Monthly Archives: March 2011

Creating Communities of Practice for Coaching and Mentoring.

Being a practitioner is about more than just having knowledge. It’s about knowing how to use that knowledge. It’s about experience. It comes through practice, time, personal development and feedback. We’ve been doing a lot of work with large organisations, … Continue reading

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Falling out of a plane without a parachute. Realism in training for emergency events.

Sat in a hot tub, looking out over the mountains this afternoon, when conversation turned to parachutes. Out skiing in the Alps with some friends, two of whom are UK skydivers. As we were talking about life, Liz casually dropped … Continue reading

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Why you need to fail to truly succeed. The importance of getting it wrong in getting it right.

There will be no surprise in thinking that making mistakes is an important part of learning. This is not a ground breaking thought. From the earliest age, when we start probing our environment, tasting, prodding and feeling our way around, … Continue reading

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Running to the Roar: The irony of Leadership Training and the wealth of ideas that surround it.

My day was made last week when i was invited to a Leadership event entitled ‘Run towards the roar: how exceptional leaders build the courage to win in challenging times’. As any British reader will, i assumed that this was … Continue reading

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How to knit socks. Practical skills and learning in the Information Economy

Someone’s knitted me a pair of socks. By hand, from an actual sheep. Now, i can do a lot of things, some of them half way competently, but i’d have to say that i have no idea how to knit … Continue reading

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Is one too posh? Questions of class, race and stereotyping in video and e-learning.

I don’t have an accent. Lots of the people i work with do, but not me. Funny how that works really, how everyone else has an accent, but not you. Imagine my surprise when looking at a video for a … Continue reading

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Excuse me, is that really you? Reality and identity in social media OR How Avril turned out to be John

Well, it’s official, 50Cent didn’t write his own Tweets (but it’s ok, he’s learnt his lesson and he does now http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12676791) To get started, i think it’s worth mentioning that in many ways 50Cent, that’s ’50’ to his friends, and … Continue reading

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We’re all the same, in a different kind of way. The perils of designing standardised ‘global’ training programmes.

Global organisations often want people to do things in global ways. There is frequently a desire to standardise processes and approaches across a wide variety of areas, anything from Coaching to Sales Management. In itself, this isn’t necessarily a bad … Continue reading

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Eggs, chips and beans. Learning to cook – functional and aesthetic skills and why i’ll never be on Masterchef.

Last week i went skiing, in a fully catered chalet in France. The chef was amazing. He’d been a finalist on Masterchef and, to be honest, was a better cook than me. My cooking tends to be functional. Don’t get … Continue reading

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An e-learning methodology in 5 stages. Step 5: Footsteps

In this series of five articles, i’m exploring a methodology for e-learning: Context, Demonstration, Exploration, Reflection and Footsteps. In this final article, we examine Footsteps, the path that learners take out of the learning as they take what has been … Continue reading

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