The family favourite cornbread recipe is dog eared and not a little stained. It’s passed through many kitchens in a couple of countries. Now I’d brought it to Kenya. And it was the reason I was standing dazed and not a little confused in an endless aisle of flours, searching for … [Read more...] about Four tools of intercultural living (maise meal included)
The rain poured down so hard it formed a veil, one that I couldn’t see through but I hoped my driver could. As we pulled up to the UN Base in Entebbe, Uganda, he tried to get the car as close to the building as possible so I wouldn’t get soaked. Wishful thinking. I was in Entebbe to do a … [Read more...] about The roof collapsed, the venue was flooded, I was soaked and I was about to give a workshop
Imagine you’re a professional clown for a minute. You’ve perfected your makeup. Your face is your work of art. It’s what makes your clown you. How do you protect your clown face from someone else copying it? And what the heck does this have to do with learning? Hang … [Read more...] about Imagine you’re a professional clown for a minute.…
Learning means putting your nose to the grindstone. Learning means aches and pains in places you didn’t know could hurt. Learning means being awkward at best, acutely embarrassed at worst. Right? I feel for you if that’s your history with learning. We can do better! … [Read more...] about Suffering is optional- games for learning
I’d gone from a balmy +30 degree Celsius at my home in Nairobi, Kenya to -20 in northern Sweden. My feet, covered only in thick socks, were warming beside a roaring fire. Later on I’d go to grab my boots to put them back on and find they were frozen to the thick reindeer pelts I was … [Read more...] about Learning how to learn from a traditional Sami reindeer herder
Treasure part one: ‘No way! That can’t possibly be true,’ screamed the refrain in my head. How could I not have known that all these years? I was absolutely gobsmacked and giddy with curiosity. The lowly thing that was causing my brain to explode? You probably have one of them … [Read more...] about A simple hidden treasure life hack (with a nod to Johnny Depp)
Whether you’re a solopreneur, manage a team of many or somewhere in between, given today’s fast paced, changing world, L and D (as in learning and development) is not optional. It’s mandatory. But rest assured, lest that bring to mind awkward memories of struggling to learn in school, L and … [Read more...] about Do you work with humans? Then you need to be into L and D. Here’s why.
The pressure’s on. It’s a new year which likely means a new and never-ending to do list right? Wrong. We focus wayyyy too much on our to do’s and not enough on our to don’ts. Let me explain. When was the last time you took something OFF your plate of to … [Read more...] about Want more breathing space? Ramp up with this easy ‘ta da’ technique
I’m a learning junkie. To dive into a book, to be transported to another world where I can surf and learn at leisure, is my idea of bliss. Which is why I have an annual goal to read a minimum of one book a month. I begin each year with giddy anticipation of what I’ll learn and I close … [Read more...] about Have you read any of these, my top five favourites reads from 2018?