Learning and development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 3, Values

Learning and development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 3, Values

Spiderman keeps his identity secret in order to protect those he cares about, he learns how to develop his newly found superpowers and he meters out justice with a certain discipline. Spiderman has values. This is the 3rd and final blog about my reflections on the recent conference I attended, Brave New Learning at OBA […]

Learning and development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 2, Balance

Learning and development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 2, Balance

Spiderman learned that with great power comes great responsibility and that he had to achieve a balance between these two competing issues. This blog looks at ways we can achieve more balance in adult education. I recently attended the conference Brave New Learning at OBA in Amsterdam. This is the second blog on my learning and reflections […]

Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 1, Creativity

Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 1, Creativity

What would Spiderman do if he had to design a learning and development programme? Be honest – this question has kept you up at night. Spiderman is known for his creative thinking, balance and superhuman strength. Some of the same things I learned at the conference Brave New Learning last week in Amsterdam. Disclaimer, Spiderman […]

The Magic of Mentoring – Part 2

The Magic of Mentoring – Part 2

Miranda is 7 ¾ and Stephanie is 84 ¾. This mentoring conversation might seem as likely as Depeche Mode singing about building a set of Ikea book shelves but these two females both learn from each other. In my last post I spoke about the benefits of mentoring. Here, I look at the advantages of […]

The Magic of Mentoring – Part 1

The Magic of Mentoring – Part 1

How mentoring helps you get on professionally and personally. I remember looking at Asia on the map, really wanting to travel on my own but the longer I stared the bigger it seemed to get. I remember my first days as a trainee teacher when I thought I had to have everything I would say […]

What this little bird can teach you about sales and marketing

What this little bird can teach you about sales and marketing

The orange flame bower bird has got its sales and marketing down to a fine tee (photo courtesy of BBC). Grit, graft and gumption. Landing a client takes time. We’d love it to be a quick tick box exercise, something simple that gets us that new account. But it’s a process. And the more thought, […]

Engagement – The Icelandic Way

Engagement – The Icelandic Way

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in culture, engagement, language, leadership, teams | No Comments

Why little kids run, how to make workplace culture every employees’ responsibility and creating engagement the Icelandic way. The comedian Eddie Izzard says that kids run everywhere for the reason that “there could be ice cream over there” – getting to the heart of what’s really important to a 4 year old. It’s so true, […]

Why do women use more exclamation marks than men?

Why do women use more exclamation marks than men?

Why one little piece of punctuation shapes how we see people, what women can do to be seen as more professional in the workplace and why Hemingway would have had a tough time on social media. Exclamation marks. Love them or hate them, to exclaim or not to exclaim: that is the question. Because although […]

Growth Mindset – Be Like Beyoncé. Or Humpty Dumpty.

Growth Mindset – Be Like Beyoncé. Or Humpty Dumpty.

I’ve written here before about having effective coaching conversations with your team, how to shine at public speaking and the neuroscience that shows us how to work with our busy brains. This time I thought I’d try something different and write about what I’m doing to develop myself – and the growth mindset lessons I’ve […]

How to Window Dress Your Communication

How to Window Dress Your Communication

What creative window dressing can teach you about using your words well. Walking through downtown Munich a shop window grabbed my attention. It used colour, design and imagination in a striking yet simple way. In fact it was such a great display that I stood and looked at it for a few minutes. What did […]