Latest Blog Posts

New Year, new training programme!

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 21 January 2015

It’s important that your staff feel comfortable being honest about their training needs, Alice Withers says

Making magic work – part 1

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 23 December 2014

We know that when people are engaged in meaningful work, the opportunity for real engagement is high, Liz Hill-Smith says

Increase engagement with creative learning ideas

Written by: Leigh Chattington and Richard Graham
Posted on: 23 December 2014

Learning that leads to sustainable behavioural change, takes place within three clusters of activity, says Bloomberg

How do you get your Board on board?

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 18 December 2014

Rob McWilliam provides his tips for getting Board members engaged

Altruism for selfish reasons

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 18 December 2014

Continuous learning is valued by businesses but not every organisation offers it, Eddie Kilkelly says 

It’s all about momentum

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 18 December 2014

Momentum is a positive thing, not just for efficiency, but it’s also great for people’s engagement, Matt Bolton-Alarcón says

What lies ahead? Three key workplace predictions for 2015

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 10 December 2014

Collaboration and communication were big themes this year, but what does 2015 hold? Armin Hopp explores.

Are graduates lacking the skills that employers need?

Written by: Lyndon Wingrove
Posted on: 10 December 2014

A stronger partnership between educators, organisations and L&D professionals will lead to a whole generation of more effective workers, Lyndon Wingrove says 

Sharing the benefits of mentoring

Written by: Fay Sharpe
Posted on: 3 December 2014

Mentoring helps in developing key skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication

The end of the job description

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 3 December 2014

We need a complete overhaul in approach to the job description, Tim Baker says

Do your staff like you? Not if you micromanage…

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 3 December 2014

By tackling any cases of micromanagement you are likely to see increases in engagement and productivity, Alice Withers says

Building and improving your brand

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 25 November 2014

Whether you like it or not, networking matters, Eddie Kilkelly says

Four types of inept leader

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 25 November 2014

Far too many ‘leaders’ feel the title is enough, Andrew Gibbons says

Time to celebrate

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 25 November 2014

We need to be more positive about training and post-school learning, Richard Griffin says

Retaining talent through learning

Written by: Lyndon Wingrove
Posted on: 19 November 2014

 L&D is not only about making people better at their jobs, Lyndon Wingrove says

Stop managing and start collaborating

Posted on: 19 November 2014

Building a culture of open communication and collaboration will create true engagement, Armin Hopp says

Tweaking a management course

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 19 November 2014

Most people think of management as something that is ‘done to’ others, Paul Matthews says 

It’s time to get our heads around the circular economy

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 12 November 2014

Our thinking around creativity and innovation needs to evolve, Liz Hill-Smith says

Different ways to measure the effectiveness of talent management interventions

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 12 November 2014

Alice Withers looks at some methods that can prove useful when conducting an evaluation of training

The impact of clarity on performance

Written by: Leigh Chattington and Richard Graham
Posted on: 12 November 2014

Communication and clarity are key when it comes to extracting top performance, Bloomberg says

Fireworks and short fuses!

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 5 November 2014

Making a valuable contribution to the mental health of our organisation, Rob McWilliam says

The hidden costs of job lag

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 5 November 2014

 The quality of induction training and development a starting employee receives is critical for reducing staff turnover, Tim Baker says

Don't blame your work environment, take control!

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcón
Posted on: 5 November 2014

Matt Bolton-Alarcón provides some tips to make your work environment work for you

Using video to sell The Big Idea

Written by: Martin Addison
Posted on: 29 October 2014

Guided discovery and reflection are required if video is to change attitudes and behaviours, says Martin Addison

Thinking big – but managing complex tasks with a bite-size approach

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 29 October 2014

Keeping your plan short and simple enough to be understood takes real effort and is a skill to be mastered, Eddie KilKelly says

Investing in our next generation workforce to avoid a skills gap shortfall

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 29 October 2014

We need to keep our staff engaged by communicating corporate changes and strategies clearly and effectively, Armin Hopp says

Are you tethered to the now?

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 22 October 2014

When purpose is clear, passion and energy follow and the culture starts to reflect this, Liz Hill-Smith says

A self-confessed enthusiast for employee empowerment

Written by: Fay Sharpe
Posted on: 22 October 2014

Training and workplace development is very much about discovering people’s natural ability and nurturing it, Fay Sharpe says

What is job lag?

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 22 October 2014

The hidden costs of job lag amplify the importance and value of induction training, Tim Baker says

The ‘secret’ ingredient of capability

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 15 October 2014

It is becoming ever more important that L&D practitioners act as performance consultants, says Paul Matthews