Archive for category: Organisational Learning

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The proverbs of learning and development (7-9)

27 Jun
June 27, 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 seven, because you’ve already had numbers one through six): 7. A bad workman blames his tools 8. No pain, no gain 9. Rome wasn’t built in a day 7. A bad 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 […]

Learning in 140 characters – or less

30 May
May 30, 2013

Twitter is a phenomenon – you just can’t escape it.  Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July the same year.  The service has rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million registered users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.  Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.”  There’s a 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 […]

Your breakthrough day

02 May
May 2, 2013

Monday 26th November 2012 was a special and momentous day for New York.  On Monday 26th November, for the first time in living memory, an entire day passed without a single report of anyone being shot, stabbed or subjected to a violent crime.  Monday 26th November 2012 was New York’s breakthrough day. Story New York police officers could hardly remember the last time that such a violent-crime-free day last occurred.  Over the years New York has seen a drop in violent crime but this was 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 […]