Sep 15 2015

Is this the end of the performance appraisal as we know it?

Today’s post is about a study from Blessing White on performance management which they argue is stuck in a bygone age and considerably disliked by both employees and their appraising managers. The authors state that pioneering organisations are ditching the formal, annual appraisal process in favour of a coaching approach, which provides on-going guidance and …

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Sep 10 2015

A day at LearningLive 2015

Yesterday, I attended the first day of LearningLive 2015 in London with my colleague Debbie. It was a great event organised by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). Nigel Paine from LearningNow TV fame hosted a Q&A session with experience L&D panel members sharing their views on a number of questions from the audience, such …

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Sep 01 2015

SDI rebranded as Total SDI

In June I attended a facilitator update workshop for the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI). The purpose was to run through the new materials, which have just been launched in the UK and have been rebranded as ‘Total SDI’. I have always been an advocate of the SDI as a self-assessment tool because it has a …

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Aug 21 2015

Apps to help you practise mindfulness

Those who read this blog will know I’m a great advocate of mindfulness practice although I don’t do of much of it as I would like.  It allows us to take time out of our busy schedules and appreciate what we have in the here and now, which can have an incredible calming effect when …

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Aug 17 2015

Are we too hard on ourselves?

I’ve been in learning and development now for a good many years and I’ve seen more than a few changes in the sector, some of which have been fast and furious and others, which have evolved over time. Recently, the discussion around learning and education has been loud and, for me, at times overcrowded. For …

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Jul 23 2015

Is there a better way to organise work to make people happier and more productive?

Unfortunately I had to pull out of an event this week named ’Why aren’t organisations shifting?’ by Caterfly . For quite a while now I’ve been interested in the idea that organisations can work in a different way from our traditional command and control top-down hierarchy. Two approaches which appear to be gaining popularity and visibility …

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Jul 07 2015

TED talk on how to develop a growth mindset for learning

It’s no secret that I love TED talks and I have recommended them to colleagues, clients, friends and family over the years. This week’s recommendation came from Paul Matthews founder of Alchemy Performance Assistant , a breakthrough support resource that provides day-by-day support on every area of workplace learning. The talk is by Carol Dweck who is …

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Jul 02 2015

Do we need to manage performance?

Today’s recommendation is a webinar from Blessing White on some research they conducted regarding performance management “Assess or Unleash? How Pioneering Firms are Rethinking Their Approach to Performance Management.” The co-authors of the report Kristen Bakaler and Fraser Marlow talk about their findings and ask the audience to consider what is the point of performance management and …

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Jun 29 2015

Learning Now TV

Our recommended resource this month is Learning Now TV, a free TV programme for anyone involved in organisational learning and development.  On their website it states: “LEARNING NOW tv is a live-streamed internet tv channel bringing you inspirational interviews, debates and round tables, and advice and guidance on real-world issues to keep you up-to-date in the …

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Jun 16 2015

How the use of social media has changed

Today, I participated in an online survey about how L&D practitioners use social media and how it has changed over the years.  It was interesting to sit back and reflect on how much social media and online collaboration have become mainstream in my work.  I blog and read blogs regularly, watch TED talks and webinars as …

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