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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

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

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams - L and D Generous

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!

Learning and Development Cartoons - Not everyone can be measured the same way - L and D Generous

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

Are you working in the right place to achieve your L&D aspirations?

Learning and Development Aspirations - L and D Generous

Is your organisation giving you Learning and Development Heaven or Hell?

Ok, this one’s a toughie because A/ for some people this might be bit too close to the bone and B/ given point A, I’d be lying if I was to say that I wasn’t a little concerned that I might be overstepping the mark here. However, I believe it’s a question that all of us should ask ourselves (not just L&D people by the way, anyone and everyone should ask themselves this question if they want to achieve a sense of workplace fulfillment, positivity and contentedness).

Almost without exception, everyone I know that works as internal Learning & Development Managers, Co-ords, Admins, etc are truly passionate about assisting their workforce members develop their knowledge and capability. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that not all of them are given the resources (i.e. support, budget, staff, etc) to do a decent job of it, making it difficult to achieve a truly meaningful learning program and/or impact on the organisation.

The worst of it is Continue reading

Universities aren’t agile and flexible enough to deliver to the private sector…right!?!

University Programs for the Private Sector - L and D Generous

Are Universities still just slow and inflexible providers of nothing but the MBA?

It’s something I hear fairly often…“Universities aren’t agile and flexible enough to deliver to private sector organisations…and they only offer the MBA anyway”.

Well, for the most part that certainly was the case but is it still true?

Like so many things, it’s not as simple as a straight yes or no answer.

There’s no getting away from the fact that many (probably most) Australian University Business School’s are still stuck in their ‘do it our way or no way’ mentality, often making it difficult for full-time employees to attend workshops, zero contextualisation, no non-accredited programs, etc. Indeed, the fact that a University needs a Business School for many of the important global rankings means that many simply operate them as a loss-leader with no real desire to change or create a meaningful value proposition to the private sector.

However, that’s not true of all of them. Continue reading

Learning & Development Cartoon: Teaching vs Learning

Ok, it’s the end of the week again, so it’s time for another Learning and Development related ‘Friday Funny’ before we all break for the weekend.

Here’s a good one that quite nicely illustrates the difference between teaching and learning and that I’m sure my fellow Learning & Development tragics will appreciate.

I’m afraid I can’t credit the artist as he or she didn’t sign their work – my thanks anyway to the mystery cartoonist.

Learning and Development Cartoons - Teaching VS Learning - L and D Generous

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