Category Archives: Learning

Future of Work – Battle Lines

We live in interesting times: there is a great deal of primary narrative about ‘the future of work’, with an increasing number of Organisations wading into one side of the battle or the other. Is home working the ‘aberration’ that … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud Illustrating Humility

I have been prevaricating around the illustrations for ‘The Humble Leader’ book, which is delaying the project. I am trying to do eleven lino prints for it, but they are time consuming, and i am not that good at it, … Continue reading

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Our Comfort With Discomfort

Learning takes place in broad arcs and in my own work i describe it as starting with disturbance: either a disturbance that we find within ourselves, or one that is imposed from the outside. As example of the first instance: … Continue reading

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The Wrong Hat

When my son was born, i found myself in an unfamiliar environment. Hospital systems can be inherently disconcerting, because they strip away our sense of control and power. If you are admitted, virtually the first thing they do is to … Continue reading

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Learning, Knowledge, and Meaning: A #WorkingOutLoud Post

I shared last week that i am revisiting some of my earlier thinking and understanding around ‘learning’: an act of graffiti to find a new story from the old. This sketch relates to a body of work i originally published … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud on Evaluation

I’m giving myself some open space to think about ‘Learning’ in the broadest sense: consider it some graffiti that i’m spraying over my existing knowledge. This is shared not as a coherent body of work, but rather the things that … Continue reading

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The Role of Consequence in Learning

We all experience consequence: the result of our actions, imposed upon us, often unavoidable. Consequence acts as a limiter or moderator of our actions. At 21 months, my son is busy learning what consequence means, and i am busy trying … Continue reading

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The Experimental Organisation: Your Uncertainty Or Your Foundations?

We could describe our ‘uncertainty’ as the things that we know to be curious about, whilst our foundations are things that we know to be true. When we think about the places our curiosity may carry us, we often look … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean ‘To Experiment’?

This work is part of a series of pieces around ‘The Experimental Organisation’, which together explore the practicalities of how an Organisation can be curious, and unlock learning at scale. Or indeed, to see if such a thing is even … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud on ‘ The Experimental Organisation’

An ‘experiment’ is a structured approach to finding something out: or not. An ‘experiment’ may also describe how we just blunder in and try something. We pick it up and experiment with it. Like teenagers smoking behind the bike sheds. … Continue reading

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