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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

June 30, 2019

Do the anniversaries make me different?

So many people sent me lovely messages following last week's blog about my two anniversaries. Thank you! Several people said I must be/should be proud of such an achievement. Yes, I feel good about it, but proud? That got me thinking. Would I be worth any less if I had not reached those milestones?

June 22, 2019

Happy anniversaries to me!

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My blog is a little different this morning. I have two anniversaries to celebrate. The first Monday morning tip went out in June 2009 so I have been doing them for 10 years. Little did I imagine when I started that I would write over 500 of them; and you can see them all

June 19, 2019

Throw a paper aeroplane…

Did you ever build paper aeroplanes and throw them in class or lectures? I did. We tried to get them to fly into the big bowl-shaped light fittings on the high ceiling in the main lecture hall. I only ever succeeded once. What do you remember doing that was fun, and perhaps a little

June 9, 2019

Humble is as humble does

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Humility is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of some of the leaders of our time, and yet humility in CEOs leads to higher-performing leadership teams, increased collaboration and cooperation, and flexibility in developing strategies (according to a survey of 105 tech firms published in the Journal of Management). Humility was

June 2, 2019

Is the universe trying to tell me something?

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I saw this quote in a blog and it stuck with me through the day... "I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." Frank Costello in the movie 'The Departed' Then I saw this on a poster in a shop window... "Once

May 19, 2019

Another use for passion

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Most of us could be far better listeners than we are... me included :-) We speak with passion and want to be heard. Do we listen with passion when others want to be heard? When was the last time you listened with passion? Now that you have thought of a time, what were you

May 12, 2019

Are you busy, or just have a lot to do?

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I hear it all the time... "I'm so busy!" But busy is a state of mind. It is the frantic and sometimes jumbled thoughts whirling in our head about all the things on our list that we think we must do. That mess of thoughts causes stress, and paradoxically, detracts from our ability to

May 1, 2019

Article: Is learning the right focus for Learning & Development people?

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In the May Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews asks if learning is the right focus for Learning & Development people... The goal of the learning and development person is to help people learn. That makes sense doesn’t it? After all that is their job title. But what does the organisation really need? Organisations need

April 28, 2019

The solution to our problems lies elsewhere

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Einstein is reputed to have said, "No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it." That's a bit disheartening. Does that mean we can't solve our problems? We think, and enjoy the fruits of our thinking, but if that fruit is a problem, what then? Einstein tells us that

April 15, 2019

Online Performance Support for Learning at Work Week 2019

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Alchemy Assistant performance support toolkit for your managers and all employees during Learning at Work Week 2019. Have you signed up for the biggest celebration of learning at work? The Campaign for Learning's Learning at Work Week takes place from 13th – 19th May this year. It inspires building a culture of learning in

April 14, 2019

This fascinated me

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Whatever we do, we do within the wider context of our community, our country and the amazing planet we live on. This is not so much a tip this week as an acknowledgement of this larger context. I stumbled across this site on world population and sat and watched it, the implications racing through

April 7, 2019

The ingredients of conflict

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I was thinking about conflict, mediation, discussion, compromise, agreements and....... This got me thinking about values and beliefs. Our values move us in the direction of what we want for ourselves, our family, our organisation, and even our country and the world. Our values tell us what is important. Our beliefs inform us of