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Will Management Training Provide Me With 100% ‘Protection’ From Making Mistakes?

The answer to the question above is of course no but I like to think of management training as a bit like wearing leathers and a helmet when riding a motorbike. They won’t stop you crashing but they will offer a level of protection far…

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What Are Soft Skills And Why Are They Important?

Collins English Dictionary describes ‘soft skills’ as ‘desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude’. Certainly, the connotation is that someone who has common…

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Two Equally-Qualified Job Candidates? How Do I Choose?

You’ve decided that two candidates for an important role in the department should be invited back for a further interview. Both have similar experience and backgrounds…both would fit in well with your team. Here are some questions that might help you differentiate between them. “You…

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A Model To Help Improve Your Communication

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the key components that make up the great manager’s portfolio. Without excellent communication, even a good manager will fail to progress the business because of the need to keep momentum through communicating the vision and objectives. (more…)

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6 Keys To Leading Positive Change

There’s a very interesting TEDx talk by RosaBeth Moss Kanter on leading positive change, and I’ve noted six keys to change that she mentions, along with my thoughts as to their application in the world of business and leadership: (more…)

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A Coaching Model That Helps Your Team Take Responsibility

You’re sure to have come across different coaching models in the coaching skills training that you’ve attended in the past. They all help you to achieve goals with your team, and allow you to get more involvement from people in making decisions and solving problems.…

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How To Know What To Concentrate On As A Manager

Many managers face the dilemma at times of what to focus their valuable time on when it appears that everything is urgent, everything is important and nothing can be delegated to anyone else. This predicament can have many repercussions on managers’ time and effort, as…

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How To Create A Culture Of Accountability

Why is it so difficult to get my people to take full responsibility for results? This was a question one of my consultants faced when he was working with a client recently. (more…)

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How To Specifically Express Appreciation For A Good Job

Praise and recognition have often been stated as a key motivational practice for many people. Why? Because being recognised for doing a good job strokes our ego, builds on our self-esteem, creates goodwill between the two people, develops self-worth and makes our self-confidence do a…

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How To Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem

You’ve no doubt heard the expression that we should be part of the solution, not the problem. And I’m sure we all agree that would be the best way to work. The question is…how? (more…)

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Understanding The Apprentice Journey

The apprenticeship journey starts with you understanding the requirements and elements of an apprenticeship standard. Apprenticeship Standard Each apprenticeship standard is made up of knowledge, skills and behaviours. The Knowledge during the apprenticeship you will acquire the facts, information, theory and technical information of the…

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The Importance Of Functional Skills

It is part of the funding rules that all apprentices must complete initial assessments in English and maths. For some programmes, learners must also complete an initial assessment in ICT too. The reason for this is set out in the ESFA’s Apprenticeship Funding Rules: “English…

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