With the holiday season upon us, I’ll be taking a break from writing original posts and/or papers for a couple of weeks. I won’t be taking this time to rest on my laurels, however. I have plenty of projects to complete around the house, a decade of photos to sort and upload, and a number of older works that need dusted off and posted so that there is a possibility of others getting value from them.
I’ve continued the love of open collaboration, and strive to share my knowledge and expertise freely to those who ask of it. As every new cohort began, I opened with the same statement; which I still hold to be a positive truth:
Though I may be billed as your teacher, trainer, or as the course instructor; none of these are necessarily true. As a room of professionals, each of you have chosen to be here. I cannot teach those that don’t want to learn, nor can I instruct those that don’t wish to listen. I can guide, assist, advise, listen, and mentor. I will freely answer any question to which I’m familiar and certain, and research answers to those I am not. I’m a resource, coach, and your collaborator; and I look forward to the next 40 days we’ll spend here together.
It’s in this spirit that I’ve selected the training decks from the CNAP program to post over the next couple of weeks. The first series to follow this post will be the Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) training material, slides, labs, and other handouts that I prepared as an instructor between 2000 and 2005. They’ve been touched on from time-to-time, and although no longer relevant for the CCNA exam; the underlying technical concepts and theory aren’t the type of things that will age into irrelevance in the very near future.
In my opinion, the development, mentorship, and transparency in thought-processes are among the most defining characteristics of good leadership. Though I have largely moved out of the classroom, the lessons learned and training received in instructional design, pedagogy, and confidence in my subject-authority will undoubtedly stick with me; and be valuable in all aspects of my life. I hope any good information I might impart while republishing this series may be as valuable to you as it was to me.
Happy holidays to all, and I look forward to our continued conversation.