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Getting Started: You Don’t Have to See the Whole Staircase

Getting started - Independent learning tech analyst John Leh explains why he is starting the Talented Learning blog

When I told my wife my first Talented Learning blog post would be something involving the old quote “Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” she immediately quipped, “That’s original.”

Lack of creativity on my first post is an ominous sign.  Starting a blog is no easy matter — I’ve been thinking about it for a decade.  Primarily, fear is standing in the way.  Fear that I don’t have anything original to say.  The bigger fear that nobody will read it.  And the biggest fear that people actually might read it.


Then I start thinking about the work that is going to be involved as I write my first post and it takes all day long.  During the stalling process, it’s easy to find time to read all of Hemmingway’s short stories and byline articles for inspiration, and quickly realize that I’m no Hemmingway.  Yep.  The work and the fear sure get in the way.

Fighting Injustice in Extended Enterprise Learning, One Keystroke at a Time

I have no choice now though.  I’m a sucker for injustice.  The topic I love and have studied and have promoted professionally is being ignored, shunned and trivialized.  That topic is learning.  Extended enterprise learning, to be specific.

Millions of extended enterprise learning and business professionals around the world are starving for useful information, research, news, advice and best practices to guide their business decisions.  But they have nowhere to go, nothing to advance, nada to share and no one to meet who is filling that gap as a trusted resource.  So we’re going to carry the torch and be that place to go.

Anyway, in tribute to Lao Tzu, here are my favorite quotes for taking the first step, beginning a long journey and starting a blog:

1) “A journey is like a marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it”
– John Steinbeck.

2) “Everything is easy once you know how.”
– Pop, Grandpop, Great Grandpop, Great, Great Grandpop Leh, etc.

3) “I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.”
– Leonard Nimoy

4) “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

5) “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
– Mark Twain

Sorry Mark, I hear you, but here goes anyway. I hope the second step is easier.  Welcome to Talented Learning.  See you tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!


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Choosing Your Next LMS: How to Kickstart the Process with an Independent Consultant


In a complex market packed with 700+ possible solutions, how can you be sure your next learning platform will work for your organization? What kind of functionality is essential? Do you know what’s available? What budget parameters makes sense? How can you avoid overpaying? Do you even know if an LMS is the best solution?

Where should you start?

Before making your next move, why not tap into the knowledge and experience of a successful independent learning technology consultant? Join John Leh, CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning as he tackles today’s trickiest LMS buyer challenges:

  • How to make sense of today’s expansive LMS landscape
  • How to determine if you can afford a new LMS
  • Why requirements definition is essential to sort through the learning tech “specialist” market
  • How to narrow your options from 700+ vendors to a qualified shortlist
  • When and how to use an RFP (or not)

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John Leh
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John Leh is CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, LLC. Named among the “Top 20 Global Elearning Movers and Shakers” in 2018 and 2017, John is a fiercely independent LMS selection consultant, blogger and podcaster who helps organizations select and implement learning technology strategies – primarily for extended enterprise applications. His advice is based on more than 20 years of industry experience, serving as a trusted LMS selection and sales adviser to more than 100 learning organizations with a total technology spend of more than $65 million. You can connect with John on Twitter at @JohnLeh or on LinkedIn.

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