Hello all my people! How you doing?
Welcome to the HR Carnival UK! Whoop!
What’s the point of a carnival? Well quite a few really. It’s a good excuse to write something on a theme, and it can be fun to explore what that might provoke. Bloggers come together under the roof of one person, and their thoughts curated into a flow. That invokes some sense of creativity, and allows the curator a chance to provide insight into what these bloggers write about. And it gives a chance for some bloggers to raise their profile as writers amongst a new crowd. We all have our own readership and followers, so this is a good way to help share the writing of others.
The theme for this carnival I offered up was on ‘Small Steps’.
First up we have Tim Scott. He’s written about how sometimes we take steps towards a goal and we don’t realise that’s the intended direction. I enjoyed reading about how Tim would lose himself when he was playing his guitar. It makes me think about how we can forget our strengths when we’re at work. Few people can say the work they do focuses on their strengths. Importantly, though, we may all be faced with opportunities of our own creating, but we don’t see them as such. Go read ‘Baby Steps‘, and see where it takes you.
I love this next piece from Kandy Woodfield. She’s getting us to look at what it means to holistically look at learning and development, and how we make that happen. It’s a topic which L&Ders need to continue understanding better. I include myself in this bag. The learning landscape is continually evolving, and keeping up with it can seem hard. Writing like this, and practical ideas that Kandy presents make it more understandable. One small step for L&D, one big step for workplace learning.
I’m gonna be honest, guys. I’m not a fan of generational theory. Some years back I wrote about how I thought the whole Gen Y thing was baloney. I’ve written more since, and plenty of other HR blogger types have written their thoughts on it too. There could be some interesting insights into what generational theory actually means for workforce planning and the likes, but I don’t think we’ve cracked that nut yet.
Kylie Telford’s piece, then, adds to the growing number of people who are realising that generational theory is something we should pay attention to, and offers some thoughts into how and what this looks like. Her bullet points at the end of the post are useful reminders for how to approach people related changes, and I thank her for her contribution to the carnival. Whatever happened to small steps? is the one to read.
Practical ideas rock, and this piece from Rachel Burnham is a great example of how to take the design of your learning session and apply different thinking to it, with the aim of improving the learning experience. She gives ten ideas for what this could look like, and as she says, it’s important to know what you want the learning outcome to be. Only then can you design something interesting and useful for your organisation. Rachel invites you to Shake It Up.
Thanks for taking the time to read the carnival! You may be wondering – is that all the posts? Here’s the thing, there’s no right number for a carnival to take place, it’s about the experience, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this one 🙂