Hurry up and Slow Down! (Productivity vs Activity)

This mix up of priorities is categorised as “Productivity vs Activity” and causes people to become ineffective, costly, or unproductive not because they are not busy but because their attention is on areas that are not important, not critical or not required by the business in that moment.

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‘Gallup’ ahead by focusing on strengths

Gallup recently studied 49,495 business units with 1.2 million employees across 22 organizations in seven industries and 45 countries. We found that 90% of workgroups that applied strengths interventions had performance increases at or above the following ranges:

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How to spot the difference between Leadership and Management from their responses to their own Psychometrics

In the last few months I have coached around 75 managers and leaders in a successful fast growing company on their self awareness, preferences and development opportunities. I have noticed some interesting differences between managers and those that are leaders (senior positions) in the business, that correlates with my experience in other companies and working with other managers and leaders.

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Why you need to know about OTL – Opportunity to Learn

In marketing terms Opportunity to See (OTS) and Opportunity to Hear (OTH) refer to the chance of a particular target audience seeing or hearing your advert. So, we can describe OTL (Opportunity to Learn) as the opportunity that someone can learn something new.

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Some Demo videos of our new Virtual Academy platform

Virtual Academy ™ by Structured Learning Solutions Ltd is a B2B (B2C coming soon) online continuous learning management system that provides engaging training experiences through a mix of e-learning, structured and social learning environments, webinars and workshops to ensure continuous development of your employees and professionals.

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Talent Management Culture – Tips from Berger and Berger

Unfortunately, our natural inclination as professionals in HR is to focus on process management, building guides and training process to solve the problem. However, you too can improve your Talent Culture by improving your Management Engagement Index, like we did recently with one of our clients, from 76% to 84% in 12m.

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Time to Competence

Are you looking for better way to upskill people faster?
Of course you are. In fact, CIPD Future Talent Needs 2016 suggests 48% of HR leaders are ‘focused on upskilling existing staff with the skills the business needs’, and ‘focusing on succession planning’ is next (33%).

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101 Communication Quotes Pack

I really wanted to create these slide shares as a backdrop for some training that I have been doing. I like to let them play in the background whilst groups are working on something, and have been experimenting with different media and effects.

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Are you ready for the Apprentice Levy?

The levy has been confirmed as coming into law in April 2017. You will need to pay 0.5% levy for all Level 1 NIC contribution based employees (first payment in lieu end of May), then each month thereafter if your payroll for this exceeds £3m.

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Get angry or get interested?

When I was three my father died. My mother did the best she could. She ran her own business and a family, which was unusual for a woman to do on her own, at the time. She met a man, who later became my step-dad.
He was loving and kind, but alcohol took over and he changed. He would get aggressive and whilst not violent, he would get argumentative and abusive. He was a big man and very strong, and threatening.

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Finding the Silence

When it comes to being our most effective selves finding the silence is key to unlocking our potential. In that space our unconscious minds are allowed freedom to bring to our attention what has been ignored, misunderstood, or lost to us for some time. This can be incredibly enlightening and allow us to tap into how or why we are feeling or acting in a certain way.

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Your attention is irreplaceable

When it comes to work, I would suggest that most of your time is spent on activities that do not add significant value to the organisation. In fact, some studies suggest up to 80% of your time is wasted on activities that are unproductive.

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Objective or Subjective learning, is there a happy medium?

I have often had an inner conflict between training content in a workshop (like a company process, or safety procedure), and creating experiences from which the learner draws their own conclusions. I have drawn a line between them for many years as I have served content online, as pre-work or reading, which I can then assess and check understanding, and then workshops which allow people to explore and practice application.

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What are your Leadership opt-in rates as an influencer?

A manager said to me “Ive invited this other manager to our team meetings, but he didn’t come, so he is not interested. We talk about collaboration but he hasn’t shown up.”

So I asked “You work in CRM right, what is your optin rate at the moment?”

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There is always tomorrow…to make it right

When training a group of new managers I was reminded that managing a team is a lot like looking after children.
They bring you laughter, make you cry and keep you up all night worrying about what they said, you said, what you didn’t say, what you should have said or what you didn’t mean to say.

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Who is in your Club?

I know a guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy and this guy is worth millions. Im talking 9 £figures. He hangs around with millionaires, has lunch with billionaires, goes out with women who like billionaires. In essence, he is in the almost billionaire club. The last deal he made was for 9 figures.

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Why you should be an early adopter of company initiatives

In a corridor conversation recently one of my clients (lets call them Alan) happened to mention that they did not seem to be getting on. They did not seem to be recognised for the work they were doing, and despite working very long hours and getting great results they were not really seen as an asset to the business.

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