• 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.

    Humility and experience

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

    Why is it important for leaders and consultants to be humble, and the double edged sword of being an expert.

    I met up with a dear friend, a Doctor, who managed to completely knock me off kilter. He (a proper Doctor, who heals people afflicted by life-threatening illnesses) said: “I am truly humbled by people who do your job. You go into a brand new place every few months, you learn so much about...

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    Be Agile, Be Dialogic.

    by  • April 27, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    A #ConsultancyHack challenge: Just because you have your ducks (or moorhen) in a row now, doesn’t mean they’ll stay like that for the duration.

    A while back I read a fantastically confusing academic paper by Boisot and McKelvey (see info below) that – if I got the right way around – basically suggested that organisational change cannot be managed (in the linear, classicist way) because it ignores the messy, complex nature of people and organisation. They also say...

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    Spicing up Learning

    by  • March 27, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    My L&D kin are in crisis. We are being asked to spice up learning, make it more interesting, more impactful, more fun, more engaging. Here are three quick tips.

    Thing is, though, learning is engaging, and the vast majority of us do a really good job of creating learning that is interactive, fun, useful. So what’s wrong? Honey, I’ve shrunk the learning I’m increasingly noticing how learning in organsiations, a lot like the theory that guides it, has been shrinking. It’s becoming thinner,...

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    Don’t look at the problem

    by  • March 23, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    All the evidence suggests you should never look just at the problem. You should also look everywhere else.

    I visited my osteopath today and in between cracking bones and cracking jokes, he said something gave me a mini epiphany. All the evidence suggests, he said, to not look at the problem. By George, he may be on to something. He and I were talking about how knee problems so very rarely are...

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