It’s easy to assume that successful leaders and famous innovators owe their success to consistently making the right choices and avoiding failure. However, in reality many famous success stories have had a firm grounding in failure; Henry Ford’s first two companies failed before he finally built his automobile empire and Read more…
Not long now – Halloween is only a short time away and if we have young people in our lives, they might be turning their thoughts to scary parties, a frightening amount of sweet eating and of course, creepy costumes! There are so many to choose from – ghosts, vampires, witches, monsters, devils, zombies… And it’s the same for their parents, although our costumes tend to be invisible to the naked eye. So to help keep you safe this autumn, we’ve re-issued our handy Cerulean Guide to Halloween Characters at Work monsters-article
What is a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) and when/why do you need one?
There are a few terms in our business that lend so much mystery and specialness to what is in effect the very simple business of developing people, ‘doing an LNA’ is one of them! It’s really simple when you break it down, though and conducting a Learning Needs Analysis is the start point to any effective learning and development strategy.
Put simply, a LNA is a way of
a) identifying the skills and knowledge needed to meet your business goals and
b) identifying any gaps in that knowledge or skill set that the people in your business might have. A LNA aims to answer three questions:
1. What does your business need?
2. What can your people do?
3. Where are the gaps?
With all the attention that EQ has been drawing, it’s easy to forget that intelligence, general and specific, is likely to be the thing that enables you to get through the door of your organisation, at least initially. It’s your entry ticket, so to speak and we think it’s time to focus on IQ once more. This month, we will be writing about a number of aspects of IQ and inviting you to get curious about yours! Can you increase it? Can you use your intelligence differently? What does it mean to be ‘clever’?
This week is National Anti-Bullying Week and we are turning our thoughts to this important topic. Bullying can be defined as behaviour that is intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically and is carried out repeatedly. It can take many different forms and the line between bullying and harassment can be difficult to define.
Unconscious bias is a very fashionable concept right now in business and education sectors in Europe and the US. What is it? It’s our innate people preferences which are then reinforced by social conditioning – we tend to prefer ‘people like us’. These preferences are often automatic and outside our Read more…
We think that the opposite is true! NOT learning in the workplace is much more scary! It is in our nature to evolve and change as human beings and so it is natural to strive to continually develop our talents and skills and be challenged and stimulated. Research shows that Read more…
Have you ever noticed that a group composed of highly intelligent or talented individuals doesn’t always produce the high results you might expect of such a team?
Think about it: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger individually gave us such immortal cinematic icons as Rocky, Conan the Barbarian, Rambo and John McClane, and some massive films such as Armageddon, The Terminator, The Sixth Sense, Predator, Cliffhanger and True Lies. Yet, collectively they gave us The Expendables. “The what?” we hear you asking. Exactly!
Well we can cover most topics with one of our Learning Lunches, but we will probably draw the line at training people for space missions!
Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall has announced that it is hosting a training course for future space mission controllers so we will leave them to it! However, whilst we won’t be training mission controllers, we can tell you about Apollo Syndrome.
This term, coined by Dr Meredith Belbin, is used to describe a team of highly able individuals who collectively perform at less than optimum levels. Whilst these individuals might have high levels of competence and ability, something happens when they form a team.
Most of us know that we are somewhere on the introversion/extroversion spectrum, but we sometimes forget that this could be true for others, too! At Cerulean, we try to help our learners understand themselves and others in order to improve communications and productivity.