Latest Blog Posts

To personalise, collectivise or both?

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 15 October 2014

Designing learning events for senior managers that include the principles of personalisation and collectivism is key, Rob McWilliam says

How can you develop great managers?

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 15 October 2014

Investing in the leadership skills of your managers is a highly effective way to get your talent management strategy on track, Alice Withers says

Carpe diem coaching

Written by: Leigh Chattington and Richard Graham
Posted on: 1 October 2014

It's time to seize the moment and start coaching, Bloomberg says

No student is an island – the case for social learning

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 24 September 2014

Workplace learning needs to be treated as a much more human matter, not just a formality with a fixed beginning and an end, Armin Hopp says

Doctor, doctor, help me learn

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 24 September 2014

Without the natural and innate learning abilities of the people we are teaching, our efforts would amount to nothing, Paul Matthews says

Putting the success in succession planning

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 24 September 2014

Creating a succession plan is something we tend to do as a contingency measure, Eddie Kilkelly says

The making of a mentor: The no-holds-barred approach

Written by: Fay Sharpe
Posted on: 17 September 2014

Mentoring offers a personal touch and opens up interaction across the company as a whole, Fay Sharpe says

Positivity… Tree-hugging nonsense?

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 17 September 2014

Leaders have to wrestle with positivity but must make sure they have the right amount of it, Matt Bolton-Alarcon says

Global human capital trends 2014

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 17 September 2014

The new Global Capital Trends survey has important implications for L&D, Tim Baker says

The summer holiday as a tool for leadership development

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 10 September 2014

Constantly building the confidence and capability of your team will stand you in good stead, Liz Hill-Smith says

Top tips for effective talent management

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 10 September 2014

It’s not always appropriate to conduct a full training evaluation for every programme, Alice Withers says 

Time to shout about training

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 10 September 2014

L&D professionals don't shout loudly enough about what they do, Richard Griffin says

What is the difference between training and learning and development?

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 4 September 2014

People in our profession use the terms 'training' and 'learning and development' interchangeably. But they mean different things. Training is a subset of learning and development. 

What is talent management and why is it important?

Written by: Alice Withers
Posted on: 20 August 2014

Effective talent management can contribute to a variety of strategic objectives, Alice Withers says

Changing the habits of a lifetime

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 20 August 2014

Becoming a high performer requires ultimate self-discipline, Eddie Kilkelly says

Meeting the challenge of an extended workforce

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 20 August 2014

A strategy that utilises project-based workers can give companies access to highly-skilled talent, Armin Hopp says

Design dilemmas

Posted on: 13 August 2014

Designing learning for our senior leaders is a challenge when it comes to finding the balance, Rob McWilliam says

The more virtual we get, the more human we need to be

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 13 August 2014

Virtual teams will always be behind traditional teams in terms of their development, Matt Bolton-Alarcon says

Finding value as a new leader

Written by: Leigh Chattington and Richard Graham
Posted on: 13 August 2014

There are many behaviours that will make a new leader successful, Bloomberg says

Evaluation can tell us whether we’ve got it right

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 6 August 2014

Training evaluation can be used for a lot more than just assessing a return on investment, Richard Griffin says

The fear that dare not speak its name

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 6 August 2014

We need to help leaders get used to working out what is going on for them at an emotional level, Liz Hill-Smith says

50 years on

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 6 August 2014

We appear to be entering the general election without any proper debate around the state of training, Martyn Sloman says

The ingredients of good performance

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 23 July 2014

There is much more to performance than can be provided by training alone, Paul Matthews says

Time out for personal development

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 23 July 2014

Finding a mentor is also an important process of continuing development, Eddie Kilkelly says

The right to be flexible

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 23 July 2014

Our workforce needs to understand the benefits and potential downsides of a flexible working culture, Armin Hopp says

Credible creativity

Written by: Matt Bolton-Alarcon
Posted on: 16 July 2014

The way we spend so much time internally reporting rather than dealing with the outside world needs immediate attention, Matt Bolton-Alarcon says

Doing more with less…or fewer?

Written by: Rob McWilliam
Posted on: 16 July 2014

L&D can support middle managers in how they learn to influence, Rob McWilliam says

Case studies of ROI evaluations and valuable lessons

Written by: Martin-Christian Kent
Posted on: 16 July 2014

Martin-Christian Kent highlights the key points to remember when conducting an evaluation

Is HRD at the crossroads?

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 2 July 2014

One of the major impediments to developing a productive workplace culture is the traditional approach to learning and development, Tim Baker says

Working together

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 2 July 2014

Richard Griffin stresses the need for more partnership-led training