globalfilter™ for L&D professionals

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

Next month, we’ll be releasing a technology hosting a small library of resources exclusively for L&D (and HR) professionals. It’s an online recommender system of high-quality learning to read, watch, practice and apply for our industry: globalfilter for L&D professionals. We’ve spent the past two years developing a patent-approved technology to get the right learning to the right learner. This is the version for our industry. It consists of conversational UI (chatbot) + 125 human-curated learning assets + recommendation system to prioritise and personalize it all.

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Topics: Technology, Personalization, Business, Algorithms, Chat Bot, globalfilter

LinkedIn is 92% boring

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

LinkedIn’s feed is boring and could be improved by toning down promos and likes, and introducing an easy model (User-System-Content) for evaluating recommender systems in general. Like 40% of LinkedIn users, I’m on it every day. LinkedIn has a monopoly on public CVs which are useful for lots of reasons. And many of the articles are interesting. But the rest – epitomised by the activity feed – is dull. No wonder LinkedIn is one of the least sticky social media sites.

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Topics: Technology, Personalization, Business, linkedin

Productivity, skills and intelligent learning recommendations

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders


The system supporting skills and careers development is inept and that costs the world trillions. But the future for learning is bright: higher quality, justified, data-driven, technology-enabled, culturally embedded, more of it. That future arrives sooner with useful, relevant, high-quality, fresh, intelligent learning recommendations.

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Topics: Productivity, Business, Critical Thinking, Technology, recommendation, Online Learning, Learning & Development, Artifical Intelligence

Anatomy of a good recommendation

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Chris Littlewood

We’re working on how to personalise training to optimise productivity. In one strand of that project we are trying to understand the characteristics that make a recommendation useful. The recommendation might be for a book, a course, a video, an article, an experience, a mentor, a conversation, a tool, a tip… anything that’s made a difference to the way we work and the results we see.

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Topics: Productivity, Business, Technology, Personalization

Write with purpose

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 by Paolo Lenotti



There's so much writing going on at work these days (internal emails, external emails, briefs, presentations, reports, Slack messages etc) and with so many objectives. However, most of this writing falls into two broad categories. We might aim for:

  • focused briefing, providing our readers with what they need to make a decision;
  • or to pass on information, so they're abreast of facts or events. 

Recognising our purpose lets us adapt our content to that purpose, making our writing more focused and more likely to meet our objectives.

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Topics: Productivity, Business, Critical Thinking

Planning & estimating requirements

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 by Alan Gurney


Are you involved in analysing systems and processes at work? When looking to improve the way your business functions it's important to first make a detailed action plan.

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Topics: Strategy & Business Models, Business, Productivity

The Principles of slide design

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 by Alan Gurney


Do you regularly present to your team or prospective clients? Creating a slideshow in PowerPoint that's truly engaging isn't straightforward.

At Filtered, we've come up with a few principles to follow when creating a PowerPoint show that will make your slides clearer, more impactful and more professional.

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Topics: Microsoft PowerPoint, Business, Productivity

Three special charts for analysing data

Posted on Oct 07, 2016 by Alan Gurney



Do you often have to present the findings of your analysis to colleagues or senior management? Choosing the most appropriate graph can be tough but is imperative for a successful meeting.

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Topics: Microsoft Excel, Analysis, Business

Three tips to summarise your writing

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 by Alan Gurney


Do you often find it hard to pen short concise documents? Being able to summarise your work is an essential skill to make your writing stand out.

People often find summarising their writing very hard. How can you sum up hours of work in a single sentence? It’s actually much easier than you think.

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Topics: Business, Productivity

Use visual mapping to find new solutions

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 by Alan Gurney


When solving a problem what approach do you take? Some issues can be overwhelming, but if you break them down you'll often find a solution.

There’s always a balance between working fast and being thorough when gathering data and analysing evidence. You need to visualise the scope of a problem to prioritise what and where to investigate. This helps you keep an open mind about where potential solutions lie.

The best way to do this is to create a visual map or ‘problem tree’ to see how to break the problem into manageable pieces. It doesn’t need to take long and it's a good idea to do this on a large scale (e.g. on a whiteboard or wall, with markers or post-it notes).

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Topics: Productivity, Business