Tuesday, 2 October 2012

#wol12 is about to open

Another year passes and its time for world of learning at the NEC. This annual even has survived the turbulence of the economic downturn and is here to provide. Window to the world of learning and development again.
more posts throughout the day

Thursday, 29 September 2011

getting learning & Development on the National Agenda

Its easy for those of us involved in learning and organizational development to say that we need to be more strategic, and that we can be of a lot more value to our employers.

So I took the opportunity to ask Nicholas Owen, TV presenter and reporter what his tips for us would be based on his experience of media and business, and the fact that he is a truly independent observer:

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, A learning & organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://www.rapidbi.com/ © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Management and Business Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

Summary of Day 2 World of Learning 2011

Listen to the conference chairman share his summary of day 2 of world of learning 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Free Seminars - Day 2 WOL11

Wednesday 28 September 2011

10:30 – 11:00

Getting more out of less

During these times of economic challenge, many organisations have had to cut budgets, training and even staff. This leaves them struggling to provide the services and products they need to in order to grow and prepare for the inevitable economic upturn.

Richard Burkard, Senior Consultant, Advance Performance 

10:45 – 11:15

Developing and Engaging Talent

Identifying talent and developing people for the challenge of business leadership are essential elements of sustainable business growth and success. 

Andy Dickson, Head of Global Solutions, Impact International

11:15 – 11:45

Linking performance with talent management and succession planning

During this seminar you will discover best practices for aligning employee development with strategic objectives; developing a skills analysis of essential competencies for succession planning; evaluating learning successes and identifying skill needs; aligning business growth with key staff development; ensuring business groups are linked to organisational goals; reducing training and operational costs associated with manual reviews; and facilitating personal progress and professional development.

Martin Belton, Business Development Director, e2train

12:00 – 12:30

Workplace coaching:  a journey of personal development for organisational change

In this interactive session, Carol will draw on her experience developing manager-as-coach programmes throughout the world and in the UK public sector to present some thought provoking coaching-based models for managers in the workplace, and a ten-point plan for creating a coaching culture.

Carol Wilson, Managing Director, Performance Coach Training

12:15 – 12:45

'e-Development' - A practical e-solution pathway towards integrated performance management

With reference to case studies including Cheltenham Borough Council and the Cayman Islands Civil Service, this seminar will explore how a focus on influencing and managing development 'futures' via an e-development pathway is changing the way acquisitions implement successful e-Learning strategies - enabling organisations worldwide to move at their own pace towards a fully integrated learning and performance management future.

Pete Bennett, Assistant Director, LSN

12:45 – 13:15

Mobile learning: three views of a multi-platform world

Everybody’s talking about it… and a few organisations are actually doing it – but how is mobile learning enhancing and improving learning effectiveness in the workplace?

Steve Ash, Director, LINE Communications

13:30 – 14:00

Supporting the L&D function through outsourcing

Businesses require the Learning and Development function to deliver training solutions that meet the needs of employees whilst balancing the budget. As an L&D professional, delivering quality solutions with reduced budget can be a challenge. 

Rachel Kay, Business Development Director, Thales Training & Consultancy

13:45 - 14:15

Migrating from classroom to online training - the opportunities and challenges

Using a case study from Cisco Systems, this seminar will outline how Priority Management is delivering productivity training globally using online instructor-led delivery. 

Katie Honey, Director of Training - South East, Priority Management

14:15 – 14:45

Accelerated learning – ‘sticky learning’

According to research, after 31 days you will at best remember only 20% of what you have learnt. Using accelerated learning techniques, Don Schuster, Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University was able to record that “it produces at least 300% improvement in the speed and effectiveness of learning”.

Krystyna Gadd, Lead Consultant, Pearlcatchers 

15:00 – 15:30

Harnessing the power of informal learning without stifling it

Informal learning is the primary engine of learning in the workplace, and information is one of the main fuels. 

Paul Matthews, Managing Director, People Alchemy

15:15 – 15:45

The essentials of building an online learning community

Find out how to support your learners by creating an online community for them to interact, share and collaborate. 
Peter Casebow, Chief Executive, GoodPractice


Mixed messages at World Of Learning

I have attended the World of Learning for the last few years, and I have to say that yesterday included some of the most inspiring and interesting conference sessions I have ever heard here.

As is common with many conferences there are themes that run through several sessions. This year that theme was social learning.

