Día de los Santos (#MHAW17)

humanity, Learning, Love

To you, the person that bullied me, my wife, my parents, my friends.  You who couldn’t look me in the face, leaving hurriedly and voluntarily after the hearing. You who defied CISCO-certified engineers a year later, delivering unfinished toxicity into my INBOX.

To you, the boss who let it happen and who pummeled me into thinking I was wrong – wrong to raise the grievance, wrong to highlight the incompetences, but who guised it with a smile and firm shake of the hand when I moved on.

I wish we could all meet again and talk about it, see what’s changed.

To you,
Alison. My work colleague and favourite lunch partner.  My friend, taken from this world, a husband and two beautiful young children within five months of your diagnosis.

I wish I had found the right words.

To you, Dad. Eighteen months since I went downstairs to the kitchen for that momentary cup of tea and stared at it, sensing that something had just changed. You chose your moment. You were always in control, and in some respects, you still are.

To you, Mum. I’ve finally realised that the only ‘planning ahead’ we need to do is the here and now.

To you, Believers. I occasionally close the door on you. I’m sorry. I hope it’s never too late.

To you, Disbelievers. Well, fuck you.

And to you.  You’ve never really had or given yourself a participation strategy have you? You’ve never had or given yourself permission? You may have experienced the polarised judgement that comes with people knowing….and not knowing, but who assume. It’s a terrible affliction isn’t it, but so is not opening up sometimes.

You are quite brilliant in some things.  Remember that and build on it.

Seek purpose, but don’t hurry it along.

Be generous whichever way you feel is right.

You are your legacy.  Those that matter write the eulogy.


Here is the data…


Dear Sir or Madam
Here is the data….. by way of
 my letter and application.  What I’ve achieved, where I’ve failed, where I’m heading.

Dear Panel
Here is the data…..w
hich was publicly available. Which came out two days before we met.
Which I presented, and which you later denied. The data which was supposed to be part of the conversation.

Dear Panel ( and algorithms)
Here is the data…..you chose to gamify.  Which came to me with a disclaimer*. Which you thrust down (and up) my data pipe.  The data we really should have spoken about.


Here is the data.  What questions are you asking of it?

*’It is not guaranteed….that the contents of the report are the unmodified outputs of this system.’

Dumb ‘n’ Bass

Learning, Recruitment

Sorry, Robin.

That seems a good place to start this unload.

As the latest recruit to the covers band and my new partner in time, you arrived to such scrutiny; ashamedly from all of us.

A seasoned, knowledgeable, technically gifted and personable bassist, we doubted your integrity, your commitment, your longevity, your honour. Why would you, a pro who has played all over the world with some great musicians, want to play with us Sunday footballers? But that’s the view we took about ourselves before you joined, intentionally overlooking all your attributes to protect and mitigate risk.

Fuck risk. We, and you, are better for accepting it.

Right. You set, Robin? Count us in.


  1. ….70:20:10 the new Pareto’s Law for L&D?
    • 10% Effort
    • 20% Resources
    • 70% Results


  2. ….there such a thing as L&D borrowing capital (budgets) from shareholders (other depts) and promising them a dividend?  Or is this what they call ‘Shared Services’?
  3. ….L&D ‘at risk’ and/or ‘a risk’?  And who is best positioned to make that assessment?

More questions (and no answers) to come.



Please help me out here.  I don’t think the light is quite ON.

  • Learning in isolation is an environment.
  • Applying in isolation is an environment.
  • Learning as an individual within a group is an environment.
  • Applying as an individual within a group is an environment.
  • Learning as a group is an environment.
  • Applying as a group is an environment.

Each is unique.





I’ll be adding as and when.

  1. Thumping it in the back of the net when a simple tap-in will do.  Same outcome.
  2. Pretending to understand. Ask. Ask again.
  3. The fear of not doing ‘it’.  Just because everyone else is doing ‘it’, it doesn’t mean you’re not current.  Anyway, what is current?
  4. The thought that the problem is you. You might just be in the wrong company.

2016 A.D. – the year of ‘Smart Learning’?

analytics, CPD, Learning, smart city

One of the trends that appears to have gained traction in recent months is Learning Analytics (LA). It has heavily featured in conferences right across the world, most recently at DevLearn.

Now I know LA strikes fear and loathing in some of you, but like it or not, it does appear to be here to stay.

Wikipedia defines analytics as ‘the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data.’


Technology has made data ubiquitous and, if Edward Snowden is right, more open than we had perhaps estimated. Data and the rights to privacy can be argued back and forth, but I do believe in the sharing of data for the social good.

One example of this is with Smart Cities.

For those not familiar, Smart Cities harness smart technology and data to tackle issues ranging from the economic to environmental. I live quite close to one – Milton Keynes.

Here’s an example of how they are using tech and data.

Energy systems for smarter cities

What the video shows you is consumer becoming a producer of data and then actively surrendering that data for the greater good. But they go beyond that. They go on to co-create by changing their behaviour. They call it Consumer to Prosumer, a top-down/bottom-up approach.

So, if people are comfortable doing this within cities or communities, why shouldn’t organisations be any different?

I get the trust, culture, WIIFM, Big Brother thing, but in the same way that we might relinquish control of our data for the social good, why wouldn’t we back in the workplace? Would opening data create conversation, create innovation and ideas, enable behaviour changes for the better? Would it enable co-creation within your organization? Isn’t this what xAPI and AI are there to assist with?

This leads me to Professor Everett Rogers and his theories documented in his wonderful work, ‘Diffusions of Innovation’.   Aspects around ‘Properties of Innovation’ and ‘Adopter Types’ may provide some clues as to the ‘whys’ and ‘why nots’ of Big Data.

Here’s my retrospective VLOG that explores this.

I just wonder if Smart Cities will become a benchmark for more openness in data-sharing within other areas of our lives. Could it influence what and how we learn in our schools, our communities, our workplace?

Will 2016 be the year of ‘Smart Learning’?


#peerwatch, CPD, Learning

Last week on #LDInsight Tweetchat(Fridays, 8am BST), the following question was posed.

Who could we be talking to that we aren’t at present?

Here was my response.

LDINSIGHT response

Now perhaps Peer Observation was probably not the right terminology, but my comment did resonate with some people, including respected colleagues Michelle Parry-Slater (@MiPS1608) and Jo Stephenson (@Jostepho).

Within my most recent organisation, my experiences of observation were either provoked by an HR process (e.g. appraisal/performance management), change (e.g. imminent restructures), or a combination of both.  It strikes me now that we just sat and waited for these triggers.  We weren’t agile, we weren’t really benchmarking ourselves sufficiently and possibly against the wrong things.  Frankly, I feel we got a little lazy.

Your practice (and perhaps definition) of observation might well be different within your workplace.  In this social age, we actively ‘observe’ our external peers through conferences, blogs, Meetups, Tweetups etc, but are we missing out on some useful CPD by partnering with an organisation and periodically observing each other’s day-to-day environment and practices?

Yep, the idea of external observation scares the heck out of me too, and I know it’s not easy, but how much value would both parties gain from spending time (and little budget) with each other, especially if your industries and/or sectors are at polar opposites?

So anyway, I’ve decided to put this to the test.

I plan to approach some individuals and organisations over the next few weeks…. speak to other LnDers, Developers, Architects, Marketeers, Product Managers.  I have no idea what to expect (neither do they), but I’m confident it will be time and (little) money well spent.

Finally, in the spirit of recent hybrid hashtagging trends, I will today launch this campaign (of one) under the HT of #PeerWatch.

Would love you to join me on this.