Yesterday I attended the YMCA Victoria / AFL SportsReady joint program graduation for a group of leaders within the YMCA. The participants are concluding their YMCA Leadership Stage 2 Certificate jointly with a Diploma in Management and presented their group projects to their peers and guests from the wider organisation. It was pretty awesome - … Continue reading Storytelling: People with a Passion for Making a Difference
I was recently asked to participate in a specialist department's retreat - I know I know, 'retreat' is often a catch-all we use to either shove a tonne of information down unsuspecting employee's throats or a flowery-feel good waste of time (and often company funds). But then I spoke to the team manager and to … Continue reading Team Retreats – What’s the Point?
On Friday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to hear Denni Francisco (CEO of The Energy Project) at the first Vecci Breakfast seminar of the year. Things started well - it was a breakfast seminar, and dammit, I love breakfast. What really made me excited though was the topic of discussion: energy and … Continue reading Your Fuel Tank: Efficiency & Replenishment
Everyone’s an Expert L&D has a slightly co-dependent relationship with HR. If we’re in-house often we’re a part of a wider P&C team – and many of our colleagues have started their careers in more HR focused roles. HR often writes the book on ‘having difficult conversations’ – but sometimes it’s really hard to have … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the L&D Universe
Everyone has to learn when they start with a new organisation or in a new role. There are policies and procedures, learning new systems, navigating new co-workers, managers and employees. There are the unwritten norms (yeah, the policy says you have to do a written request, but actually you need to speak nicely to the … Continue reading Don’t Think Induction is Worth the Cash?
We've all done it. Attended a training session, a workshop or a conference and the person running the show is *@#^. You try to be nice and think that maybe they're using a style that doesn't sit well with you, or there's some point to all this that you're not yet seeing, but as time goes … Continue reading To Ensure Your Facilitator Isn’t *@#^ Try Thinking About This
Recently I read a really powerful article by HRTC founder Vanessa Wiltshire about difficulties she has had in her career, particularly in regard to ethical practices in the workplace and the huge emotional toll that can take on staff. We can all generally agree that; Ethical behaviour = good Making profit = good Ethical behaviour … Continue reading Ethics in the Workplace & Unintended Consequences