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Aug 16

flip or flop?

Published by Scott Fraser

On one of my latest train the trainer courses, a lovely delegate called Lotta introduced me to one of the latest innovations in technology, the Samsung “Flip” (This is not an advertisement).  Having never heard of it and Lotta’s excellent description, I decided to investigate:

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Aug 09

lead by example, like the captain

Published by Ralph Moody

We are fortunate at Target Training, we get to work with some brilliant people and recently we have been working with some aircrew from Qatar.  They are helicopter crewman and pilots who are involved in areas such as search and rescue operations.  The crew are thoroughly professional and are made up of two rear crew, a pilot and a captain.  

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Aug 06

what makes a great trainer - tell a story

Published by Scott Fraser

Have you ever asked this question or been asked?  As you can imagine, I have on many occasions, and my answer is always the same: Many attributes are used in tandem to become “great”, but for me, there is one major stand out factor:

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Aug 02

what is going on in your head!

Published by Claire Moody

Our head is full of habits and patterns; this is where it is most comfortable. How difficult is it to create new habits, sometimes very hard so we choose not to do this? Pushing yourself to step out of your comfort zone is hard, forcing a new pattern is hard but you can always do it if you choose to do it.

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Jul 30

managers role when dealing with conflict

Published by Ralph Moody

On previous blogs, we have looked at why we have conflict in the workplace, what is happening with the brain when we have conflict and last time, how to 'cage the chimp' in a conflict situation.  As a supervisor, manager or leader you will experience conflict at some stage in your life, it is inevitable. I would suggest if your a manager and never experienced it then you have probably (if you're honest) been avoiding it.   Ok some essentials to get you going when dealing with conflict as a manager:

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Jul 25

getting out of your comfort zone to learn

Published by Scott Fraser

One of the many reasons people come to train with us is to learn what they can do better when delivering training and very often a bonus of finding out they are also actually doing things right too.  One of the most significant realisations I experience from people though is just how much their training practice is embedded as a habit and that breaking that habit to improve will be their biggest challenge!

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Jul 23

where is our focus when we make decisions?

Published by Claire Moody

When we do make decisions, (some of us find making decisions easier than others, and I have recently written a blog on this, see here) what direction do you go? Some of us, when faced with a decision, make the decisions in a lot more empathetic way; the choices are based much more about the person. Others make the decisions in a much more objective way, more task focused. It is interesting watching people make decisions and the reaction on the receiver’s face when there are opposites. Remember there is no right way, it is a balance.

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Jul 19

techniques to cage the chimp as a manager

Published by Ralph Moody

On our last management blog regarding conflict, we discussed the importance of caging the chimp and the fact that in a conflict situation it can make things worse.   Today we are going to look at some beneficial techniques to calm the chimp down.  Remember the chimp or to use its correct name, the Amygdala is an essential part of our brain.  If we didn’t have it then we would probably not be here, it’s just not very effective as a manager or when dealing with conflict.

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Jul 16

train the trainer - online v classroom

Published by Scott Fraser

For anyone considering a Train the Trainer course for themselves or others in their organisation, there is a wide choice.  With advances in technology which offer a wider range of delivery methods, we get numerous questions and enquiries about whether we provide an online course.  We love questions like this because it’s always a great way of looking at it in a balanced way through such means as a blog:

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Jul 11

what a fantastic victory, for once they achieved at penalties

Published by Claire Moody

Columbia v England (England won 4-3 on penalties) It may be short-lived or maybe not but a fantastic result, and as a coach, I find myself reflecting on what may have taken place over the last few months in that game.  As the penalties were happening, I was in my hotel room at Heathrow preparing for an in-house coaching skills day for managers. The tension I felt, along with the stress, you would have thought I was an expecting father pacing around the room.

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Jul 09

southgate leadership

Published by Ralph Moody

I have decided to change the scheduled blog on this weeks management series.  I was going to add another blog on our dealing with conflict series. However, there is a situation currently taking place in our national sport, Football that must be explained.  England is in the semi-finals of the World Cup, and the country is about to go crazy as we haven’t been there since 1990.  Personally, it is fantastic to see such a tremendous group of young players working as a team and doing so well.  What I am so impressed with is though is Gareth Southgate and his approach to highly effective leadership.

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