Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Transient Community. Understanding the role and impact of temporary learning communities and spaces.

Nothing lasts forever, but some things are more transient than others. When learners come together for classes or workshops, they immediately start to demonstrate elements of community building. Through speech, questions, clothing, behaviour and writing, they start to organise along … Continue reading

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What do we learn from depression? Empathy and context in personal development.

As well as learning from external stimuli, sometimes we learn through introspection. It’s estimated that 30-50% of people will display clinical signs of depression at some point in their lives, a debilitating condition, with no immediately apparent benefits. Much debate … Continue reading

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Leader of the pack. Can you learn Leadership?

Revisiting the thorny question today of whether ‘leadership’ is teachable. Is it something that you can learn to do, or is it something you naturally are: a leader? Sure, you can teach techniques and processes, you can even inspire and … Continue reading

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Coaching from outside the organisation. Why finding a group of widely differing individuals to coach us can unlock new ideas and broaden our perspective.

When you’re facing a particular challenge, be it a technical problem or looking at your leadership style, having a coach can be particularly useful. For some, having formal coaching sessions is invaluable, whilst for others, a more informal style and … Continue reading

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Taking bold steps: how we have to create disturbance to change behaviour

You can’t change behaviours without creating disturbance. If people are happy with how they do things now, they are unlikely to change. Part of training is the process of disturbing them from their current perspective and helping them to chart … Continue reading

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Gathering momentum. How every learning journey has to start with one small step.

The journey from ignorance to enlightenment has a start point, although it may never have an end. The first step may not be the hardest, but it has to be taken, or there will be no others. The difference between … Continue reading

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Leave me alone! How much contact should we have with people using Blended Learning solutions?

A great many of our solutions today are being built as ‘blended’. This means that learners will use e-learning elements before they attend a course, and that there will be follow up materials. Effectively, we are extending the learning experience, … Continue reading

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