Carnival Time!! How do we make every day a learning day?

In a couple of months, on 10th and 11th May, the Olympia in London will become home to the CIPD Learning & Development Show.

It’s a fantastic learning event – whether you go to the Conference sessions, spend your time on the Exhibition floor and in the taster sessions, or talking to fellow delegates – there’s something for everyone!

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The Chinese Buffet Effect

As I write this I feel like David D’Souza who’s an expert at these analogies with life (as an example, you can read about Chicken and Business Plans here). I hope mine hits the mark. It’s not rocket science, or brand new information (HT Phoebe), but it’s something I re-noticed while working with a leadership team this week – and I don’t think I’d ever previously made the broader connections of this effect in other activities.  Plus I love Chinese food!!

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The Soulless Hotel Room

For this post I’m delighted to be hosting a piece from Andrew Page. I worked with Andrew and a number of his fellow leaders alongside Lane 4 as part of their leadership development programme at Loughborough Uni, and I subsequently went on to work with more of the Anglian team at one of their main UK locations.

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#cawconf16 : GSK Accelerating Difference

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.

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Can you see what’s going on?

A friend shared this with me today.  Her political leanings being very much on the side of Corbyn and despairing at what she saw as Cameron’s arrogant attitude.  But this post isn’t about which side of the fence you sit on or which leader you favour.  This is about cultural norms.  The way we do things round here.  And how blind we can be to how we are.

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#barefootwinterconf Reflections

Last week I attended the Barefoot Winter Conference at Prestwold Hall (beautiful location – and yes I’m slightly biased because it’s where I got married!).  This post is a collation of my thoughts and reflections from the day which I know will help me learn and absorb, and which I hope will have some nuggets of interest and insight for you.

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Restricted or Bountiful?

We moved house on Monday!  We’ve been living with my mum for over 7 months – she’s definitely gone above and beyond the job description!  Now that we have our own place again I popped to a large wholesale store yesterday to stock up on exciting things like kitchen towel and loo roll.  This is the second big batch of kitchen towel I’ve bought in my life – 20 in a pack!!  #awesome  When I used to buy 2 or maybe 4 rolls at a time I would save it for real necessity, using it only when it really felt like the best thing to use.  Otherwise reaching for a cloth.  Since switching my shopping habits my attitude to kitchen-towel-use has changed*.  There’s something about knowing you have a bountiful supply of absorbent paper available that makes you free and easy with its use.  Split some milk there, no problem, let me wipe it with some kitchen towel.  Red wine on the carpet, no worries, kitchen towel will soak that right up.

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Expectations in a Box

Think of yourself at work and how it feels right now.

If you imagine you’re in a box at work, what would that box be like?

Are you in a roomy box with space to spread yourself out and change position?

Are you cramped in a box that you feel you could burst out of any minute?

Do you remember once feeling like you could burst out and now you feel like you’ve shrunk to fit inside?

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An Inspiration

Today I attended the funeral of a wonderful lady, Anita Bates.  In the face of Anita leaving this world so young, I’m writing this in the hope that something can shift in your world to create just a little more inspiration.  As she would have done if still here.

She, as the vicar said, is one of few people in the world who are not only held in high regard but who are also loved.  That was shown by the numbers of people spilling out of the ceremony room, and into the entrance hall which was also ready to burst people back out onto the path outside.

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