About This 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 email@example.com. 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.
Any, educational (school, university, college, etc.) or training (business, government, institute, etc.) organization may make copies of any material on this site for instructional use, providing that 1) no profit is made from the material, 2) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the material you will use and where it will be used, and 3) I am given credit (see "How to Reference this Site" below).
As far as the word profit, I hope that everyone "profits" (benefits) from the material. It is OK if you sell your material (such as being a consultant), however, what I do not want is for someone to directly sell my material as that type of profiteering would be wrong. . . unless I'm included in the profits of course. That is, you may include my material in with the material you are selling, as long as you do not ask for additional monies for my material and you give me the proper credit.
Basically, I use the Creative Commons' Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic license.
You may choose any format for your reference but it should at least include the full page URL and my name (Donald Clark). I have an example of the APA style (shown below) as I often get asked how to reference this site using this style.
The newest APA style uses the following guidelines:
Author, A.A. (Date of publication - the date is located at the bottom of the page you want to reference). Title of document. Retrieved from web site
Here are two examples:
Clark, D.R. (2004). Concepts of leadership. Retrieved from http://nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadcon.html
Clark, D.R. (2012). Design Methodologies: instructional, thinking, agile, system, or x problem? Retrieved from http://nwlink.com/~donclark/design/design_models.html
For more information on APA styles, see http://www.apastyle.org/
Winner of the MERLOT 2013 Classics Award for developing an outstanding, peer reviewed online resource.
Listed as a web site worth clicking on in, Human Resource Development (2002) by Randy Desimone, Jon Werner, and David Harris.
Listed as a professional development resource in Beyond The Podium: Delivering Training and Performance to a Digital World (2001) by Allison Rossett and Kendra.
Recommended resource in ISD, From the Ground Up (2000) by Chuck Hodell.
One of the very few worthwhile sites for leadership - The Training Journal
“The Time Capsule page provides a wonderful summary of key ideas, players, concepts, developments and breakthroughs from throughout history in the evolution of training and development approaches. . . My only reservation is that once you start exploring the page, you'll be tempted to stay for hours!” - TrainingZONE - Jan 4, 2000
"One of the largest sites related to training and development.” - Performance Improvement Journal - (International Society for Performance Improvement - NSPI) January 1999.
ASTD's Surf Site of the Week for May 4, 1998.
The 1997 ASTD Training and Performance Yearbook, gave it three stars (their highest rating) page 501.
Training Supersite (Training Magazine). An A+ training site.
Training Magazine, April 1996, p.101, Web Surfing. The World Wide Web at its best.