Tales for Training

People love stories, particularly those stories we tell during training courses. Why are they so effective? They are neutral, can inspire and often resonate with people’s values. These tales for training posts tell stories that you can use in your training activity

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

By |2019-02-13T17:48:30+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

As a learning designer I believe in the power of stories to sustain attention. Our brains are attracted to stories in which the characters struggle and eventually surface unknown abilities to triumph over adversity. This is why our Learning by Design course is so successful. It places the learner at the heart of the story, this helps learners [...]

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

By |2019-02-01T19:20:26+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge. The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily. So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game. The Lebanese tailor is tired and just [...]

An Accidental Hero

By |2019-02-03T17:24:42+00:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: Change leadership|Tags: , |

The article Leadership Lessons from the Wizard of Oz describes the journey of a scarecrow, a tin Man, a lion characters who underestimated themselves and who already possessed the very qualities they aspired to.   The scarecrow demonstrates an ability to develop goals, foresight in anticipating the consequences of his actions, he [...]

The Ladder of Inference

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , |

The ladder of inference is a simple and yet insightful model that suggests our actions are determined via a causal loop of inference or opinion about a situation based upon a tiny piece of data, and occasionally an absence of data. We choose exclusively to tune into certain data and we ignore the wealth of supplementary [...]

Management Effectiveness – Zero – Entertainment Value – Costly

By |2017-01-05T10:29:22+00:00August 9th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Human Resource Management, spectrain, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A True Story In a place far, far away there is an organisation whose managers had been dropping like flies, Bitter battles between share holders, some, unencumbered with the burden of intelligence had contributed to this situation. I bit my tongue, and watched the procession of comings and goings. One day I arrived on site to [...]