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  1. training - every good trainer uses these magic powers to make learning happen

    training - every good trainer uses these magic powers to make learning happen
    Have you ever thought about the best Trainer you have ever seen and what made them so successful?  I often think about those trainers that influenced me and the reasons why I wanted to try and train like them.  I’ve been so lucky to have worked with some fantastic Trainers, and I’ve managed to figure out why they are so...
  2. management blog - meetings...what a waste of time

    management blog - meetings...what a waste of time
    We deliver many courses where issues relating to meetings take centre stage.  On average, I believe that 80% of individuals, particular managers, say they have problems with meetings, they think they would save a massive amount of time if they weren’t invited.  Moreover, many say that attending the meeting is a waste of time because nothing happens anyway.  What happens is that we...
  3. coaching blog - what is coaching?

    coaching blog - what is coaching?
    Coaching is a conversation between a coach and a coachee whereby the coachee achieves a higher level and understanding of awareness and self-awareness, while the coach provides a safe environment and structure for that outcome to occur.  Yes, this sounds a bit of a mouthful, but in essence, it is a process that enables learning and development to occur and...
  4. training blog - the key advantages of structured training

    training blog - the key advantages of structured training
    We get lots of great feedback about our Train the Trainer courses, and it’s always lovely to hear positive comments, especially on the areas that people have benefited from learning.  One such area of our Train the Trainer courses which is still very highly rated is the structure of training; especially the ability to use the framework we have provided back...
  5. management blog - good at your job v good as a manager

    management blog - 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...
  6. coaching blog - when we encounter adversity

    coaching blog - when  we  encounter  adversity
    I so often hear in my coaching sessions in the language from the coachee sat in front of me that they are struggling with adversity. What do I mean? When we all encounter adversity, we react by thinking about it.  These thoughts then rapidly congeal into beliefs. These beliefs then have consequences – they are direct causes of what we feel and...
  7. News - Are old-school training courses dead ducks?

    News - Are old-school training courses dead ducks?
    As bite-sized, self-directed online learning continues to evolve, should we be saying goodbye to classroom-based learning? Or is there still value in adopting formal training, alongside experiential approaches, for enhancing learning transfer? Read the article by Mark Bouch on the Learning Zone website here.
  8. training blog - is your training just ticking a box?

    training blog - is your training just ticking a box?
    I had a great conversation with someone on twitter about e-learning, and they raised an excellent point about other training.  They asked me if I found that like e-learning, did I find that people had the same approach to other types of training such as classroom training? You’ve probably like me experienced that e-learning is (in many cases) something that is...
  9. management blog - staying calm as a manager

    management blog - staying calm as a manager
    There is no doubt that as a manager, you are likely to get frustrated.  If we are honest this could be reasonably often; people may not work the same way we do, and of course, sometimes people may have different values and work ethics, and we will get frustrated and angry.  Of course, this is called life; we will always...
  10. coaching blog - when was the last time you reflected on your role at work?

    coaching blog - when was the last time you reflected on your role at work?
    A fantastic question for everyone to think about. When was the last time you reflected on your working day? If you are brutally honest with yourself, I suspect not very often. I do hear the word  ‘rarely’ a lot when I am coaching, the most common word I hear from coachees when I ask this question. Why is this? Are...

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