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  1. training - why off the shelf powerpoint doesn't really work

    training - why off the shelf powerpoint doesn't really work
    We often get asked what we mean by ‘off the shelf type presentations’ when delegates are about to attend our PTT Train the Trainer course so I’d like to share an excellent example of what it is and why we tell people never to bring them, especially PowerPoint ones! So, what do we mean by ‘Off the shelf type presentations’...
  2. management - use conflict as a lever for change

    management - use conflict as a lever for change
    Conflict in the workplace is inevitable.  In fact, I would suggest that organisations that say they have no conflict are not being honest with themselves. Moreover, when this happens, it is likely that the conflict is hidden.  What happens then is artificial harmony, in other words, conflict is going on but it is just hidden under the surface.  I believe this is which...
  3. coaching - how do you prepare for a coaching session?

    coaching - how do you prepare for a coaching session?
    What is preparation?  We ‘all’ in our busy lives tend to rush through the day, not always giving ourselves time to prepare thoroughly for a coaching session.  Which brings me into asking ‘you’ to think about how do you prepare? What do you actually do? I have found through experience the best way to prepare is to sit for ten...
  4. training - the 5 pillars of instruction

    training - the 5 pillars of instruction
    On our Train the Trainer courses we talk about the 5 pillars of instruction all the time.  They are the pillars that highly effective training is all about.  In many organisations, these pillars are used as a process for measuring the competence of trainers.  Accompanied by effective trainer development, focus on these areas significantly improves training. When you have poor...
  5. management - worker to supervisor

    management - worker to supervisor
    There is no doubt that getting promoted from worker to supervisor or manager can be very stressful for an individual. This can be particularly stressful if you get promoted and still work in the area you were before.  I have spoken to many people who find this very stressful, and I know it can be daunting. So what areas can we focus...
  6. news - management programme makes an open comeback

    news - management programme makes an open comeback
    Our highly acclaimed Foundation Management Development Programme (FMDP) makes a comeback as an open course next year.  The course is perfect for individuals who are new to management or have been in management for a while and need to develop their management skills. The ILM accredited programme has a number of key areas delivered in several modules over a 4-month...
  7. coaching - staying silent as a coach, silence is golden

    coaching - staying silent as a coach, silence is golden
    Coaching is a fantastic process for individuals to improve in any area of their life, both professionally and personally. I have found since mastering my coaching skills; staying silent can be an incredible experience. I genuinely love to see the change in individuals by asking the miracle question. When you coach and watch the coachee, you start to feel what...
  8. training - when I really learnt to throw the monkey

    training - when I really learnt to throw the monkey
    “That was rubbish, I’m not as good at this as I thought” was my first realisation that I needed to work hard to become an excellent trainer.  I was quite sure of myself you see; having worked as a trainer for years at a training school, the way we delivered the training wasn’t massively challenging in my opinion.  Looking back...
  9. management - good at your job v good as a manager

    management - good at your job v good as a manager
    Many individuals get promoted at work because they are good at their job.  What can then follow is a real struggle to get to terms with their new role, not because they struggle with the job, but that they struggle with their role as a manager. Being an excellent manager requires many skills, including the ability to motivate, delegate and...
  10. coaching - make mistakes, mistakes are important

    coaching - make mistakes, mistakes are important
    Making mistakes is such a massive part of life, and I believe they are not dealt with correctly from an early age. This then can create a fear of making mistakes; sadly, this then continues through life. Mistakes can form negative thoughts and beliefs that will play out in peoples personal and professional lives. Making mistakes can cause self-esteem and...

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