There is an increasing trend for organisations to look to cut budgets and yet engage learners like never before. One worrying factor that manifested itself was the fact that many people at the conference had very limited access to the internet at work (as shown by a live audience poll). While we may expect employers to restrict many employees, as thinkers and change agents we (the L&D profession) cannot afford to be insular, and the most cost effective way of providing CPD for our profession is access to knowledge and thinking via the internet.

There was a certain level of double standards in that we are expected to do more for less... in many cases a lot more for a lot less, and yet our employers are not giving us the tools to do this effectively.

Bias against technology? as a regular tweeter and blogger I capture much of what I hear in electronic form directly, however it seems that many presenters and indeed audience participants do not mind people taking notes on paper, and yet are distracted by people doing the same on their phone, tablet or laptop. Is this a technology problem, or a mistrust that the person is not taking notes but doing other things - i.e. showing a lack of respect.
Personally, I find it harder to concentrate and take notes and interact about the topic live, so in many ways it requires more attention as to what is going on. If L&D is to grow and change, we need to learn to adapt to individuals own preference for data and note taking.

In the final keynote of the day, Charles Jennings led a session on training governance. A good insight as to what training specialists need to do to engage stakeholders fully. If we cannot influence the business... then in time we will not have a profession left.

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, A learning & organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://www.rapidbi.com/ © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Management and Business Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

Nicholas Owen's Summary of Day one

Its easy as a L&D professional to make a summary and judgement based on our own experiences and biases, however the chairman of this event is TV presenter and journalist Nicholas Owen is not is our profession and has the unique ability to hear what is said in the context of UK Plc.

As the day closed I took the opportunity to invite Nicholas to give his summary of what he thought was the theme or key learning he personally was going to take away from day one at world of learning:

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, A learning & organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://www.rapidbi.com/ © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Management and Business Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

Interactive stands

One regular exhibitor at World of Learning is PearlCatchers. As you walk around the exhibition hall you will hear a loud stand from time to time.. as you make your way towards the "noise" the following scene emerges from the crowd:

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Exhibitors at World of Learning 2011 (WOLCE wol11)

Companies exhibiting at World of Learning 2011

  • Acua Limited
  • Alexander Stewart Associates
  • Appraisal360
  • Assima Ltd
  • Atlantic Link
  • Bite Size Limited
  • Blue Beetle Training
  • Brathay Trust
  • CDG
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Coaching on Call
  • Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE)
  • Coventry University
  • DeltaNet
  • Distance Learning College & Training/DLC Worldwide
  • e-Learning Studios
  • e-origen.com
  • e2train
  • East Midlands Conference Centre
  • Edvantage Group
  • Ellis Salsby
  • ERAS
  • etc.venues
  • Eynsham Hall
  • Fourmative Ltd
  • Go MAD Thinking
  • Hay Group
  • Host a Virtual Event
  • iManage Performance
  • Impact International
  • Information Transfer LLP
  • Inntel Meetings & Travel Management
  • Inscape Partners International
  • Interactive Education
  • Intuition
  • iTrain
  • Jigsaw@work
  • Juice Learning
  • Kaplan Learning Technologies
  • Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre
  • Kettering Park Hotel and Management Development Centre
  • Learning Accelerators
  • LINE Communications
  • LMMatters Ltd
  • Logax
  • Loughborough College
  • LSN
  • Metalog UK
  • Mind Click
  • Online TV Group
  • OutStart Incorporated
  • Packtypes
  • Panopto
  • Pearlcatchers
  • People Alchemy Ltd
  • PersonnelZone.com
  • Priority Management
  • Professional Development Zone
  • Promethean
  • Qwizdom UK
  • Results Driven Group
  • Revelation Training Ltd
  • SalesAssessment.com
  • Scott Bradbury Ltd
  • Seminar Learning System
  • Skills2Learn
  • SkillSet Ltd
  • SML Training & Consultancy
  • Speak First
  • Talent & Potential
  • Thales Training & Consultancy
  • The Berkshire Consultancy
  • The BILD
  • The Charity Learning Consortium
  • The Ken Blanchard Companies
  • The Learning Architect
  • The Training Foundation
  • TrainerBase
  • Training Journal
  • Training Pages
  • Training Tracker
  • TrainingZone.co.uk
  • TransPerfect Translations Ltd
  • Tree of Knowledge
  • TurningPoint
  • UK Mediation Ltd
  • UK Trade & Investment
  • Unlimited Potential
  • Upside Learning Solutions
  • WebExaminer
  • Wellingtone Ltd
  • Whittlebury Hall Limited
  • Whow! Leadership Limited
  • YMCA National Centre, Lakeside
  • Zing Media Ltd

Monday, 26 September 2011

FW: Just one day to go to World of Learning 2011

Are you visiting WOL11 this week at the NEC Birmingham?


