Six ingredients for great L&D communication – Part 3

23 Oct
October 23, 2014
In the final part of this three-part series I’ll continue our journey towards achieving great L&D communication. You may recall from the first two posts $$ CITATION $$ that there were six key ingredients to great L&D communication.  There are: Clarity Consistency Commitment Challenge Chutzpah Create and share stories We’ve already looked at the first four, so let’s now concentrate on number five and six – chutzpah and create and share stories. Chutzpah Derived Read more [...]

100 not out

16 Oct
October 16, 2014
100 is a milestone for many things.  We get a telegram from the Queen when we reach 100, scoring a century in cricket (100) is an achievement, even counting to 100 as a youngster is a point we like to reach.  Well today is my 100 – it’s my 100th blog post and the chance to reflect. Getting to 100 It all started on 05.12.2012 when I published my first blog post.  It was certainly a massive toe-in-the-water exercise and one that filled me with equal amounts of excitement and dread.  I set Read more [...]

Six ingredients for great L&D communication – Part 2

09 Oct
October 9, 2014
In the second of a three-part series I’ll continue our journey towards achieving great L&D communication. You may recall from the first post $$ CITATION $$ that there were six key ingredients to great L&D communication.  There are: Clarity Consistency Commitment Challenge Chutzpah Create and share stories We’ve already looked at the first two, so let’s now concentrate on number three and four – commitment and challenge. Commitment The third step for great Read more [...]

Time to win ugly

02 Oct
October 2, 2014
There’s an old sports saying called “win ugly”.  It’s a perfect description of what happened – the team won, but not in as ‘pretty’ a manner as it could have done.  In this week’s short post I’ll ask if perhaps L&D could learn from this. I’ve been around L&D for far too many years – as my grey hair will testify!  In my time I’ve seen some great interventions and some not so great – we all have.  But what I have noticed is that there are a large number of occasions Read more [...]

Six ingredients for great L&D communication – Part 1

25 Sep
September 25, 2014
We all think we understand great L&D communication – after all, why shouldn’t we? We’re the experts and we communicate all day long.  But deep down we all know that there are times when our communication can be improved. We know that within Learning and Development (L&D) we’re not always understood the way we want to be – we know we want to get our message across with impact and in a memorable way.  We’re not talking about training courses here – we’re talking about how Read more [...]

Connecting the dots at Learning Live

18 Sep
September 18, 2014
Conferences can be good or bad. For me, it all depends on making connections and connecting the dots that are often remote and spurious.  It’s been a week since the Learning Live conference and I’ve had time to reflect on some of the great messages I heard. Not all these messages were immediately obvious or relevant, but as the conference developed there were a number of connections that I started to make – a number of dots that became connected. Random beginnings It all started with Read more [...]

Getting alignment at Learning Live

11 Sep
September 11, 2014
My session is over, the lights have dimmed and the crowds are heading for a well-earned lunch.  So far, Learning Live 2014 has been a stunning success and a credit to the team at the Learning and Performance Institute who made it all possible. As you may have seen from my post earlier today, I wanted to ensure that as many people as possible have access to all the resources associated with my session.  As you’ll have seen from the session details. I was talking about “Why L&D can’t Read more [...]

Learning Live is here!

11 Sep
September 11, 2014
After months of planning, Learning Live 2014 is finally here!  As readers of my blog will know, I’m speaking at the conference this year so this post is a taster of what’s to come. At 11:30 GMT I’ll be taking to the stage to deliver my session - you can see more details here. In what will be a highly interactive and participative session,  I'll outline the benefits of aligning with your business.   The session will be full of real-world examples and backed up with fact and figures.  In Read more [...]

It’s almost time for Learning Live 2014

04 Sep
September 4, 2014
It’s an uncharacteristically short post from me this week as I make the final preparations for Learning Live. I was delighted when my submission for a proposed session was accepted and there’s been an increasing flurry of activity as zero date draws close.  It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly time flies as a major presentation approaches. Learning Live is becoming one of the key Learning and Development events in the UK – and rightly so.  This year there is a great line-up of presenters Read more [...]

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 [...]