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LA 074: How to Thrive When the Robots Rise

Rise of the robtos central1.pngThere's a lot of excitement about artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential for robots to autonomously make decisions about what gets done, how it gets done, and who does it.

As the technology fast approaches the dreams of science fiction, many professionals, blue and white colour workers are beginning to fear a future where their own jobs are no more.

Will you be one who is replaced, or will you be one of those who thrives?

The new Luddism

In a fit of rage against the machines, Ned Ludd...

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LA 073: How to Waste Your Time Writing a Career Plan (And What You Should Do Instead)

"Where do you see yourself in five years time?" This insidious little question invites the interviewee to begin a little game that finishes as a belief built on sand. You guess what your prospective employer wants to hear, and then you give it to them.

It's almost as bad as your Aunt's favourite: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The myriad branching possibilities when you are 12 or 13 years old seem to lead in opposite directions, and all equally tempting.

By the time you hit the...

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How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatness

How to find your talentIt was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness.

It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sap who similarly wanted to become a chef de cuisine. In the meantime, my job was to scrub, peel, haul, carry, chop, clear and clean it...

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Are Tech People Special?

We focus on developing tech people - that is, we work with nerds, geeks, scientists and engineers because that's our background and we speak your language. But we also speak business - and bridge the worlds of Technology and Business.

Joe nerd cublicle1.pngIn short (TL: DR)

We know that Tech people are special and that they are the future success of your business and the global economy. We also know that we can never ever teach the marketing, finance, and HR folk how to "do" the tech side of the business, but we...

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The EDGE Development Framework - How to Guarantee Business Impact and ROI from Learning and Development

The AdvantEDGE development process or framework evolved from my doctoral research into the best way to develop managerial and leadership competence.

The way we develop competence, our ability to do something effectively goes through four key stages.

And we can plot these four stages on a simple 2 x 2 matrix

The vertical axis is our competence in something, and the horizontal axis is our consciousness of being able to that thing.

Essentially, it’s about how well we know how we do...

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LA 030: What's the difference between coaching, mentoring, counselling, training and managing?

Coaching versus mentoring versus counselling

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who transform a yellow spot into the sun” – Pablo Picasso

Let’s, however, take a look at the main similarities and differences, as this may be helpful for you in establishing the style you would prefer someone works with you.

There is considerable overlap between these development approaches with each having a performance, direction, support or personal well-being focus in the context of theorganization, your...

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LA002: Learning to Learn - Helping Talent Management Thrive in the Workplace

helping talent thrive in the workplace

“Why aren’t these “young people” stepping up to the mark?”Asked the C-level executive as we discussed the problems of talent managementand leadership succession.As if it’s a problem of the younger generation – most notably Gen Y. But it’s not a generational issue!Performancein the typical workplace is at least 20% lower than it could easily be.

The information in this podcastis critical to your well-being, your success, your business and your health but you willprobablynot make it to the...

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What are Competence and Competency

What are they and how do they affect performance?

Competence and competency

The concept of competence remains one of the most diffuse terms in the organisational and occupational literature (Nordhaug and Gronhaug, 1994). Exactly what does an author mean when using any of the terms of competence?

The concept of individual competence is widely used in human resource management (Boyatzis, 1982, Schroder, 1989, Burgoyne, 1993). This refers to a set of skills that an individual must possess in...

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