The L&D Ninja Podcast

The L&D Ninja Podcast

An educational, informative, entertaining, and inspirational podcast on all things Learning and Development. From high school dropout to becoming a real "ninja" in the field, Dr. Padin shares his real-life stories and the stories of other brilliant people in the industry. So, grab a pen, a notepad, and your favorite beverage and get ready to embark on the life of an L&D Ninja!

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September 14, 2022 26 min

The future of L&D and education is here, and it's a game-changer! A recent report published by the World Economic Forum states, "VR is a leading example and arguably a game-changer for the next generation of students, graduates and vocational learners and enables experiential learning. It allows students to immerse themselves in an interactive experience where they can visualize their actions' outcomes first-hand. C...

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With all the time, money, and energy spent on hiring and developing employees, it is crucial for companies to go the extra mile to keep their best performers. However, this is easier said than done, especially in a post-COVID-19 world.

On this episode of The L&D Ninja Podcast, my guest, Michael Sabbag, discusses the "Seven Factors that Drive Performance" and what organizations can do to retain their top performers.

Mich...

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August 16, 2022 60 min

If you or someone you know has been asking, “How can I land my first job in L&D?” “What do hiring managers look for when making their selection?” “What should I include in my resume?” “How can I strengthen my portfolio?” You definitely want to tune in to tomorrow’s episode of The L&D Ninja Podcast.

My guest, Megan Dillon, Manager of Learning Design and Technology at GoHealth, gives practical and specific answers to these qu...

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August 3, 2022 62 min

Crypto, fintech, startups, blockchain, and cybersecurity are all hot topics of conversation these days, and tons of information is available to people at their fingertips. But all the news, information, and hype can sometimes cause great confusion, causing people to make big mistakes or shy away from getting involved. That is why it's so important to have a trusted advisor.

In today's Podcast, I discuss these hot topics wit...

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July 19, 2022 56 min

We've all heard the statement, "Organizations are only as good and effective as their people." In a post-Pandemic, hybrid/remote, and hyper-competitive marketplace, growing our people has become more critical than ever. However, it's not all bad news. This "new normal" presents new and exciting opportunities for L&D professionals.

In this episode, Tom Pender brings decades of first-hand experience working...

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July 5, 2022 49 min

Leadership is all about inspiring others; painting an exciting vision of what’s possible; believing in people’s potential, especially when they don’t quite believe it themselves; and bringing out the best in others. When leaders do this, those they lead will not only grow, thrive, and produce at a higher level, but they will also enjoy the process of working with and for you.

My guest today is Edwin Garcia the Director of Learning ...

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June 21, 2022 55 min

It's an exciting time to be an L&D professional.  As of this morning (6/19/22), there are a grand total of 6,228 Instructional Designer and 1,354 LMS Administrator job openings posted on just LinkedIn.  Many of these job postings offer the opportunity to work remotely.

If you're someone thinking making a move to an L&D career, or would like to start your own business in the space, you definitely need to listen to th...

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Jay Chun was a former classroom K12 teacher who quickly learned being in the classroom wasn't the profession for him.   But, what was he going to do.  He decided to go back to school to get a graduate degree in hopes of being able to teach at college level; that was until he found out about Instructional Design.

Since 2011, Jay has had a successful career as an Instructional Designer, doing work for major companies such as Cisc...

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May 24, 2022 59 min

 The phrase “servant leadership” originated with Robert K. Greenleaf in "The Servant as Leader"  essay,  first published in 1970.   According to the Greeleaf Center for Servant Leadership, "A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyra...

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Digital transformation is the process of using digital technologies to transform established, traditional and non-digital business processes and services, or creating new ones, to meet with the evolving market and customer expectations.  This is easier said than done, and unless you have the right strategy and experienced team, your company may be left behind.

In this episode, we discuss digital transformation with an industry exper...

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April 27, 2022 44 min

According to Monica Gragg, "Microlearning. will be redefined by TikTok." And she may be on to something. Since its introduction in May 2020, the TikTok hashtag, #learnontiktok, has had more than 271 billion views. People are learning everything and anything under the sun, 15 seconds at a time.

In this episode, we discuss TikTok for L&D, L&D in the Metaverse, and a whole lot more.                                      ...

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