I was very envious not to be able to travel to San Jose, California, for the VizThink conference that took place in February.   Fortunately, my good friend and mentor, Lynn Carruthers attended, and was willing to share her thoughts with me in an interview that I have posted here so others can...

There area many many models of how to deliver presentations.  I have taught several of them myself in many contexts.  Today, though, I was asked to deliver a presentation skills course in a very short amount of time to a large group.  A bit of a challenge.   In the end - I came up with a...

I ran a fabulous course yesterday, the topic of which was “Conflict Survivor”. I run this course fairly regularly, and the content is usually the same, although the context or theme is different every time. Sometimes it’s about grumpy customers, other times its about grumpy managers….this time,...

I work with a lot of HR professionals. I run a lot of programs around what businesses want from HR and helping the HR Team become true business partners.   Today I had the pleasure of spending time with Clare Vague, HR Consultant, and Meahan Callaghan Human Resources Director, of SEEK...

Are you allowed to brag about the beauty of your own daughter?   Tough I am     *sigh*   Where did she find such a glow?  AND…. how did she get to be so talented? www.myspace.com/themusicofemmamcgeorge

Just a quick note. I have played the Skybridge game in two different ways lately. One as a way of understanding Strategy and as an exercise in Strategic thinking.   The second was as part of a “Building High Performance Teams” workshop to contrast the difference between sorting by self, and...

Ever since I discovered that the profession of Graphic Recording, I have been OBSESSED with anything that can help me with my drawing.   I recently purchased the Simpsons Handbook, which was written by Matt Groening, and provides step by step guides for drawing the Simpsons...

Just had a cracking day in Sydney with the folks at The Difference. There was about 20 of us enjoying a “community of practise” day. This involved talking, sharing and learning.   We did a class on Cartooning with Steve Keaste . I was reminded….again….about how magical some skills can look,...

So, I’m preparing to deliver a workshop tomorrow on Introduction to Human Resources and the main topic is Strategy and Strategic Thinking.   I have been using the 4-Mat model (Why, What, How, What if/else) for training design and delivery for a number of years now, and fortunately - for my...

I was at a presentation earlier in the week, where I also did a graphic recording……   The general gist of the evening was around growing your business as a Speaker. The first Big Dave Staughton, who was the speaker I recorded, mostly spoke about getting focused about what you do and what you...

My daughter Emma is currently studying year the International Baccalaureate and is in Year 11. She is a pretty good student and has been studying hard. Her general study methodology is to read and write….what I mean by that is, read from the text or her class notes, and then write down summaries...

A colleague (Maree) and I went to this years Mind Body Spirit festival, and I must confess, we were there 10 mins and began to wonder what had attracted us to go.   In the past, we would attend these events with great vigour and be amazed by all the fantastic concepts there were, and generally...

In addition to my recent foray into the world of online training, I have had another technology and learning moment, courtesy of my 16 year old daughter, Emma.   She recently had to complete a Biology Assignment at school based on the digestive system. Emma’s usual homework regime is to have...

I recently had the opportunity to work on a global project, involving training 400 people at one time in some change management tools. The project involved a combination of face to face and online training. I was part of the “online” team.   I have had a belief for some time - probably based...

I’ve been doing a little thinking about the, somewhat accepted, connection between happiness and productivity. “Happy workers, make productive workers”. I’m not so sure I accept this.   I’m definitely a big believer in the possibility of creating productive workplaces, it’s just the link to...

I have passed through the invisible barrier between comfort zone and learning zone.  Life is more settled and I’m getting stuff done. A good colleague of mine (Big Dave) describes the comfort zone/learning zone by using the good old SWOT methodology.  In the comfort zone, we are generally...

Another week in at my “job” found me quite literally having a mild anxiety attack. I must confess that I am feeling rather stupid to be having such an abreaction to this project.   My working week began with a very rainy day, so I drove into the city and parked in a parking station - expecting...

I have had a number of interesting experiences during my first week as a part time employee for the project I am working on with a large bank.   I am feeling WAAAAAY out of my comfort zone. This is ironic - don’t you think. Many of us that have our own businesses speak to people in...

I thought it was time that I got with the times. Seems everyone with something to say has a blog….and I certainly have something to say.   I just hope that I remember to blog frequently enough that others get value!

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