The Unconference Experience

The Unconference Experience

As a lover of learning, I am most always excited by the idea of trying something new.  You might be thinking, what’s the link between learning and trying something new?  For me they’re related in that I see the chance to try something, to accept that I might not be immediately good at it, to learn from the experience, and to iterate and try again.  Hopefully each time I improve my performance, or at least my enjoyment!   I also...

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Do you notice the wisdom around you?

How much do you actively look for signs and signals in your environment to help you get resolution on issues you’re pondering or challenges you’re facing?  Photography is a way I love being mindful – looking for and noticing what is interesting or beautiful around me.   Last week at the L&D Unconference I went to, we were treated to an adapted version of a concept called Street Wisdom, which is about getting people out and into their...

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Leadership lessons from a cupboard door, a ladder, and a lot of will

Leadership lessons from a cupboard door, a ladder, and a lot of will

When you think about leadership, what qualities come to mind in terms of what makes people great, good, or average at getting things done?  Some of what you come up with may be more traditional ways of thinking – strong, decisive, convincing – and others may be more modern – vulnerable, authentic, collaborative.  All of these are necessary ingredients, but what’s the differentiator?   I’m often on the lookout for stories where I can make...

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What we can learn from…conkers

Have you read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert?  If not, get yourself to your nearest Internet page, bookstore, or, the best option – your local library – and get a copy.  I read it over the weekend and found it one of the most joyful books I’ve ever encountered.  Her thoughts on how ideas travel between human collaborators are whimsical and thrilling, and ways to overcome fear to do the creative things you want to do are so beautifully crafted –...

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Co-working spaces vs my home office – the verdict is in!

Co-working spaces vs my home office – the verdict is in!

Where do you work best?  It’s often a question that’s on my mind as I consider the time in my week and the multiple places to work in a role that I could actually do anywhere in the world.  A few weeks ago, I joined a group of Learning and Development professionals in a co-working day at the Office Group space near Holborn.  They hold a monthly co-working day to connect, share ideas, discuss trends in the field, work on their own stuff, and...

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It’s been a hard week to be a human

I look at the picture of a smiling Jo Cox and all I can do is be witness to my heart bursting at the thought that her husband and children won’t get to see that smile in real life any more.  She will now become a collection of memories, of what she has done in service of her constituents, for the rights of the people she served, for what she stood.  But ultimately, a family no longer gets to share the everyday moments with a person they...

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