Episode 2: Why organisations need leadership – Alastair Rylatt

Posted on December 13, 2009 by bernadette
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Alastair Rylatt offers his response to the question “Why do organisations need leadership?” as part of the E-learning Vodcasts: Leadership Series.


Episode 1: Why organisations need leadership -Nigel Paine

Posted on December 13, 2009 by bernadette
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Nigel Paine offers his response to the question “Why do organisations need leadership?” as part of the E-learning Vodcasts: Leadership Series.


E-learning Vodcasts: Leadership Series

Posted on December 13, 2009 by bernadette
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Our E-learning Innovations Project this year focused on mediacasting. We have developed a series of 12 Interviews on leadership, particularly in the Public Sector, with two key individuals:

  1. Nigel Paine; and
  2. Alastair Rylatt.

We asked each the following questions. Our vodcasts address each of these questions in turn. question

  1. Why do organisations need leadership?
  2. In what way is leadership different in Public Sector organisations?
  3. What does cynicism reflect in an organisation and how can it be effectively addressed?
  4. a. How useful it is to be aware of different leadership theories? b. Do you believe that you can learn to be a leader or is leadership an attribute you either have or you don’t?
  5. What can frontline managers do to promote team effectiveness in geographically dispersed teams?

To hear what our students, their managers and co-workers had to say on some of these questions visit our Network@HarrisBromly Cert IV Group Blog. More interviews recorded by our students will be added over the coming months so it’s worth checking back on the Network@HarrisBromly home page regularly.

Our vodcasts will be published here so check regularly of subscribe to ensure you don’t miss any.

Background on our Interviewees.

Here’s a little bit of background information on both of our interviewees.

Nigel PaineNigel_Paine
Managing Director nigelpaine.com ltd

Nigel Paine is a change-orientated leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. He has extensive experience in leadership & consultancy with Public Service Broadcasters, SMEs, global industry players, government and education institutions. His consultancy focuses on the use of learning technologies, organizational development, leadership, and

Creativity with a spotlight on maximizing human potential, innovation and performance in the workplace. Nigel is a strategic thinker, able to motivate, lead and drive organisations forward to deliver business and training objectives.

With articles and white papers published on subjects as diverse as “Creativity in the Workplace” & “Building Corporate Heroes” to “Why Talent Walks Out of the Door”, Nigel is a thought leader in the learning space.

He was appointed in April 2002 to head up the BBC’s Training and Development operation where he built one of the most successful learning and development operations in the UK.  This included an award winning Leadership programme, state of the art informal learning and  knowledge sharing and one of the most successful and well used intranets in the Corporate sector.  The BBC’s training and development operation is the largest media training unit in the world.

He left the BBC in September 2006 to start his own company that is focussing on leadership, creativity, innovation and learning. He is working with companies in Europe, Brazil, Australia and the USA in this capacity.  At Elliott Masie’s Learning 2006 Conference in Florida he was awarded the title of  2006 Learning Thought Leader.  He is now a Masie Learning Fellow.  He teaches for several weeks each year at Wharton

Business School in Philadelphia on a doctoral programme aimed at Learning Leaders.

He was until recently a Board member of Ealing Hammersmith and West London College which is the largest further education college in London. He was part-time Chief Executive of the BTSR (Broadcast, Training and Skills Regulator) during 2006/2007 where he introduced media sector training awards and produced a definitive state of training report in that industry.

He has been a visiting Professor at Napier University in Edinburgh since 1998.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alastair RylattAlastair_Rylatt

Managing Director Alastair Rylatt Consulting

Alastair is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and facilitators in modern business management. He is an inspiring presenter, expert strategist and award winning author. His personal mission is to stimulate greater enlightenment and innovation in how work is undertaken for the benefit of business and society. His work has taken him to major conferences and clients throughout the world including Europe, Singapore, the Middle East, Malaysia, USA, Japan, New Zealand and the UK.

Over the past 22 years Alastair has proven his reputation as a consultant and coach who creates high performing teams and smarter better thinking. He is widely regarded as one of the best business facilitators in Australia. He does this by custom designing every project. Everyone leaves with a ‘bag’ full of tips, strategies and ideas.

Clients include: Australian Institute of Management, Fairfield City Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Family Planning Association of NSW, Hume Community Housing Association, IAG, NSW Department of Housing, NSW Treasury, Pfizer, Singapore Institute of Management and University of New South Wales.

Alastair has four published books. They are Winning the Knowledge Game. Learning Unlimited, Creating Training Miracles (Rylatt & Lohan) and Navigating the Frenzied World of Work and over seventy articles

Alastair is currently in doing a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research involves case studies on individual commitment to implementing environmentally friendly practices in business. Alastair already holds a Bachelor of Business Degree, Graduate Diploma of Employment Relations and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute.

Nancy White Seminar

Posted on November 9, 2009 by bernadette
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Nancy’s inviting us to explore ideas about different types of communities:
• Learning communities
• communities of practice
• broad networks
• informal communities
• internal communities
• parent support communities

The range seems endless. Regardless of the type of community, she refers to the power and control issues inherent within communities. Nancy discusses the relationsship between facilitating communities and the disruption to the top down order of things this frequently involves.

A key learning for me was the idea of bringing participation and reification closer together. I see this as fundamental to leadership, the concept of building shared meaning. It prompted me to think about about how rarely this idea is promoted within organisations as:
A. Leadership; and
B. Desirable.

It’s really interesting to think about the multiple continuum at play in any community. Nancy suggests analysing communities using a few different frameworks:

1. Orientation
2. Polarities; and
3. Form.

Orientation involves a number of dimensions e.g. Internal vs external focus, strong vs weak relationships, frequency of meetings and so forth.

Polarities include asynchronous or synchronous, togetherness or separateness, group or individual, publishing or participation.

Finally – form; me, we and/or networks. How do we engage, for whose benefit? Nancy’s new book Digital Habitats is a great read and

In the afternoon we also worked together on graphical recording and facilitation which was fabulous and soooo much fun.

Today’s session was just a taster, but not long enough. Nancy has so much to offer. It was great to work with someone whose focus is so firmly based in the purpose rather than the technology, drawing our attention back to the community and it’s needs and what technology might best serve this purpose.

I’ve added some of the amazing work of those who attended today’s workshops (using Animoto and my iPhone), thank you for your generousity in sharing your work.

All this: experienced, captured and published and I’m still 50km from home. Ah ….

Integrating Apps

Posted on October 26, 2009 by bernadette
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Testing the integration of  iBlueSky, amindmapping application for iPhone, with the WordPress application. See if I can get it to work this time.

This is a simple mindmapping of my thinking around the use of mobile technology in our organisation.

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