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Developing an Innovation Mindset at

September 28, 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
How do managers and organisations who need innovation somehow sabotage their attempt to build it? Individually, when it comes to new ideas are you more towards Knight than Open? Want to have ideas when you need them but think this is beyond you? I am leading a free webinar: 'How to Develop an Innovation Mindset in 12 weeks'  Thursday 28 Sept, 8-9pm   All welcomeSee More
Sep 27
Donal Carroll commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'An invitation to write for Winter 2016 e-O&P on 'Trust in organisational life''
"Hi Bob and Rob Thanks for organising this. Yes, I'm interested (though not sure what 'attend' involves - am working tomorrow/Friday)  I am currently working on trust (+ other issues): coaching 2 SME…"
Jul 14, 2016
Donal Carroll is attending Bob MacKenzie's event

An invitation to write for Winter 2016 e-O&P on 'Trust in organisational life' at AMED

July 15, 2016 all day
Our guest editor for this edition, Rob Warwick, writes'Trust is an essential lubricant of working relationships.  Over the last year I have become increasingly interested in the phenomenon of trust, which led me to carry out a research project with Alison Donaldson, funded by Roffey Park.' To stimulate your thinking, you might like to…See More
Jul 14, 2016
Donal Carroll commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'An introduction to group dynamics, with Tim Thomas (every Wednesday, from 18 February to 25 March 2015, 6.30-8.00 pm). RSVP by Wednesday 28 January'
"Yes, still interested, thanks. I would welcome a conversation on outline issues being considered, and if it is possible to attend first event on 18/2 just to check that it is  relevant to what I'm doing... Best  Donal   "
Jan 26, 2015
Donal Carroll commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'An introduction to group dynamics, with Tim Thomas (over March-June 2015). RSVP by 15 January'
"Thanks, Bob, for organising. Looks v interesting. I'd be interested again, subject to dates. Is that all day 10 Jan, and then 6 x 90 sesssns Mar-June?  Best  Donal  "
Nov 20, 2014
Donal Carroll might attend Bob MacKenzie's event

An introduction to group dynamics, with Tim Thomas (over March-June 2015). RSVP by 15 January at Institute of Group Analysis (tbc)

January 15, 2015 all day
What's involvedAspects of group dynamics are highly relevant to facilitation.  Through the good offices of Tim, we have arranged this  six-week experiential group in which participants can explore group dynamics in action.This is a taster experience for people who are interested in managing and leading.  So in these initial six sessions, there won't be too much emphasis on anxiety-in-groups.  However, after having had this experience, there's the possibility (tbc) of moving on subsequently to a…See More
Nov 20, 2014
Donal Carroll replied to Roger James Niven's discussion Membership of AMED?
"Hi Roger Thank you for this. I know what you mean... I guess people join for the mix you've mentioned:  a rap-room, a concept-stretch, something that take up time and space. The Forum sometimes feels like a Senior Common Room when I'd…"
Apr 4, 2014
Donal Carroll posted a status
"Managing Value in Organisations: shortlisted for CMI Mgt/Leadership Book of the Year 'Participant success stories':"
Apr 4, 2014
Donal Carroll shared Bob MacKenzie's event on Twitter
Mar 19, 2014
Donal Carroll is attending Bob MacKenzie's event

'Leadership Paradoxes' - a Joint AMED Writers' Group/Exeter University CLS Network post-publication workshop at Roots & Shoots

April 11, 2014 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
A joint AMED / Exeter University CLS Network post-publication workshop following the outstanding Autumn 2013 ‘Leadership Paradoxes’ issue of e-O&P, which was guest edited by the CLS Network of Exeter University.'Leadership Paradoxes'Click here to read the editorial of the 'Leadership Paradoxes' edition of e-O&P, and to find out more about the journal's contents.Purpose and ProcessThis is a welcome…See More
Mar 19, 2014
Donal Carroll posted a status
"Invitation: ‘GameStorming Managing Value’: a GameRaid + Critical Difference Event Thurs 16 Jan 6.30-9, Somerset House"
Jan 5, 2014
Donal Carroll posted a status
"HNY! Managing Value in Orgs New Learning, Mgt +Business Models' on shortlist for CMI Management Book of the Year"
Jan 4, 2014
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Donal Carroll at NearDesk 61 Southwark Street SE1

