Member Since: 26th Jul 2011
Paul’s background as a trained engineer and his natural curiosity give a unique edge to his L&D work. Meanwhile, his travels to remote areas of the world have resulted in some fascinating stories that bring his talks to life.
20 years after moving into L&D, Paul is a sought-after speaker on the international stage – not only for his undoubted knowledge but also for his engaging, story-led approach and his desire to make L&D ideas easy to understand. He also runs workshops and does consultancy for many blue-chip clients in the UK and beyond. He’s a regular speaker in L&D events in the UK and around the world, as well as writing for leading industry magazines and blogs.
CEO People Alchemy Ltd
24th Nov 2021
Well said Robin.
The end game is desirable behaviour change and that is only loosely correlated with bums on learning seats.
And I do like the alliteration in 'lonely learning leader' :-)
23rd Jun 2021
Very nicely put. Thank you for helping cut through the fog to focus on essentials.
9th Sep 2019
Totally agree Nigel. Lots of nails with headaches :-)
Experiential learning, reflection, sustainable behaviour change, and the rest.
31st Mar 2019
Thinking about brand is a good way to get people thinking about who they are being when they are leading, and a good way for them to ask others about who they are being.
I am a Kiwi, and proud to see the way Jacinda Arden has responded to the recent tragedy; what is her brand?
And of course, we all have a 'brand' whether we are leading or not. And is the perception that others have of our brand reasonable, or have they got it wrong?
Maybe some marketing is required :-)
18th Mar 2019
Thanks Naomi. I like the ART model. SImple and apt. The trick, of course, is drilling into the detail to apply it :-)
14th Jan 2019
Thanks Charles. On point as always :-)
16th Oct 2017
Lots of good ideas here on what is essentially learning transfer... small steps, purpose, accountability, and lots more :-)
22nd Jul 2015
Nice open loop and a lovely implicit invitation to keep paying attention.
Open loops are a great device to use when telling a story. Get the story started, then you can stop the story when there is a sense of anticipation built. You can then talk about other things. people will often pay closer attention to your 'other things' while they wait for the story to be resumed so they can satisfy their curiosity. Think of the way many soap operas and regular TV shows end their episodes. It is usually an open loop loaded with anticpation. Sometimes they even load the loop by doing a few teaser shots from the next episiode.
13th Apr 2015
Good blog, and you are right that people tend to come unstuck when they try to implement this model.
One common pitfall I have seen is that people try and use the model as a recipe for the best mix of their blend. What this means is they start with their learning outcomes, decide on a syllabus/content, then try and figure out how they can deliver these learning outcomes via this ratio. They have missed the point that a large part of the stuff learnt experientially does not fit neatly into a syllabus. It is not just about taking the formal learning syllabus and delivering it via different channels.
There are ways to harness the power of informal learning, and they require a different focus to the traditional content/syllabus approach.
One of the challenges, interestingly, is that people who are learning things experientially very seldom consciously realise that they are learning. They are doing what they are doing, and the learning is a side effect.
If you are interested in this stuff, you might have a look at my book on Informal Learning (on Amazon)
My best wishes, Paul