators can locate information about our company, job aids, videos, quick links to access frequently used sites/items, and more.
  3. Moringa powder: I’ve tried all kinds of protein shakes, teas, and good ol’ vegetables to increase my energy and maintain a healthy balance without an overkill of supplements. I know the best way to get vitamins and minerals is in their most natural state but honestly, I don’t always have time to ensure that each day is filled with the right balance of nutrition. So, a few years ago, I started adding a shake to my regular routine to help me achieve a better balance in my diet. Over the past few months, I started having a bit of vision issues (aging, really) and found that Moringa powder is highly recommended to help maintain eye health. I threw some into my morning shake and found that it also really boosted my energy (essential for all the skiing I was doing in January)! I’ve since done more research and found it has a ton of great benefits for your body, including potassium, iron, and vitamin B. It’s also a great natural way to fight off some of the most common allergies. I use moringa leaf powder, but you can also find it in capsules and liquid extract if you aren’t a protein/veggie shake lover like I am!
  4. Team collaboration: Collaboration with coworkers, managers, and outside departments through various modes such as forums, informal chats, sharing sessions, and learning circles is one of the other things I’m so passionate about right now! We’ve primarily been using Skype for Business to collaborate, but have recently been transitioning over to Microsoft Teams, as it allows our team members to create and make decisions together; share files, tasks, and conversations; and most importantly spend more time doing the work and less time talking about the work. It’s yet another great tool that lets our Innovators work from anywhere without losing productivity!
  5. Evening walks: A few months ago, my husband invited me to go on a walk after dinner. He had been having some nagging injuries keeping him from getting a full workout and wanted to burn a few calories, as well as digest a bit after the dinner indulgence. I joined him, and we have now made it part of our regular routine. It’s our special time together to connect, chat about our day, talk about our dreams, make plans for dinner tomorrow night, and just hold hands! I wouldn’t trade that time for the world. We don’t go every single night but try to make it out most evenings. Sometimes it’s a three-mile trek; sometimes it’s just around the neighborhood – but after 32 years of marriage, I still love to spend uninterrupted time just walking beside my hubby!

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