What's your favourite emoji, and what does that say about you? Stastically, it's likely to be the 'tear's of laughter' emoji, but perhaps yours tells a different story...Read More
Last month I was invited to speak at the inaugural #DISRUPTHR Manchester event. DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energise, inform and empower executives, business leaders and people in the HR field. DisruptHR is built on the belief that how we’ve approached people and talent in the past won’t be the best way to approach it in the future.
The evening was full of short, focussed talks from professionals who shared their ideas on how we can move our talent thinking forward. Borrowing from the genius of Ignite, each speaker had to follow the rules: 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, 5 minutes.
My presentation took the theme of talent, and posed the question: is it time for us to examine how we talk about, measure, and develop talent for the workplace of the future?
Oh, and it rhymed.Read More
Coaching for Innovation demonstrates the integral role that coaching can play in providing a competitive edge, by fostering the bigger thinking that leads to idea generation and innovation.
As I picked up this book, I found myself wondering whether there is a need to differentiate coaching focussed on innovation from any other kind of coaching. After all, isn’t any coaching initiative designed to foster new thinking, shift perspectives, and consider alternative approaches? Do coaches ever brand themselves as ‘creativity coaches’ in the same way some do as career or life coaches?Read More
How would you feel about being enclosed inside a pod filled with water for 90 minutes, entirely alone, with nearly all your senses switched-off?
I have a noisy mind. I practice mindfulness when I can, I try and cut down on caffeine, and attempt to externalise excess 'load' using journalling. Nonetheless, there's a lot of mental chatter up there, and I'm always keen to experiment with ways of becoming more comfortable with solitude. Letting the mind 'be', without feeding it with more input.Read More
For years I discounted podcasts, considering myself a non-auditory learner, until I gave it a try. To my surprise, I discovered that there are rich rewards to be found in the world of podcasting.
Yet with over 250,000 unique podcasts to choose from, with more than 8 million episodes available, getting started in building your subscriptions can be overwhelming!
Here are 12 of my favourite podcasts that cover the learning & development arena.Read More
In volatile and uncertain economic climates, it’s essential for businesses to leverage the latest technologies to adapt to client demands. For our business, key component in staying VUCA-proof has been the introduction of webinars and virtual classrooms to cater for train-the-trainer accreditation sessions. Although our traditional “on the ground” workshops have remained popular, in recent years we have found a strong demand for learning in a virtual classroom. Whether it’s for dispersed teams, clients who have limited travel budgets, or the time-poor learner, webinars have helped our business stay agile.
That’s not to say that we haven’t made any mistakes. Here are some that we’ve encountered, and some ideas for how to avoid them:Read More
Last week I attended the CIPD Northern Area Partnership (NAP) conference. A strong theme throughout the event was how we, as professional developers, can adjust to a world that is becoming increasingly led by technology. How can we put the ‘human' back into human resources, when the focus is on using machine learning to automate so much of our work?Read More
No, seriously. To be accurate, this is a post about how I managed to read 10 books in about 3 hours.
Here's the thing- I love reading. I also love TV box sets. And movies. And podcasts. And magazines. All this before we even get to the worlds of twitter, blogging and other social media feeds. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling a sense of 'content anxiety' in a world of near-abundant input. There is so much fantastic content out there…but making the time to consume it all can feel like a real challenge.
Enter Blinkist: an app-based service, which offers access to professionally curated insights from over 2000 best selling books, chunking them down into a 15-min read, known as a 'blink'.Read More
I recently encountered Dan Siegel and David Rock's concept of the Healthy Mind Platter : a set of daily mental activities which make up the full set of psychological minerals that your brain needs to function at its best. A balanced diet of ingredients that help build wellness.
It left me wondering whether there could be a similar concept for learning - a Healthy Learning Platter. A set of universal learning activities which, if fulfilled to a level appropriate for the individual, allow for unstoppable learning to flourish, every day.Read More
Disclaimer: this is not a post about science fiction and infinite universes with overlapping timelines.
