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December 6, 2018

Making learning ‘sticky’ is a topic that continues to occupy teachers, trainers, educators and therapists in a variety of walks of life. School teachers are working almost around the clock at this time of year to encourage, cajole and galvanise their exam-level student...

November 9, 2017

The way we learn is evolving as we discover new and better ways to gain knowledge and apply new skills. One could argue that the Forgetting Curve, coined by Hermann Ebbinghaus in the 1800s, was the start of our understanding of how people learn. Since that time our und...

May 8, 2017

When the CEO says to the gathered throng of employees 'Our staff are our greatest asset' or 'Safety/customer service/product quality is our highest priority', how does he/she know that the message has got through, and is generally believed across the organisation?

Havin...

April 10, 2017

Presenting to an audience of around a hundred leaders of our country's emergency services recently, I asked them, "What are the challenges you're currently facing, where leadership is at the core?"

There were some common threads across the room:

  • 'In the past, and eve...

March 24, 2017

Everywhere you go, projects are being managed: why do some seem to find the task more daunting than others?

One reason is something we call 'the Hidden Realities'.

For most people who have a 'day job' to be done, the project is often allocated over and above their day-to...

March 1, 2017

Does anyone still take minutes in 2017? When there is so much talk of artificial intelligence, robotics and other labour-saving technologies to support or replace repetitive work, surely someone, somewhere has come up with a technologically sophisticated way of taking...

January 23, 2017

According to the latest edition of the CIPD’s HR Outlook: Views of our Profession, Winter 2016-17 report, from the survey commissioned by YouGov, managing talent is seen as being more important than concentrating on productivity, innovation or customer focus. The...

Like many over the last few weeks I've been gripped by ‘Strictly’ fever. As a teacher-trainer, watching the final while preparing for our next Award in Education and Training course, has led me to reflect on what it is that makes a good teacher. Just how has Joanne Cli...

December 13, 2016

Some hotels, retail outlets and civic centres have had their Christmas trees up for a month or more, the obligatory police anti-drink driving campaign is in full swing and trades people are now giving you dates in January before they'll be able to service your boiler,...

December 1, 2016

Christmas is looming and the party season is nearly here; so what is the extent of the problem for the managers if staff let their hair down a little too much at the office party?

It is said colleagues spend more time with each other than they do with their friends and...

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At what point does developing your people become critical to your success?

May 6, 2016