Archive for month: March, 2013

Let’s embrace failure!

28 Mar
March 28, 2013 We’re always being reminded of success and how we should aim to be successful and how success breeds success, but what about failure - is there anything that failure can teach us? Story An article published in the Daily Telegraph on the 25th August 2010 discussed a study led by Professor Vinit Desai at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.  The study found that although success is surely sweeter than failure, it seems failure is a far better teacher, and businesses that fail Read more [...]

Let’s keep the social in social learning

21 Mar
March 21, 2013 I’ve been fascinated by the concept of social learning for some time now; well, when I say fascinated I mean I’ve watched with interest as the number of times this issue has been mentioned at conferences, on Twitter, in blogs and industry forums has steadily increased.  I have been enthralled by the rapid adoption of this term by the learning and development community and also somewhat amazed at some of the claims that people are making for social learning.  And yet despite this I found myself Read more [...]

Measuring moments that matter

14 Mar
March 14, 2013 There’s an old management mantra that states “What gets measured gets managed.”  This is also akin to the saying “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”  Either way, it’s clear that having some form of metrics, measures or KPIs can be a good thing. When he was at Princeton, Einstein had a sign hanging over his office which read, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” As Einstein suggested, it’s possible to Read more [...]

When leadership costs lives

07 Mar
March 7, 2013 A recent article in The Telegraph cited that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was caused by a “classic failure of leadership at BP”. This article got me thinking about the power we have as leaders and the responsibility to our business and to others that this power brings – and how the way we approach leadership can shape an organisation and - in the case of BP - can ultimately cost lives. Story Enough has already been said and written about the tragic events that struck the drilling rig Read more [...]