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Why HR directors don’t make it to CEO

07 Nov
November 7, 2013

According to an article in Management Today although businesses claim to have broadened their CEO selection pool, a staggering 83% of HR directors never get promoted to the role of CEO, reveal Sharon Mullen and Jo Sellwood-Taylor of research firm Mullwood Partnership. Here’s a staggering statistic. Despite two-thirds of HR directors harbouring ambitions to become chief executive, only a fraction work for companies where the HR director has ever been awarded the top job. The question is: why? Story You 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why engineers should be running learning and development

23 May
May 23, 2013

Learning and Development professionals come from a wide variety of backgrounds – teaching, certainly, but also from the humanities – and a number become involved in L&D just because of their love of the subject area.  But I’ve been wondering though if engineers could be the best model for future L&D professionals? Story For the past seven years I’ve worked very closely with the civil nuclear industry in the UK.  This industry contains engineers from every discipline: nuclear – Read more […]

Avoiding information overload

09 May
May 9, 2013

Personal information management is becoming a real issue!  According to an article I read recently , it’s been estimated that during 2013 approximately 507 billion – yes, BILLION – email messages will be sent each day.  That’s one email every 0.00000035 seconds!  Add that to the wave of tweets, Facebook updates, blogs and so on and there’s a real chance that we could all be drowning in a sea of information overload – unless, that is, we decide to do something about it. Story According 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 […]

The various types of social learners

18 Apr
April 18, 2013

I’ve blogged before that I’ve been fascinated by the concept of social learning for some time.  This post forms part of my voyage of discovery and focuses on the various types of social learners. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a personal voyage and as such reflects what I’ve seen, heard and found.  I’m sure this post – as with others – may well generate some adverse responses and criticism but I wanted to give you the opportunity of understanding the journey I made and for you Read more […]

Trust me I’m a leader

04 Apr
April 4, 2013

According to claims in Management Today, 28% of managers and 31% of non-managers have little or no trust in their leader or management team.  In addition, research by the CIPD suggests that: “Trust is known to be a fundamental enabler of many workplace benefits. If trust levels are high, organisations experience more, and superior, problem-solving and co-operation, a reduced need for constant monitoring and quality checks and increased information sharing. There is also greater acceptance of Read more […]

Let’s keep the social in social learning

21 Mar
March 21, 2013

I’ve been fascinated by the concept of social learning for some time now; well, when I say fascinated I mean I’ve watched with interest as the number of times this issue has been mentioned at conferences, on Twitter, in blogs and industry forums has steadily increased.  I have been enthralled by the rapid adoption of this term by the learning and development community and also somewhat amazed at some of the claims that people are making for social learning.  And yet despite this I found myself Read more […]