My favorites ( – Part 2

Recently I have included a training video for blood borne pathogens to be used on the web based Recreation assistant training.  Although the video is catered to the health industry there are many transferable skills.  I also included Think free since it was recommended by one of our classmates (Thanks Bill!).  Think free works similar to google doc, in which you can collaborate online and make changes to documents live without having to send them back and forth via email.   I also have Window Movie Maker 2, which is a great training video to learn how to use the movie maker software that comes with Microsoft Windows.  You can also find Ron Kaufman’s customer service video which I also hope to use for the online training.   The Swiss ball rolling exercise is a great video training for practicing kayaking rolls on land.  I am going to put this video on the PSU Recreation Blog soon.  Lastly, I have a Ski and Snowboard video workout that I am also going to move to the PSU Recreation blog soon. 

First break all the rules

I have a 45 minute commute every day to work.  Thanks to my commute is very entertaining and educational. The reading that I enjoy is non fiction because of the intellectual growth value.   On the other hand, when I want to escape or relax I rather watch a movie. My wife would argue that you can learn about human nature through literature in general.  I stick to my non fiction.  Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman in their book First break all the rules emphasizes that to excel as a manager one must do the following:  1. Select talented staff, 2. Set expectations, 3. Motivate the person, 4. Develop the person.   The last activity is the one that I want to expand in this posting.  Developing staff members is an individual process that has to be mapped in order to achieve the desired outcome.  You need to keep track of each person’s strengths, weaknesses and work habits in order to train them to be a better employee.  Also, by starting them each off with an effective training program the development of employees is set on a good foundation, since each person will know the expectations of the manager, and hopefully, how they need to achieve them.  Good training is a core element but not the only element for development

Vodpod Widget

While I was setting up the new PSU Rec programs blog ( I discovered the Vodpod widget.  What a great tool!  This widget allows you to put all of your favorite videos in one location.  You can tag them and write a short description.  Currently, I am using this widget for fitness instructional videos as well as for fun recreational videos.  When I create my training videos, I’ll be using it for that purpose as well.