I have been a director of Magnified Learning since 2006 delivering impact through leadership development and an unwavering focus on values.
I am coach, instructional designer and director at Magnified Learning. I'm a specialist in learning and development, education for sustainability, and values education. In 1988 I completed a PhD which explored the contribution environmental writing has made to a sense of place in the West.
That litany of goods and services looks anything but a choice for life, as Renton finally acknowledges. I'm looking forward to seeing <em>Trainspotting 2</em> and wondering if it invites us to ask a little more insistently, "how clean is clean?"
Whether they admit it or not, it's something that all successful people and organisations do. These survivors enhance their vision by standing on the shoulders of giants and save their skins by leaping from the tails of the reckless.
What a curious thing curiosity is. When we recently moved to our new home in rural Herefordshire we were accompanied by our cat Cokie. After three days he was nowhere to be found. We assumed, sadly, that he had set off on a futile effort to retrace his steps to his native London.
In general I'm about as fond of boxing as I am of packing and unpacking boxes. But if you were seeking an example of what resilience might look like in action, you could do worse than watch Muhammed Ali at his peak. Ali, of course, famously spoke of his capacity to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and there's no denying his ability to meld grace with power.
It may never be possible to iron out every scoundrel with wayward principles, but using values as the basis for learning and development could ultimately count for much more than a few thousand quid on swindled expenses.
The divide between education and work finds its echo in the divide between young and established workers. It seems optimistic to assume that as the number of workplace generations increases these divisions will heal organically.
By implementing formally structured experiential learning programmes, the combined forces of CR and L&D could maximize the value of experiences, enabling colleagues to return to the workplace with fresh self-awareness, insight and focus. It's an opportunity not to be sniffed at.
Finally it's happening. You're on stage. Under the lights. Staring out into the audience. A conference of hundreds. A sea of faces, each focused on you, hungry for your insights, primed for your wisdom. You smile and your gaze drops to the autocue. It's dead. The carefully crafted words locked away and, in the panic that washes over you, completely irretrievable from your mind...
As learning and development professionals we have a responsibility to nurture the skills to make bridging a reality. We can start by helping people to learn and develop, not just in homogeneous flocks in isolated training rooms or the sealed environments of remote learning, but also via experiential learning that exposes them to real-life unfamiliar others.
What is clear is that emerging factors have combined to expose big business and its place in society to increasingly intense and critical scrutiny. A very selective list might include the banking crisis and corporate tax scandals, the shrinking state, climate change and other environmental impacts, and the inequities and injustices in value chains, so horribly highlighted at the Dhaka garment factory.
08/05/2013 12:39 BST
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