Brains in L&D

So how DO we use Neuroscience to enhance L&D effectiveness?

Geoff setting the session up that we’ll be talking AT you and that it’s not ideal, as we all know from an L&D perspective, but that needs-must with the set up. However they’ve then actually quite a lot of interaction and discussion during the session and allowed lots of time for it. read more

Fun’s not just for the fun of it!

So first session today at the CIPD L&D Show and I’ve chosen to come to the Science of Happiness: motivating and inspiring individuals, teams and orgs with Stephanie Davies, Director & Founder of Laughology.

Who loves a really good laugh? It’s good for us on many levels and Stephanie focuses on laughter and happiness. read more

What future do we want to create?

I’ve been thinking, as we do, after day 1 of the CIPD L&D Show yesterday.

There was a two-sided debate about whether the content was challenging & different enough or whether it was pitched right for the majority of the audience.

Which is really a question of whether you give your customers what they want as they see the world today. Or whether you stretch their thinking to the possible. read more

Talking the talk…

First day of the CIPD L&D today, 30th April, which I feel privileged to have been able to attend as a tweeter and blogger.

I’ve listened to sessions on –
Cultivating trustworthy leaders
Creating a manager-led coaching culture
Developing resilient yet agile leaders

And I’m reflecting on what I’ve heard. read more

Man in the Mirror

I just overheard some young lads on the bus on their way to school. One was asking his friend for 5p. Repeatedly. It was the first thing he said when he saw his friend which made me think this is a habit. I don’t think a bullying one. But also not really a welcomed one as his friend kept changing the subject, pretending to be distracted by his phone, etc. And it worked. The friend gave up eventually. read more

Does it matter?

David D’Souza’s post the other day ( got me thinking……

Last week my husband was away with work so it was me and the kids for a few days on our own.  Things ticked along nicely.  Yes, they argued sometimes, or course, but mostly things ran pretty smoothly and we had a good time together. read more

Disney Coaching

Not that I’m advocating violence but this is a fantastic coaching approach to reframe a situation and instigate future-focussed positive action….

Are you Simba, needing to learn and move on from something?

Or could you use this story in your work?

I’d love to hear what you think.

The power of Disney! read more

Literally Headless


I read a great story by Doug Shaw yesterday ( which really resonated with me.

The last few weeks have been really busy. Preparing to handover my old job, getting ready for new life, attending a couple of fantastic coaching courses, organising the kids’ birthday parties, the usual household stuff, oh, and the draw of the phone, as Doug so poignantly wrote about, constantly there with the many channels and so much great content to read! read more

Throw out the trash

Inspired by Neil Morrison’s recent post on why HR should hate change (, it reminded me of a true change story I heard a couple of weeks ago from someone from a large organisation.

This is the story from her persepctive….. read more

Zebras at work


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Saturday was a big day for us – we went to see The Lion King at the Lyceum in London!  This was a delayed Christmas present that various relatives had contributed to and we were all very excited – the kids’ first normal train ride (i.e. not a steam-train-on-holiday ride), a trip to the theatre, a night in a premier inn – that always makes their day! read more