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An unashamed 'L&D tragic'.

The power of Positive Affirmation over Criticism

Building Positive Teams

There was an interesting conversation today on ABC Radio Brisbane about the benefits of being ‘Thankful’ for a more fulfilling, happier life. One of the things that was discussed, that is extremely relevant for leaders who wish to develop a positive, highly engaged, and motivated team, was the benefit of motivating people through the positive affirmation of the things they do well instead of focusing on the things they aren’t doing so well.

Of course, if a team member (or the whole team) is doing something incorrectly, this of course needs to be addressed, however, mixing critique with praise is a highly effective way of making sure a culture of negativity isn’t developed.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the positives but if you look hard enough, you’ll find them!



Ps. Forgive the lack of posts last week, I’m afraid I was away on business and it wasn’t easy to get to a computer.


L&D Quote – Queen Elizabeth II

It’s been a little while since I last posted something more on the light-hearted side, so here’s an L&D quote for you from the Queen – Cheers, Sam…

Training Quote - Queen Elizabeth II

‘It’s all to do with the training: You can do a lot if you’re properly trained”Queen Elizabeth II


AHRI Learning & Development Networking Events



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I’m a great believer in networking with others in the wider L&D/OD community to keep up-to-date with what’s going on ‘out there’…what the latest learning methods are, what’s working, what’s not, etc etc – not to mention having a place to discuss your ideas and ask for advice and just to have a chat with like-minded people.

For those of you that are members of AHRI (The Australian Human Resources Institute), there are AHRI L&D Networking events hosted across Australia. Continue reading

In the news: Three ways to create innovative leaders

Further to my recent post about the huge focus in India and China on developing innovative thinking and the subsequent need for Australian organisations to be highly innovative to stay ahead of the international pack, here’s an interesting related article from the USA’s CLOmag on how your organisation can create innovative leaders – cheers, Sam…

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To build innovation capabilities, CLOs should address the challenge on three levels: building individual skills; helping teams innovate new products, processes or business models; and building systemic capabilities for the whole company.

By: Michael Lurie – Chief Learning Officer Magazine

What do Amazon.com, Apple, GE, Google, Disney and Tata have in common? They all have remarkable long-term performance track records — and they all regard innovation as central to their success.

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In the News: Innovation is the key to a properous future

This morning I was reminded of an item on ABC radio about the way Australian companies can remain profitable in an increasingly competitive global market.

The unquestionable truth is that we simply cannot compete with countries like India and China when it comes to cost of manufacturing/production…indeed, we lost that race many years ago.

However, western countries/companies still (just) lead the field in terms of innovation, and if your product or service is one (or more) steps ahead of the competition from overseas, buyers will typically allow for the extra costs associated with production.

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Opinion: Mining needs to invest more in L&D Programs

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A large international accounting firm (no prizes for guessing who) recently announced the results of its analysis of the Australian mining sector and, in short, basically said that we’re still in the ‘boom’ (albeit at the tail end of it) but that we’ve moved from a situation where there was a BIG fight to hire enough skilled staff to do the job, to making sure that they got as much as possible from the established workforce (and other resources) to stay competitive and provide a return to their investors.

I’m always more than happy to hold my hand up and declare that I’m biased towards L&D solutions as a way to address workforce capability/productivity issues, however, I can’t see any other way to achieve this outcome without some significant workforce planning and capability development via well designed training programs.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.