And my big announcement is ….

I’ve packed my bags. I’ve changed my postal code. I’ve rerouted my mail. I’ve relocated. I’m in for a massive adventure.  Join me? I’ve moved to Kenya for a year.  Yup, Kenya.  The home of the Masai people (pictured above) is my new home. There will be lots of new learning adventures and more training […]

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What does a hand dryer look like? Depends on your perspective

I love things and people that make me shift or readjust my perspective. Like crossing the street and the hand dryer. What does a hand dryer look like to you? Like this? Or like this and this? Both of them get the job done, just differently. How does your perspective frame how you see the […]

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Where’s your off switch?

When I was doing some training for the United Nations in East Africa a while back, some friends and I got together one night at a house to watch a movie and make cookies.  The cookie dough never made it to the oven (a destination few cookie dough batches in my world meet) and the […]

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Seeing clearly through the eyes of Lydia Nakayenze

Lydia Nakayenze is as colourful in character as the outfit she’s wearing below.  Originally from Uganda, she’s living and studying in Germany at the moment.  I met her at the Women’s International Networking conference in Paris, where she spoke to me about her ideas on seeing clearly. It’s easy for our vision to be cloudy.  […]

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Where’s your rudder? Inspiration for training & development specialists

Regardless of whether you’re a landlocked lubber or a water born baby chances are you know where a boat rudder is.  On the bottom of the boat.  Right? Not necessarily. For a land crisscrossed with water (in fact 1/4 of it is below sea level), Holland knows a thing or two when it comes to […]

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Creativity lies everwhere, even in how you store your business cards

Meet Yann Cramer, editor at InnovToday and Global Technology Manager at Shell.  I met Yann at the W.I.N. conference in Paris where we were both speakers.  I thoroughly enjoyed his workshop on creativity and saw him walk his talk when we exchanged business cards. More about that in a minute. Creativity, ‘the use of the […]

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“We are born with the capacity to hear, we must learn to listen” Miha Pogacnik

His arm flew, directing the bow in a wild and frenetic dance with the strings, while his chin hung onto the base of the violin for dear life.  His hair looked like a bowl of fine spaghetti flying off in one direction, only to be pulled back in another with the rhythmic sway of his […]

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What it takes to see clearly in Senator & Minister of State Ms. Malahoo’s view

I recently had the honour of hearing Ms. Malahoo, Senator and Minister of State for Jamaica, speak at the W.I.N. conference in Paris.  She was dynamic, engaging and articulate.  She graciously agreed to be videotaped, speaking about what it takes in her view to see clearly. We’re all inundated with things to do, places to […]

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Musty learning made new, Amsterdam style

I remember whiling away long, hot summer days as a child curled up in a corner of my local library.  Feet tucked under me, I’d fold myself into a corner, head buried in a story.  The musty smell of  books and the dull, gray walls would be replaced by whatever adventure my mind had taken […]

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What the canals of Amsterdam have to teach us trainers about self-care

Recently I spent some time in Amsterdam with my friend and colleague Gert Junne of the University of Amsterdam and Network University.  As we dialogued for hours about our mutual work, sharing resources and ideas for collaboration we drove through the country side exploring. The picture above shows the North Sea on the left.  The […]

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