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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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