Archive for month: January, 2013

The proverbs of learning and development (1-3)

31 Jan
January 31, 2013 Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society's values and beliefs is its proverbs.  Proverbs have been in use for thousands of years and have an almost magical way of capturing history, wisdom and strategy.  Proverbs are also about opposites (as we shall see).  Whilst “Many hands make light work” we also know (or think we do) that “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Proverbs therefore have the ability to provide Read more [...]

A licence to practise

24 Jan
January 24, 2013 Do you have a licence to practice, I mean really have one? Changes in the way that financial advisors are allowed to carry on their business have now come into play in the UK  and this got me thinking.  A financial advisor handles your money and for that reason they are expected to be qualified to a defined standard, regulated and supervised.  But it’s not the same for all professionals. We always hear how “people are our greatest assets” yet we all know that in reality this holds Read more [...]

The business of ethics

17 Jan
January 17, 2013 A leading article in People management magazine by the Chief Executive of the CIPD, Peter Cheese caught my eye.  In his opening statement, Peter cited the fact that in the aftermath of events such as Deepwater Horizon, the banking crisis, the exposure of Lance Armstrong and the implosion of the UK press, there is a declining belief that businesses are behaving ethically. Peter cited The Institute of Business Ethics which has recorded a 10% drop in the proportion of the public who believe Read more [...]

What’s your personal brand?

10 Jan
January 10, 2013 Although released a couple of years ago, the TLG annual index of influential brands really got me thinking.  Apple and Google are both out in front in both Britain and the US but it was the third placed brands that really struck a chord. Story Whether we like it or not, brands dominate our lives.  We are judged by the clothes we wear, the car we drive, the food we eat, where we live and where we educate our children.  Brands are attached to almost everything possible – we even have branded Read more [...]

The essential vowels of 2013

03 Jan
January 3, 2013 It’s that time of year again!  All of the “great and good” are out in force publishing their predictions for what they think could or will happen in 2013 in the world of training, talent, HR, learning and development, e-learning and so on. I’ve decided – as is my style – to go in a totally different direction and suggest what you should be doing in 2013! I’ve decided that instead of saying what “may happen” I’ll focus on what should be done.  After all, there are already Read more [...]