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November 26, 2018

Are you evolving?

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"Self-reflectiveness is the quality that most differentiates those who evolve quickly from those who don't." - Ray Dalio Are you growing, or in your own evolutionary doldrums? Everyone reflects because we all think about things that happened, but the 'quality' of that reflection varies. If you are going to reflect anyway, you might as

February 12, 2017

Don’t rain on my parade

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I have been working on an idea the past few weeks, and got to the point where I started talking about it. Some people just 'rained on my parade' and often without really listening or seeking to understand the idea and its potential. Others encouraged me and offered questions and suggestions, some helpful, some not,

August 1, 2016

3 ways to increase learning in organisations full of experts

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If you want people to learn, then those people have to accept that there are things they don’t yet know.  That’s relatively easy when it’s abstract - ‘oh yes, there’s always more to learn’ - but a lot trickier if what they don’t yet know is important stuff that would make them better at the

June 4, 2014

TrainingZone article: Tasking for Learning

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Setting tasks in the learning process is fundamental to any coaching or mentoring process, says Paul Matthews.  I have seen people get into long and protracted arguments over the difference between coaching and mentoring. What I find even more surprising, is that some people seem to take this so seriously, almost like arguing over which

July 11, 2013

Coaching ‘difficult’ people

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In the first instance, look for the cause. We don't generally recruit known cynics or troublemakers, so if someone is proving to be a difficult employee the first step might be to understand what has happened in their past to cause this behaviour. Deal with performance not person. A great trick if you can pull