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Swimming in the Social Stream

On the 16th October 2014 the first ever Social HR Conference took place at the rather splendid Old Trafford cricket ground. Manchester CIPD branch did a fantastic job of organising what was a unique blend of conference / unconference formats that I felt worked really well. There have been a number of great blogs written about […]

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine

I’ve been watching the Collaborate Live sessions unfold with interest over the last few months. A great idea for a series of Google Hangouts organised & hosted by Bev Holden and Kate Hargreaves aka @Stickythinker and @k8clearthinker from Clear Thinking. The Collaborate Live sessions, also affectionately known as #LiveClive over on Twitter are short conversations with people who […]

Changing times and opening minds

Changing times and opening minds

This time last week, I was taking another trip out of my comfort zone as Alistair Nicholls had very kindly invited me to speak at the North West Business Breakfast organised by Manchester Business School. The title of my talk was Why Corporate L&D Needs to Change and How and it felt a good title to […]

Talk is cheap with empty rhetoric

Talk is cheap with empty rhetoric

As I sit here after 11pm after two days on the @DPGplc stand at a buzzing #CIPD13, I can’t get away from a few thoughts and feelings. It’s niggled me all day so I’m just going to put it down and see what happens. This morning I attended HR Unscrambled hosted by @Dougshaw1 and @OD_Optimist. […]

The slope of enlightenment

The slope of enlightenment

By Mike Collins on the 22nd March 2013 In my last blog alter egos I started to share some personal traits and experiences that led me in to the world of developing communities to support learning. It wasn’t an overnight thing and it’s still very much work in  progress and I’m learning each day. I […]

Alter egos

Alter egos

By Mike Collins on the 5th March 2013 Since my last blog I’ve been reflecting on the latest and greatest #LDconnect unconference, spending a lot of time thinking about one of the topics we discussed “How do we get inside the learners heads!“. It was a very interesting discussion that we only really scratched the […]

Anything is possible…

Anything is possible…

By Mike Collins on the 13th January 2013 2012 was a BIG year for me in terms of career development after leaving Direct Line Group (formerly RBS Insurance) to pursue a community management role with DPG plc. I left the organisation I’d been with for 11 years and the safety net that this provided to […]

BILD-ing for the future (Part 1)

BILD-ing for the future (Part 1)

I recently spoke at the British Institute of Learning & Development (@BILDdev) networking event, the theme was L&D : Looking to the Future. A great experience where I met some cool new people and had some thought-provoking conversations. I’ve shared the slides that I used already and wanted to follow the slides up in more […]