Impactful Crucial Conversations: 10 Tips to be More Courageous

Posted by Linzi Ebbage-Thomas on 18/05/2016 12:10pm

Tough conversations can be one of the hardest yet inevitable parts of a leader’s job. Impactful crucial conversations can resolve conflict, deepen relationships, build strong and diverse teams, and keep ideas and creativity flowing. Often fear stops us having those necessary difficult conversations that we know we need to have. Our fear...

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Where is Leadership Going?

Posted by Kyran and Nicky on 10/02/2016 10:21am

The art and science of leadership has been on the organisational agenda for almost 40 years now. Back then leadership started to reveal itself as something important and something different from management, which had been the dominant player in organisations since the Industrial Revolution. Today, leadership stands as the pre-eminent...

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How Organisational Culture and Climate Impact Training Success

Posted by Kyran on 17/11/2015 2:10am

In our leadership training practice we are often confronted by programme results that are less than we would like to see. I say ‘confronted’, not because we face anger or resentment from clients - by and large they are happy with what we deliver - but because we take it...

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It’s all about Sticky Learning – isn’t it?

Posted by Kyran on 15/10/2015 3:55am

Sticky learning is a new buzzword in the training lexicon. It is turning up quite a bit in tender documents and elsewhere. Google searches pull up many pages indexed to that term. One entrepreneurial training provider even claims trademark registration for it – so others might need to be a...

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The Importance of Coaching

Posted by Nicky on 24/02/2015 3:59am

A large part of being an effective leader at work is the ability to coach the people in your team. Most people, when asked, would say that they *do *coach their team members, but when they really understand what true coaching means, they realise that they actually don't coach. They...

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Competency Development for Smart Organisations

Posted by Kyran on 12/11/2014 3:14am

In our business training and business consultancy practice we regularly advise clients on the best ways to develop the competency of their organisation. We’d like to share our approach with you here. First though, we need to clarify what competency is. At the organisational level, core competency results from deploying specific...

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How Healthy is Your Learn >> Change >> Improve Results Value Chain?

Posted by Kyran on 13/08/2014 10:25am

All organisations have a reason for being. Smart organisations are clear about what that purpose is and have strategies in place to achieve it, and measures in place to tell how well they are doing. Some organisations engage in *Organisational Development* (OD) – aligning all of the elements of the organisational...

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The PEAR Approach to Training

Posted by Nicky on 22/07/2014 8:54am

We've known for a long time that simply attending a training course is not enough to make a difference at work. Participants need to start the learning cycle before attending a workshop, and they also need to be supported after a workshop to apply what they've learned. We know that if...

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Short Course Changes

Posted by Kyran on 03/03/2014 11:11am

As many of you will know, we've made a number of changes to our Short Courses over the last year or two. We've been responding to new needs by offering new (and shorter) workshops and responding to evidence that Short Course participants who are not supported after a workshop are...

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It's all about Culture and Climate

Posted by Kyran on 06/11/2013 12:52pm

The holiday period has given me the chance to review all of our ODI training deliveries over 2013, and it has been quite a ‘special’ review because for the first time we have real evidence from our participants’ workplaces about the changes made there as a result of our work. This...

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How you can Fix your Application Bridge

Posted by Kyran on 05/11/2013 1:02am

Our Kirkpatrick tools and methods, and I think common sense also, tell us that if organisational training and development do not result in new skills or behaviours applied at work they are simply waste. In my many engagements with organisation clients and learners I have never been offered a counter-argument...

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How our Kirkpatrick Certification can Help You

Posted by Kyran on 24/09/2013 3:51am

Training is big business. It costs money and time, both of which are covered mostly by the employer, and only sometimes by the employee. Some organisations spend as much as 2% of their annual payroll on training; that is the equivalent of an extra week's pay for everyone. Participating in training...

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