Category Archives: Motivation

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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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

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Creating and sustaining high performance learning cultures

Culture can be remarkably fragile: it evolves and changes over time, responding to external stimuli and internal pressure. High performance cultures, especially sales cultures, can appear to be very robust, can appear to be very static, no nonsense and inflexible … Continue reading

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What are you proud of? Understanding how pride and motivation relate to learning and achievement.

My bike is sat in my hallway, gleaming and smelling faintly of oil. Just like new. Only it’s not new, it’s ten years old, it’s just had the service of it’s life. Dave, who carried out the service in his … Continue reading

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Easter Eggs and chocolate bunnies: reward in learning.

I engaged in that time honoured tradition yesterday of bribing a small child with chocolate to retain my status as ‘favourite uncle’. One of the joys when your friends start to have children is that you can become the irreverent … Continue reading

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Understanding the everyday reality of learning

I’ve got a friend who works for a London design agency. They’ve got offices in a trendy part of the city, in a converted warehouse. They put together brand guidelines and advertising campaigns for a whole load of high street … Continue reading

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Knowing when to give up: taking time to reflect and take in the view.

It’s a beautiful day today, no particular pressure at work and a clear chunk of time set aside for writing. But somehow, I just can’t get started. Whilst the body is willing, some days the brain just doesn’t want to … Continue reading

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Why you should stop working for the next hour. Reflection and learning.

It’s easy to be busy. It’s something that most of us can achieve with very little effort. But it’s harder to be productive. The whirlwind of ‘things to do’ can keep us so busy that we fail to stop and … Continue reading

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Choosing the right paint: the right kit for the job.

I bought myself some new watercolours this weekend. Winsor and Newton artists range, a lovely enamelled steel box with thirty different half pans. It’s a larger version of the set i got when i was sixteen, which has accompanied me … Continue reading

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The role of the leader. Reflecting on the life of Steve Jobs and his legacy.

It would be impossible to let today pass without paying tribute to Steve Jobs, the charismatic leader who drove Apple to it’s pinnacle of success and who, to a greater or lesser extent, changed how we all think about and … Continue reading

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