Category Archives: Training

Navigating the space between process and excellence. Is your organisation agile enough?

Process will get you so far: it will get you precisely too the edge of the abyss. I’m increasingly interested in the disconnect between formal, abstract, ‘knowledge age’ training and the requirements of the dynamically connected and agile Social Age. … Continue reading

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The ecosystem of engagement in learning

We do not learn in isolation: we inhabit a rich ecosystem of media, all competing for our attention. TV adverts, posters on the sides of buses, radio, new music, films, the xBox, books, emails from friends, Facebook and Twitter, there … 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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If you don’t know, then who does? Reflecting on learning and training

Rich is taking a month long course to teach English as a foreign language. I’m impressed. It’s a notoriously challenging qualification and intense to do in a month. Back to the days of homework and late nights of study. Which … Continue reading

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Learning core concepts and speaking a language that suits the learner. How i learnt to change a fuse.

So my 1964 Land Rover wouldn’t start yesterday. I turned the key, pressed the button (yes, it’s so old, it has a starter button) to be met with an electrical sounding click, but no roar of the engine staggering to … Continue reading

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What’s the name of that song? Using music in training: the pitfalls and benefits.

Music is part of our lives. We hear it on the radio, play CDs (or digital downloads, or even, if you’re old enough, vinyl), hear it in shops, in elevators, as a background on the television and, best of all, … Continue reading

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Falling out of a plane without a parachute. Realism in training for emergency events.

Sat in a hot tub, looking out over the mountains this afternoon, when conversation turned to parachutes. Out skiing in the Alps with some friends, two of whom are UK skydivers. As we were talking about life, Liz casually dropped … Continue reading

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