Andrew Barry

After working in corporate training for just over a decade, I started Curious Lion in the belief that we could do a better job creating custom digital training. Too often I had seen online training consist of hastily thrown together eLearning versions of slide decks. I knew there was a better way.

How to Turn Failure into a Learning Opportunity: The Story of Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill climbing a rock face with his bike over his shoulder

“One more,” said little Danny to his Dad, Peter, his knees bloodied and a bump rising on his forehead. This kid was determined. He wanted to ace the dangerous move on his new bike before supper time. Danny’s parents bought him a rusty old second-hand Raleigh bike for his fifth birthday, and he spent hours […]

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The Death of “Training” and the Rise of Cohort-Based Learning

An expressive oil painting of a computer with a screen full of faces on a Zoom call

I’ve worked with 22 Fortune 500 companies in my career. As partners to these companies, we have one clear goal: to help their people reach their full potential. I’ve seen passionate clients who pour their souls into transforming people. They strategize like CEOs and design learning experiences like the Old Masters. I’ve also seen tired,

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Learning By Teaching

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.” – Peter Drucker In my late 20’s I was a consultant at KPMG. Early in my career, I focused internally on delivering training to our offices in South Africa. For three weeks every month, I was on the road

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The Building Blocks of Sales Enablement (Book Summary)

Building Blocks of Sales Enablement

Mike Kunkle’s new book (his first), The Building Blocks of Sales Enablement, brings a systems-thinking approach to sales enablement. Regular readers will know my love of systems thinking in organizational learning. The work of Peter Senge hugely inspires me (check out my summary of his seminal book, The Fifth Discipline). He calls systems thinking “the

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The Learning Culture Officer (4 of 4): The Shining Culture On A Hill

Shining learning culture on a hill

This is part 4 in a 4-part series exploring the future of learning and development inside companies. Click here to read part 1, part 2 and part 3.  Your company already has a learning culture whether you’ve thought about it or not. The way forward, therefore, won’t require you to create something out of nothing.

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