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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. […]

Leadership Qualities in a Changing World

Leadership Qualities in a Changing World

By Mike Collins on the 9th August 2013 I recently attended a workshop entitled “Getting the most from your Apprentice” hosted by the Apprentice Academy. It was an interesting session that I wanted to play back, as it looked at starting work through the eyes of 16-18 yr old. Without showing my age too much […]

Will the real apprentice please stand up

Will the real apprentice please stand up

By Mike Collins on the 1st August 2013 I’ve not watched any episodes of this year’s Apprentice. It just hasn’t appealed to me, I set the sky box up and did a series link but I’ve never found the time or had the inclination to sit down and watch the programme. I’ve heard bits and […]

Rebel with a cause

Rebel with a cause

By Mike Collins on the 19th April 2013 Another new experience under the belt. This time a short talk at the PPMA conference (not the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association) rather the Public Sector People Manager’s conference – you can check the #ppmahr13 hashtag for tweets from the day. This is a quick summary of […]

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 […]

Lets Connect, Lets #LDConnect

Lets Connect, Lets #LDConnect

By Mike Collins on the 2nd February 2013 This week has been a mixed week. It started on a real high when I attended the second ever L&D Connect event and ended in a mighty low when I had to leave the Learning and Skills Exhibition early on the second day due to the dreaded […]

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 […]