About Sasha Grutzeck

Sasha Grutzeck is a Senior Instructional Designer at Johns Hopkins University. She’s a member of the Learning Solutions department, where she writes and designs e-courses (and other training materials) for Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff. She enjoys learning new things, collaborating with her coworkers, watching movies, taking ridiculously long walks, and eating the leftover baked goods that always seem to miraculously appear in the Learning Solutions kitchen.

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Spell It Out – Avoiding Miscommunication at the Office

Spell It Out – Avoiding Miscommunication at the Office

No matter how good people are at communicating with their coworkers, misunderstandings still happen on occasion. And it may lead people to say things like this: I thought it was obvious. It goes without saying. I didn’t know I needed to spell things out. These miscommunications result from what psychologists call “signal amplification bias.” Basically,(…)

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Problem-Solving Strategies

Problem-Solving Strategies

Every day, we’re faced with a variety of problems that demand solutions. Some of these problems are small and simple, while others are large, complex, and confusing. We face problems at home and at work. Being able to solve these problems is essential to our personal and professional well-being. Our level of happiness corresponds to(…)

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How to Give an Amazing Pep Talk

How to Give an Amazing Pep Talk

Everyone needs a pep talk now and then. I know I certainly do! A good pep talk can make any lousy situation better. They are comforting and stress-relieving! But not everyone can deliver a good pep talk. It’s tricker than it seems! It’s easy to make mistakes — like not really listening, giving too much(…)

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Be Cooperative!

Be Cooperative!

In the workplace, cooperation is often very important – even essential. When you work with others and you build on each other’s strengths, you can accomplish things that you could never accomplish alone. Cooperation isn’t about “going along” or “giving in.” It’s about voicing your opinions, sharing ideas, contributing, and working together to come up(…)

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The Benefits of Stress

The Benefits of Stress

Imagine that you’re about to take an important exam. The results of this exam will shape your future, so you’re understandably nervous! How should you deal with these feelings? A.  Try to calm down. B.  Go ahead and be nervous – and tell yourself that it will help you do better on your exam. Most(…)

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