Learning = Seriously Good Fun

The Tudors: I seem to be on a ‘Tudor Theme’ in the last couple of blogs – so here goes again for one last time. Those of us who like history served as a diet of political intrigue and eye candy are glued to the TV on Monday nights. The programme provides an insight into the trials and tribulations of leadership. I suspect that many similar intrigues are being played out this week in both of the main political parties in Ireland. Some themes are universal; while the costumes may have changed a bit, the rhetoric is similar.  How come? It’s because technology changes @ an incredible pace but the underlying themes in psychology remain relatively constant.

Camelot Coming: The same production company that produced The Tudors are currently shooting their next project – Camelot. It’s set about 300 years prior to the Henry V111 era and will no doubt attract a similar TV audience.  Good news for Ardmore studios in Bray and all the local suppliers. Great news for my nephew, Peter Mooney, who has secured a key part.

Handsome Nephew: My brother’s son is a young Canadian (the good looks are all on his mothers side). He has secured the part of Kay (King Arthur’s brother) in the forthcoming series. At the moment he’s busy learning how to ‘fence’ and horseride.  Apart from being a bit sore with all the physical activity, he’s delighted with the part and the career stability. Acting is a tough profession. Moments of adoration; months of boredom!

Other than boasting about my nephew’s career success, does this blog have an actual point? Yes, it does.  Peter’s positive mood is not just a result to securing a key work contract. Over many years I have witnessed first hand the direct link between learning and motivation. Humans’ are goal striving animals. We like challenges and like to look forward. Learning something new ticks both boxes.

Budget Constraints: Even in these cash-strapped/no budget times, it is possible to set learning goals for key staff. These can be remedial – in terms of ‘fixing’ a current deficit. Or they can be developmental – getting someone ready for a larger future role. The really good news is that closing the gap does not have to be high cost – just an investment of time and creativity in thinking up clever ways to expose people to new skills and provide them with development feedback.

Serious Fun: Adult learning doesn’t have to be po-faced.  It can be great craic. I have worked in this space now for many years and am really sold on a simple idea. When people are actively being developed their motivation and productivity is much higher. It’s as if you found a sixth gear in the car, making it go faster. Personal development is motivational because learning can be seriously good fun.

Check it: http-//www.wimp.com/ for an interesting overview on motivation. Enjoy!

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About Tandem Consulting

Paul Mooney holds a Ph.D. and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Industrial Sociology from Trinity College, along with a National Diploma in Industrial Relations (NCI). He has a post-Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Coaching from UCD. Paul, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, is widely recognised as an expert on organisation and individual change. He began his working life as a butcher in Dublin before moving into production management. He subsequently held a number of human resource positions in Ireland and Asia - with General Electric and Sterling Drug. Between 2007 and 2010, Paul held the position of President, National College of Ireland. Paul is currently Managing Partner of Tandem Consulting, a team of senior OD and change specialists. He has run consulting assignments in 20+ countries and is the author of 12 books. Areas of expertise include: • Organisational Development/Change & conflict resolution • Leadership Development/Executive Coaching • Human Resource Management/employee engagement
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