Damp Ink

Thoughts, as they occur, on business, work, learning and stuff - not necessarily fully chewed over…

Critical Thinking – what can carbon fibre teach us?

In 1979 racing car designer John Barnard was exploring the use of carbon fibre as a material for making Formula 1 cars and critical thinking was key to this research. His interest was in making the chassis narrower and lighter, without any loss in strength or torsional stiffness (the ability to withstand twisting.) Barnard approached […]

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A Different Sort of CV

Janet Webb, Chartered MCIPD, Learning & Organisational Development Consultant, CV. Instead of giving you a personal statement, I thought I would let others do the talking – a rather different sort of CV. If you want to see my work history, then hop over to my LinkedIn profile.   For a fuller CV then e-mail me: […]

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When The Management Policy Is “Don’t Come To Me …

… with your problems; come with your solutions.” I hear this style of management quoted often as being great practice; after all, a manager’s job is to coach. And I would like to raise an alarm bell. If someone is drowning, they need you to throw a line, or even jump in with them. They […]

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Devoting Resources and Supporting Parents – Living in a Neolithic Village

Chapter Two – Supporting Parents For The Future (You can read part one here.) The Context – Protecting Resources The village needed a number of important resources to survive, including food, water and people. Without protecting these resources, such as supporting parents to have children, they would all perish.  The water source was drying up […]

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Management or Leadership Development?

What’s best, management or leadership development? Where should I put my energies? Good leaders are really important. They give an organisation drive, focus, spirit and hope. But good leadership can’t make up for poor management. If the boss is terrific at cheering on the team, but incapable of dealing with an individual’s poor performance, then […]

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Taking Risks To Grow – What Can We Learn From A Hermit Crab?

I absolutely love hermit crabs; I have since childhood.  They are so intriguing and they have a lot to teach us about taking risks in order to grow. A Hermit Crab’s Life Unlike other crustaceans, Hermit Crabs don’t grow their own shells when it is time to expand. Instead, they take up lodgings in a […]

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The Best Development; is it Reactive or Proactive?

There was a really interesting discussion on Twitter on the morning of Friday 5th Jan under the handle #LDInsight.*  We were discussing up skilling. One of the threads was about proactive versus reactive development and learning.  What has the most impact? It got me thinking about the management development that I am most happy delivering. […]

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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks to help you look elegant. PowerPoint Tips Put the audience first; what do they need and what will help them? Be certain about your desired outcome before you start designing slides. Read from your notes or laptop, never from the screen. Preferably don’t use notes at all; you know your stuff. […]

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And Breathe; take care of yourself

It’s important to take good care of ourselves. If we have learned nothing else from Covid19 we have learned that. Surely. Haven’t we? Trouble is, when you are feeling under it, covered in metaphorical seaweed, you don’t necessarily have the strength. This is not going to be a top ten list of self care hints […]

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A Good Manager Asks The Target For Feedback

How does a good manager know that they are? Imagine you were an archer. You fire your arrow and you get feedback immediately; either you hit the target or you don’t. You can adjust your technique and get instant feedback on those adjustments. In time you become better and better as an archer. Suppose that […]

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