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  1. training blog - can you adapt and overcome?

    training blog - can you adapt and overcome?
    Delivering Training is complex and is always full of challenges you may not necessarily be expecting.  This reminds me massively of my former RAF life where we had the reputation of being one of the very best Air Forces in the world, through sheer ability to “Adapt and Overcome” in the face of adversity.  On one of our recent PTT Train the...
  2. management blog - identify your time bandits

    management blog - identify your time bandits
    To be effective at anything in life we have to be able to manage time.  If we don’t manage time then quickly our life can become confusing, and before we know it, we are not completing anything we want to do.  Our working day can then become chaos where we are struggling to keep our head above water as the river forever...
  3. coaching blog - what is a perfect day?

    coaching blog - what is a perfect day?
    How often do you walk away from work, frustrated and disappointed the day has not gone as planned? Do you ever reflect on the day and ask yourself what has happened through the day? What was good and what would you like to be different, what would you change. I think it is deeper than that when you look at the...
  4. training blog - the importance of continuing professional development

    training blog - the importance of continuing professional development
    Like everything we do in life, if we don’t do things continually or refresh / re-visit skills we’ve acquired, we can get what’s called “skills fade”.  If then your skills have faded as a Trainer, how can you expect to be able to give your people the very best training sessions? I know that in a lot of professions, the need...
  5. management blog - just start living

    management blog - just start living
    I was so sad to hear the news about Rachael Bland who died yesterday from Cancer aged 40.  Along with BBC colleagues, she compiled an audio blog, which was all about her journey dealing with Cancer.  Her approach was, to be honest, and talk about things and not to hide anything.  I first heard Rachael on BBC 5-Live talking about her condition...
  6. management blog - failure is not an option

    management blog - failure is not an option
    One of my heroes is Gene Kranz who is famous as the Flight Director on the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon. As I am sure you are aware, Apollo 13 never landed on the Moon; it had to use the Moon’s gravity as a catapult to return to earth.   I remember this story, not from the brilliant movie starring Tom Hanks...
  7. training blog - the problem with 'off-the-shelf' training

    training blog - the problem with 'off-the-shelf' training
    There are many reasons that you may look to use “off-the-shelf” training solutions, but it’s hugely important to be mindful of the dangers in comparison with the perceived advantages: The training world is full of individuals and businesses that are more than willing to provide you with their take of a training package that sounds like it might fit you...
  8. coaching blog - coaching really is about the relationship

    coaching blog - coaching really is about the relationship
    There are various types of coaching but the one I think I had the most significant lightbulb moment with was the relational coaching, I feel a huge and sometimes misunderstood area. Most coaches when questioning the coachee think they have to get to a solution, not so. There does not need to be a result; coaching is not about you...
  9. management blog - looking for when things are done well

    management blog - looking for when things are done well
    When I am delivering management training I will be often asked about dealing with challenging and difficult behaviour.  This is a very common thing in the workplace, particularly with different types of personalities and people and the simple fact is that we can’t like or get on with everyone, I think this is perfectly normal. However, as a manager, an issue...
  10. training blog - flip or flop?

    training blog - flip or flop?
    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: I love technology and can remember the excitement building in an old training establishment I worked...

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