>This week I’ve been made to think about the value an L&Der has to offer and what a good L&Der should be able to do. This first came from a post I read by Donald Clark where he talked about his experience of Fox’s Glacier Mints. This is rather amusing and rather cutting of his experience of an over enthusiastic trainer who was trying to train a group of people in being Creative. My second thing was from a training day I attended at my company delivered by an external trainer on the topics of Decision Making and Creative Thinking. And my third was from a company initiative I’m trying to push through.
>I was reminded today about the importance of getting names right. But not only getting names right, being able to look at a name and get an immediate sense of that person’s potential nationality, culture and often their religion.
>A good friend of mine, Jim, has gone through a small ordeal which has made me (re)ponder the way we think about Diversity. Jim is a smart guy, and has a quick wit. He’s been with his employer for a number of years now and is working his way through the ranks. In his current post he has a mixed team of people he works with. Now Jim’s not a malicious person in any way but what happened has now given him the name Mud.
I remember several years ago listening to a talk about successful leaders. He talked about how people in these positions have 3 worlds they live in which provide them with balance.
I’d like to promote a new line of thinking that seems to be in line with the changing world we live in. The digital age promises a lot for the future of society. Access to content has never been greater, speeds for access are now fought for, consumers are consuming more and demanding more, communities are standing up for their rights all across the globe, ideas, thoughts, challenges are being pushed and nurtured right across every member of society in our education systems, places of worship, businesses and any other institution that fosters and develops minds.
This also means that we, as a society, need to embrace a different kind of thinking. I’m calling this Intelligent Behaviours. I had considered calling it Intelligent Psychology but on reflection psychology can be perceived to be limited to the mind – although that’s not true. By calling it Behaviours you can then start to focus on what people are doing as well as inferring their psychological state, as well as taking into account things happening in the economy/society/world, as well as being mindful of other factors such as societal institutions – family/work/education.
And the Intelligent part? Well that’s around our ability to not only discern between right and wrong, good and bad, good and evil, but act in a far more considered manner which can only be described as intelligent. Intelligence isn’t just about thinking critically, analytically, having a deductive mind, observant, or a myriad of other attributes and attitudes. It also encompasses acting on your feelings, emotions, values, beliefs and experiences. Vital to this is intelligence with wisdom, conviction and passion. But importantly, I think, it is about acting in a way which not only serves to inspire behaviour in others, but also sets a constantly evolving benchmark of what it means to act intelligently.
So what is it I think it important about Intelligent Behaviours? In essence I think it hinges on being able to help anyone, in any situation, see past what they think they need to do, challenge themselves to think intelligent and then decide what behaviour will help them achieve this. We might call this coaching/mentoring/counselling/feedback/advice, and they all may play a part in this. Intelligent Behaviours seems to invoke in me a real sense of purpose about the term. And it should develop into a complete philosophy which I will embark on.
This will be the first in a string of blogs where I’ll be developing this concept of Intelligent Behaviours. I hope you’ll stay with me on this path as I think this is an important concept to consider and make available. I also look forward to your thoughts and feedback about this topic.
>The World Cup is round the corner. From 11 June – 11 July, the world will literally be focused on one thing and one thing only. The football. Even I, who has zero interest in the sport, will be following it. And why not! Your country’s reputation is on the world stage and it makes life incredibly interesting. Your workforce will be bantering the entire period, more so than normal. National flags will be flying high. Energy levels will be amazingly high and moods will be swinging all over the show. There will be as much frustration as there will excitement.
>This week I attended my first L&D 2020 workshop courtesy of the Training Journal (http://www.trainingjournal.com). The workshop was focused on the need for L&D to talk and understand the language of business in order to be successful.