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 ...

What is really Reflection? (Cont’d)

What is really Reflection?  (Cont'd)
  I have further thought on this.   Reflection is actually a few layers of ‘What does the experience mean to me?’    We asked ourselves this question a few times.   Or the coach / facilitator probes the learners a few times with this question….  probably in different forms though.    Taking a 1 on 1 coaching scenario ...

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 ...

Learning Sustainability 2

Learning Sustainability
Coincidentally I entered into the discussion in separate occasions with others on how to sustain the impact of learning interventions.   Whilst achieving 100% learning transfer all the time is not possible, I think the question is more about ‘How to sustain learning impact to a larger extent?’   Among all the ideas we discussed, it seems ...

Is Training (alone) a form of Work Avoidance?

Is Training (alone) a form of Work Avoidance?
‘…  Beyond selection, leadership development is a line manager’s daily responsibility.   Training and development processes like those we design in our consulting services are no substitute for regular on-the-job debriefing….’   From The Practice of Adaptive Leadership This is so true.  It is such a common illusion held by managers (me included) that sending people to ...

Lucky Me 1

Lucky Me
This post is a bit dated.   But I still want to post it here since it is rather significant to me.    The photos were taken in Gazipur, Bangladesh – the outskirt of Dhaka.   I conducted a team development workshop there for 2 days.    The event is significant to me in a number of ways:   ...

Be careful about L3 and L4 1

Be careful about L3 and L4
A great piece of learning I got in talking to a learning / training veteran – It goes like this: Business leader: ‘I am sending people to your programs. Can you guarantee that they will do what they learn (i.e. L3) and perform better (i.e. L4)? Oh, and how are you going to prove such ...