Latest Blog Posts

The capability agenda from a business perspective

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 27 January 2014

There is a clear difference in how L&D typically uses the concept of the term capability compared with the other stakeholders in the business, Paul Matthews says

Asking the hard questions

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 21 January 2014

Appearing before a House of Lords select committee was an opportunity to raise concerns about apprenticeships, says Martyn Sloman

Getting it right from the start

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 16 January 2014

It's time to integrate evaluation into training design, says Richard Griffin

Resolving to learn from targets and deadlines

Written by: Peter Honey
Posted on: 16 January 2014

Peter Honey sings the praises of realistic, achievable and agreed targets and deadlines

A time for reflection and forming good habits

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 24 December 2013

The skill shortage is likely to be the same across other sectors as the economy begins to pick up again,Armin Hopp says

Parallel pathways – A call to action for training providers

Written by: Jeremy Scorer
Posted on: 24 December 2013

Skills and training is a dynamic sector and we must embrace changes we see afoot, Jeremy Scorer says

The L&D identity crisis

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 18 December 2013

L&D needs to get clear about its role - and that's not acting as an order taker for training courses, Paul Matthews says

Recurring themes

Written by: Peter Honey
Posted on: 18 December 2013

Experiential learning and interpersonal skills remain as relevant today as they always were, Peter Honey says

Putting yourself in their shoes

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 11 December 2013

It's a good experience for trainers to sometimes put themselves in the shoes of the participants they work with, Tim Baker says

In it together

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 4 December 2013

Work is needed to build employer and L&D capacity and capability, Richard Griffin says

Nearly, but not quite

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 4 December 2013

As things stand, we will be moving forward with an increasingly shallow definition of apprenticeships,Martyn Sloman says

Selling the concept of sales

Written by: Martin Addison
Posted on: 4 December 2013

Sales skills aren't given the respect they deserve in L&D and that must change, Martin Addison says

Fear of public speaking

Written by: Peter Honey
Posted on: 29 November 2013

Beliefs are not instinctive; they have been learnt, Peter Honey says 

What’s driving change?

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 29 November 2013

Businesses have a long way to go before tapping into the profit potential of their linguistically diverse population, Armin Hopp says

Your influencing profile

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 20 November 2013

You are more likely to increase your chance of influencing others by using a multi-dimensional approach, Tim Baker says

A new take on performance review

Written by: Martin Addison
Posted on: 13 November 2013

Performance review training could be L&D's most effective tactic, says Martin Addison

Elearning and evaluation

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 13 November 2013

Elearning needs a supportive organisation to be effective, says Richard Griffin

How to find out the learning needs

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 13 November 2013

Too many L&D people do not focus enough on execution, Paul Matthews says

Challenging the narrative

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 30 October 2013

Skills are a problem but it's more deep-rooted than that, Martyn Sloman says

Call yourself a professional?

Written by: Andrew Gibbons
Posted on: 25 October 2013

There is a lot more to behaving professionally than passing exams, Andrew Gibbons warns

Flexibility and instant accessibility still the main drivers for online learners

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 23 October 2013

Many organisations are now actively incorporating communication skills training and language learning as part of their talent strategy, says Armin Hopp

Executive coaching

Written by: Peter Honey
Posted on: 17 October 2013

Good managers don't need to be miracle workers, says Peter Honey

Have you been seduced by tactics?

Written by: Paul Matthews
Posted on: 17 October 2013

One way to keep your thinking strategic is to focus on longer time horizons, Paul Matthews says

L&D professionals should not underestimate non-job roles

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 17 October 2013

There are many employees who have superb technical skills (job role) and poor team skills (non-job role), says Tim Baker

The good job that training providers do

Written by: Richard Griffin
Posted on: 9 October 2013

There's a need to think about the unintended consequences of training as much as the intended ones, says Richard Griffin

Will MOOCs transform universities?

Written by: Martyn Sloman
Posted on: 9 October 2013

Martyn Sloman doubts the impact that MOOCs will have on universities

Economic confidence improves above forecast – but are you ready?

Written by: Armin Hopp
Posted on: 25 September 2013

Optimising the business potential of multilingualism begins with a culture of inclusion, says Armin Hopp

The new learning paradigm

Written by: Tim Baker
Posted on: 25 September 2013

We need to challenge ourselves, our colleagues and clients to consider learning from a new paradigm, saysTim Baker

Advocating vocation

Written by: Martin Addison
Posted on: 18 September 2013

L&D has a responsibility to improve the acceptance of vocational training options, says Martin Addison

Feedback is indispensible

Written by: Peter Honey
Posted on: 18 September 2013

Feedback needs to be offered close in time to the relevant performance, says Peter Honey