More about learning…. from the french class

More about learning.... from the french class
This is further to the last post – Learning about learning in a French language class.   I cannot help note down a few more amazing design elements among all others, before I talk about how the French teacher facilitated.    The class really revolutionize the conventional ones where all just listen and repeat ‘Je mange, Tu ...

Learning about ‘learning’ in a French class

Learning about 'learning' in a French class
I have recently started a 3-weeks French class with the University of Lausanne.   I am amazed not only with my newly learnt French but also the learning design.   It is very well designed and in fact, much better than quite a lot of workshops I experienced in the corporate world.  Just look at the photo ...

Secondary Source of Income

Secondary Source of Income
  A recent conversation with a fellow coach came to something rather interesting.   Our argument is that in order to the job well, a practitioner (on people development e.g. coach, OD consultant, facilitator and even therapist) need to have some kind of secondary source of income. He / she cannot rely solely on such developmental ...

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up 1

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up
I was shown in a facilitation learning event a short video clip.   It is about a retreat for 50+ people in an organisation design and facilitated by a facilitator   It is the kind of upbeat video with delightful music which showed the smiling faces, colourful wall-charts, fun activities, etc.   There were captions indicating how much ...

Intended Messiness – Part 3

Intended Messiness - Part 3
The 2nd question to reflect on is ‘What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid?’    By ‘bad’, I mean those odd moments which are not conductive to the learning objectives.   As such, the answer to this question is really ‘it depends’.   On one extreme, if the learning intervention is about ...

Intended Messiness – Part 2

Intended Messiness – Part 2
Following from the argument from the last post, there are 2 questions How to assist the participants to learn from the odd moments instead of just staying in the ‘complaint’ mode in those moments? What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid? Capitalizing Messiness – To the first question, the ...

The Art of Enrolment – Topic

The Art of Enrolment - Topic
Here is what I see as the third key reason why enrolment is difficult.   It is the nature of some topic. For some topics, its name is confusing to start with.   ‘Leadership’ (or ‘Leadership Development’) is one of these.    You pick any 2 people in the workplace and ask them what leadership is.   They probably ...

The Art of Enrolment

The Art of Enrolment
‘Magic happens before and after’ – What a great quote I learnt from the others.   The same applies to the business of developmental work. For example, whether a learning workshop succeeds or not is at least 50% ‘determined already’ before it really starts.   And one of the key pre-workshop work is to get the right ...