Noggin Blog

6
Dec

Noggin 2.0: Start with ‘who?’

Everyone under the age of 35 has read Simon Sinek’s brilliant book ‘Start With Why?’ At Noggin we’ve enjoyed it over the years too (even though we’re not strictly speaking in that demographic group).  But that said, we’ve noticed a new trend emerging of late. Now that everyone’s been working on their ‘Why?’ for a few years – their purpose

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30
Oct

Sergeant David Budd and my yoga teacher, Hamish (contains spoilers)

Sergeant David Budd and my yoga teacher, Hamish (contains spoilers) For years I studied yoga with my teacher, Hamish. He once asked me why I chose to do what I do in the corporate world, by way of inquiring about Noggin’s social mission. I replied that it’s a huge population of people, who are being taught to live in a

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5
Sep

Upping Your X-Factor (Or: making workshops exciting again)

UX has become the biggest business buzzword of the past five years. Simple concepts like ‘customer services’, or ‘sales process’, are now called ‘UX’. Content strategy is UX. Sales training is UX. Operations is UX. Visual designers are ‘UX Professionals’. Confused.com? Likewise. At Noggin we’ve taken matters into our own hands, to transform this newfangled cognitive dissonance into some good

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23
Jul

Noggin: how to avoid death by RFP

The UK heatwave is now in its third week and here at Noggin we are up to our necks in RFP’s. That’s ‘Request For Proposal’ for those fortunate souls who have never filled one in. Late spring inboxed us with a flurry of new business briefs. And just as summer arrived and the world cup began – a time when

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10
Apr

Introducing Catalyst Clara!

Back in October we wrote to you with our very first electronic update (ok, newsletter). In that email we invited you to participate in Noggin’s newly updated “Catalyst” diagnostic tool. As everyone knows, there’s genius in such bold steps, and as such we wanted to share the outcomes with you. We had a great take up – more than we

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6
Feb

Behaviour of the month: Over-dramatic.

Here’s what has popped up for us this month. It’s always intriguing how, in the midst of a Catalyst diagnostic feedback session, individuals can sometimes unconsciously begin modelling the very behaviours that have been diagnosed through their 360’s. In a recent example of this, I was left intrigued by a delegate’s actions in claiming her feedback report. Stood in the

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4
Jan

“Dry January” – never

There is a lot of talk about your relationship with alcohol at this time of year so I’m going to let you into a secret…… Of the relationship I have with alcohol and how it relates to our clients… This will come as no surprise to some… I won’t be having a dry January, and here at Noggin we are

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1
Aug

Ten signs you’re a left-brainer

You see complexity as something to be solved, rather than something to accept. You believe technology is here to help us have fewer conversations. You use Microsoft excel in multiple areas, or every area, of your life. You believe technology is here to make everything easier. You prefer questions with yes/no answers. You have a Sudokhu app on your smartphone.

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10
Jul

Noggin: an organizational Corpus Callosum

It’s one thing getting to know ourselves on trainings, away days and company retreats. Or maybe we ‘go deep’ on a yoga holiday and feel refreshed by opening up, to ourselves and to others, in a new way. But what about landing back in the real world? In the workplace? Around our families? Our siblings? Staying in touch with ourselves

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2
Jun

EQ3 & our CEO’s first driving lesson

We’re going to stick our necks out and say something radical and revolutionary: It’s not about emotional intelligence. To succeed in the world we are shaping, knowing about emotions and relationships isn’t enough. Emotional intelligence might suffice in a theory exam, but in today’s complex relational landscape we need to move beyond popular psychology.  We’ve got to have emotions and

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