Learning Groups: Now It’s Eleven Things

Training Zone kindly published my article on learning groups last November.  This described seven things we've learnt in the Diplomatic Academy after 18 months of encouraging our global network to use learning groups - to work through a specific curriculum on Foundation Level knowledge and skills - and getting detailed feedback on how it's gone. A further... Continue Reading →

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Learning & Deliveroo

As a thought experiment, what would organisational learning look like, if we became Deliveroo? There are some similarities in the ambition.  We want to deliver: learning "in the workplace" - we go to them, at their convenience, they don't come to us.  Same as Deliveroo. "just in time" learning - we provide it exactly when the... Continue Reading →

Sharing Skills plus 7 Top Tips on Blogging

This blog is about "sharing skills". I'm not talking about the sharing skills of children - "you've got to learn to share" -"be nice to your little sister, give her some as well" - although to be fair my own children did develop a good sharing methodology based around two crude methods: Rock, Paper, Scissors "You divide in... Continue Reading →

One single piece of advice

At one of the afternoon sessions on Day One of the CIPD L&D Show, a workshop participant put up their hand and asked panellists Anne Parker (Booking.com) and Peter Kay (Tarmac): "What's the one piece of advice you would give to somebody starting out in L&D?" The summary of the response was "Treat people as... Continue Reading →

This is what L&D people are like

Dr George Sik, consultant psychologist at eras ltd gave a Topic Taster session at the CIPD L&D Show.  Using psychometric data from over 4,000 people, the talk was entitled: "Learning and Development professionals: what gives you the edge?" Self-knowledge is clearly a big draw, judging from the crowded arena.  Perhaps as many as 150 nervous professionals waited... Continue Reading →

Letting go, and clinging on – the future of L&D

I've been thinking about some emerging themes of today's CIPD L&D Show - "emerging" in the sense that I've stumbled across them in the maelstrom of exhibition stands, Topic Tasters, workshops, Arenas, reports and case studies that is Kensington Olympia today. I'd be interested to know if people agree - whether here, or not. I'd put the... Continue Reading →

Using the voice: top tips from acting

I attended a session run by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (part of the University of London).  The speaker was voice and executive coach Susan Room, who is studying at the School. The School uses content from its MA in Voice Studies and BA in Acting to develop communications courses - NHS, Twitter,... Continue Reading →

Strengths-based development

Trudy Bailey led a session at the Learning Arena on strengths-based development.  Trudy is a consultant at CAPP & Co Ltd.  She was supported by psychologist Reena Jamnadas, who took part in a live demonstration of a coaching conversation. Trudy set out three crucial areas for strengths: Performance - what we do well Energy -... Continue Reading →

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