There are some excellent speakers and many free seminars to chose from:


Tuesday 27 September 2011

10:15 – 10:45 

More effective training for less

How can L&D professionals continue with effective delivery on reduced budgets and timescales? 

Graham David, Director, Blue Beetle Training

10:45 – 11:15

Happiness at work

This seminar is about the importance of promoting health and happiness in the workplace. The mental and physical health of your staff is key to successful people engagement.

Liggy Webb, Director, The Learning Architect

11:00 – 11:30

Lessons from the front line of social learning

For two years Rob has been running a distance social learning course based on a delivery model he developed with some of the smartest minds in the industry. The course includes a blend of social learning, assignments, serious games, webinars, videos, peer review, self-reflection and more. 

Rob Hubbard, Managing Director, LearningAge Solutions 

11:45 – 12:15

Global learning programmes – can one size ever fit all?

Today’s large-scale learning roll-outs may involve audiences that are literally spread across the globe. How do you ensure that your learning programmes engage diverse audiences and deliver results across language, cultural, geographical and time boundaries? 

Sue Bird, Director of Operations, SkillSet 

12:15 – 12:45

Managing conflict within teams

Conflict often arises within teams because individual team members have different ways of working and different expectations of each other.

Jo Keeler, Business Director, Belbin

12:30 – 13:00

Using partnering to build a change management community

Following legislation and the need to maximise the value to its members, The Law Society faced major change to transform itself into a commercial organisation. Without effective leadership at all levels, change would not be delivered in a culture that was typified by silos, lack of trust and ineffective performance management. 
This session explores how success was achieved by true partnering with the Board and managers at all levels, where Learning and Development and Berkshire Consultancy developed an empowered management community that seized opportunities and accelerated the pace of change. 

Sarah Hunter, Account Director, Berkshire Consultancy 

13:15 – 13:45

Go Engage, Grasp & Collaborate – a practical demonstration

Learn how to make sense of beautifully complex and changing businesses in three practical steps: Go Engage – Grasp – Collaborate.

Martin Johnson, Director, Big Picture

13:45 – 14:15

How learning response systems can significantly improve learning and development

Each employee works at different levels and paces. This seminar will demonstrate how trainers can adapt their teaching style with powerful effect by improving the delivery of training content, and how this can be achieved.

Ranjit Singh, CEO, Interactive Education

14:00 – 14:30

Compliance e-learning – who says it has to be boring?

The words ‘compliance’ and ‘training’ together rarely elicit enthusiasm. But this presentation will reveal how to draw on the power of storytelling to not only make compliance e-learning more engaging, but more memorable too. 
Dr Naomi Norman, Director of Learning
Imogen Casebourne, Head of Learning, Epic


14:45 – 15:15

Can line managers become talent managers?

This interactive session demonstrates tools developed with Nationwide that allow line managers to identify different kinds of potential, put together a succession plan, develop strengths, and get team members to own and drive development.  Managers’ self ratings after three months show a 57% increase in understanding the potential in their team; a 50% increase in understanding the talent in their team; a 41% increase in responsibility taken by the team for their own development; and a 47% increase in clarity about their succession plan.

Scott Hobbs and Anne Hamill, Directors, Talent & Potential
Martin Hills, Leadership & Professional Development Manager, Nationwide


15:15 – 15:45

Seven trends of mobile learning

With such a wide range of options for delivering learning already available, do we really need another?

Martin Addison, Managing Director, Video Arts

15:30 – 16:00

The role of learning and development in supporting public sector change

The current budget cuts in local authorities are having a major impact on the services they provide and the people that work for them. Many local authorities are undertaking reviews of their back-office services in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce costs. However, organisational reviews and restructures can leave individuals feeling that the outcome is nothing more than a greater workload and a new desk.  

Susanne Evans, Managing Director, Feldspar Consulting
Helen Ashton, Partner and Head of Learning and Development, First Class learning and development
Jennifer Penfold, Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Leicestershire County Council

16:15 - 16:45

What learning methods do leaders and managers really prefer?

Think you know what learning methods leaders and managers like best? 

James Reed, Managing Director, LMMatters


Friday, 23 September 2011

What is WOL all about?

World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2011

Social learning, managing conflict, outsourcing and developing and engaging talent –these are some of the many topics under discussion in a series of free seminars at the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition. The UK’s premier event for business learning, taking place on 27 to 28 September 2011 at the NEC Birmingham, brings together around 100 UK and international exhibitors, and hosts a world-renowned conference featuring industry-leading speakers from across the globe.

