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Productivity through People Involvement creates ownership which leads to commitment In June I was invited to attend a Conference in Warsaw run by Global Executive Learning’s Director Dr Yury Boshyk and his team. It was very stimulating to be amongst people who are motivated to achieve and have a clear sense of where they are going. My role was to talk about how we have used Action Learning to develop organizations and deliver organisational change.  This led to a number of questions about why ‘change programmes’ often fail. In my experience Change Programmes that fail do so because they involve ...
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via Daily Prompt: Invitation Today Mts May, our new PM, responded to Parliaments  invitation to set out what Brexit means to her and her team. After 40 years of marriage we learn that we are to divorce, we expect 2017 to be an ‘interesting’ year on both sides of the pond! ...
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On October 26 we posted a blog with a link to a questionnaire to try to find out why people voted for Brexit?. We promoted the blog on LinkedIn; 50Kimpressions, 19 Clicks and 0 reactions and Facebook; 10K impressions, 745 Clicks and 243 reactions. From all of this we have 64 comments from Brexiteers, 11 comments from ‘remainers’ and 12 people who completed the survey; thank you all. Whilst twelve responses to a survey with a potential response group of 17 million has no real value we feel, that for those who completed it, the answers might be interesting. We ...
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‘It’s always possible to put right the wrong solution on the right problem but we can never correct the right solution on the wrong problem’ I was speaking recently with a friend who told me about a programme he had been watching on Television in which young people aged between seven and fifteen were competing to win the title of Young Singer of the Year. The programme began with a number of ‘hopefuls’ being selected by the judges to compete. After about six weeks each judge had a team of twelve and the ‘knock out’ process began leaving six contestants ...
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Brexit – The Serendipity of Politics Truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder’ We had a referendum about our membership of the EU because the Conservative Party wanted one! Why? They wanted the people to choose between the ‘traditionalists’ and the ‘modernists’ in the party as the leadership was not able to sort these divisions out for themselves. The ‘traditionalists’ have been unhappy about our membership of the EU since we joined in 1973 and have fought a continuing ‘rear-guard action to have the decision reversed. The ‘walls were breached’ in 2010 when David Cameron promised the ...
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Are we losing the Art of Conversation? Some people transmit, others receive; only those who have rapport do both No one is an island; we all need other people to help us achieve our goals. We enlist this help by communicating our needs in a way which we believe will influence them to help us. The more persuasive our communication skills, the more successful we will be; the art of conversation is the key. When we think about communication we tend to think about speech however communication is much more complex than that. We communicate by being; everything communicates; a ...
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“In a democracy, people get the government they deserve,”  Alexis de Tocqueville 1805 – 1859 Who said we need a leader? Time for another BLOG and it seems to me that the most interesting phenomena on the horizon at the moment, both in the UK and the US, are the upcoming elections. In the UK we will have a referendum decide if we will stay the European Union. For some readers this will not seem particularly exciting but for us and particularly the Conservative Party it’s a big event. Since we joined the EU or EEC as it was then our politicians on ...
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Where have all the clients gone… ? 37 Years’ with ALA International I recently received a kind reminder from LinkedIn telling me that I had a work anniversary; 37 years with ALA International and ‘it don’t seem a day too long’! This set me thinking about what was happening in Management Training in the UK in the 1970’s. Training and Development in the 70’s These were the boom years for management training in the UK driven by the Industrial Training Act of 1964. This was based on the philosophy that all employees needed to be appropriately trained if UK Inc ...
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http://ala-international.com/blog-update-results/ Our Webinar – Results The Results are disappointing; it’s certainly not the success we were hoping for. After 37,894 impressions on Linkedin and an investment of £58 and a similar investment by Richard on Facebook we had 22 clicks and only one sign up. So what have we learnt?    Firstly, we made the fundamental error of trying to sell what we had rather than finding out what our potential clients might like to buy. An unforgivable mistake! Having said that, we did go through the market research step, and found there is no easily identifiable “hungry” market of ...
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My name is George Boulden; I am a partner in Action Learning Associates International which I formed with Professor Reg Revans and Alan Lawlor in 1980 to promote the use of Action Learning in Management Development. This is my first blog or diary in my terminology. It is about my ongoing experience of trying to sell a new book on Amazon. (see About Us for more information. The new book I semi-retired in 2006 and since then I have lived peacefully; doing all the things there was no time for in life before. In 2012 decided I’d had enough peace ...
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