Why failure is your best tool on the path to success

Whatever we do in life, failure is usually high on our list of fears – but when it comes to success in business…

Whatever we do in life, failure is usually high on our list of fears – but when it comes to success in business…

Personalised learning is vital

If personalised learning is so vital, why aren’t more organisations doing it?   According to the 2017 L&D Global Sentiment Survey, 77% of learning professionals believe the hot topic for organisational learning this year will be personalised learning and adaptive training delivery.   So why aren’t more of us doing it? In reality, providing someone … Continue reading “Personalised learning is vital”

How to get the best out of 360 Degree Feedback

[fusion_text] To get the best out of a 360 degree feedback process, it’s important to understand its purpose and how it operates, and to prepare yourself for the feedback that you will receive. Picking observers One of 360 degree feedback’s main benefits is to show you fresh perspectives from a wide variety of sources. Before … Continue reading “How to get the best out of 360 Degree Feedback”

What is 360 Degree Feedback?

[fusion_text] In its broadest sense, feedback is information you get about yourself from experience, from other people – or from life. It might be your annual performance review, a long-term client renewing a contract, or your reception when you enter a room. It can be formal or informal, direct or implicit, and either blunt or … Continue reading “What is 360 Degree Feedback?”

Why Personal Development Mentors?

[fusion_text] Training is an organisation-centric activity that seeks to improve workplace performance by providing standardised learning experiences. Learning, by contrast, is a person-centric experience that is shaped by diverse needs and preferences. This mismatch is responsible for a substantial proportion of the poor typical return on investment in training: individuals learners need help to extract … Continue reading “Why Personal Development Mentors?”

Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A

[fusion_text] [An edited version of this article appeared in the June 2016 edition of Training Journal] It’s boom time again for Mergers and Acquisitions. 2015 set a new record for global M&A activity, according to MergerMarket’s Global and Regional M&A: 2015 report, with a total value of $4.3 trillion, a 30% increase over 2014. Activity … Continue reading “Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A”

The Power of Video Feedback

[fusion_text] “While we might know how we feel or think at any given moment, how we appear to and are perceived by others is harder to understand. Used in conjunction with psychometric and 360 degree feedback, video can provide the final piece in the self-awareness jigsaw, generating telling moments that lead to real enlightenment.” The words are from … Continue reading “The Power of Video Feedback”

Is Myers-Briggs up to the job?

[fusion_text] An article published recently in the Financial Times posed the question of the relevance of the Myers-Briggs psychometrics for the modern workplace, and under the same heading we would like to explore what was said, and our own take on the topic. Most people who have worked in a corporate environment or pursued high level academic studies … Continue reading “Is Myers-Briggs up to the job?”

In the Psychometrist’s Chair: Episode 2 – FIRO-B

In the previous episode in this series, I related the experience of completing the MBTI questionnaire and receiving facilitated feedback. But if MBTI is mostly about the individual, giving feedback on relationships with others more by inference and implication, FIRO-B is explicitly about the individual, others and the relationship(s) between the two. This is an instrument that looks at the ways we wish to behave towards others and others to behave towards us, and illuminates that these may be very different even in a single dimension: FIRO-B can illuminate many things, not least that “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” may be a familiar expression but it can also be highly inaccurate in describing our behavioural patterns.

In the previous episode in this series, I related the experience of completing the MBTI questionnaire and receiving facilitated feedback. But if MBTI is mostly about the individual, giving feedback on relationships with others more by inference and implication, FIRO-B is explicitly about the individual, others and the relationship(s) between the two. This is an instrument that looks at the ways we wish to behave towards others and others to behave towards us, and illuminates that these may be very different even in a single dimension: FIRO-B can illuminate many things, not least that “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” may be a familiar expression but it can also be highly inaccurate in describing our behavioural patterns.

The Assumptions Comfort Zone: Two Rights Don’t Make A Wrong

A lack of reciprocity and curiosity and an abundance of judgement doesn’t just sell the leader’s potential contribution to the organisation and/or its mission short: it sells everybody else short too.

A lack of reciprocity and curiosity and an abundance of judgement doesn’t just sell the leader’s potential contribution to the organisation and/or its mission short: it sells everybody else short too.