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July 29, 2019

The habits of time management

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Some people seem to get a lot out of their time, others not so much. What's the difference? I think it's our habits. What do we habitually do when we are ..given extra work? ..pushed for time? ..stressed? ..have some spare time? ..running late? ..tired? ..up against a deadline? ..spinning lots of plates? Do

July 21, 2019

Communication is the response we get

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I was reminded of this principle a few days ago watching a movie. From my perspective, as the watcher, I could see both sides of the story, but each character in the movie could only see their side and interpreted the same communication event very differently. Chaos ensued, but looking on as the watcher

July 14, 2019

Trick question about meetings

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A meeting must be intended to cause something, or the existence of the meeting should be questioned. So... The next time you get invited to a meeting, ask the organiser what the meeting is intended to cause. Use the word 'cause', not some other word or synonym. Try it and notice what reaction you

July 11, 2019

Paul Matthews sharing L&D thought leadership at WOL Conference 2019

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On 15 & 16 October at the NEC, Birmingham, the World of Learning Conference 2019 will enable Learning & Development (L&D) professionals to learn from industry leaders and to network with peers. The carefully procured conference programme will provide real-world insights from organisations including Next, Santander UK, Hilti, Scottish Social Services Council, and Wales

July 7, 2019

Who is managing who?

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I ran a workshop on learning transfer last week and got the inevitable comment, "I wish my boss was here, learning what he needs to know." At the time, we laughed it off, but later I thought about the whole concept of managing upwards and how we tend to do so little to understand