The 10L Interview

10 Questions About Learning

The 10L interview is a swift snapshot of insights and views on the current state of the learning profession: what experts find most useful, how they see their work, who they admire – even mistakes they have made. And, of course, the impact of COVID. 10L interviews are posted as blogs (roughly) weekly. Previous contributors are listed below.

10L Contributors

Robin Hoyle – 12/5/22 – join the learners to understand them properly, breaking the tyranny of the classroom, Martin Luther King or John Amaechi (you decide).

Janet Webb – 21/4/22 – the formative early days of management training, the often overlooked science foundations and astronauts on the team.

Niall Gavin – 13/4/22 – learning to swim as an adult, COVID working out well, notepads and pens and the genius of Eric Morecambe.

Nathan Nalla – 1/3/22 – Diversity and inclusion are long term goals – treat them as such, agility and the start up mindset and the mighty inspiration of Stevie Wonder.

Krystyna Gadd – 27/1/22 – “start with the end in mind”, insight on learning styles (and avoiding them) from weaving lessons and the enduring value of Steven Covey.

Laura Overton – 13/1/22 – get off the bandwagon, indulge in Idea Sex and remember to switch off. Great lessons from an impressive career.

Leonard Houx – 18/11/21 – painstaking learning of skateboard tricks, responding to the varied and persistent misunderstandings about learning and the endless effort to make things seem effortless.

Cathy Hoy – 12/11/21 – lessons from South Korea, what we should learn from the hospitality industries and storytelling with JK Rowling.

Carl Crisostomo – 27/10/21 – The joy of ‘hard fun’ in learning, product management to the rescue and, oddly, working with Napoleon Bonaparte (I suspect working for him in the end).

Nick Shackleton Jones – 28/9/21 – Education is to learning as astrology is to astrophysics, being with people is memorable in ways that Zoom calls rarely are and working with Bill Nighy, but not too seriously.

Sophie Costin – 16/09/21 – Get out of that classroom (virtual or otherwise), understand game development to understand the future and learn from the might Lisa Simpson.

Donald Clark – 01/09/21 – Drop the fads and leadership training, understand the evidence of how we learn and get on board with the technology revolution. (Too much there to summarise in a sentence).

Viv Cole – 05/08/21 – How a train the trainer course diverted him from accounting, the importance of personal connection and the risks of taking project plans too literally.

Michael Strawbridge – 22/7/21 – On stage tragedy, lessons from the adaptability of retail and bring both Kenneth Williams and Alan Truing onto the team.

Nick Ribeiro – 15/7/21 – Lessons from parenting are not just for parents, be more business analyst and study the genius of Steve Gadd.

Hannah Gore – 11/6/21 – L&D should own it’s power, it should also adopt the language of the business and industry it finds itself in and be more Eddie Izzard in all manner of ways.

David Hayden – 3/6/21 – Enough with the happy sheets – please, missing the serendipity of the coffee queue and the wisdom of measuring twice and cutting once.

Michelle Parry Slater – 27/5/21 – Learning from parenthood, the need for real evidence in L&D and laughing with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg.

Carl Hodler – 20/5/21 – Kandinsky’s point and line theory, L&D as the best industry to work in and failing fast and often.

Georgia Rooney – 12/5/21 – The possibilities and opportunities of drama in learning, the lessons of the football referee and the dangers of a poor brief.

Nigel Paine – 6/5/21 – Transformation on the Arctic seas, L&D still stuck in order taking and talking to Wittgenstein about work.

Ross Stevenson – 29/4/21 – Building your own PC, the benefit of unexpected shared experiences and working with Marcus Aurelius.

Mark Britz – 15/4/21 – Social design, doing things with people, marketing as social science in action and fixing old snow blowers.

Mark Berthelemy – 1/4/21 – The value of the space and permission to learn, also plumbing tape and placing criticism with care.

Cheryl Clemons – 25/3/21 – Less of the hating here too please, more Leonard Cohen and the benefits of extended collaboration despite remoteness.

Ross Garner – 18/3/21 – Why social science is valuable, remote working reducing silos and less of the negativity thanks L&D.

Sukh Pabial – 11/3/21 – The value of strategic thinking, Brene Brown and warning against false experts in the L&D world.

John Helmer – 04/3/21 – Marketing might not always be the answer, from punk rock guitar to Quincy Jones and L&D’s obsession with making up names.

Guy Wallace – 25/2/21 – Being agile in the 80s, the value of TQM and why you should always have a Performance Model Chart with you.

Joan Keevill – 18/2/21 – Earning a Masters Degree, being more generous to others, Matthew Syed and the tricky art of delegation.

Toby Harris – 11/2/21 – Learning to drive, the (overlooked) value of email, Rene Descartes and learning a language silently.

David James – 5/2/21 – Motor maintenance, learning form digital marketing, sticking to organisation priorities and Steve Jobs.

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