Archive for category: Innovation

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 […]

Seven steps for successful joint collaboration

19 Sep
September 19, 2013

Few businesses are so vertically integrated that they can do absolutely everything.  For most, there is the need to explore collaboration with other organisations in order to achieve their strategic goals. But what happens when multiple organisations require the same learning and development solution? How can they jointly collaborate to achieve a common goal, ensure robustness of design and save money at the same time? Story In a previous post I urged businesses to seek out common areas Read more […]

What we can learn from Facebook’s innovative arctic data centre

29 Aug
August 29, 2013

Data centres are getting more innovative.  These massive buildings which hold thousands of servers handling more and more of our everyday internet life.  As social networking and cloud computing increases, so does the size, power consumption and carbon footprint of these centres. According to a study by Greenpeace conducted several years ago, data centres already account for 2% of global power demand and this figure is probably underestimated by a major factor today.  This percentage is expected Read more […]

Want to understand big data? Then try understanding little data first

22 Aug
August 22, 2013

Big data is the current hot topic, but is it a case of “Here we go again?”  The next learning and development bandwagon is up and rolling and this time the wheels have been attached to big data.  We’re being told that we’ve got to concentrate on big data; we’ve got to learn about it and we’ve got to embrace it (so some would say), but what’s the point of trying to grapple with big data when most of the people profession can’t really get their heads around small data! In this post Read more […]

Learning and development professionals should collaborate for success

08 Aug
August 8, 2013

The pharmaceutical industry has undergone a massive change over the past few years – moving from a ‘go it alone’ approach to drug discovery to one of open and effective collaboration. Perhaps as People Professionals we can learn from this – learn to collaborate with one another to develop a better product for everyone – and not just a better product but one that’s of a higher quality, more educationally robust and better value.  What more could you wish for? Story Not that many Read more […]

Learning from an investment banker

11 Jul
July 11, 2013

It’s not that often these days that we’re likely to take advice from an investment banker – and certainly not advice on learning!  But an article in the Financial Times by Terry Smith contained some real pearls of wisdom that apply equally to People Professionals as they do investment bankers. Story Terry Smith is the chief executive of Tullett Prebon and also of Fundsmith LLP and his article – although directed at investors – was full of good sense for People Professionals. Although Read more […]

The genius that is Burt Rutan

20 Jun
June 20, 2013

Genius is a word that can often be used inappropriately.  However, where Burt Rutan is concerned it’s the right word to describe his work and, perhaps more importantly, his approach to the complex challenges he has overcome.  Burt Rutan isn’t a name that most people are familiar with but as you’ll see in this week’s post it’s a name that has quietly delivered so much. Story I first came across the name of Burt Rutan while watching a compelling documentary about a little company Read more […]

Thank you Sir Tim Berners-Lee

06 Jun
June 6, 2013

Every once in a while someone comes along and does something that profoundly changes what we do and what happens next.  Newton gave us an understanding of gravity (amongst many other things), Brunel gave us bold and sublime engineering, Stephenson gave us the railway, Whittle gave us the jet engine and then, just when we thought we were out of inventions, Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA – also known as “TimBL” – gave us the World Wide Web.  Crikey, Read more […]

Where have all the learning spaces gone?

16 May
May 16, 2013

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.  The list of social media sites continues to grow at an alarming rate and this merely underlines the power of social media in today’s business world. But stepping aside from the virtual world, I’m left wondering where the real learning spaces have gone to, and this is the subject of this week’s post. Where have all the learning spaces gone? I’m wondering where we learnt before these wonderful social media tools were developed? We Read more […]

The proverbs of learning and development (4-6)

11 Apr
April 11, 2013

In a previous post I took 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 three examples and here are another three for you to enjoy. In this post I’ll explore the following proverbs (starting at number four, because you’ve already had numbers one through three): 4. Too many cooks spoil the broth 5. You can’t fool all the people all the time 6. Knowledge is power 4. Read more […]