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Jun 29
Cory in Langkawi

Just who the heck is Cory Archibald and why does she think she needs her own website?

I started this site with a big boost of help from GigaMedia (thanks, Chris!) primarily because I decided that 2012 was going to be the year I stopped using a paper resume.  And while I think the social media career tools out there, like LinkedIn and Facebook, are valuable and necessary for the modern professional, I just didn’t feel like those tools offered me everything I wanted to convey to you (whoever you are).

I wanted to post samples of my work where anybody could see them.  I wanted to share my ideas and great ideas from other people where anyone can benefit from them.  I wanted an open space where cool people could hang out and swap stories without being subjected to me posting links to animal rescue shelters or sharing George Takei’s latest amusing photo (I do a lot of both on Facebook).

By all means, if you have a soft spot for adoptable animals and snarky Facebook pictures, look me up, I’ll be happy to be your friend.  But if all you really want is a place to get and share ideas, where we can talk honestly about the challenges that face our world of work and celebrate our breakthroughs, then this site is for you.

If you found this site because you Googled my name and ended up here, there are a few things you should know about me, how I think and the way I work.

First of all, I’m a HUGE fan of sarcasm.  In the immortal words of Hawkeye Pierce, if I didn’t laugh I’d have to cry.  Let’s face it, the world is tough right now.  Sarcasm helps me laugh it off so I can move on, because at my heart, I am an incurable optimist.

Optimism is often equated with naivety, and that isn’t fair.  People who are naive generally are hopelessly optimistic, but that doesn’t mean all optimists are clueless about the challenges around us.  Besides, I believe everybody is secretly an optimist, even if only a little bit.

I believe in the power of possibility, and that–to me–is what optimism is all about.  It’s what drives us to make rockets that take us to Mars, find a cure for cancer, and build towers that are 40% taller than the tallest in the world.  Sarcasm is just the caution tape that goes around the construction zone.

Part of being an optimist means generally believing the best of people.  Sometimes I’m disappointed, but most of the time I’m not.  I believe most people live up to the reputation you give them, so you should make it a good one.

My working philosophy boils down to something very simple:  I think most people are fundamentally the same, and the work we do–day in and day out–is a reflection of this vast reservoir of our common humanity.  Most of us want to live comfortable lives, with adequate food and shelter, with a future for our children, and just one chance to do something remarkable.

I am fluent in sarcasm, but unrelenting in my optimism. And these are the tools I use to badger the organizations I work with to let go of things that don’t work…and embrace things that might. This is why training is my passion.

Training is one of the most misused tools in the modern workplace. Training in most organizations is used as a policy dissemination method, a correctional tool for someone who screwed up, or a checkbox on the way to promotion. But organizations that really get training right have a completely different vision.

Workplace learning should be about discovery and innovation, about developing talents and bringing individuals to their full potential. The training department should be the “think tank”, not because the smartest people work there, but because it is the place people come to think and speak freely in search of solutions.

That’s the approach I take.  If your training department only exists to regurgitate policy in PowerPoint form, you don’t need me, and you wouldn’t like me.  But if you envision something more…stick around.  Let’s talk.

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