By definition, a rainmaker is “a person whose influence can initiate progress” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  What this means for the future of work is that irrespective of what technology throws at us, we will still need to navigate workplace politics, influence with integrity and find ways to...

This is about harnessing and leveraging diversity and inclusion in an increasingly global world.  If you aren’t already working across cultures or boundaries, you soon will be. Your ability to tolerate, include and leverage diversity will be a key to future success.  Acting as a diplomat not...

I’m a member of a fantastic tribe of Thought Leaders.  We get together every quarter to share tales of success and failure, support each other and work on our thought leadership and building our businesses.  Apart from the obvious benefits from hanging out with like-minded people, I also have...

In the report Future Work Skills 2020, the Institute For The Future nominated Sense Making as the number one skill required for the future.  They defined it as “the ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.”   We are bombarded with information in...

Whilst technology will always influence the way in which we do our work, and there are a plethora of articles around at the moment about how robotics and technology will remove a number of jobs of the future, I believe people will always be working with people, and there are skills we will...

I read an article recently about how it’s likely that most of us born after 2000 will live until we are 100. Having just turned 50 myself, this means I’m at my half way point and I feel excited about the possibilities of the next 50 years. Good health permitting, I intend to work in some...

My daughter said to me recently that she couldn’t believe how productive she could be in the last hour of the day.  There was something about the looming (self imposed) deadline of 5pm that gave her a motivated rush to get stuff done between 4pm and 5pm.   I often feel this rush at the...

Ever heard yourself or others say this:   “I need to concentrate so I’m booking a meeting room” “I come in early to work so I can get stuff done before anyone gets in” “When I work from home, I get so much done”     The three main reasons we are not as productive at work are:   We get...

If we are concerned with the future of work (and we should be), one of the areas we need to be looking at is the effectiveness of our leaders from a succession planning perspective.   This isn’t strictly in the HR sense of making sure we have a leadership pipeline, but more so in asking, “How...

If I had a dollar for every client that asked me about how to develop a culture of innovation, or to develop innovative thinking in our people, I wouldn’t be writing blogs.  I’d be sitting on a beach in Hawaii sipping cocktails and contemplating the next big thing.   Innovation seems to be the...

During the 19th Century in northern England, a movement known as The Luddites protested against new technologies as they were afraid their jobs would be taken away. They were particularly concerned with the “stocking frame”, a knitting machine which they believed would see them replaced with...

  I had a coffee with a colleague last week and she shared that she was about to have some major changes in her career. She had been working for a number of years as a full time consultant in a Learning & Development Consulting Firm. In the past, this organisation had a policy of strictly only...

  I’ve often described myself as a “failed employee”. The longest role I held was for about 18 months, although I did stay in one organisation for over 5 years (doing numerous roles).     I worked with a woman who had been in the same organisation for 20 years.  I asked her how she stayed...

A number of years ago, I heard an HR Manager lament that, “When people work from home, we can’t guarantee they are actually working”. In fact, this organisation had a policy that if you have children, they needed to be in daycare or you needed to have something in place if you were working from...

I’ve been wondering lately if, in our intention to provide flexible work places, we have been going about this all wrong.  Whilst I get that there are plenty of situations where it is useful and appropriate to work from home (particularly when there maybe kids involved), it seems to me that if...

Whenever I’m working with trainers in training I am often asked the question around how to deal with difficult participants.  I must confess I struggle to answer questions on this, as it’s been a very long time since I had what I would consider a “difficult” participant.   I have had people...

If you think about how you work with others get the job done, it’s unlikely, even when working remotely, that it’s the technology that makes it successful (or not). For a couple of years I worked in a regional role based in Shanghai China. This meant communicating with a global team of...

A number of years ago I had a conversation with a fellow trainer about what was their underlying metaphor when they were at the front of the room. My colleague described his metaphor as one of a builder. He likes to lay a solid foundation on which to build additional concepts or techniques....

A number of years ago, I attended some training that I found to be useful and as such I took a heap of notes. I found the session SO useful that when the training was repeated a year or so later, I jumped at the opportunity when I was invited to sit at the back of the room to observe.   About...

They are aware of the limitations of their learners’ capacity and they design sessions to create optimal conditions for maximum uptake.   In the 1960s, George Miller’s research into short-term memory uncovered the ‘magical number seven’.   He proposed that we can only hold seven, plus or...

Have you ever attended a training session thinking you were going to learn about one thing, and ended up getting more than you bargained for? I think if training is designed well, this would happen nearly every time a person attends a session. It’s certainly one of the things I use to determine...

Workplace trainers have it tough. They are often required to do more with less. “We can’t spend a day on this training, can you do it in half a day?” Of course the answer is always yes, but the quality of the learning is typically impacted. It’s the old Quality, Time, and Cost equation that we...

Let’s be honest with each other. Sometimes the training we have to deliver is not up to scratch. Often we blame the content as being boring or dry, or maybe it is “death by PowerPoint”, or perhaps it’s being delivered virtually and keeping people interested is a problem.   In just about all...

Apparently everyone is somewhat resistant to change. When you flat out ask people however, they typically don't see themselves as change resistant. I know this has been true of me in the past. I have always thought of myself as open, flexible and adaptable.  This week I am vacationing in Hawaii...

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