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
Value Through Vulnerability is a podcast dedicated to putting the human back into humanity. How? By sharing ideas, opinion & challenges to improving the level of self awareness, vulnerability & inclusivity, at home, at work and in the world.
In this episode of Garry Turner’s podcast, we cover a range of topics including:
My unusual career journey and some of the lessons I’ve taken from it so far
Defining what vulnerability is and isn’t
Exploring identity work with individuals and teams
The way we present different aspects of the ‘self’ through different forms of social media
The immune system analogy when working with diversity in teams
A model to describe varying levels of maturity when it comes to diversity in organisations
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.
I’m a big fan of a to-do list.
Almost every year I pick a new To-Do list app to try out, and spend enthusiastic hours moving all my tasks/projects/workflows across to it. And believe me, I’ve tried them all - Omnifocus, Wunderlist, Clear, Any.do, ToDoist … all the way through to my current favourite: Things 3. Not to mention the low-tech solutions of various journals, notebooks and post-it note arrays.
Each time I switch tools, I marvel at the new features and convince myself: this is it. This is the one true to-do system that will allow me to organise my life in a way in which David Allen himself would be proud.
But there are inherent problems. Enter: the not-to-do list.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
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
Human evolution has programmed us to stop and notice things that move quickly. It's important to know that a bear is about to attack, but something like climate change doesn't often rank highly on our priority list. It's the same reason that news stories that don't develop swiftly disappear, in favour of fresher headlines.
One of the key features of this year is that it'll be remarkably similar to the year before. And an awful lot like 5 years before that. Perhaps it's won't even be that different from 20 years ago. Go back 50 years and things might start feeling a little more different, yet we'll still be using fossil fuels, transport systems will be much the same as they are today, and medicine will still be driven by vaccinations and clean water.
Most big things don't change that fast. And that can be a problem when it comes to helping people envisage (and be part of) change.
I settled down to watch Channel 4's latest 'we've put cameras everywhere' documentary last night. Rather than a family home, or a secondary school, the focus this time was a nursery and playground. The stars? A group of 4-year-old children meeting each other for the first time.
Child/developmental psychology is still an area that fascinates me, and one in which I previously-imagined forging a career. There's an almost miraculous process that takes place in years 1-10, where our ideas of social norms are formed, the development of personality arises, and crucial lessons are learned which will help define who we grow-up to be. A handful of these really stood-out for me in this episode, as useful reminders for any team: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
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
“The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
With resilience high on many agendas right now, including at #CIPDNAP15, it is proving to be a positive, hopeful concept, to explore how individuals, teams and organisations can adapt when things don’t go as planned. Studies have emerged in recent years to indicate that resilience can be measured, predicted and crucially- developed. At last month's CIPD L&D Show, Tesco group training manager Jeremy Howell described how resilience training has helped employees cope with uncertainty and market fluctuations.Read More