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some examples of our people development support tools

Leadership – a little more to consider?

Leadership in some more detail  This paper on leadership is in four sections:-        Theory        Trust        Relationships        Further reading the full paper is here:-LeadershipInDepth2014 An introduction The dictionary defines a leader as ‘a person who rules, guides … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … action learning

don’t just sit there – learn something  Action learning is an educational process whereby people work and learn together by tackling real issues and reflecting on their actions. Learners acquire knowledge through actual actions and practice rather than through traditional … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … making change stick

Many change programmes don’t last. When the pressure is off, behaviours return to the old ways. Often there is too much focus on changing processes, to the detriment of the people involved. Strategic programmes that fail include: re-engineering competitive positioning … Continue reading

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Five minutes on …facilitating teams

Facilitating teams With more and more firms making the move towards team-working, the role of the facilitator is increasingly important. From the Latin ‘facilis’ for ‘easy’, three fundamentals of a facilitator’s role … Support It is not your place to … Continue reading

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Five minutes on… creating a change culture

not about structures, but winning hearts and minds, read on:- Companies which manage change successfully overwhelmingly share the view that their real challenge is not in revamping strategies, systems or structures, but in changing individual employees’ behaviour, and in creating … Continue reading

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Five minutes on …building teams

Team building It’s a little more than forming, storming, norming and performing …mourning.    Read on… Are you sure you are part of a team? Or are you one of the unfortunate many aiming for ‘Team’ but not making it … Continue reading

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Five minutes on… managing transition: the past was a golden age

Transition is the process of moving from what was to what will be, from an ending to a beginning. Yet people basically don’t like endings – not even happy ones. For they can bring with them: a certain nostalgia for … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … cognitive diversity: thinking differently?

Say the word ‘diversity’ to many managers and quite reasonably most will talk about of equality of opportunity for women, or ethnic minorities, or any group that is under-represented in the workplace. Only a minority will think that you’re talking about cognitive … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … getting creative?

The greater shift towards an information-based economy requires a more sophisticated workforce with higher order skills such as creativity, flexibility in thought, the ability to make decisions based upon incomplete information, complex pattern recognition abilities and synthesis skills has made … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … Benchmarking – a load of old cobblers?

How might we define it? Some might say it is a load of old cobblers and how true, given that it was this trade that used a bench to mark out the shape of the customer’s foot. You may be … Continue reading

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