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Check out The Thiagi Group's Training Intelligence Podcast, episode 17. In this episode, Matt Richter continues the new series exploring leadership lessons learned from US Presidents. We explore the evolution of how US Vice Presidents have historically been chosen and how the role has shifted over the centuries. The episode culminates with the story of Jimmy Carter, 39th President, who literally changed the process and more importantly, the values that informed how a President chose a running mate; and how that individual has served in office. The lessons derived from this exploration center on using historical precedent to guide your own decisions, using risk management to identify situations that may hurt you, and deciding to mitigate those risks. Published January 14, 2015.

Check out The Thiagi Group's Training Intelligence Podcast, episode 16. In this episode, Matt Richter begins a new series exploring leadership lessons learned from US Presidents. This inaugural show in the series looks at the ascendency of Vice President John Tyler as he becomes the first VP to step into the shoes of a dead President. While Tyler's administration was filled with missteps and misguided decisions that helped lead the US to Civil War, Mr. Tyler's behaviors as he took office set a standard for how leadership transitions should occur. Against often patronizing and contemptuous attitudes from both allies and enemies alike, Tyler asserted the power a Vice President has upon taking over the Presidency. His insistent and assertive approach led the way to peaceful and stable transitions that had previously not been defined. While we may castigate Tyler for his role in nearly breaking the Union, we can learn a lot from his leadership upon William Henry Harrison's death. Tyler is a complex and completely fascinating figure and we explore one of the more intriguing stories of this turbulent time in our history. Published November 25, 2014.


In this episode, Thiagi discusses how content and activities work together. Published October 31, 2013.


In this episode Thiagi discusses the insanity of certain content applications in training. Published September 29, 2013.


Thiagi shares the origins of his transformation from ADDIE follower to his more eclectic approach. Published August 27, 2013.


Thiagi helps learners assume different roles to improve their learning efficiency. Published July 25, 2013.


In this very short episode, Thiagi tells a story. Published May 28, 2013.


We're back! Sorry for the long delay. Thiagi and Matt are both at fault, but ready to get back on the horse. Today, they talk about using special playing cards to explore and discuss various training topics. Published May 28, 2013.


Here is the continued discussion between Thiagi and Guy Wallace. Enjoy. Published July 7, 2010.


This is part 1 of a two part series where Thiagi and our friend, Guy Wallace dive deeply into a discussion about their different instructional design approaches. Guy, as many of you know, has been an instructional designer and performance improvement consultant nearly as long as Thiagi. They have known each other for decades and over the years have had many formal and informal dialogues about what they do differently, and what that they have learned from each other. The idea for this series came from a session we did several years ago at ISPI in Dallas, where Thiagi and Guy did a session together debating style, substance, process, and results. Rather than a debate, however, the session turned into a masters’ class hosted by two of the greats. Our hope was to re-capture some of that here. Published July 7, 2010.


In this episode, Thiagi describes the 4 Door Model for eLearning-- his innovative approach for designing eLearning faster, cheaper, and better. He and Matt provide an overview, as well as several examples. Thiagi also shares how to apply the model using different types of platforms. And, Thiagi tells a joke-- we leave it to you to figure out where. Published May 28, 2010.


Thiagi and Matt discuss how to use magic tricks as an interactive strategy for training. Thiagi performs a trick on you, the listeners, and then demos one other. They talk about the difference in using tricks for educational purposes versus entertainment, and then identify the risks and pitfalls of their use. Published April 1, 2010.


In this episode, Thiagi explains Rapid Instructional Design (RID) and how it is a faster, cheaper, and better way to create and facilitate learning. He uses Matt as a faux client, role playing how he designs so quickly. He also answers many of the popular concerns surrounding RID. Published March 4, 2010.

In this special episode, Thiagi talks about how he became a trainer and instructional designer. He shares some anecdotes with Matt about moving to the United States from India and some perilous time in Africa. Learn how Thiagi created a whole class of car thieves during his first custom simulation, and find out why Thiagi is so passionate about what he does. Published March 3, 2010.


In this episode, Thiagi explores different types of puzzles and how they can be used most effectively as learning tools. Published February 8, 2010.


In this episode Thiagi and Matt review Thiagi's infamous 6-step debriefing process. Lots of examples and details for using the process properly. Feel free to email us with any debriefing questions. Published February 1, 2010.


Our inaugural podcast. Thiagi and Matt discuss using jolts—play, debrief, and creation. Published January 27, 2010.