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Organisational Development and Competencies: the long and the short term view

Yesterday i met near London with one of my learning communities, one with a focus on organisational development and competencies. It was a rare chance to come together with a dozen great people to share ideas, experience and stories. The … Continue reading

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Learn to fly: big planes and small skills

My usual approach to new technology is to dive in and give it a go: after all, how wrong can you go? I’ve only ever once sat in the cockpit of a jet, but i’d have to say that i’m … Continue reading

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Running away to the circus. Why it could take a long time to learn the skills and aesthetics.

Patience is a virtue, but sometimes in short supply. It seems to take an age to learn to be good at something new. Sure, you can get the basics pretty quickly, but to be really good takes time. You need … Continue reading

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The development of skills over time. How we learn to fit within conventions, whilst learning to break out of them.

I’ve spent time over the last week with the oil paints, down in Cornwall, painting boats. It’s been a learning experience. I know how to paint watercolour, but never before with oils, so there’s a lot to learn. The whole … Continue reading

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Made for the job. Learning that literally requires you to grow into a role and learning to leave it all behind.

Last night i went to see the Moscow Ballet. Pretty incredible stuff and very inspirational, but not so inspirational that i thought about taking it up myself. I know that, no matter how inspired i was, there’s no way i’m … Continue reading

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How to knit socks. Practical skills and learning in the Information Economy

Someone’s knitted me a pair of socks. By hand, from an actual sheep. Now, i can do a lot of things, some of them half way competently, but i’d have to say that i have no idea how to knit … Continue reading

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Eggs, chips and beans. Learning to cook – functional and aesthetic skills and why i’ll never be on Masterchef.

Last week i went skiing, in a fully catered chalet in France. The chef was amazing. He’d been a finalist on Masterchef and, to be honest, was a better cook than me. My cooking tends to be functional. Don’t get … Continue reading

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What is an ‘expert’?

When we’re creating learning materials, we often look to an expert to help shape the content. But what is an expert? Expertise is generally defined as having comprehensive, knowledge or skills in a specific, narrowly defined area. Almost by definition, … Continue reading

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