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Facilitating Change Moving from Bitter to Better

By | 2017-02-27T20:58:45+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Change leadership, Facilitating Change|Tags: |

Facilitation can be a delicate process, particularly for me today because I am holding 6 raw eggs and my audience are feeling bitter, my aim is to create an environment where we can consider the impact of entrenched patterns of behaviour and consider the mindsets required to move from bitter to better.   I have a [...]

Little Value from Bigwigs and Stinking Thinking

By | 2017-02-07T09:53:39+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Evaluating Training, Return on training investment, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A big job had presented itself at training towers. The bigwigs had attended a continuous improvement seminar where they had been publicly embarrassed by the ring masters for their stinking thinking. The big wigs arrived at training towers and the gnomes were summoned. During a verbal thrashing the gnomes were told to put out to tender [...]

Learning Design and The Art of Seduction

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

One of the most important, difficult and most common decisions that designers of learning make is whether to add interesting text, sounds, or visuals to learning material,We want to arouse interest,curiosity, engagement but it's important to know when these elements seduce learners and when they become a distraction. Learning Design and The Art of Seduction The [...]

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:09+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

As a learning designer I believe in the power of stories to sustain attention. Our brains are attracted to stories in which the characters struggle and eventually surface unknown abilities to triumph over adversity. This is why our Learning by Design course is so successful it places the learner at the heart of the story, this [...]

Ideacide – Are you killing enough ideas?

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:09+00:00 November 6th, 2016|Categories: Strategic Planning|Tags: |

There was a time when the past was quite helpful in predicting the future, but in today's volatile business environment we need to be receptive to new ideas. Strategy has shifted into a place where reliance on planning may no longer be the best approach to accommodate changing realities.   Ideacide   I work with senior [...]

Transform your team through the power of positive questions

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:09+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: |

Imagine the impact of transforming your team’s mindset from problems to possibilities, from blame to empathy, from opposition to collaboration; it is possible to transform your team through the power of positive questions using the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry. I have been using this technique with a team who I have been working with [...]

Lost in the woods and crippled by flawed thinking

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:09+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Categories: Agile Performance, Strategic Planning|Tags: , |

Recently I had the pleasure of working with a leadership team to facilitate their strategic planning. Since all strategic planning in my view is focused on a particular organisation, its characteristics, markets, opportunities etc, my approach is tailored and this is informed by a discussion about the business and its development needs. At that meeting I [...]

An Accidental Hero

By | 2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Categories: Change leadership|Tags: , |

The article Leadership Lessons from the Wizard of Oz describes the journey of a scarecrow, a tin Man, a lion characters who underestimated themselves and who already possessed the very qualities they aspired to.   The scarecrow demonstrates an ability to develop goals, foresight in anticipating the consequences of his actions, he adapts in the face [...]