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Relationships Are Top Priority in Managed Learning

‘Achieving value’ means different things to different people. For L&D teams, the value of managed learning – outsourcing aspects of your training activity – relates to its worth and whether it meets the learning needs of the organisation. Whereas for many procurement teams, the value of managed learning is more directly related to the cost of the service and the ... Read More »

Open Badges – A New Way to Recognise Expertise

There were two perspectives that caught my attention during the first day of DevLearn 2015: ‘Digital Badges and the future of Learning’ with Connie Yowell and ‘Open Badges: How IBM launched a bold new initiative to attract, engage and progress talent’ with David Leaser. Connie Yowell is Director of Education for the MacArthur Foundation and oversees one of the first ... Read More »

Let’s Play the Team Building Game

Many of us have been to a conference, company away day or training session and left feeling uninspired, unmotivated, and, frankly, bored. Games used for team building have always been popular and now digital gamification is crossing the pond with the aim of engaging delegates, increasing learning and boosting teamwork. Already seen at TEDx events around the world and at ... Read More »

Internal Recruitment: How can you overcome the potential pitfalls?

According to research from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Grant Thornton professional services, although the UK economy is improving, many organisations are finding it difficult to recruit skilled staff. This presents an issue for many organisations: unless the right people can be found to continue this growth, it will undoubtedly slow. In an effort to ... Read More »

Being AGILE is a Vital Skill

Being agile is a vital skill in our VUCA environment, Liggy Webb explains more. In an evolving and hectic world where the pace of life is faster than it has ever been before, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to think on our feet and react and adapt quickly, positively and effectively. Agility is not just about your ... Read More »

How much of your training budget is wasted?

Tony Hughes believes that too many companies waste too much of their training budgets. Why? And how can they solve the problem? We’re all training professionals here. If I were writing this piece for a more general business publication I’d have to start from first principles, and explain why the classroom component of any behaviour change programme is only a ... Read More »

Creating a culture of innovation and making employees’ ideas count

Employees are more engaged if they have a sense of purpose. Recognising ideas that employees have for new products and services or improved organisational process gives them a sense of value and increases engagement. A survey from Deloitte has found that 57 percent of employees who believe they work at a ‘purpose-driven’ company are engaged and report a high level ... Read More »


A column by Diane Stafford, 2016 Workplace Trends: Churn Up, Pay Flat, which I saw posted to the Website of the Seattle Times, guesses that employee retention will be a challenge in 2016. Many Baby Boomers (though not my boss, unfortunately) likely will be retiring this year, and Stafford also guesses that many Millennials will be fickle and look for ... Read More »


When it comes to investing in developing the soft skills of your new young employees, I should say, “I have good news and bad news”: If you succeed in getting your employees focused on building up their performance on high-priority soft skills, then the next question they are going to ask is, “Exactly what training resources can you provide me ... Read More »


A valuable process companies use to assess themselves and their competitors to formulate their strategies is called a “S.W.O.T.” analysis. A tried-and-true business technique, I have used the S.W.O.T. analysis for more than two decades for strategic planning. This exercise is also helpful for job seekers and career ladder climbers. Here is how the process works: After defining your career ... Read More »

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