Working with Flinders University

I have the pleasure of working with Flinders University in Adelaide South Australia on a number of upcoming initiatives, seminars and workshops. I will be teaching in the International Healthcare Management masters programme run in South East Asia and will also be running a series of short seminars and workshops. The first workshop: "Social Media for … Continue reading Working with Flinders University

What’s surfing got to do with learning?

What have you learned this week? I learned that it is good to have a go at new things, realise what you are capable of at the moment, and work on something by starting "where you are at". I learned this through having my first ever surfing lesson! It was a beautiful day, 23 degrees … Continue reading What’s surfing got to do with learning?

SoMe so what?

SoMe, so what? Social media and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Vanessa North Social media and learning are great partners; learning by its very nature is social. In the field of learning and development the ability to connect with others has been dominated by the face-to-face vs e-learning divide. Social media crosses the divide and allows … Continue reading SoMe so what?

The L&D skills gap on #Ozlearn chat

Great questions, looking forward to joining in

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I’m very much looking forward to joining Con Sotidis for an #Ozlearn tweet chat on Tuesday 10th February at 8 pm Melbourne time, 9 am London time. Together, we’ll be discussing something that’s become increasingly important over the past few years: the L&D skills gap.

L&D, like many professions, faces dramatic changes today, changes with their roots in technological, economic and geopolitical shifts that began in around 1990. Like most professions, however, we are still largely equipped with structures, attitudes and skills sets suitable for the world as it existed before that date.

So just what is our current L&D skills gap? How short are we of the skills we need to be effective in the new, connected, global age? For an answer, I’ve looked at data from the LPI Learning Capability Map. The Capability Map is a description of the 27 skills of the L&D profession, arranged over…

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Sociology, not technology

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The Social Age sees us connecting, sharing, working and leading in online spaces. But it’s a mistake to think that the real change is in the technology. It’s not: it’s about the sociology.

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The technology deals transactionally: it can make links and traffic files. But the real change is in how large, cohesive and purposeful our communities are.

It’s important to understand this from an organisational perspective, because if we mistake technology for sociology, we will likely spend our time, effort and resources in the wrong place.

We maintain both weak and strong social ties: the people in our sphere of hearing are our weak connections. The totality of people in our networks: the people who know our name (or, maybe just our Twitter handle). Our strong social ties are those to our friends, the people whose lives we impact more meaningfully.

Social technology has done two things:…

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Setting Boundaries: 7 Ways Good Managers Get It Wrong

Interesting article on how GOOD managers can get it wrong. Which one(s) are you?

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Sneakers From Above.Employees know when they have a “nice” manager who isn’t really in charge—and in the end, it makes them feel unsafe. Dr. Henry Cloud literally wrote the book on this topic, but I wanted to share a cast of characters to help represent some of the boundary-challenging habits I’ve seen that can undermine the good manager.

Please don’t be too alarmed if you see yourself in one of these descriptions—that was one of my intentions. I wanted to make it easy for you to identify yourself. After all, you can’t craft a solution until you identify the real nature of the problem. My intention in using the labels is to keep things fun and light, but also to be clear.  Okay, here goes:

The In-Director. You believe people don’t like to be bossed around, and you don’t want people to think you’re bossy.  So you don’t give super…

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