Although on second thought, maybe it is. I'll leave you to make up your mind.Read More
Personality: a helpful word that lets me talk about my 'me-ness' and your 'you-ness'.
It's usually understood as a set of consistent characteristics that are fundamental to an individual and those that they have contact with.
Walter Mischel transformed this idea. In 1968 he wrote a book which challenged the way we looked at personality and our lives. He's also the man behind one of the most well-known psychological experiments: the marshmallow test.
But our futures are not to be found in a marshmallow (or two).Read More
I'm not a natural reflector.
I used to kid myself that I reflected 'enough', casting a moment or two or of hurried pondering before moving on to the next big thing. I certainly never thought I'd be the sort of person to habitually keep a journal. My opinion of journaling was that it was the purview of unnecessary introspection and nostalgia-seekers.
In the past few years, however, I've come to enjoy - even love - journaling as one of my most valuable personal development resources.
My journal of choice isn't a physical book, but an app (available for iOS and Mac) called Day One (www.dayoneapp.com)Read More
I lost some of my stuff last week.
It caused me to wonder what happens to us when we lose something. It is sometimes helpful to allow ourselves to let it go?
I consider myself very lucky to have been on the receiving end of some fantastic questions. Questions that help you clarify your thoughts, there in the moment. And then continue adding value as you reflect back on them.
This series of blogs is intended to curate and showcase some of those questions, which I hope we can add-to together, to compile some shared experiences and stories.Read More
2016. It’s been emotional.
Every day we wrestle with our emotions - which of them are OK to show and how can we be comfortable with them? We are told that being authentic and vulnerable are things to aspire to be, yet they are such incredibly difficult things to get right. And how do they overlap with deception and credibility? Phil Willcox joined the CIPD North Yorkshire branch to help us uncover the truth.Read More
The Oxford Dictionary recently named 'post-truth' as their word of the year. A reference back to Ralph Keyes' 2004 book The Post-Truth Era and a clear reflection of the current socio-political climate - where the ability to succeed by telling lies has become a part of our reality. But is deception a harmful or helpful ingredient in our lives?Read More
"Email is familiar. It's comfortable. It's easy to use. But it might just be the biggest killer of time and productivity in the office today." - Ryan Holiday
About a year or so ago I wrote a blog about email, inspired by a string of conversations I'd had with clients and colleagues, who described the tool as 'overloading their time'. In mainstream publications like the New York Times, email is likened to a zombie apocalypse "you keep killing them, but they keep on coming". Despite a world of work which is full of devices/apps/tools/models that are designed to help manage our time better - something clearly isn't working.Read More
What does good leadership look like? An age-old discussion.
I often get a little frustrated participating in these types of discussions about leadership. We seem to talk about world-changing examples of ‘what good looks like’. In doing this, there’s a real danger that we make leadership into a subject that’s about accomplishing something monumental. Something that will go down in the history books and TED talks as a tipping point for all humanity.Read More
Why do we make decisions that our future selves so often regret?
Dan Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. His main area of interest over the last decade is something he calls errors of prospection: the difficulty that comes from looking into the future and correctly guessing what will happen.
Prospection is about looking into the future, deciding what will make us happy, and pushing towards that. But we often get that wrong. Professor Gilbert's work helps explain why.Read More
It’s coming up to a year since I started this blog. I took it on as a personal challenge to start curating ideas, sharing my thoughts on the latest research, and offering what I hope has been a window into my own personal journey. You may notice, however, that it’s been quite a while since my last post.
When I thought about why this has happened, there are no excuses really. Just a case of ditching a set of habits that had led me to successfully capture ideas for blog posts, and then make the time to write them. Which got me thinking…. maybe a blog based around building better habits is ripe for the posting. We are, after all, creatures of habit, and the habits we set will create the habitats for those around us.Read More