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Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

U Theory in plain English U theory is a process that is profound, powerful and practical. But it seems to me that U Theory believers¬†use so much jargon that they are in danger of turning it¬†into a cult. One day I decided to try to¬†explain U Theory in plain English. The is the result. U … Continued

Nothing Happens in August

Nothing Happens in August

An August¬†blog about family and friends Caroline‚Äôs Columbian boyfriend has asked her to marry him. Kirsty¬†broke up with her English boyfriend because he is too controlling. Fiona¬†is close to breaking up with her Scottish boyfriend because he is too controlling. Mary¬†has broken up again with her Irish¬†boyfriend. I don’t know why. David is raising money … Continued

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

It’s one thing to be a trainer. It’s quite another to explain how you do it to other people. Here is what I have learned from trying to pass on training skills and knowledge to other people. Key message: Be¬†systematic 1 Be systematic in your approach to training needs analysis, design, delivery, evaluation, and follow-up. … Continued

Four ingredients of a successful training programme

Four ingredients of a successful training programme

Many trainers use acting skills to get their message across Growing up in Scotland, I was fascinated by the eponymous heroine of Muriel Spark‚Äôs novel ‚ÄėThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie‚Äô which is set in an Edinburgh girls‚Äô school. Miss Brodie gets her pupils‚Äô attention by telling stories to bring history to life¬†and – this … Continued

Relational training and how to get to ‘flow’

Relational training and how to get to ‘flow’

Does it matter what trainers teach? Over the years I have run training programmes for a wide range of organisations and institutions. Based on my experiences, I‚Äôm not sure if it matters what trainers teach as long as the learners can see the relevance of the content, and the style of the training is ‚Äėrelational‚Äô. … Continued

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Is there a single, universal principle of facilitation? At a recent monthly meet-up of the International Association of Facilitators in London, the question was posed ‚Äúis there a single, universal principle of facilitation?‚ÄĚ More to the point of course, if there is ‚Äď what is it! It didn‚Äôt take me long to think and respond … Continued

‘Don’t ask me to lead’ by Del Redvers, Head of Sustainability at BMT Group

‘Don’t ask me to lead’ by Del Redvers, Head of Sustainability at BMT Group

I‚Äôm sitting on an A380 Super Jumbo. The seatback screen says that we are at 35,000 feet, travelling at 576 miles per hour with almost 6,000 miles still to go. I should be trying to get some sleep. Instead I am idly watching the cabin crew bustle around, clearing away half-eaten meals. For me, this … Continued

Leadership Training: what can you teach in one session?

Leadership Training: what can you teach in one session?

Some people start with leadership theory. I start where the learners are. As a trainer or teacher, how do you engage people in a conversation about leadership? Leadership is complex and context dependent. Some people begin with leadership theory. I work with the people in the room, and the experience that they bring. This blog … Continued

Becoming a coach: me and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Becoming a coach: me and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

I’ve got a permanent sugar rush of thoughts and feelings about coaching and training. I’m like Monsieur Jourdain in Moliere’s ‚ÄėLe Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, who discovered that, all his life, he had been speaking prose without knowing it.