Today’s coffee companion is an L&D consultant, podcaster and QPR fan.

We talked about:

  • the delights of non-league football.
  • how there are people who we know who we don’t know how we know them (we’ve known each other for ages through Twitter, but it’s the first time we have actually met).
  • how one can go from podcasting for the love of it to it becoming a business.
  • the very strange world of Neuro-linguistic programming and how weird its acolytes can be. I also remembered an excellent Jon Ronson article about it all from about 20 years ago.
  • how hard it has been to get learning and development to migrate into the world of digital.
  • bad facilitation.
  • the challenges of innovation in organisations, but how Innovation Theatre does actually have a purpose in maintaining the PR view of organisations as being innovative (even if nothing ever comes from it).
  • the book Dangerous Ideas
  • the book When the Dust Settles
  • the nature of power and control in organisations.
  • how job design is yet to be really considered in the reworking of businesses to take advantage of hybrid working.
  • how temporal distribution (time zones) is still hard even if geographic distribution is now easier after the experience of Covid.

Not bad for a Monday morning.

You can find out more about #100Coffees, and even sign up yourself, here. Next week I’ll be in Manchester and have the opportunity for some face to face coffee on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning – drop me a line if you’d like to meet in the Venice of the North West…

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