Category Archives: Competition

The Social Business: aligning social learning and leadership to the values driven organisation

There’s a shift towards a more social culture of business: not just engaged in social spaces, but values driven and responsible. Being proud of your credentials is no longer the preserve of niche cosmetics manufacturers and cooperatives: it’s now on … 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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Backstage learning: preparation and practice

It’s a crisp morning in London, bright skies with a chill in the air. I’m sat in Covent Garden, one of my favourite spots, with a coffee and banana, looking out over the cream stone of the covered market, over … Continue reading

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Training for an Olympic purpose: how achievement ripples through a lifetime

Like many people, i watched Usain Bolt sprint to victory in the 200m at the Olympics last night. By doing so, he not only ran further into the history books, but he also demonstrated how focus and determination can let … Continue reading

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Olympic Gold: why do we love a loser?

Whilst everyone loves to see a record breaking performance that scoops Gold, or a plucky effort to secure a Bronze medal, it seems like a peculiarly English pastime to save the biggest cheers for the valiant loser who crosses the … Continue reading

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Incrementally better: why two heads in your team are better than one, but six may be best of all.

I’m rather lucky in that my favourite pub is just down the road. It’s tiny, barely a dozen tables and stools clustered around them, with a range of real ales and good whiskey. It also runs a particularly challenging pub … Continue reading

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Should access to learning be open to all? Meritocracy or equality in learning.

On what basis should organisations provide access to learning? Should it be meritocratic, whereby the most qualified and highly performing individuals get access to progressively more opportunities, advancing their way to the skills and behaviours needed in a homegrown leadership … Continue reading

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Pushing the boundaries: learning from physical challenges and mutual support.

Physical challenges are rarely just physical. The mind powers the body. Any challenge involves both physical prowess and also the willpower and motivation to succeed. Whilst many of us aren’t professional sportspeople, we can still face challenges that require both … Continue reading

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