Today I’m delighted to welcome Shirley Marshall to the Wild Fig blog. Shirley’s an HR Partner at RCI and came to the last Learn > Connect > Do event in December. I was delighted when I heard that Shirley took her learning back to work and wrote an internal blog post to get others thinking and talking about the topic of workplace and collaboration, and she’s kindly given permission for it to be re-produced on here.
BREAKING NEWS! Ian Ellison now also speaking at Learn > Connect > Do!! Read on….
On 1st December it’s Learn > Connect > Do, the event for people professionals who care about making work better.
This quarter we’re talking about our workplaces and spaces and stimulating the debate from the position of “Do we need offices?”. It’s fantastic to have Dan Pilling and now, not just Dan, but Ian Ellison too! They’ll be joining us to bring us their deign and workplace insights and get the discussion going. As the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BIFM Special Interest Group they know their stuff!
Last Saturday, 8th October, saw the third CIPD Midlands Area Partnership event. Jon Bartlett and I were the blogsquad for the day and thankfully lots of other people were on the # too. It’s been great to see the numbers of people grow on Twitter at events like these, and there were some good debates happening, as well as straight sharing of content or appreciation of what was being spoken about.
This session’s with Laura Overton from Towards Maturity. Laura’s talking about some of the latest insights about learning and how we can use these in work to improve the learning experience and impact.
Great that Laura’s going to have the session as a conversation to keep energy levels up, especially post-lunch.
Karen Meager of Monkey Puzzle is speaking about work and leadership. In business we see ‘unhelpful behaviours; and in work we try and address them, often through instruction / process / policy, by changing behaviour. Karen helps business see what’s behind the behavioural ‘issues’ so she’ll be showing us some of these things, some of the science about why and how you can do something about that. And talking about how to know better when you’ve done enough.
Last Thursday, on a lovely sunny day, Phil Willcox and I met up with an eager group of Street Wisdom’ers in Leicester for Learn > Connect > Do. Some had experience of Street Wisdom before, while for most it was their first time. I’m not going to write about the way these awesome sessions run, you can read more about that here, but I wanted to share some photos of a great afternoon, including the post-event debrief which was at Dolce & Verde – great coffee if you’re ever in Leicester or Rothley. After drinks and cakes, the Wisdomer’s went on their ways with thoughts and plans in their heads about how to keep a hold of their learning and put different actions in place for the questions they were asking.
One month today on 8th October, the CIPD MAP team are back for another of their fantastic annual conferences and I’m very much looking forward to being one half of their resident blogsquad with Jon Bartlett (#CIPDMAP16).
The theme this year is “Building Workplaces for the Future”.
When I read this, I don’t see the theme as – come along and learn some things that you’ll need to apply in the next 3 to 5 years. Not even the next 2 years. This theme says to me – come along to learn the things you need to do now if you want to even have a workplace in the future!
A 15 minute keynote with Suzy – all the way from Oz!
In the Positivity Institute they talk a lot about the F word – Flourishing! Help people thrive in a VUCA world. Two-by-two matrix similar to the performance curve with people under or over stretched both being distressed / stressed. Plodding is not stretched, or Flourishing when we’re at our best – Eustress place – healthy pressure and healthy mental wellbeing.
Next for me a case study from GSK with Sally Bonneywell, VP Coaching.
GSK – pharma, vaccines, consumer healthcare – large, complex and with a long history of M&A activity over the years. recently sold oncology to Avartis and bought their vaccines business. It felt like we were “taking out our heart” and that had to be allowed to be heard because that was people’s reality.
Post-lunch keynote from Anthony Kasozi about Complexity, Contradiction, Connection and Collaboration.
We know tomorrow the sun is going to rise, but then our bus doesn’t arrive so we can’t get to the work we had planned.
As we live and work in this incredibly predictable and unpredictable word. The unpredictability creates a sense of unease, as Hetty talked about this morning. At our best we rise to the challenge. At our worst we become fearful and frustrated.