Category Archives for "Observations"
The unidirectional argument is not evidence-based There are a lot of blogs, articles and books that at first sight appear to be evidence-based. They are entertaining, interesting and makes sense. Some call it evidence-based writing. It is not evidence-based and here’s why… As editor of The Oxford Review I read a lot. A lot of […]Read more
There is no doubt that our universities conduct valuable and useful research that can help organisations become much more effective. In fact they produce lots of useful research that organisations could use. As the call more more evidence based practice increases, and with good reason, a rather large problem arises. Hardly anyone outside of academia has access to the […]Read more
What is critical thinking and how do you develop it? If you have had the privilege of going to university you will have been extolled to engage in critical thinking. Many organisations have critical thinking in their competency frameworks and it is a phrase banded about a lot in professional circles. But what […]Read more
“I learned something today…” Did you really? Like really learned it? We often take the idea of learning and having learned for granted and frequently make a series of rather large and unquestioned assumptions about at what point we can actually say someone has learned something. The evaluation of learning in many organisations, including our universities […]Read more
Being authentic The leadership, management and personal development literature and lore is repleat with appeals and even demands for authenticity. Management and leadership courses, consultants and coaches extol the virtues of how to be authentic and genuine. It sounds good but what are we really asking for here? What do we actually mean by being […]Read more
Someone is analysing your every move Someone is going to rain on your parade – if you let them and Why your organisation is likely to lose out to a Chinese one… This morning I reviewed a paper for our members that has just been published by a Chinese academic. Now obviously that in and of […]Read more