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Deep Thoughts

L&D (alone) won’t solve your problems, here’s why

Here’s a one liner that might confuse, shock and perhaps, enrage some workplace learning teams. Building L&D products, solutions or tools (alone) won’t solve 99% of supposed workplace performance problems.

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The search for purpose: Let’s find our Ikigai 生き甲斐

Before we begin:

If you’ve read any of my stuff before, particularly my work on Steal These Thoughts!, then you’ll know I have a somewhat obsession with human development and the exploration of meaning.

I’m of the opinion that having meaning in life is more important than happiness. Mainly because happiness is an emotional state, one that is fleeting and cannot be sustained. Whereas meaning is something that drives us, gives us a sense of being and will more likely provide the moments of happiness we seek.

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Deep Thoughts

You are not defined by your parents blueprint

A quick note before we begin:

This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for sometime, it’s actually been in the works for nearly 8 months.

I’ve always been fascinated by human behaviour and exploring why we do the things we do. As a society, mental health issues have been on a scary increase over the last 10-15 years and particularly in my generation, the anointed ‘millennials’.

I’m a believer in the fact that all of us in some way are dealing with the mechanics of a path and way of engaging with the world that we did not choose when we were infants, being most likely thrust upon us by those who raised us. As I’ve grown older, it’s become pretty clear to me that many of us struggle daily, because some of the things we have been taught in the environment from our younger years don’t actually help us live a good life now.

This post is not me telling you what to do, rather it’s a bunch of thoughts and insights that I feel can help you find some understanding in why you operate the way you do, whether that’s in how you think, feel or behave. It’s ultimately about recognising that you have a choice in everything in life and we have the power to change anything.

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Podcast

Podcast Episode #18: Scaling our digital skills

The latest episode of the Steal These Thoughts! audio experience aka my podcast has just dropped on all your favourite podcast platforms.

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Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: Apocalypse survival manual

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter.

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Daily Thoughts

Ask me anything

Hey folks 👋 hope you’re having a lovely Sunday wherever you are on our little planet.

About a year ago now, I launched my own little podcast to sit alongside my flowing thoughts from the STT blog.

Truth be told, it was a rather spur of the moment action as the pandemic had just exploded in early 2020 and I found myself with not much to do. A year later, I still find myself invading the ear drums of many of you on a semi regular occurrence (yes I am aware after reading that back how weird it sounds…).

I honestly didn’t expect to go beyond a few episodes but the reception and encouragement from lots of you has given me the energy to keep doing it, and for that I am extremely thankful to you all.

So, as a way of giving back. I’m going to host a special episode where you can submit any questions for me to answer. They can be anything about, well, anything.

No matter if it’s about learning, life or how I keep my hair so luscious – I want to know what you want to know! (FYI – responses are anonymous).

Why not spend a few mins over a nice warm cup of whatever you like ☕ and drop any of your burning questions into this super simple form ⬇️

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Deep Thoughts

What I learnt from the man who coached Eric Schmidt, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and more leaders of the tech world

Bill Campbell is often known as the coach of silicon valley. He was the business coach to many tech superstars including Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Sundar Pichai at Google, Susan Wojcicki at YouTube, Steve Jobs at Apple, Brad D. Smith at Intuit, Jeff Bezos at Amazon, John Donahoe at eBay, Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, Jack Dorsey and Dick Costolo at Twitter, and Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook.

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Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: Disrupting the modern career path

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter.