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The empowerment challenge

Written by: Leigh Chattington and Richard Graham
Posted on: 18 June 2014

A leader’s chances at winning the empowerment challenge are greatly increased if he or she takes the time to create the right environment

What difference does a TJ Award make?

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 18 June 2014

Liz Hill-Smith takes a look back at an award-winning course that helps nurses learn how to develop patients’ skills and confidence 

So you think you know 70:20:10?

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 18 June 2014

We need to thinking about delivering experiences and social interactions rather than just thinking about delivering content, Paul Matthews says 

Common training evaluation pitfalls and how to overcome them

Written by: Martin-Christian Kent
Posted on: 11 June 2014

Your stakeholders need to be aware of the potential benefits of an evaluation, Martin-Christian Kent says 

Making provisions for the future framework of apprenticeships

Written by: Jeremy Scorer
Posted on: 11 June 2014

When push comes to shove, providers need to start embracing the new framework for apprenticeships, Jeremy Scorer says

Taking the brake off

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 11 June 2014

There are discrepancies in how managers and learners perceive training effectiveness, Richard Griffin says 

Are you a dynamo, a cruiser, or a loser?

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 4 June 2014

Unless we find sufficient investment time, we will fail to find the hours needed to keep on top of our practice, Andrew Gibbons says

What is employer ownership for?

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 4 June 2014

A consideration of the hospitality sector raises some important issues on the problems of skills and unemployment, Martyn Sloman says

Is an employer of choice a marketing slogan or reality?

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 4 June 2014

An employer of choice is a flexible, customer-focused, performance-oriented organisation, one that is more manoeuvrable and engages the hearts and minds of their people, Tim Baker says

Old wisdom – Discovering what you already knew

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 22 May 2014

World class leaders and high performing teams have a number of qualities in common, Eddie Kilkelly says 

The right to be forgotten

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 21 May 2014

Only with a comprehensive and transparent set of learning data can we give our learners the full support they need, Armin Hopp says

Who is addicted to training?

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 21 May 2014

For all the talk out there in L&D land about change, there is much less in the way of action, Paul Matthews says 

The Big Hospitality Conversation – now it’s time for action

Written by: Jeremy Scorer
Posted on: 14 May 2014

Businesses need to engage with providers to develop new programmes and courses to attract young people, Jeremy Scorer says

How I fell in love with emotional intelligence

Written by: Liz Hill-Smith
Posted on: 14 May 2014

Stronger regard for self and others will translate into better self-management and relationship management, Liz Hill-Smith says 

Is the UK Europe's poor relation when it comes to training?

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 14 May 2014

We need to rethink how workplace learning can support functional skills, Richard Griffin says

Skills and employment in South Africa

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 7 May 2014

A comparison between South African and UK skills policy provides much food for thought, Martyn Sloman says

What a negative ROI can tell you and how to report it

Written by: Martin-Christian Kent
Posted on: 7 May 2014

Your evaluation can be an on-going process in order to continuously improve delivery and implementation, Martin-Christian Kent says

The eight values of an employer of choice

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 7 May 2014
If companies don’t genuinely act to become an employer of choice then good employees will simply vote with their feet and move to a forward thinking employer, Tim Baker says

The cost of everything.....

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 23 April 2014

We shouldn't see the value of training just in terms of its net worth in monetary terms, Richard Griffin says

Creating order before applying the right solution

Written by: Eddie Kilkelly
Posted on: 23 April 2014
It is essential to invest time in getting the team structure right and working on any barriers to high performance, Eddie Kilkelly says

Overwhelming communication

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 23 April 2014

Only the right combination of compelling technology, human collaboration and clear communication will result in an engaging environment, Armin Hopp says 

What do they really really want?

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 16 April 2014

The barrier to performance is more often a factor within the environment that surrounds the performer, Paul Matthews says 

The merits of 'virtual' mistakes

Written by: Martin Addison
Posted on: 16 April 2014

Mistakes can trigger learning but you don’t have to make them, says Martin Addison

Confessions of a lapsed engineer

Posted on: 10 April 2014
It is a shift in perception of purpose, identity, beliefs and values that will drive leverage of skills and the right behaviours, Liz Hill-Smith says   

An encouraging budget with plenty of training opportunities

Written by: Jeremy Scorer
Posted on: 9 April 2014

Higher levels of staff retention can be achieved through constructive and practical workplace training, Jeremy Scorer says

Play to your strengths

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 9 April 2014

If you want to engage the hearts and minds of people at work, you need to give them the opportunity to exercise their strengths and talents at work, Tim Baker says

How to calculate the costs and the return of the training

Written by: Martin-Christian Kent
Posted on: 4 April 2014

Looking at business impact measures will calculate the monetary benefit of the programme, Martin-Christian Kent says

An excellent organisation tool – but only for the brave few

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 3 April 2014

Those who have the ambition to drive organisational performance need meaningful tools that are flexible and do not confuse with unnecessary complexity, Andrew Gibbons says

A wrong call on immigration

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 3 April 2014

There is an urgent need to create more meaningful apprenticeships places, Martyn Sloman says

The mobile communication breakdown

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 26 March 2014

Mobile might be stigmatised because we often experience it as a distraction rather than a tool for learning, Armin Hopp says