Archive for category: Leadership

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 […]

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 […]

Do businesses REALLY value their values

13 Dec
December 13, 2012

It’s not all over yet as BP agrees to pay a $4.5bn penalty over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and Barclays receives a series of fines for manipulating LIBOR and US Energy market together with their mis-selling to a large number of middle-England pensioners.  Add that together with HSBC, who’ve been fined for money laundering and you’d be mistaken for thinking that large businesses operate in any way they want and have few, if any, values.  Well, you might be right on one of those scores. Story It Read more […]

What the heck are you talking about?

29 Nov
November 29, 2012

According to a number of recent articles such as the one in the Daily Mail, the remains of a spy pigeon from WWII were recently found with a secret message still attached to its leg which, despite all efforts, cannot be decoded, even by the boffins at the spy headquarters GCHQ. Story In August this year, behind his fireplace at his house in Surrey, David Martin found the remains of a carrier pigeon that still had an unopened secret scroll attached to its leg.  It’s believed that the bird Read more […]