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 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 […]

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 Constraints Help You Be Creative

How Constraints Help You Be Creative

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in creativity, design, leadership, learning | No Comments

How constraints help you be creative Two stories from the world of toys and food that show how turning broken bits into brilliance is more common than you think. What can you buy in 130 different countries, comes in 53 different colours and 75 billion pieces of it are sold each year? Answer: Lego. Translated […]

Managing your Brain on Busy

Managing your Brain on Busy

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in learning, neuroscience, productivity | No Comments

8 year old brain or Harvard MBA brain: the choice is yours (yes, there’s a difference).What today’s busyness is really doing to your brain and how to take back control. The distractions of every day life Our brains are busy places. There’s a lot going on around us that can pull us in different directions […]

Making Learning Come Alive

Making Learning Come Alive

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in audience, learning, presentations, TED talk | No Comments

He looked like he’d stepped from a book and three times a week I got to enter his magical world. Born to Hungarian parents in France and now living in Scotland, he was in his late 50s then, and spoke in a thick whisper. His room was right at the end of a quiet corridor […]

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

What’s coaching got to do with a cream tea? Quite a lot actually. A scone with just the right amount of crumble. Clotted cream that delivers heaven. Jam that is jamish in all the right ways. Served on elegant china and savored with a great pot of tea. What’s coaching got to do with that? […]

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in coaching, learning, structure | No Comments

Today is Groundhog Day. Yes, it’s a real thing and not just a classic film with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where Bill Murray has the day on repeat. If you’ve not seen it, spoiler alert, it’s an inspirational film with a message about how we can choose to do things differently and in doing […]