My 1st Friday Favorite Guru Series: Don Clark

We begin the First Friday of this month, February 2015, with another of my Favorite Gurus, Don Clark.

Donald Clark

I’ve been following the online work of Donald Clark since the late 1990s – originally his “Big Dog’s ISD Page” – and now he has several additional repositories of great ISD and HPT content on the web.

Don (Donald) R. Clark

Here from his Web Site:

Welcome to Big Dog and Little Dog’s Bowl of Biscuits! From spanning the globe for great links to cranking out articles, we are hard at work to bring you the finest information and knowledge on performance, learning, training, and leadership. This site has been on the Internet for over 15 years.

My name is Don (Donald Clark) and I live in Edmonds, Washington. When I’m not consulting, designing, or working on my web site, I’m hiking, fishing, gardening, and of course playing with my dogs Ricardo and Buddy. Kim, my loving wife and soul mate for 40 plus years recently passed away.

I started this site in 1995 as a hobby as I wanted to be a part of the internet, rather than just read it. I started writing about Instructional System Design and then leadership in which I learned quite a bit about from my Army career. The rest of the site just sort of grew from there.

For about thirteen years I worked in the Information Services/Inventory Control Department at Starbucks Coffee Company’s roasting plant in Kent. Prior to that I was Sergeant First Class (E7) in the U.S. Army and retired after 22 years. The first part of my military career was in the heavy equipment field (the Engineers—both combat and construction). My last seven years were at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where I worked as an instructor and then an instructional designer.

Presently, I’m consulting, creating, and delivering learning processes (both classroom training and elearning). I also provide train-the-trainer and train-the-instructional designers classes. As of the present, I’m only working in the greater Seattle area. I may be emailed at I’m also on Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin.

I value your comments, suggestions, and questions. I will try to respond as quickly as possible. Since this is a one man operation (plus two dogs), I need your feedback, criticisms, suggestions, and editorial input (spelling, grammar, etc.). You can either email me at the link above or leave a comment in any of the posts on my blog.

Don Clark’s Online Resources

Here is his site on Performance, Learning, Leadership and Knowledge.

Here is his site on Big Dog, Little Dog – a news blog.

And here is his Knowledge Jump – Knowledge Jump is an extension of Big Dog & Little Dog, which is a quality provider of knowledge, leadership, learning, and instructional design content.

Due to the large amount of content on Big Dog & Little Dog, it became necessary to “grow” another site. Big Dog & Little Dog will still be around for a long time to come, in addition to being updated on a regular basis; while Knowledge Jump will become the repository for most of the new material.

Don is one of my favorite Bloggers!

He has a fabulous page titled: Learning and Training: Statistics and Myths – on the following topics…

Training Effectiveness
Kirkpatrick Model
Training Expenditures
Training Development Ratios
Growth of Training
Growth of eLearning
10% Transfer of Training Myth
Transfer of Training Rate
20% x 20% x 10% = 0.4% Myth
Training and the Bottom Line
Generational Differences
Knowledge Economy
Class Size
Personalized System of Instruction
Active Learning
Note Taking
Instructor Effectiveness
Informal Learning
Staffing HRD
Laurie Bassi and Peter and Waterman

Check it out! This will be well worth your time and efforts!

Pass this post and the links forward in your professional networks – and consider subscribing to his Blog!

And you might wish to leave Don a note of appreciation about this post, for all the effort he puts into things he freely shares!!!

Here is mine:

Thank you Don Clark for sharing quality content on the web for 2 decades!


My Lessons From Don

Included his approach to sharing online.

And his commitment to sharing what the science told us.

He was my role model back in 2007 as I got serious with my Blog (originally at Blogger) that I had started in 2004, but had never done much with it. I reviewed his organization structure – as I “architected” mine.

Share Your Stories

If the work of Donald Clark has been a valuable influence and/or resource for you – please share your stories about that in the comments section below.

Or simply share a URL there that is relevant.

And – thank you – for sharing!

The My First Friday Favorite Guru Series

We each have many influencers, mentors, both active and passive, knowingly and unknowingly in their respective roles in our development.

This series is my attempt to acknowledge all of them… one by one… in no particular order… as I attempt to consciously reflect on what I have have learned and whom I have learned it from, regarding all things “Performance Improvement” – my first focus.

I have a long list.

Lucky me.

Next month – Jeanne Farrington.

Links to All of the Past Posts in the MFFF Guru Series

Here is a page with links to all of the Past Posts from this series, listed below – here.

  • Don Clark – February 2015
  • Frank T. Wydra – January 2015
  • Philip B. Crosby – December 2014
  • Donald L. Dewar – November 2014
  • Joseph M. Juran – October 2014
  • W. Edwards Deming – September 2014
  • Bonnie B. Small – August 2014
  • Walter A. Shewhart – July 2014
  • Carl Binder – June 2014
  • Ruth Clark – May 2014
  • Rob Foshay – April 2014
  • John Carlisle – March 2014
  • Miki Lane – February 2014
  • Harold Stolovitch – January 2014
  • Bill Wiggenhorn – December 2013
  • Will Thalheimer – November 2013
  • Roger Kaufman – October 2013
  • Roger Addison – September 2013
  • Ray Svenson – August 2013
  • Dick (Richard E.) Clark – July 2013
  • Allison Rossett – June 2013
  • Carol Panza – May 2013
  • Jane Bozarth – April 2013
  • Judy Hale – March 2013
  • Margo Murray – February 2013
  • Neil Rackham – January 2013
  • Robert (Bob) F. Mager – December 2012
  • Joe H. Harless – November 2012
  • Thomas F. Gilbert – October 2012
  • Sivasailam Thiagarajan (Thiagi) – September 2012
  • Geary A. Rummler – August 2012
  • Dale Brethower – July 2012

Here is a page with links to all of the above Past Posts in My First Friday Favorite Guru Series – here.

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