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The Learning Cafe | October 2017

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On October 2, 2017

How to fix the buffet line I was MC at a wedding last month.  The meal was a buffet, and there were 80-plus hungry guests of all ages to feed.  The line was moving slowly – so I got thinking, how do I fix the buffet line? I managed how people entered the line. By asking table groups of wedding...

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Food for thought | Adopt a “two hour” rule and generate a great return on your investment!

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On October 2, 2017

I’ve adopted a “2-hour rule” based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it’s had the highest ROI of anything I’ve done Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking. The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just thinking with no distractions for two hours a week....

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Food for thought | Ten ways to actually, finally improve company culture

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On October 2, 2017

There are endless truisms about the importance of company culture — so many that the idea of a strong culture has become a cliché. We often just nod our heads and move on. But it matters. So how can we put flesh and blood on the idea to make it more than just a nice saying? How can companies embody...

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The Learning Cafe | August 2017

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

How much does a tonne weigh? It’s common practice to describe a heavy object in tonnage. But no one has any idea how much a tonne is.  We can lift a kilogram block of cheese so we have an idea what a kilogram weighs.  As we can’t lift a tonne of anything by ourselves it becomes such an abstract concept. ...

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Food for thought | Can you teach diversity and inclusion?

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Training alone is rarely enough. Not when the subject matter is complex, controversial or comes packaged with a load of historically negative baggage, which diversity and inclusion does. For diversity and inclusion training to stick, it needs support, reinforcement and a firm foundation in a broader talent management strategy that includes culture, leadership and learning and development. Without the right...

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Food for Thought | Seven people issues that most organisations struggle with

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Right now, I’m working in the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. And every organization is struggling with some combination of these seven issues. Namely: 1.      Organizations don’t know how to – well – organize themselves. Their structures don’t work neither do their leadership practices. Typically I see too many people with too much to do, all reporting to one boss. That...

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Food for Thought | Adapting to the future of work

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

CMOs can take a proactive approach to preparing the workforce for the tremendous technology-enabled changes required to compete in the years ahead. Digital technology is having a profound effect on the human side of the enterprise, affecting where, when, and how employees get work done. The results of Deloitte’s recent Future of Work survey confirm that C-level executives view the ways in which...

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Food for Thought | Only 8% of leaders are good at both strategy and execution

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 24, 2017

In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? The results are shown in the chart below. These responses are sobering: Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at...

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