Archive for category: Skills

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

A licence to practise

24 Jan
January 24, 2013

Do you have a licence to practice, I mean really have one? Changes in the way that financial advisors are allowed to carry on their business have now come into play in the UK  and this got me thinking.  A financial advisor handles your money and for that reason they are expected to be qualified to a defined standard, regulated and supervised.  But it’s not the same for all professionals. We always hear how “people are our greatest assets” yet we all know that in reality this holds 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 […]