Archive for month: January, 2014

Foot and mouth – the basis for great leadership

30 Jan
January 30, 2014 In previous posts I’ve talked about some of the key issues that make a great leader.  In this short post I’d like to focus on one area – foot and mouth. We normally associate foot and mouth with the disease that reputedly cost the UK £8 billion in 2001 but for this post I’d like to use it to mean something different – something positive – and something associated with leadership. I use the term foot and mouth to describe what a leader says – ‘the mouth’ – and what they Read more [...]

The power and value of execution – Part I

23 Jan
January 23, 2014 “Strategy gets you on the playing field, but execution pays the bills.” Gordon Eubanks - Microcomputer industry pioneer who worked in the early days of Digital Research Introduction I adore the above quote.  When writing blog posts it’s never easy to find quotes that are direct, pithy and new.  But Gordon’s has it all. For many L&D professionals the focus on developing strategies seems to be paramount.  Strategies are the sexy end of L&D, strategies have all the buzzwords, Read more [...]

Creating a Learning and Development strategy – Part I

16 Jan
January 16, 2014 According to a white paper entitled “Navigating the Perfect Storm in L&D” by the Learning and Performance Institute, although 81% of Learning & Development professionals surveyed by the LPI claimed that their organisation had a learning strategy, work undertaken during LPI accreditations indicate that many of these strategies are actually little more than one-year operating plans. In the first part of this post I’ll outline the five rules for developing an effective strategy for Read more [...]

Things we thought would never happen

09 Jan
January 9, 2014 How often have you had discussions with someone only for them to say, “Well, that’ll never happen here.”  Sound familiar?  The problem is that when we think it won’t happen it invariably will, and when it does it’ll catch us out and cause bigger problems than we ever thought possible. As we head – rush perhaps - towards 2014 I thought it was worth reflecting on a range of things we thought would never happen, and to use this history to remind us of just how changeable our world is Read more [...]

Trends I’ll be watching in 2014

02 Jan
January 2, 2014 It’s that time of year again with many of the “great and good” publishing their predictions for what they think could or will happen during 2014 in the world of training, talent, HR, learning and development, e-learning and so on. I’ve decided – as I did last year – to go in a slightly different direction and outline the trends that I’ll be watching in 2014 and the implications they could have for our industry.  So, in no particular order, here goes . . Big Data I wrote a Read more [...]