Why managers should support ongoing employee training

Why managers should support ongoing employee training

Finding the right staff – and especially retaining them – is crucial for every company. One way to ensure you are getting the best out of your workforce is to invest in employee training. No matter how big or small your company, the quality of your employees has a huge impact to your company’s productivity […]

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Happier, more productive staff: the importance of EI in the workplace

Happier, more productive staff: the importance of EI in the workplace

Eileen Woodford outlines the concept of emotional intelligence, or EI, and shows us how this skill impacts our workplaces and our professional lives. What is so important about emotional intelligence? Does it have relevance has it to you as a person and in your life, as well as in your work and your training and development? What determines […]

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Top 5 principles for effective meetings

Top 5 principles for effective meetings

Meetings, formal and informal are an integral part of organisational life. Effective meetings are an essential tool to achieve a range of tasks. This includes information sharing and problem solving as well as delegating and decision-making. When ineffective, you waste time and you may make poor decisions too. Here Isobel Tynan takes us through the […]

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How to run an ideas campaign that really pays off

How to run an ideas campaign that really pays off

Should you run an ideas campaign? Yes! Several major organisations have found ways to generate significant improvements to their bottom line through imaginative ideas, schemes and campaigns. However, there are ways to maximise results from your ideas campaign. We have a look at them here. Make it worthwhile Most organisations operate an employee suggestion scheme, […]

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Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organisations and Inspires Innovation

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organisations and Inspires Innovation

If you think of design it may bring to mind images spectacular statement architecture or artwork. It might be an iconic product design such as Apple’s iPod. Consumers expect good design as standard. Companies realise the value that effective design can create. Design thinking, however, is different again. Design vs Design Thinking Tim Brown, author […]

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The Leadership Challenge: bring out the best in your organisation

The Leadership Challenge: bring out the best in your organisation

Do you know how to unleash the highest and best contribution of your teams toward your organisation’s most critical priorities? Today’s leaders must be able to see their staff as whole people – body, heart, mind, and spirit – and manage and lead accordingly. As a result, leaders need to create a place where people […]

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Relationship intelligence: understanding ourselves and others

Relationship intelligence: understanding ourselves and others

Brian Moore introduces a new tool that will help you to increase those elements of your personal and working life that impact positively on other people. Organisations are not successful; people who work in organisations are successful. People drive an organisation forward, slow it down or even put it in reverse. Conflict, stress, misunderstanding, poor communication, […]

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Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management

Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management

Guy Flouch tackles a challenging book that takes the academic approach to organisational change – Appreciative Inquiry For Change Management: Using AI to Facilitate Organisational Development. Fed up with hearing about organisational change? Whether you are or not, we all need to acknowledge and the reality of change, in organisations both large and small. Once […]

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Prevailing wisdom seems to be that the best way to drive and motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money. According to Daniel H Pink, author of  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, that’s a big mistake. Rather, the motivation to achieve success stems from the human need to direct our own […]

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Successful Performance Management: Effective Strategy, Best Practice and Key Skills

Successful Performance Management: Effective Strategy, Best Practice and Key Skills

Successful Performance Management: Effective Strategy, Best Practice and Key Skills is a comprehensive study by Dr Gerry McMahon. It also provides a very relevant and accessible guide for both employer and employee. This book would be really useful for anyone working in HR, or a departmental,  functional  or organisational head. It is particularly relevant for anyone charged with […]

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Managing change… Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Managing change… Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Managing change is always difficult. But Chip and Dan Heath’s Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard is an incredibly useful book. The authors, brothers, and co-authors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, begin  by explaining why making changes can be so difficult. They use real life case […]

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rEvolution – How to Thrive in Crazy Times

rEvolution – How to Thrive in Crazy Times

rEvolution – How to Thrive in Crazy Times by Bill Lucas is a generous compendium of practical ideas. So generous, you’ll thrive on just a fraction of them. This book is packed with ideas, theories and suggestions for how to adapt to an increasingly complex and ever changing world. Darwinism is referenced heavily both in […]

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Intuition adds to the bottom line: rediscovering an old skill

Intuition adds to the bottom line: rediscovering an old skill

Joan Charles explains the importance of rediscovering our intuitive skills and looks at a case history where intuition boosted sales. In prehistory we relied upon our intuition to survive. We needed it to produce food, be healers, and most importantly, be aware of danger. As we evolved, we learned to harness our surroundings to our […]

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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Ken Watanabe’s Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People will probably be one of the most useful books you’ll ever read. Watanabe, a former McKinsey & Company consultant, studied at both Yale and Harvard Business School Later, he started his own media company, Delta Studio. He wrote the book after hearing discussion among Japanese business […]

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