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  1. Coaching - Why did I write my first pocket guide?

    Coaching - Why did I write my first pocket guide?
    I wrote my first guide because I was frustrated that people don't fully understand how they can improve themselves. Many don't fully understand that such minor changes will make such significant improvement in their lives and help their overall self-esteem and well-being. We can all improve ourselves significantly if we choose to. People are motivated but don't create habits that...
  2. management - the art of delegation stage 3

    management - the art of delegation stage 3
    So far we have looked at why we delegate and we should be in a position to state categorically it is a good thing. We then moved on to stage 1, which is all about getting the right people to do the job and stage 2, which is all about giving clear direction and briefing individuals correctly.  Remember we have to delegate...
  3. training - 3 questions you really need to consider in an audit

    training - 3 questions you really need to consider in an audit
    We are increasingly getting a lot of delegates attending the PTT Train the Trainer course whose business is subject to external audit and their training has recently been picked up as having non-conformities that require immediate action.  So why is this happening more often and what might an auditor ask to see evidence and examples of? It’s an extremely common...
  4. Coaching - The Big 4

    Coaching - The Big 4
    As a coach who trains in the areas of Coaching, Mentoring and Training it is common that individuals don't really understand the difference.  It is vital to fully understand before we know how to develop people and the four areas associated with developing individuals in the workplace are known as the ‘Big 4’. Everyone involved in development needs to be aware of the differences...
  5. training - do you follow these simple steps for a positive learning environment?

    training - do you follow these simple steps for a positive learning environment?
    I’m sure we can always relate to at least once where we have been asked to attend training where we were extremely apprehensive as we’ve been thinking about what will happen or what we will be doing.  It’s that fear of the unknown taking over our brains which can be even worse when we walk into the room!  Therefore, what...
  6. management - the art of delegation stage 2

    management - the art of delegation stage 2
    Last week we looked at selecting individuals to whom we are going to delegate to the task itself.  This week we are going to look at clearly stating our objectives. This is a massive opportunity to really mess things up, if we don’t clearly explain things then there is a good chance that they either won't understand or that there...
  7. coaching - what is reflection?

    coaching - what is reflection?
    How often do you reflect on your day? Both, what went well and what could have been better. Reflection, I believe is one of the most rewarding and positive things you can do regardless of which area you are involved in, whether Training, Coaching or Mentoring. If it is done correctly it can adjust the way that you think, create opportunities...
  8. training - are you guilty of delivering training like this?

    training - are you guilty of delivering training like this?
    Recently,  I was in Manchester and my fellow trainer Bryan was in Birmingham where we were simultaneously delivering our PTT Train the Trainer course. Interestingly, one of Bryan’s delegates raised an excellent point while the same day, I was dealing with a question that highlighted the same point; “Why it’s so important to stand while delivering Training”.  This made me immediately...
  9. management - the art of delegation stage 1

    management - the art of delegation stage 1
    Ok, last management blog we looked at why we delegate and this week we are going to focus on the first stage, the selection of individuals who we are going to delegate to and the actual job we are going to delegate.  Thinking through this process will aid the developmental process significantly.    An important thing to remember in all...
  10. coaching - why managers should know coaching skills too

    coaching - why managers should know coaching skills too
    As a trainer and coach, I am very fortunate enough to meet some fantastic people.  Brilliant people who are keen to learn skills and techniques to be a better manager.  We deliver numerous management development programmes and a key to the programme are essential management skills that focus on motivation and effective communication skills.  Sometimes this involves difficult and challenging behaviour and of...