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The story starts in 2012, when Stephen Sadler, the author of Mindset Abaddon, completely ripped his bicep off running an obstacle race (Tough Mudder). At the time he was 48 and fairly healthy, so it was chalked up to a fluke accident. Then in 2013, his right knee went out and he had to have surgery. Again, thought nothing of it. In early 2014, he then ripped his tricep off playing ice hockey from a very simple fall. However, this injury stopped him from doing everything, including full-time work. As he tried to rehab his arm after another surgery, Stephen’s eyes started to lose focus at far distances combined with hallucinations. Now 50, he just thought it was a part of aging.

Six months later, Stephen started to have more hallucinations and out of body type experiences that put him in the hospital for four days. After a battery of tests for petite mal seizures, everything came back normal and they sent him home. Another month passed and he was back at the optometrist still complaining about his eyes and wondering if they were causing his hallucinations. Even though his eyes were slightly vertically misaligned, she also noticed that his eyes had different readings every time he came in. Based on his history of contact sports, motorcycles, etc. she sent him to see a neurologist.

By the time Stephen got in to see the neurologist, his symptoms were becoming very serious. After a quick diagnosis, the neurologist sent him over to a Detroit-based endocrinologist, who handles concussions for professional football and hockey players (Detroit Lions / Detroit Red Wings). After a four hour blood test the endocrinologist diagnosed Stephen with Hypopituitarism (A.K.A. Secondary Addison’s Disease), which apparently JFK also had. His hormonal levels, especially cortisol and GH were almost non-existent, and he was told by the endocrinologist that if they didn’t get it turned around he only had about four to six months left to live.

This disease side-lined Stephen for two years. Losing your body functions is not fun, but losing your mind is very scary to say the least. The medication the endocrinologist prescribed changed his life in so many ways and he almost has his mind and vision back to normal. Yes, he still has his days, however, being a believer in Christ, he feels very blessed to have a second chance at life.

But this is where the story gets interesting.

Stephen has always been a curious person and some of his hallucinations were unbelievably real. So during his illness, he started to write what he was experiencing and the end result was very unusual. Somehow, even while injured, his brain was able to connect beyond his own consciousness and create a story. He used many of his own wild out of body experiences to write the Mindset Abaddon novel, which was published in 2015. It’s so strange, because now when Stephen reads Mindset Abaddon, he says it feels like he didn’t even write it. Sounds crazy but it’s true. He definitely believes we are not disconnected beings and that our brains are connected to God through external dimensions. 

This explains how the Mindset technology in the book works. This could become a scary reality in the not to distant future.

Listen to this interesting first interview with the author of the new science fiction novel “Mindset”.

Mindset - Front Cover

Mindset – Front Cover

It was cooler than usual in Los Angeles that night, as Jack Cooper walked out of a business dinner going south. Jack was the leading neuroscientist and inventor of the new Mindset technology that converted thoughts to text. As he sped down Western Ave, he noticed a black SUV trailing closely behind. Curious to see if the vehicle would follow, he quickly turned right onto the I-10 ramp. As he took his eyes off the road for one last second, he heard the squealing of tires and the twisting of metal, combined with the airbag explosion and the shattering of broken glass. The impact flipped the car over and it skidded down the ramp on its roof. Still buckled, Jack was dazed but he knew his injuries were extensive. As he tried to climb out the car, the pain became unbearable, and then all went dark.

Print and digital versions available on Amazon January 1st, 2015.

http://mindsetnovel.com

After leaving high school, weight training became a passion of mine. It was mindless and allowed me to pour stress into metal.

Stephen Sadler - 1989 Sarnia Blue Water Classic - Front pose

Stephen Sadler – 1989 Sarnia Blue Water Classic – Front pose

I wanted to compete in bodybuilding at least once, so in September of 1989 I entered a bodybuilding contest in Sarnia, Ontario. This was my first real experience being involved with any type of on-stage promotion.  Even though I was one of the competitors, I was mesmerized by how many people came to see the event. I started to look at the types of marketing techniques the event organization was using to gain exposure. Funny, it turned out to be just like my days at the waterbed store…making noise in the community to attract attention.

