Category Archives: The industry

First, You’ve Gotta Have An Expertise

I’ve spent a chunk of the last seven months writing a book, So… You Want to Join the Gig Economy. Now what? Tales From a Freelance Veteran–available in January. As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about what has helped to propel me through the last 10 years of my life as an independent consultant and what someone who is pondering making the leap might want to consider.

First and foremost, you need to have an established expertise. It may seem obvious, but there are many people out there who want to start a side hustle who don’t have an expertise, but try it anyway…

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So tired of shi##y eLearning

Back in my Walgreens days when I was on the buyer’s side of the table, I had the opportunity to talk with many learning companies. I remember clearly, the day that a sales person from one of these companies was demoing a sample course and explained that clicking next or clicking an icon to reveal some more content to read was interaction.

Clicking ain’t interaction

While clicking a button on a screen is an action, it is NOT  interaction. And since that day I have been on a personal crusade to help clients push the envelope on their own thinking about interaction and engagement. I want learners to THINK. … » Continue Reading.

Why I love tax time

Well, Hartke Designs made it through our ninth tax season. And as crazy as this sounds, I love tax time! Here’s why…

I LOVE that Hartke Designs, with many thanks to our treasured clients, generates income for extremely talented instructional designers, project managers, developers, and graphic designers. And, it’s not until I tally up all the totals for our accountant do I really see just how much.

According to MBO Partners, State of Independence in America report, in 2015 36% of independents hired other independents equalling $101B or 2.4 million full-time workers. And if our numbers are any indication, I bet that number has increased in the … » Continue Reading.

Are our ID programs missing something?

I was was recently reading Bryan Caplan’s article, “The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone” in the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Caplan made a statement that stopped me in my tracks:

The disconnect between college curricula and the job market has a banal explanation: Educators teach what they know—and most have as little firsthand knowledge of the modern workplace as I do. Yet this merely complicates the puzzle. If schools aim to boost students’ future income by teaching job skills, why do they entrust students’ education to people so detached from the real world? Because, despite the chasm between … » Continue Reading.