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A scenic place to keep my thoughts in order and to talk about things that get me out of bed in the morning
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The rewards of awards

The rewards of awards | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I began my career as a learning professional in 2006 and studied my Certificate in Training Practice (CiTP) shortly after joining an in-house training team. Within the first six months I was asked to support an experienced member of the team complete an entry for a National Training Award. Having only just started my CiTP, this was a new experience for me and I set about working on the submission as best I could. Terms like Training Needs Analysis and Evaluation Strategy were all new to me and it quickly became clear that it wasn't about cobbling together an entry on the back of a fag packet.

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Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

No-one likes a show off; a constant feed of "look at how good we are" blogs would turn most people off, including us.

 

There is of course a fine line between self-promotion and self-indulgence; a balance between sharing things that add value for others and things that are seemingly shared for personal gain.

 

The balance is important as we all strive to create value for others but at the same time it is important to celebrate your own successes. We encourage our customers and clients to celebrate their success so it's only right that we celebrate our own and practice what we preach. It's especially important to celebrate successes when they are fundamental to the products and services you offer.

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Back on the stage

Back on the stage | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

So only 20 days to go until Learning Live and I have to say I’m very excited about speaking there. I’ve been to a fair number of conferences over the last few years and have listened to people who I look up to, have been inspired by and aspire to be like.

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If the wind changes

If the wind changes | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

My mum, like many mums I’m sure, used to say

 

If the wind changes you’ll stay like that

 

It was usually while I was pulling some sort of horrific face; stretching my mouth up towards my eyes as far as I could, in the vein hope of scaring my younger sister Lucy. I stopped believing her after a while as my face never stuck but the first time she ever said it I stopped pulling a face straight away.

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One Bad Egg

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I feel as though I’ve not blogged for ages, it’s been a few weeks at least. It’s not that I’ve not been thinking about things rather that starting a new job does take its toll on your time and energy. Anyhoo this is something that I’ve wanted to get off my chest for a while so hopefully getting this off my chest will help me focus on some of the posts I need to come back to and things I’ve been thinking about and doing in the new job. It’s all very exciting stuff and I’m enjoying the new challenge with DPG immensely.

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Effective real-time online delivery

Effective real-time online delivery | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I was really pleased and proud to be asked by @Kategraham23 to be part of the panel on the recent eLearning Network webinar entitled Ten things you always wanted to know about live online learning but were afraid to ask!

I was in illustrious company with @Viv_Cole , @Philipgreen and @Brighttweet making up the other panel members, and whilst I don’t consider myself to be an expert I was looking forward to sharing my own adventures into live online learning.

There were over 40 questions submitted and these were then whittled down to 10, 3 of these questions were given to me and I wanted to share the notes I made on my journey back to Manchester after the session.

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Say what you see

Say what you see | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I always remember Saturday evenings as being magical. It was family time, we’d play games and then be treated to some Saturday night telly. For those that can remember we’re talking TV gold; Beadles About, You’ve Been Framed (with Jeremy Beadle), Family Fortunes (with Les Dennis), Gladiators (with John Fashanu & Ulrika Johnson) and my all time favourite programme Catch Phrase with the legend that is Robert ‘Roy’ Walker.

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Assumed Constraints and L&D Thinking

Assumed Constraints and L&D Thinking | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it
I think the key point that Damian and Perry have identified is how kind of events only attract the “enlightened” minds, so unless the people who attend go away with some kind of common purpose ...
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Do you have a Personal Development Plan?

Do you have a Personal Development Plan? | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

Sat in a meeting room somewhere in Manchester my quarterly review was drawing to a close. It had been a good conversation, a chance to reflect on the last few months, the trials and tribulations of one of the largest (if not THE largest) separation programmes in the UK; but also of course an opportunity to recognise and talk around the successes we’d had during this time.

 

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Find the need, demonstrate the value | Learning Cafe

Find the need, demonstrate the value | Learning Cafe | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

In order to understand a tool, you have to use it. In order to understand its value you have to apply its use to something to see whether it improves a task or an issue. Until you do this it is just a tool, a technology that can be perceived hard to use, complicated and doesn’t add value.

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It’s never too late to challenge perception

It’s never too late to challenge perception | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

E-learning is nothing new, it’s been around for years and it’s as embedded in workplace learning as the trusted flipchart. Your people understand it’s a great tool to transfer information; it’s quick (sorry bite-size), hassle free and can be done without trekking down to the training room with 10 other reluctant ‘learners’. Learning that you can do as part of a blend or at point of need without moving from that comfy chair, it’s creative, engaging, interactive and linked to your role with well thought out scenarios that allow you to apply new skills in a safe environment........or is it?

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

Unfortunately the ‘blame game’ isn’t something linked to my last post about gamification. It relates to a catchphrase that was a running joke in a previous role. In my time as a trainer there were a few occasions where team members received feedback when things didn’t quite go to plan or individuals were under-performing after attending training of some description.

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Learning Professionals – Do you need to tweak your pipes?

