#cipdldshow Blog Carnival – How to make every day a learning day

Welcome to the CIPD Learning & Development Show Blog Carnival Curation!!! Or CIPDLDSHOWBCC for short 😉

Back in March I invited people to share their thoughts about what helps us make every day a learning day – the theme of the L&D Show this year. As I sit here now and look at the bountiful array of pieces that have been written I feel huge appreciation for everyone who’s contributed and delighted by the serendipity of how they have all come together with – I guarantee! – no coordination of content from me.

So as Simon Sinek would say, let’s start with WHY.  Garry Turner created two posts to share and process his thoughts about why learning every day matters, and why it matters more today than it ever has done in the past.  Read them here and here.  How does this sit with you?  Is this WHY important to you too?  If it is, what will you do with that?

If this is the kind of future you want to create then, whether for you as an individual or for your organisation, it’s going to help if you first raise your awareness of your current reality. To do this, Mark Gilroy has shared his fantastic new creation of the Healthy Learning Platter as a way to assess what you’re doing – or not doing – currently, and therefore where you might be losing out on your everyday learning potential.

Once you’ve identified your gaps, dip into the relevant parts of the 8 stages of the platter. Here are the rich perspectives from all the contributors which work beautifully with Mark’s model…..

  1. Curiosity – Simon Heath remembers that school, the place where we’re meant to learn every day, didn’t necessarily achieve its intended goal because it’s a forced environment where you might not be learning what you want, when you want or in the way you want. How often does this happen in the place where you work? What if the starting point was to encourage places of curiosity? Simon writes “Learning every day is about openness. Open to the signals. Having your antennae tuned in. Noticing. Being curious. Staying curious. Getting curiouser and curiouser.” Read the whole piece here.

2. Content – next, where do you direct your curiosity? Perry, Donna and David all bring their different and similar perspectives to this. Classroom learning still has a place, training people still has a place – and there is so much more at our disposal, for free. Read their pieces to see what Content options you might want to experiment with.

3. Collaboration – as an expert in collaboration, Bev Holden is the obvious person to turn to if we want to use a collaborative approach to “supercharge” our learning.  Rachel Burnham shared a great example of collaboration in action when she got herself a learning buddy to find out more about VR.

4. Curation – which breadcrumb trails will you follow? What have you found that you want to keep for future reference or for a pre-planned future personal learning hour? How or where will you store it to make sure you can get to it again? Things like Pocket are fantastic for this https://getpocket.com. Who do you know or could you connect with that will share and curate great content – this is where Twitter is great if you’re following the right people. And Snapchat is a whole new realm that I’ve not ventured into for learning but which Mike Shaw is getting great value from.

5. Commitment – to be successful with anything, including learning, it needs to matter to us. We need to be committed. Kat’s simple and practical coaching flow can be applied to your own thinking, over time improving the pace and effectiveness of your thinking processes – each time testing out whether what you’re learning is what’s important for achieving your big goals.

6. Conduct – now. What are you actually going to DO with this learning? With my Learn > Connect > Do events that’s exactly the point of the “Do”. If we spend our time being all talk and no action then our learning isn’t going to have much impact in the world. Here are a few examples of the kinds of things you can do : Andrew shares his learning of the need to push the boundaries so that you fail, and learn, every day.  We also need to take action to un-learn as David Hayden writes here.  And Janice talks about slowing down to speed up – something which many of us can benefit from http://www.mindovermattercoaching.co.uk/29130-2/. I feel sorry for the first mouse ☹

7. Contemplation – or reflection. The place where the earliest posts in the festival went. An act which seems so simple and yet we rarely make quality time for. Today I’ve been to supervision, a place where I have protected time to reflect and, as Mark says, then generates new thinking and ideas for a return to the stage of Curiosity.

Another reflection approach is to make it a daily habit through keeping a journal – real paper and real pens – something which (currently) technology just can’t replace the value of. Helen writes her thoughts about that here.

Andy wrote about the value of reflection so that we make what we learn have more impact instead of “in one ear out the other”. This led him to also connect to the Curation stage – so that when we’ve reflected we can have our learning in one place.

8. ChallengeKim writes wisely about the conditions needed to learn and that “We need to be aware of the dangers of non-learning, where our everyday experience conforms to our expectations.” Kim shares ways you can keep challenge present in your life to aid your discomfort – a key route to learning.  One example Kim mentions is to seek feedback from others, something Melissa shares her own powerful personal story on this.


So, you know WHY you want to learn, we’ve stepped through WHAT the stages are of successful learning and some examples of HOW you can make that real every day.

But something more fundamental to any of this, which underpins the whole lot, is your attitude or MINDSET. Fiona writes brilliantly about the need to hold the space of both master and apprentice because no matter how many years we’ve been in a profession, there is always learning.  Something echoed in this piece about how we should aim to be a “learn it all” instead of a “know it all”.

To summarise it all, please read this most wonderful and simple poem from Kirsten Holder.  She says it all beautifully.

What does all this mean to you?

Where are you or your organisation missing out?

How could it be instead?

What do you need to get you there?


The original intent of the Blog Carnival was to enable delegates – both those attending in real life and those following the # – to consider what they need to focus their attention on when 10th and 11th May roll around next week.

I really hope we’ve gone some way to achieving that for you, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors – this clearly would have been nothing without you!

See you next Wednesday!!

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