Category Archives: Achievement

Mentoring: a matter of Hope and Trust

I thought I’d got off at the wrong floor at first: the buzz of conversation was loud, even from the lift lobby. I was priding myself at having arrived early for the Mentoring event, thinking I’d have time to catch … Continue reading

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The reason for reflection

I’m on holiday this week, trying to avoid all but essential work, but also trying to finish the third article exploring Social Leadership (which doesn’t count as work!). I also took a look at the Blog stats and realised how … Continue reading

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Iconic leadership in the Social Age

Fascinating today how stories are circulating about Steve Ballmer’s departure from Microsoft and the impact this will have on this highly successful, but occasionally directionless technology business. Post Steve Jobs, Apple has done well, although opinion is still divided on … Continue reading

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A methodology for learning. Part 6 – Assessment

In this series of articles, i’m exploring my Learning Methodology in more detail. We started by examining Context, the contract for the learning, and moving onto Demonstration, where we illustrate our points. Then into Exploration, with a chance to play … Continue reading

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Working out loud: a #SocialAge trait

One recurring feature of the Social Age is the nature of working out loud: developing our ideas within our communities, sharing them before they are fully formed and getting the benefit from the wisdom of the tribe. That’s the approach … Continue reading

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Where should you invest your time? Taking control of learning

Something i’ve really learnt over the last few years is about time: how it’s stolen, lost, spent or invested, remembered, forgotten or enjoyed. Those of you who are regulars may recall that since Christmas i’ve been playing guitar everyday. I’ve … Continue reading

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Learn excellence wherever you can

Last week i wrote how i learnt about authenticity from the waiter at a pizza takeaway, today i’m writing about excellence and my experience at a hotel. They’re very pedestrian examples, but have great immediacy and relevance to me, hence … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Community, Culture, Effectiveness, Environment, Leadership, Management, Mediocrity, Motivation, Performance, Pride, Sincerity, Success, Team Coaching, Teams, Tone of Voice, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Personal learning networks and learning not to be nervous

Today is LEARNING:500, the event to celebrate the 500th post on the blog. I’m sat in my London hotel room, where i should be working on my presentation, but instead am writing this over a cuppa. I should be nervous, … Continue reading

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Don’t compete: collaborate!

Competition can drive success, but collaboration is so much more fun! Social learning spaces let us come together, to share ideas, to develop our thinking. They can transcend the barriers of organisations, of continents, even of language. I used to … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect. But why is it so hard?

I’ve been playing guitar for twenty years, but on a very amateur basis. I play it every few weeks maybe and, if i’m honest, haven’t learnt anything new for years. Until now. My new year’s resolution was to at least … Continue reading

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