November 15, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
I’d like to invite you to a Critical Difference Consultancy and NearDesk partnership event on Thursday 15  November, 18.30-20.30  The launch of Managing Value in Organisations: New Learning, Management and Business Models  by Donal CarrollPlease click on RSVP link in attached pdf to register See More
Oct 23, 2012
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"Video Managing Value in Organisations: Examining the key ideas A conversation between Simon Caulkin + Donal Carroll"
Oct 23, 2012
Donal Carroll posted a status
"New Video: Who is this for -from the author Managing Value in Organisations:…"
Oct 18, 2012
Donal Carroll commented on Linda Williams's event 'Planning 2013 'Frontiers' Conference'
"Edgy Frontiers Hi All (left this on Linda's wall but not sure can be seen by all?)  Apologies -unfortunately I'm away but good luck with this event. Your email asked for some ideas -thought pls feel free to delete if…"
Sep 5, 2012

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Where do you live and work (City)?
What are your top professional skills?
Well... I have considerable experience in:
* developing critical, creative, independent people and orgs
* bringing new ideas to old problems for better outcomes
* enabling people to increase their rate of learning in change circumstances
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Consultancy in public and private sector; writing on management (partic Management 2.0); teaching on MBA (Creativity, Innovation, Change)
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
networking, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
* '...reject idea that primary path to greatness is to become
'more like a business'... most fall between mediocre + good. Few are great. So.. why wd we want to impart practices of mediocracy...' (Jim Collins)
* Imagination is just the intellect at play (DC)
* Do the same thing yet expect a different outcome (definition of madness, Einstein)
What kind of person are you?
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Sharing materials: Shovelling Mercury

Hi All

Last year I did some work for CEL (Now LSIS) on evidencing how organisations use/don't use organisational learning to improve performance. The piece is called: 'Shovelling mercury with a pitchfork: leaders, led, hearing and what's worth learning at work''
There are 3 assumptions outlined at the start.
It's available as pdf or e-book on my website: Click on 'developing innovation capability', which gives you 'Thought Leadership forums', then
What do people think? Any insights, any use?
Slan for now Donal

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Good looking questions

Some questions we pose as consultants are 'good-looking ones'. I mean they will always draw a fulsome response. For instance, if you ask some people in a 'coasting' organisation 'what are the barriers to achieving excellence here?' they will probably give you a list long enough to make your ears bleed.

However, for every good looking question there is always an 'ugly' one just round the corner. The one here is 'What have you done about these barriers?' These are questions which must be… Continue

Posted on June 6, 2009 at 8:30 — 4 Comments

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At 13:40 on June 17, 2010, Belina Raffy said…
Hi Donal,

Thank you for your call today. As you are attending the Monday event - would you mind going to the event on the site and clicking 'attend'?

Best wishes
At 23:45 on August 25, 2009, Bob MacKenzie said…
Hi, Donal

Just read your post on Andrew's Discussion.

You'll find the invitation to send a proposal for the November issue of O&P under 'Events'.

Or if it's easier, I'll e-mail you an attachment and you can respond direct.

Best wishes. Bob
At 3:53 on July 31, 2009, Bob MacKenzie said…
Hi, Donal

I'm pleased to see that you're considering writing a piece for the November issue of O&P. Do get in touch if you'd like to chat about your ideas - and maybe come along to the AMED Writers' Group on 21 August, which I'm sure you'll find will spark off some thoughts.

Best wishes. Bob
At 12:14 on July 3, 2009, Belina Raffy said…
Hi Donal,

I see you've signed up for our workshop. We're looking forward to having you there. Would you prefer to pay online or at the door?
Best wishes,
At 1:28 on June 19, 2009, Bob MacKenzie said…
Hi, Donal

I'm actually in London today - at the Penn Club - from around1300 until 1630 hours, for a meeting of the AMED Writers' Group (see our Events page under Community). If you're around, do drop in. Otherwise, I do come to London from time to time, so I'm sure we can arrange to meet. Best wishes. Bob
At 7:28 on June 7, 2009, Bob MacKenzie said…
Welcome, Donal

I like your questions. Why not have a look at the Writers' Group space? It might be a good place to discuss some of your questions f2f. Best wishes. Bob

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