• OD and L&D

    Read about Organisational Development and improvement, strategic workforce development, strategic Learning and Development (L&D) and what they all have to do with each other. We discuss research and thoughts about strategic employee development and making organisations more successful by putting robust people strategies and frameworks in place. We also link OD and L&D with our specialities – learning technologies and career transition.

    In the name of research

    by  • July 7, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Understand organizational research better – go on your own noble quest for knowledge.

      The field of management research appears to be suffering. You know things get interesting when there is research about how research is conducted in a particular field. Note that my use of the word “interesting” is not euphemistic. It is interesting because it research the research is popping the bonnet of this sports...

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    Practice makes…?

    by  • July 2, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Practice makes…? Spoiler alert – this is a trick question about small change.

      I have the most amazing conversations with my osteopath. He heals bones and muscle in the OD way, and that’s really good fun. During our last session he showed me some exercises which aim is to improve stability. The point of those is to improve the way your muscle works, rather than bulking...

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    The trust gap

    by  • June 22, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    What happens when consultants and clients don’t trust each other; and getting over the trust gap.

    My heart was broken a few weeks ago by a young redhead. This may sound like an inappropriate disclosure for a blog post, but the young woman in question is a colleague I had the pleasure to work with on a project. I was brought in to work on this project for a very...

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    In defence of boredom

    by  • June 8, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Why being bored is a good thing and a challenge to practice being bored – for creativity, good leadership and general wellbeing.

    Remember when we were kids, and the summer holidays, those six (or eight) weeks seemed to drag on and on *forever*? If you can’t remember, think about when your kids were, say, five or six years old and over a summer (or winter) holiday they would come up to you and whinge, in their...

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    Crown the Learner

    by  • June 1, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Content is king, context is kingdom. But sometimes to make more of learning experiences, the two need to be balanced and the learner needs a crown of their own.

      Over the past few months I’ve been delivering a lot of training: systems training, technical training, behavioural stuff, customer interactions, resilience, leadership and complexity. These past few months have really crystallised the difference is between training and learning for me. They differ in the balance between content, context and learner. Hang on to your...

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    The Fandom Organisation

    by  • May 17, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    A different way to think about engagement.

      Engagement is a big thing. We survey it, we measure it, we try to improve it. We do our best to understand what our people like and dislike so that we can make working for our organisation a better, more fulfilling experience. We throw perks at our staff, flex their time and space,...

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