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  1. Developing Coaching Skills

    “If I was in your position….” “That sounds like a good idea….” “When that happened to me, I did this…..” “I would suggest….” How often, when working to develop coaching skills, do you hear interventions like those above, closely followed by a groan and a recognition that once again, the inexperienced coach has fallen into ... Read more...
  2. Developing the art of “Getting it Right”

    Today’s organisations: flatter, faster, more pressured, more accountable. This situation has created the worrying paradox that every member of the organisation carries more responsibility for ‘getting it right’ yet there is less resource for the scrutiny that protects these members from ‘getting it wrong’. In these circumstances there is ... Read more...
  3. Building trust between a learner and the facilitator

    Building trust between a learner and the facilitator                                     There are a great number of activities that a facilitator can build into an intervention with the purpose of building trust between participants. However, there’s a different, and potentially more ... Read more...
  4. 5 Reasons Creative Writing Is One Of The Best Forms Of Experiential Learning

    5 Reasons Creative Writing Is One Of The Best Forms Of Experiential Learning Everyone has unique preferences when it comes to learning, but experiential learning is something that benefits everyone. It engages the brain in a way that no other form of learning does, forcing you to think for yourself instead of simply absorbing and regurgitating the materials you’re being presented with. As for what it can involve, there... Read more...
  5. The Top 3 Reasons To Move Your Learning Outdoors

      As I write this blog, I’m looking out at a classic Scottish Summer’s day, low cloud, drizzle and a penetrating westerly wind. I smile at the irony as I look back to what I’m writing, an encouragement to move outdoors for at least some of your experiential learning programmes. Why on earth would anybody think about doing that?  ... Read more...
  6. Two questions away from a Workplace Learning Culture

      With Learning at Work Week (13th - 19th May 2019) happening soon I took the time to reflect on what makes a difference in terms of building a workplace culture of learning, what really makes a difference. In my opinion it’s pretty simple, doesn’t cost a lot in terms of time or investment, and is achievable without major changes in ... Read more...
  7. Positive intent - developing the skills to lead negotiations

      You don’t need to dig deeply into the literature of Leadership Development before you find advocates of ‘learning on the job’. Strong voices tell us that the best way for leaders to hone their skills is through the first-hand practice of leadership itself. I’ve got some sympathy for this viewpoint, there are some parts of leadership... Read more...
  8. Resilience - Can you train your mind like you train your muscles?

    We hear the term all the time.  Becoming more resilient is offered as the solution to coping with stress, helping with mental health issues and continuing to perform well in times of change and uncertainty.   But what does it mean - and are we really using the right term for the personal qualities and skills that we need to do ... Read more...
  9. Training Course, Workshop, Retreat, Meeting ... Which is it?

    Are you providing a Training Course? Or is it a Workshop? OK, so you’ve identified the need for a training event. Maybe Management Training, or Team Development, and now you’re faced with deciding what kind of event it’s going to be and what are you going to call this learning-themed gathering of staff? Is it a conference, a retreat, a ... Read more...
  10. 5 questions that will help you change from Fixed to Growth Mindset

    “What did you learn?” This is the question that Geoff asked in December 2018 blog when referring to the end of year summary. This is a good question, not only to look back and evaluate the tasks done, but also to think about our mindset. Geoff mentioned that the desire to succeed is often driven by targets and numbers, which is not necessarily ... Read more...

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