Latest Blog Posts

Spot the caveman in you: Don't let negativity affect your creativity!

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 15 April 2015

If we let negativity bias remain at an unconscious level, it can build up over time and affect our success, Matt Bolton-Alarcón says

And what about you?

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 8 April 2015

It's important to remember to include yourself in your organisation’s learning needs analysis, Rob McWilliam says

How to get the best bang for your training buck

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 8 April 2015

There are five key factors that will help you to gain a return on investment from your training programme, Alice Withers says

Tapping the potential you already have

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 27 March 2015

Newly-promoted managers need to be immersed in the techniques of management in order to make the transition into their new role, Eddie Kilkelly says

Are you ready to lean in?

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 27 March 2015

To challenge our perceptions on gender, we need to change the way we interact with others, Armin Hopp says

Making Magic work Part 4: The nuts and bolts of daily working

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 25 March 2015

Liz Hill-Smith looks at the next evolution of how organisations work

Languages are business critical and better training is needed

Written by: Donavan Whyte
Posted on: 25 March 2015

The challenge of the current language skills gap in business is not going to resolve itself, Donavan Whyte says

Your powerful informal learning engine: Part 2

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 25 March 2015

Getting your informal learning engine running powerfully and smoothly is critical to the success of your organisation, Paul Matthews says

Four strategies to influence learners

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 18 March 2015

There are essentially four broad strategies to influence anybody about anything, Tim Baker says

The human touch – more human, less machine

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcón
Posted on: 18 March 2015

Human touches and good manners could vastly improve the culture of any business, Matt Bolton-Alarcón says

Do more with less: Train smarter not harder (Part 1)

Written by: Stuart Banbery
Posted on: 11 March 2015

Implementing effective training management software and robust processes can deliver a huge return on your time and investment, says Stuart Banbery 

Developing talent in the over-50s – are we doing enough?

Written by: Lyndon Wingrove
Posted on: 11 March 2015

We have a responsibility to ensure that the people who have dedicated decades of their lives to UK businesses are not then forgotten when they reach a certain age, Lyndon Wingrove says

Are older workers happier workers?

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 11 March 2015

Alice Withers outlines steps you can take to gauge an employee's happiness

Keeping a learning log for CPD - the first 28 years are the hardest

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 4 March 2015

Andrew Gibbons wonders why it's so hard for many to keep a learning log

Working together

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 4 March 2015

To be really effective, great training has to be a partnership, Richard Griffin says 

I wish my manager could have attended this…

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 25 February 2015

In L&D, we need to start somewhere and spend our budgets strategically, Rob McWilliam says

Are you in the room?

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 25 February 2015

An essential skill for any leader is to be able to recognise the difference between the attentive participant and the one who has lost focus, Eddie Kilkelly says

Why you need a language strategy

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 18 February 2015

A culturally diverse workforce provides a rich source of perspectives, ideas and lays the foundation for innovation, says Armin Hopp

Your powerful informal learning engine

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 18 February 2015

Most informal learning is simply a side effect of life, says Paul Matthews 

Making magic work part 3: Creating teal leadership

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 18 February 2015

Purpose, excellence and being able to let go are key to teal leadership, Liz Hill-Smith says

Optimal decision-making: Turning data into business opportunity

Written by: Stuart Banbery
Posted on: 11 February 2015

The latest Training Management Software empowers your employees to maintain comprehensive and up-to-date customer records, says Stuart Banbery

Four types of professional member in terms of CPD

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 11 February 2015

We only deserve to call ourselves a professional if we make continuous efforts to maintain and record developing competence and knowledge, Andrew Gibbons says

Are there benefits to poor management?

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 4 February 2015

Overall, the negative effects of bad management seem to outweigh any positives, Alice Withers says

Mentoring which addresses the gender gap

Written by: Fay Sharpe
Posted on: 4 February 2015

That women face a constant battle to gain more recognition and subsequent career progression, Fay Sharpe says

Modern management – enablement over intimidation

Written by: Lyndon Wingrove
Posted on: 4 February 2015

As a manager, your key responsibility should be to provide your team with the things they need in order to complete their role, Lyndon Wingrove says

Put motivation top of your list this year

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 28 January 2015

What motivates one person might not work so well for another, Armin Hopp says

Gaining a competitive advantage through soft skills

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 28 January 2015

If firms want to ensure that new values deliver, business leaders must help to define or change the culture, Eddie Kilkelly says

Feedback – let’s change our relationship with this dirty word!

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 28 January 2015

Feedback has this bad rep because of the way it is handled in business, says Matt Bolton-Alarcón

Lessons you can learn from going shopping

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 21 January 2015

A shortfall in the competence of either the performer or their environment will result in the performer being incapable of doing the task in front of them, Paul Matthews says 

Making magic work part two: Leadership without ego – the Teal journey

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 21 January 2015

Senior leaders must put aside their desire for bigger and more expansive and focus instead on what really serves, Liz Hill-Smith says