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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Four things for good leadership

McKinsey research suggests the four most important things for a good leader. What do you think? 1. Solving problems effectively. The process that precedes decision making is problem solving, when information is gathered, analyzed, and considered. This is deceptively difficult to get right, yet it is a key input into decision making for major issues … Continue reading Four things for good leadership

How does a learning professional’s PLN support innovations in their professional practice?

Interesting research topic by Tanya Lau “PLN and supporting innovative practice”

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MA research proposal

This is my current proposal for research I’m doing as part of the Master of Learning Sciences and Technology. I’ve been quite fascinated by Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for a while now, and as a learning practitioner, I’m interested in how we leverage our PLN relationships to support improvements or innovations in our professional practice. This is what my proposed research aims to explore. This proposal will be refined, and possibly change in some parts…so it’s always good to be able to look back and see how it evolves.


Increasing competition, globalisation, and rapid pace of change are putting organisations and individuals under pressure to continuously innovate (improve processes, products, practices) (Whelan, 2007, Baker-Doyle 2008). Knowledge is often recognised as an organisation’s greatest asset (Whelan, 2007); and in this “knowledge economy” the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across contexts is vital to survive and…

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A Year of Learning

A great blog from Julian Stodd, all thing learning and what the future of learning may be

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Writing is both a compulsion and a pleasure: taking two weeks off was almost a challenge. But a change is good and two weeks away from work has given me time for both relaxation and refreshment (both of the soul and via mince pies). The start of a new year is usually a time for reflection and planning, and i’m doing a little of both today.

Reflections on 2014 Some themes i’ll be exploring in 2015

Through around two hundred articles last year we covered quite some ground, starting with the introduction of the CAIR Culture model in January through to the launch of the Social Leadership Handbook in November. Last year saw me become a Google Glass explorer (with all the technical and social hazards that entailed) as well as looking at the impact of wider social collaborative technology.

A lot of my thinking last year turned to nuances: around fairness

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Blog Secret Santa and “Flipped Networking”

This is my 'Blog Secret Santa gift to Tannel Tammik - enjoy! Flipped networking It has been just over a year since I joined Twitter. I attended a conference where Helen Blunden from Melbourne ran a session on using Twitter to expand you personal learning network (PLN). Helen's enthusiasm and straightforward instructions made it easy … Continue reading Blog Secret Santa and “Flipped Networking”