Take me back to Alphonso Street (Dowlais) #ChurchillFellowship Post 15

Alphonso Street, Dowlais. Please excuse the obscure post title. Alphonso Street is a place in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil. Remarkable and exciting (for me anyway) because it’s where a Spanish Community that traveled from the Basque Country settled in South Wales in the 1900’s. I’ll explain more in a minute. Mutual Benefits – cooperation between Wales […]

Graphic Facilitation….so much better than my notes.

Building on my enthusiasm for graphic facilitation (as mentioned in previous posts) I was fortunate to see Paul Richardson of apagraphicfacilitation.com in action at Welsh Public Services Summer School. In the spirit of a picture really does speak a thousand words and the drawings are so much better than my notes, here are a few […]

Negative Capability, John Keats and Half Man Half Biscuit.

Everybody sing along……. There is nothing better in life, Than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro. There is nothing better in life, Than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro. There is nothing better in life, Than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro, On […]

Flipchart foraging and why its worth trying the Draw Something app

One of my pastimes is checking out the abandoned flipcharts I find in the variety of offices and meeting rooms I get to frequent. It’s quite a revealing pastime (possibly about me unfortunately). Occasionally you do stumble across sensitive material, obviously this goes straight in the confidential waste bin, or back into the hands of […]

The staff don’t understand, quick draw them a picture or something……..

Suspend reality and imagine this strange situation……. Boss: “The staff here are a huge problem. They just don’t get my latest initiative, what’s wrong with them?” Smithers: “Ah yes Sir. The words in your manifesto document are so beautifully crafted, truly inspirational, and it’s printed on the finest paper” Boss: “Well here’s something that might […]

Fun at work is allowed……….employee engagement at Admiral

A quick post on my day out at the Engage4Success  event hosted by Admiral Insurance in Cardiff. One of the most significant things I heard about was the Admiral approach to employee engagement. They are a hugely successful company, based largely on having engaged employees. Have a look at the impressive history of the  best workplace […]

Alternative critera for choosing a University …… measure what matters most.

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count and everything that counts cannot necessarily be measured”. An Albert Einstein quote which eloquently sums up the problem with performance measures (and targets). I’ve been struggling with performance measures for ages and don’t think I’m any closer to being comfortable with them than I was about […]