Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?

On many metrics the UK has flat-lined since the 2008 financial crisis, with arguably worse to come. This week London and other cities have seen major protests from environmentalists.  So, do we have to accept that with climate change and other socio-economic crisis there is simply no return to the optimism of the millennium? As… Continue reading Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?

A new identity: The Learning Reducer

Following on from my reflective posts in recent weeks about my experience, things I have seen in the workplace and the challenges the world faces I have come up with a title for myself: The Learning Reducer. Inspiration (outside of learning) “instead of adding stuff, try taking stuff away”  – Rick Rubin: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/rick-rubin/ The inspiration… Continue reading A new identity: The Learning Reducer

Thoughts on L&D Recruitment 2 of 2: Applying

As a follow up to my previous post, now some thoughts on my job hunt. It’s over two years since my last job search, this time self-inflicted rather than redundancy driven.  I had gone very ‘eggs in one basket’ for a role in an organisation I am really keen on (but have heard today they… Continue reading Thoughts on L&D Recruitment 2 of 2: Applying

Time to stop the snobbery in L&D

L&D departments need to support their organisation in valuable ways.  Simples. Yet I increasingly feel that the L&D industry takes a snobbish approach to the world of work – far too often talking about what we might actually call ‘knowledge workers’ or, at least, office work. Yes knowledge work is obviously a large part of… Continue reading Time to stop the snobbery in L&D

Why I’ve changed my mind on award nights

In the past I’ve been quite snobby about award nights in the HR/L&D field.  I’d argued the only real recognition you should need is from your board/c-suite that you are doing a good job.  However, I’m increasingly being won over as award nights for a number of reasons. My new found enthusiasm includes that (well… Continue reading Why I’ve changed my mind on award nights