What’s in a name? How might the name of your learning resources affect engagement?

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Does the name of your capability development initiatives impact on engagement?

I was recently thinking about the unavoidable fact that some people resist any initiative labelled ‘training’ or ‘learning’…indeed, some people seem to be actively anti anything to do with training/learning.

We can debate the possible reasons for this (e.g. terrible experiences in school, thinking they know it all already, not seeing capability development as a priority, people who ‘don’t like being told what to do’, etc) but the harsh reality is that there will always be some people (sometimes many people) who just react negatively to anything with the words ‘training’ or ‘learning’ (or similar) in them.

Now, there’s a lot we can do to overcome such objections Continue reading

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L&D Event Alert: Australian Learning Impact Awards – Brisbane – 29th Sep 2018

Learning and Development Industry Event Alert - Australian Learning Impact Awards - L and D Generous

Before I get into the main point of this post, I want to apologies for being AWOL for the past week or so. I’m afraid I came down with a severe case of the dreaded ‘Man-Flu’, so spent a few days at home feeling very sorry for myself.

Australian Learning Impact Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

For those of you that haven’t got your ticket for the Australian Impact Awards yet, there’s still some available!

For anyone that doesn’t know anything about these awards Continue reading

Learning & Development Quote – Henry Ford

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Henry Ford – Creator of possibly the most famous L&D related post ever…

It’s Friday, so time for something a little lighter-hearted.

Rather than the typical ‘L&D Friday Funny’, I thought I’d go with a Learning and Development quote…indeed, possibly the most famous and oft-quoted Learning and Development quote ever.

Henry Ford, who I’m sure needs no introduction, once famously said Continue reading

Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Developing capability and culture by stealth…

So, my recent article ‘Is this the best L&D related advert ever?’ about Sodastream’s ‘Join the Revolution’ video prompted a completely reasonable question from one reader… ‘Yes, it’s a clever recruiting video that’s well executed with clear culture messages, but I’m struggling to see how this is a Learning and Development video’.

A fair point and one that actually opens up a much wider question about the additional strategies that can be employed to encourage and embed our organisational capability and/or cultural goals.

Before I expand on that, here was my response to the original question… Continue reading

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams

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How can you help you function leads develop their team members?

From HR and Marketing through to Sales and Accounting, the role of a function manager is an extremely challenging one and, whilst those managers can be highly skilled and experienced, research suggests that they often feel under-prepared and/or overwhelmed in regard to addressing their team’s capability development needs.

Here’s a few simple strategies for helping them identify and address their team members’ capability needs and, as a result, decrease workplace stress, anxiety and dis-engagement and increase positivity, performance and productivity : Continue reading

Is this the best Learning and Development related advert ever?

Is this the best Learning and Development related advert ever - Sodastream Join the Revolution - L and D Generous

Is this the best L and D related advert ever?

First of all, I want to say a BIG thank you to Daisy Engel for posting this video – thanks Daisy! 🙂

The video is Sodastream’s new ‘Join the revolution’ advert and it hits SO MANY positive buttons.

First of all, it addresses the hugely important issue of the environment via the re-use benefits of Sodastream over the traditional one-use ‘drink and bin’ soft-drink options. However, looking at it through the lens of an L&D tragic like myself, it speaks about Continue reading

L&D Cartoon – You can’t measure everyone’s capability the same way!

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You can’t measure everyone’s capability the same way!

Ok, it’s the end of the week, so it’s time to lighten the mood again with a Learning and Development ‘Friday Funny’.

This one is an oldie but without doubt one of my all-time-favourites, beautifully illustrating how you just can’t apply the same system of capability measurement and be sure that you’ll get a fair or accurate result.

It’s just a shame that, Continue reading