How to avoid siloed villages of practice

Communities of Practice are great, right? Whether you call them Guilds, Centres of Excellence, or Special Interest Groups -- it is good to create a space for people who share a common discipline to support their joint professional development. But what happens if these sit in isolated pockets? Welcome to the headache of Villages of Practice. The benefits of communities … Continue reading How to avoid siloed villages of practice

Understanding Capability, Competence, and Capacity

Ever been confused over what people are talking about when they use the terms capabilities, competencies, and capacity? In everyday business communications these terms are often used interchangeably. Even the thesaurus and dictionary definitions suggest they are alternatives for each other. What is this about? Of course, language evolves and meanings shift gently with each new generation. There is a risk, though, … Continue reading Understanding Capability, Competence, and Capacity

How to use structured play for business to unblock creativity

If you have wicked problems to solve and you want another way to generate ideas or solve problems -- brainstorming gets you part of the way. But have you considered gamestorming (structured play for business) as a way of unblocking your creativity and getting the ball rolling? Getting a bunch of smart people in the room is often the … Continue reading How to use structured play for business to unblock creativity

The Feng Shui of continuing personal development

In work and in life, do you follow the line of least resistance, pushed to and fro by what other people do? Would you rather take responsibility for your own development, personal as well as professional? In this series of articles, I explore how we can adopt a mindful and constructive approach to our own development. … Continue reading The Feng Shui of continuing personal development