Tag Archive for: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Let’s embrace failure!

28 Mar
March 28, 2013 We’re always being reminded of success and how we should aim to be successful and how success breeds success, but what about failure - is there anything that failure can teach us? Story An article published in the Daily Telegraph on the 25th August 2010 discussed a study led by Professor Vinit Desai at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.  The study found that although success is surely sweeter than failure, it seems failure is a far better teacher, and businesses that fail Read more [...]