Learning Professionals – Do you need to tweak your pipes? | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I wanted to reflect on my newest learning experience. This reflection should hopefully also give some clue as to the title of this week’s post, which is a bit random at first glance. The experience I’m referring to is fitting my new bathroom.....

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A timeline for change

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In my previous post Back on the Stage, I discussed the approaches I was considering using in my talk at Learning Live. I’ve only got 30 minutes so I’ve been thinking of ways to help those who might attend my session understand the journey that I’ve been on. I believe this also needs to include the changes that occurred within my team and the organisation over a period of time.

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21 Years Young

21 Years Young | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

It's always an exciting time to join a new organisation, but it's even more exciting when that organisation has just had its most successful year and is celebrating their 21st birthday two weeks after you start.

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You can’t force social…or can you?

You can’t force social…or can you? | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

We were asked to write things down for the afternoon sessions that would give us some meaty topics to discuss.You can see from what I wrote the sort of things that were going through my head at the time. The thing that stands out and what I wrote in bigger writing with a squiggley circle (symbolising importance of course) were the words “You can’t force social”.

So a few months on, do I feel the same? Well actually no I don’t. I believe you can force social, in fact you must, otherwise it’s not going to happen and things will not change now or in the future. I know the cliche, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” but who’s leading the horses?

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M-Learning – Matrix NOT Mobile

M-Learning – Matrix NOT Mobile | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I like science fiction, being a self-confessed geek I guess it goes with the territory really. I remember watching Star Trek as a kid every Wednesday at 6pm, it was a ritual in our house. I have fond memories watching James T Kirk and the Enterprise crew boldly going where no man had been before. I still enjoy the re-runs now as well as most other more recent science fiction TV series, films and books.

 

I particularly enjoyed the Matrix and wrote a post a while ago on my work blog (before I broke it) using a scene from the Matrix. I’d pretty much forgotten about it until a sequence of recent events reminded me of it and I thought I’d update it. The scene is where Trinity and Neo need to escape from the Agents and Trinity needs to learn to fly a helicopter pretty sharpish as the clip below demonstrates

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#CHRU4 Visual Minutes

#CHRU4 Visual Minutes | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I recently attended the Connect HR Unconference #CHRU4 “The power of a socially engaged organisation”. A great event and one that had a very unique approach to capturing the minutes from the days conversations. The minutes were captured by a team of artists from Creative Connection and at the end of the day I took a close up video of the minutes to capture the images and words that had been recorded. I had no idea what I was going to do with the video and after some technical issues and some fab support from Jon Bartlett aka @Projectlibero we managed to get the video on YouTube.

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The highway to institutionalism

The highway to institutionalism | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I did something a few weeks ago that I’d never done before, I handed in my resignation. It’s a strange feeling coming into work knowing that this week is your last. After 11 years with the same organisation these last four days are going to be a mixed bag.

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You are NOT an innovator

You are NOT an innovator | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it
I remember having a twitter conversation with a couple of members of my network a while ago about innovation. I can’t remember the exact exchange but I remember feeling quite dejected and dis...
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LnDConnect Unconference – World Cafe Summary

LnDConnect Unconference – World Cafe Summary | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of attending my first unconference on the 24th April, the event was the The LnD Connect Unconference and a totally new experience for me.  A new experience that I was really loo...
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WARNING, social netWORK AHEAD

WARNING, social netWORK AHEAD | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I’ve been reading with interest recent articles and blog posts proclaiming that social practices won’t work in the enterprise. Posts such as ‘You ready to fail at social networking’ and the excellent post from Jeevan Joshi ’4 reasons why employee social learning will fail at work‘, have really made me think and reflect on the hype surrounding social business and more specifically the rise of social networks / communities within the work environment.


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Do you need a fix?

Do you need a fix? | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

The fix I am of course referring to is the good old prefix, more specifically the prefix used to identify types of learning delivery methods. The most notorious being the ‘e’ in e-learning and more recently the ‘m’ in m-learning.

 

There has been debate for some time as to whether the prefix should be dropped as the blog from @donaldhtayor demonstrates. The blog It’s time to drop e-learning was first published in TrainingZone in 2007 and debate still rages within the learning community.

 

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The disillusionment of training

The disillusionment of training | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about the role of training in an organisation and my own journey in to the learning profession. I don’t profess to be an expert, not even close, I didn’t go to university to study psychology or anything related to training & development, HR, business studies or consultancy. My route in to the training department was one of opportunity and chance but they say things happen for a reason don’t they?

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Learning through Games – From Warcraft to Workcraft? | Learning Cafe

Learning through Games – From Warcraft to Workcraft? | Learning Cafe | Me, Myself & I | Scoop.it

I recently had the pleasure of attending an eLearning Innovation Seminar organised by digital learning company Intelligo and PIXELearning – a world-leading provider of immersive learning simulations and ‘serious games’. The event involved a number of presentations, discussions and also an opportunity to try out some of the games that had been designed and developed by PIXELearning.

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