Learning Agility – Leadership Development through “disruptive experiences”

Jerry Connor (2011) wrote a very interesting article in People Management, the magazine of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In it Jerry describes learning agility and its perceived importance in developing future leaders in organisations. He defines learning agility as the “ability to learn from experiences and to apply that learning to[…]

Reframing – The starting point for development

Traveling frequently, especially on trains, is part of my working life. For the most part it is for the sole purpose of getting from a to b efficiently (but seldom cheaply!). Occasionally I get time to admire the view as I speed through some of the UK’s glorious countryside. There is a debate raging in[…]

What is Personal Development?

I think it is important to ask this question. The thinking that unfolds below may help you focus on why you are on the journey you are on and whether it is the right one for you right now. I hope it also peaks your interest in the social sciences and their contribution to our[…]

Life Purpose – predetermined or predisposed?

I’m wary of using the phrase ‘life purpose’ because it is often assumed to be somehow divinely or genetically predetermined. Genetic predetermination actually holds some credibility for me, but more of that in a minute. Let’s first look at divine predetermination. I’m an atheist, so the thought that a supernatural entity has programmed my life,[…]

The Broad Concept – A four step reflection and planning process

My first exposure to personal development in the workplace was when I started selling life assurance. The life assurance industry is well known for its use of personal development in supporting its mainly self-employed sales people. One of the first concepts I was introduced to was The Broad Concept. This was a model for structuring[…]