Blog - Fiona McBride Consulting

7
Oct

Asking How?

I’m really pleased to be attending both days of the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (8 and 9 Nov 2017) this year (so excited, in fact, that I have already selected my conference sessions). I’m looking forward to hearing from a wide variety of excellent speakers all working within different organisational contexts. I like to hear about others’ experiences and the challenges they’ve had along the way. It’s really interesting to hear these stories and to get different perspectives.  Read more

27
Apr

Through the L&D Looking Glass

I am delighted to be part of the Blog Squad for 2017’s CIPD L&D Show. The theme this year has really had me thinking.. Make every day a learning day. Wow! That’s a theme and a half, isn’t it?

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20
Feb

What is an UnConference?

Have you ever been to a conference and found the most valuable part of it was the bits where you were chatting over coffee with other cool people? That’s often where the most interesting interactions and most valuable ideas come from. Read more

27
Oct

CIPD OD Conference reflections: What is OD?

Earlier this month I attended the CIPD Organisational Development (OD) Conference 2016. It was an insightful and interesting day. We heard from a variety of different speakers who were all kind enough to share with us their experiences and insights into the world of OD.

I was part of a two-person Blog Squad alongside Meg Peppin. Meg and I tweeted like crazy through the day and Meg also live blogged a couple of the sessions. To catch up on the shares from the day, you can check out the Twitter hashtag #cipdOD16 and blogs via Meg’s website. Read more

15
Sep

The importance of preparing well

There are so many aspects to being a manager. In my work in leadership development, I see many of these practical managerial aspects need tackling and tackling well.

It is a process that is important to get right if you want a good outcome. I spend a lot of time working with and supporting managers to build their skills. Within the skillset of a manager, needs to be the ability to understand the importance of interviewing well and also the ability to carry out an interview well.  Read more

27
Jul

Fiona McBride’s PLN

Wikipedia states a Personal Learning Network to be:

‘… an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.”

I was talking recently with somebody whom I consider a member of my PLN, Ian Pettigrew, I talked about a page I have on my website which shows ‘How I Stay Connected’.

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6
Jul

#LnDcowork: a year in

I arrange #LnDcowork with my colleague and friend, Michelle Parry-Slater. Michelle and I recently chatted about it as our one year anniversary came around. Here is Michelle kicking off our thinking about the past year:

June 2016 saw the first anniversary of #LnDcowork. From the germ of an idea to get freelancers away from the loneliness of home working to come together to work, we now have a small movement of people who recognise the benefits of working with like minded people.

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17
May

CIPD L&D Show 2016 – Reflection Blog

The CIPD’s Learning and Development Show is an annual event. It is the place to hear from inspiring speakers, suppliers in the world of learning solutions / technology and the opportunity to network with fellow practitioners.

I have been attending the L&D Show for a number of years now, sometimes attending the conference & exhibition and other times just the exhibition. I think it is important as Learning Professionals that we attend such events, to take time to step away from the busy worlds we are in and to grow our knowledge and understanding of the industry.

This blog is a reflection piece from me, my reflections from the two days.

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3
May

My thoughts on getting the most from #CIPDLDShow 2016

I’m currently away.. on holiday.. in St Ives.
It is a beautiful part of the UK, very peaceful and calm.
I have lots of time this week to relax and reflect.
I’m here for eight whole days… Bliss! Read more

8
Jan

Working Together #LnDcowork

Michelle and I have been working with other L&Ders on bringing like minded professionals together to co-work. Here’s a bit about how it’s gone so far…. Read more