Archive for category: Learning

Forgetting is critical to learning

27 Aug
August 27, 2014

Learning, learning organisations, lifelong learning – the list goes on but it’s easy to overlook the fact that forgetting is critical to learning, for if we do not forget then we cannot learn and we cannot move forward. In their book Uncommon Sense, Common Nonsense, Jules Goddard and Tony Eccles wrote: “Learning is as much a process of purposeful forgetting as of purposeful learning.  We need to slough off falsehoods with the same discipline and zeal that we bring to the search for new Read more […]

A real world MOOC experience

19 Jun
June 19, 2014

Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs – have come in for a bashing from a number of areas.  But what’s it like to actually participate in a MOOC and see it all the way through? To be one of the few – some say as little as 7% – who actually complete a course? Well this post tells you all. Back at the beginning of the year I said there would be a number of trends that I’d be watching.  Relating to MOOCs I said: “Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – are potentially transforming Read more […]

The bias of the backchannel

06 Feb
February 6, 2014

Social media tools are increasingly being used to support backchannels for a number of conferences and events.  Conferences will issue ‘formal’ Twitter hashtags in advance – such as #MyConference – so that tweets can be rapidly searched, collated and shared.  But what if the tweets are not representative of the conference content – surely then the immediate value of the backchannel would be lost?  This post explores a real-world example and suggests some strategies and learning for all Read more […]

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 […]

It’s time to ditch the management speak

10 Oct
October 10, 2013

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph,  office workers are becoming increasingly irritated by ‘management speak’. Phrases such as “Thinking outside the box” and “going forward” are some of the most hated management phrases, a survey has found, and The Plain English Campaign say that office jargon is damaging business and isolating new workers. Story Jargon and management speak is used in two thirds of offices across Britain, but nearly a quarter of workers consider it to be a “pointless Read more […]

Why big change fails

03 Oct
October 3, 2013

Despite all our efforts almost 70% of all change initiatives fail.  In a previous post I wrote about change and the speed of change that’s all around us.  In this post I want to look at why so many change initiatives fail. According to Harvard Business Review almost 70% of all change initiatives fail.  That’s right – 70%! If you don’t believe HBR then perhaps thirty years of research by change guru Dr. John Kotter may help.  In addition to HBR, Kotter also found that about 70% of 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 […]

Have the courage to challenge

15 Aug
August 15, 2013

The ability to challenge views, approaches, assumptions and norms are central to building upon our current knowledge and to learn about new things.  I’m concerned that the explosion of social media and the fact that we can now all have our “15 minutes of fame” is taking its toll on our willingness to challenge and therefore potentially restricting our ability to learn. Story There’s no getting away from the explosion of social media or the impact – both good and bad – that it’s Read more […]

What’s formal learning ever given us?

25 Jul
July 25, 2013

The debate over formal learning versus informal learning versus social learning versus live online learning continues apace but a recent exchange via Twitter rather got my dander up!  In response to an excellent blog by Clark Quinn, Jane Hart from the Centre for Performance Learning Technologies (@C4LPT) tweeted that “Formal learning should be the LAST RESORT”. (Jane’s emphasis) My response was that we need formal learning – that flying ‘social airways’ or living near a ‘social nuclear 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 […]