Archive for category: Ethics

The dangerous simplicity of Big Data

24 Oct
October 24, 2013

Big Data is one of the current business buzzwords. However, as I wrote in an earlier post we must take care that we don’t just sleepwalk into the dangerous simplicity of Big Data without first understanding some of the basic underlying concepts of data itself.  In this post I’d like to expand on this issue considerably – specifically for those of us working in the People Profession, such as Learning and Development, Talent and HR. Painful experiences Let’s start with a story.  For Read more […]

The proverbs of learning and development (10-12)

12 Sep
September 12, 2013

In previous posts I’ve taken you to a slightly lighter but equally stimulating place and explored the application of proverbs for today’s Learning and Development professionals.  I’ve already covered six examples and here are another three for you to enjoy. In this post I’ll explore the following proverbs (starting at number ten, because you’ve already had numbers one through nine): 10. One man’s meat is another man’s poison 11. He who pays the piper calls the tune 12. Actions Read more […]

What makes a country a success?

01 Aug
August 1, 2013

We often talk about what makes a successful leader or a successful business, but what about a country – what makes an entire country a success?  And if we knew what made a whole country a success, could we learn from this in our own businesses? Story An article in The Economist caught my eye.  When ranked against a range of county-wide success factors such as global competitiveness, ease of doing business, global innovation, corruption perceptions, human development and prosperity. When Read more […]

The seven deadly sins of storytelling

18 Jul
July 18, 2013

In a recent post I talked about the power of storytelling.  This week I’m turning my attention to the seven deadly sins that can impact on all of our stories in a negative way, and I’m going to suggest some approaches for dealing with them. Story Based on the original seven deadly sins, I thought I’d apply these to storytelling so that you always deliver the very best stories that you possibly can. As a reminder, the seven deadly sins are: Wrath Sloth Gluttony Greed Pride Lust, Read more […]

Five traits of a true leader

04 Jul
July 4, 2013

Leadership is complex, so we’re told – but is it really?  We hear that “leaders are born, not made,” we hear about leadership traits and leadership styles and a whole pile of other things that supposedly make someone a great leader.  But does it have to be that complex?  Perhaps there’s a simpler approach – one that we can all align to. Story Every time the elections come round the conversation turns to leadership.  We ask if the people on the TV and radio seeking our votes are Read more […]

Transforming a global business

13 Jun
June 13, 2013

We are often told about business transformation and the powerful effects it has, but I wondered what transformation actually is.  When does business change become truly transformational?  I came across an article in the Financial Times which provided an excellent answer to my question and one I would like to share in this week’s post. Story Antony Jenkins may not be a household name but the business he heads up – Barclays – most certainly is. Barclays is one of the biggest banks Read more […]

The power of storytelling

25 Apr
April 25, 2013

According to an editorial in Management Today (February 2013), the way to paint a positive future for your teams and staff is to tell a story.  Far from being something that only children enjoy, storytelling for executives is now de rigor in the workplace.  But what is storytelling – and, more importantly, does it work? Story Storytelling has been used by the human race for as long as we have been able to communicate.  Australian cave paintings were used by the aboriginal people as a way 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 […]

When e-learning isn’t green learning

21 Feb
February 21, 2013

E-learning has grown in popularity as devices such as the PC, laptop, flat screen TV, tablet and smartphone are now in virtually every western home.  But what about the real cost of this technology and its effect on both people and planet?  I wonder if it’s time we should start looking at green learning. Story Green, as they say, is the new black – or so it would seem.  Much talk in business today centres around sustainability, impact of doing business, carbon footprints and green energy.  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 […]