Category Archives: Empathy

Balance and trust: working out loud

I was struggling to find a balance last week: trying to finish some writing, attend a number of meetings, the conference i was speaking at, travelling, all against a background of some frustrations i was trying to deal with. In … Continue reading

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Early to bed, early to rise… understanding everyday reality in learning design

In an effort to counter the effects of jet lag when i fly to the conference next week, i’ve been getting up ever earlier in the morning. Singapore is nine hours ahead of me here in England, a painful transition … Continue reading

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Learning from stories: reflecting on a century of memories

It was in one of the breaks in the rain that i settled in the cafe. Built into the old Town Hall, it sat in the market square of a typical medieval rural English town. Large windows in the formerly … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as bad learning

My first bike was red. It wasn’t new, my brother had ridden it first, bequeathing it to me with a fair dusting of scratches and nicks, the saddle, i recall, being somewhat scuffed. It had cream tyres, which were cool, … Continue reading

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Personal Disclosure in learning. How empathy and experience can shape a very different form of storytelling.

Personal disclosure is often part of storytelling. It’s a way of opening up conversations, of building a bond, of setting a context for what’s being discussed. In informal coaching or mentoring situations, disclosure can be used to help individuals to … Continue reading

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The emotional learning journey. Planning the highs and lows in storytelling.

I’ll be the first to admit that i have pretty bad taste in films, favouring an action and adventure movie to a classic musical, but whatever type of film you watch, there’s a typical pattern that they follow. There are … 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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