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition features a comprehensive programme of seminars, sponsored by TrainingZone, offering practical advice on the issues affecting learning and development (L&D) professionals via case studies and experts detailing their own experiences. Bearing in mind the current economic climate, these sessions are particularly tailored towards how to run an L&D function when budgets are tight and the pressure to deliver is on.

Among the key themes under discussion are ‘More effective training for less’ with Graham David from Blue Beetle Training; ‘Lessons from the front line of social learning’ with Rob Hubbard from LearningAge Solutions; and ‘Seven trends of mobile learning’ by Martin Addison from Video Arts.

The topical subject of ‘The role of learning and development in supporting public sector change’ will also be explored alongside seminars on ‘Linking performance with talent management and succession planning’ and ‘Harnessing the power of informal learning without stifling it’. Visitors will get the latest news and views on industry developments as well as guidance that they can put into practice on returning to the office.

Alongside the seminars, a host of free features enable visitors to gain help and support to further their career in the L&D sector. At Professional Development Zone, advisers from the British Institute for Learning & Development (BILD) will be on hand to give one-to-one advice on topics from performance improvement to key challenges in the workplace. BILD experts will also lead tailored group sessions in the Skills Workshops taking place throughout the show.

Visitors interested in exploring the use of social media to enhance learning activities and knowledge sharing should head for the Social Learning Zone for presentations and one-to-one sessions.

A well-established feature at the show, the Experiential Learning Zone offers engaging and inspiring workshops that allow visitors to experience first-hand highly creative solutions for skills development.

The International Zone, in association with UK Trade & Investment, is dedicated to encouraging trade and growth on a worldwide level. Visitors can meet key decision-makers and potential partners from overseas who are looking to link with UK training providers or purchase UK products, services and expertise. Those looking to expand overseas can learn how to develop an international business and obtain advice from UKTI's overseas trade advisers on doing business in their country.

New to the World of Learning 2011, the Happiness at Work Zone looks at how to engage people on a personal and professional level in the workplace and how to create the right environment for positivity and productivity.

Visitors can meet trainers across a range of disciplines at the Trainer Base, or relax and meet new contacts at the Business & Networking Lounge.

To register to attend the World of Learning 2011, and for more details about the event, visit http://www.learnevents.com/.

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, A learning & organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://www.rapidbi.com/ © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Business & L&D Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Which sessions to attend at WOL11?

Which sessions to attend this year? There are some really great speakers lined up, and a number of clashes, and that is just the paid for conference. there are excellent sessions in the free seminars too.

I have had a number of recommendations on Twitter and will be planning which to attend and blog about over the weekend.

In the mean time if there is something you will be missing let me know and I will see if I can cover it.

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://rapidbi.com  © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Business & L&D Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

Sunday, 18 September 2011

WOLCE 2011 - Conference sessions day 2

The second days of the conference is on the 28 September 2011 at the NEC Birmingham.

10:00 – 11:00 Overcoming the barriers to change - 
Rachel Richardson, Group Head of Human Resources, Sportingbet
Clare Kirk, Group Learning & Development Manager, Sovereign Housing Group
John Baker, Strategic L&D Adviser, Capita Learning & Development, and former Learning, Development and HR Operations Director, Legal & General
Tony Sheehan, Learning Services Director, Ashridge
Debbie Carter
, Director of Research, TJ

11:05 – 12:05 M1 - Constructing a compelling business case for L&D activities - 
  • Alison Hewitt, GDO & Large Accounts Manager Learning & Development, Xerox Europe
Nigel Harrison, Chartered Business Psychologist, and Founder, Performance Consulting UK 

11:30 – 12:30 M4 - Harnessing the potential of social learning
Nancy Ouma, Assessment & Training Manager, VSO
Jane Hart, Founder, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies 

13:45 – 14:45 A3 - Developing your line managers as coaches

14:00 – 15:00 A4 - Maximising the transferral of learning into behavioural change
Peter Coley, Head of Learning & Development, St Mungo’s
Louise Charlton, Consultant to St Mungo’s
Andy Dickson, Head of Global Solutions, Impact International

15:05 – 15:45 Adapting to change and influencing success – five new conversations for L&DThis interactive closing session will use the conference inputs, the audience’s experiences and the latest research with over 1,200 L&D organisations to provide delegates with practical ideas take back to business to influence change.
Laura Overton, Managing Director, Towards Maturity

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via http://www.rapidbi.com/ © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2010 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Business & L&D Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

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