What we know from the science behind positive psychology is that there are skills you can learn that can help you feel more positive about what you do, the way you do it, and who you do it with. That’s not to say if everyone learns these skills we’ll all be more positive – life … More What does positive psychology tell us about leadership?
I’m constantly concerned about the relationship between learning interventions and performance at work. It’s an age old question that dogs our profession. It’s also one of the hardest questions to answer because there is a lot of nuance involved. Did a learning intervention directly improve performance at work? Which also presents serious challenges for advocates … More Placebos, experiments and learning interventions
I know, who writes a blog on a Saturday, right? Anyway I was thinking about industry awards today. Yep that’s right, my Saturday has been full of excitement. I was thinking about how industry awards are a funny old mix of stuff. A body, group or organisation decides they’re going to hold an awards ceremony … More Re-thinking awards and possibly recruitment too
So yesterday was the day I had my day of chats. I’m setting out to figure out how I make this freelance, independent consultant gig thing work, and I’m mindful that traditional business networking just isn’t my thing. I’m not a salesperson and I don’t enjoy only seeking out to fulfil an agenda. I believe … More What happens when you have a carnival of chats?
Yesterday at the annual Learning Technologies and Skills conference, I chaired a session with Dr Tesia Marshik. She’s an educational psychologist and teaches at the University of Wisconsin, and she spoke about unconscious bias. I first came across Tesia when I watched her TedX video about the myth of learning styles. So before I’d even … More Unconscious Bias and the Mind
Those who know me and how I work know that I’m open about most things. I’m honest almost to a fault. I believe that in being open and honest it allows people to know me and who I am. I can shout about what I do, yet I find it more useful to share what … More Hearts, sleeves and openness
It kind of makes sense that in the line of work I do that I like to talk. I mean sure, I like to be heard, but I enjoy the whole talking thing. How people talk, the dynamics of a conversation, the ebb and flow, the words used, the language to describe things, the hesitations, … More It’s good to talk
In the world of L&D, there is a clear narrative about the use of digital technologies and how we have to adopt digital technology in order to deliver better learning solutions. I want to raise a hand of caution about this drive and provide some thinking to it. Just because someone can use Amazon to … More The Digital Learning Narrative
Earlier this week, Neil Morrison wrote an interesting blog post about the different levels that HR needs to operate at. L&D is widely accepted as an HR function, and even for those who may not accept that, it is the case in most organisations. What Neil wrote about is very applicable to what’s happening in … More The current state of L&D
A while ago I asked the question, is learning is about performance? Broc Edwards wrote an excellent response which convinced me that it completely is. After all if the learning someone undertakes doesn’t improve their performance at work, what were they hoping to achieve? There’s a lot of focus on the ROI of learning, and … More The Learning Evaluation Equation isn’t about ROI