In recent years the study of behavioural economics has become a popular lens to view human behaviour, with best-selling books on the topic now a mainstay of most retailers. Behavioural science has journeyed from the academic world into the wider arena. As a consultant and coach, I’ve become intrigued by how behavioural economics might be applied to the arena of learning and development.Read More
Have you ever heard about how natural pearls are formed?
Me neither. If you’d asked me this up until recently, I probably would have mumbled something about oysters. It turns out that the specifics are pretty interesting. I was thinking about this amazing process recently, which had me wondering about the profession of people development, and whether any helpful analogies might be drawn.
In this special episode of Phil Willcox's Emotion at Work podcast, we celebrate his 1st anniversary by turning the spotlight on Phil for the first time, reviewing the past 12 months and 23 episodes of his show.
The topics we covered included:
Whether we would rather be able to hit 'copy and paste' or 'undo' in real life
Knowing the distinction between contentment and happines
How and why Phil came to specialise in emotion, credibility and deception
Looking at what happens "within" vs what happens "between", and the interplay between the two
Personal stories in which both of us have lost face and credibility at work
Tactics for repairing face when it has been lost
The merits of using methaphors of masks/houses when discussing the many faces that we wear
The challenges involved in finding men to talk about stories of emotion at work
Potential themes and guests for future episodes of the Emotion at Work podcast
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Even as I start writing this blog I'm aware that I'm going to have to be extremely careful how I phrase things. If I'm not careful, it's going to sound like I just spent the best part of a week visiting a beautiful part of Asia, eating amazing food, seeing fantastic sights, and drinking ridiculously cheap beer with a talented, honest and generous group of leaders.
The problem is- all of that did actually happen.Read More
With great trepidation, I backed my first Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. An innovative, multi-functional USB hub for the latest Apple MacBook, designed by Nonda. After successfully reaching their funding goal, months of updates followed, with the Nonda team sharing progress with testing and manufacturing. The deadline for shipping the finished product had been slipping behind due to several technical difficulties.
And then, with great disappointment, I received a final update from the team last week.Read More
The famous 'Six Degrees of Separation' has reduced to four, thanks to the power of social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To be accurate, it's 3.9. Just this week I discovered that two Facebook friends of mine, from completely different parts of my life now work for the same company, in the same office.
There's a great reward in setting-up, cultivating, and managing a wide variety of networks.Read More
Imagine a rat. Nothing special, just your average garden variety rat.
Now ask yourself whether you believe you can influence the way it moves through space and time, without touching it. Just by thinking about it. Impossible?Read More
Ask yourself this: the last time you asked someone how they were doing, was the word “busy” part of the answer? Maybe it was even the first thing they said?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Why is it that we feel that it’s important for people to know how busy we are? Is it a genuine answer to the question “how are you”? If so, what message does it send?Read More
I spent the weekend visiting some friends in Henley - one of the most beautiful and quintessentially British places in the country. As the weather was in our favour, it was decided that we would take a rowing boat out, and row out to a nearby inn for some food. When in Rome, right?
As we set-off, little did we know that a frightening experience was waiting for us about an hour downstream.Read More