Stephen Sadler - 1989 Sarnia Blue Water Classic - Side pose

Stephen Sadler – 1989 Sarnia Blue Water Classic – Side pose

I didn’t realize until much later that bodybuilding was not just about lifting weights. It was about the WOW factor when you hit the stage.

Looking back, I now realize that it was just like marketing and sales. Each competitor had to have their own routine, a way of presenting their physique through choreographed movements to music (media). The routine was designed to bring the best out of your build. It also had to provide the audience and judges with the greatest amount of positive “exposure” while giving the judges reason to select you as the winner (“closure”).

At the time, I was pretty upset that I didn’t win.  But, in retrospect, it was still worth every dry chicken breast and rice cake!

Want to read more…get Steve’s Book Exposure to Closure: Paperbook Version Here – Kindle Version Here

ScreenTweet :: Here is a shot of the Leaders and Innovators Award I humbly accepted for #Scate last night at Lawrence Tech.

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ITS ON – Obama McCain Dance-Off

It finally boils down to this… the fabled backroom dance-offs of politics… we haven’t seen the likes of these since Nixon broke out the Charleston against McGovern back in ’72… many believe it was this that floated Nixon to a second term…

Birds fly from Alaska to New Zealand nonstop

The bar-tailed godwit, a plump shore bird, has blown the record for
nonstop, muscle-powered flight right out of the sky. A study being
published today reports that godwits can fly up to 7,242 miles nonstop
in their annual fall migration from Alaska to New Zealand. The previous
record, set by eastern curlews, was 4,000 miles from eastern Australia
to China. The godwits flew for five to nine days, tracked by satellite.
The birds weigh no more than 1.5 pounds when they leave. Half of that
is fat, which they burn off completely during the flight. The route
they take is the shortest and safest to fly. — The Washington Post.

Sorry Everyone – I can’t always be serious!

Michael Phelp's First Photo - Too Funny
Michael Phelps’ first photo

In November of 2006, I was asked to be on a panel at the Detroit ASTD. The topic was in “Using ELearning Internationally” and the panel was moderated by Detroit ASTD President Jerry Kaminski.  

The first question that was posed to the panel was… “How do we know that eLearning is effective?”

When it was my turn to speak, I had to the answer the question with another question, “What do you mean by effective?”

You see to understand effective eLearning we must break it down into the following four areas:

1. Effective Delivery – Did the student receive and understand the information that meets the
training objective?

This is usually measured using pre and post testing, however monitoring related Key Performance Indicators (KPI) can really take it to another level. For example, if the topic was “Sales Training” then the monitored KPI after training would include sales performance, profit performance, support call performance indicators. If these indicators increased within a defined time span of the training, then one could say that the increase was due to the training. From my past experience, KPI monitoring is a far better measurement of effective training than just testing.

2. Effective eLearning Development – Did you create the eLearning content so it meets the training need, objective and timing? 

ELearning is not effective if it takes over a week to create one hour of eLearning that contains content that changes daily. ELearning is also not effective if content gathering and course creation is rushed to the point that it affects quality and accuracy.

3. Effective Change Management – Are you able to change the content quickly enough to keep up
with our ever changing world?

4. Cost Effective – Did you meet the training objective and budget?

Summary

After 15 years of building on-line courses and eLearning tools (i.e. SCATE Ignite Professional) it has become very clear to me that creating effective eLearning is like running a successful business. It is a balance between speed to customer, quality of goods, reaction to change and cost.

In many cases, internal company training organizations do not operate in this fashion. For example, highly paid Instructional System Designers or ISD’s are quite often turned into graphic designers, Flash professionals and web gurus. ISD’s were meant to oversee the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation (ADDIE) of the System Approach to Training (SAT). These types of individuals are very important to the overall process and should NOT be used for duties such as content building and SME interviewing.

In addition, many companies do not select the right eLearning development process or software tools required to handle the job. For example, using a corporate training group to capture tips, tricks and FAQs for departments, would not be very cost effective. In this case, rapid eLearning methodology should of been used along side rapid eLearning software tools.

Please remember the goal of eLearning is to get accurate and easy to understand information to the learner in a timely and cost effective manner. Therefore, eLearning can only be determined effective, if all of these objectives are met.

I would appreciate you comment on this subject.

Thanks for reading.

Steve Sadler
CEO/President
SCATE Technologies, Inc