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5 ways to get people collaborating more effectively across departments


December 1, 2017, 4:31 pm

I’m writing this article from the point of view of both a trainer and a consultant, so the majority of the tips below are for organisations to implement although you can help them as either an external consultant or a member of the internal HR or L&D team. 1. Use a great ‘inter-teamworking’ tool to… View Article



5 fun ways to split people into groups (including 20 ideas!)


October 4, 2017, 9:49 am

Once someone has attended one or a series of my workshops, they often come and ask how on earth I have so many ideas for splitting people into groups. Basically, once you’ve done a few you remember them and you just keep adding to your repertoire! Here are a few to get you started…. 1…. View Article



So you fancy putting your new managers on an apprenticeship?


July 24, 2017, 3:10 pm

Level 3 Apprenticeship for Supervisors / Team Leaders in a Nutshell Are you thinking of putting some of your aspiring managers through a modern, trailblazer apprenticeship? If so, here a few important things you need to know… Firstly the great news is that anyone over 16 with 5 GCSEs or more can do this qualification… View Article



5 recent scientific studies with interesting implications for learning and development


July 24, 2017, 3:12 pm

1.We should maybe add a few sprints into our workshops… Bernward Winter and his colleagues tested participants’ ability to learn new made-up words for objects after either two intense sprints of three-minutes length, 40 minutes of gentle running or rest. Learners were able to learn 20 per cent faster after the sprints compared with the… View Article



Shirley’s take on Asda Magic: The 7 Principles of Building a High Performance Culture by David Smith


July 17, 2017, 12:33 pm

Category: News Hits: 222 Having recently read this book and seen David speak on the topic last week, I thought people might be interested in an overview of the principles and a little bit of my take on them having worked to improve the engagement of many companies. David’s book tells the story of Asda… View Article



5 steps to help design a great assessment centre


July 17, 2017, 11:27 am

Category: News Hits: 562   With recruitment and selction costing on average £5000 to £50,000 per person, it really does pay to select the right person first time round! And with research showing that the predictive validity of an interview is as low as 0.2 even with great questions, it is clearly not the best way… View Article



5 Metalog tools that are great to use in assessment centres…


July 17, 2017, 11:28 am

Category: News Hits: 447   I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the revolution in recruitment; finding people that really can live up to what they say in interview so that there’s more chance of them being successful in the job! Part of this means that I design assessment centres, which include candidates doing… View Article



10 ways to use picture cards in your workshops and coaching sessions


July 12, 2017, 12:21 pm

Category: News Hits: 3810   Picture cards are an essential part of every facilitator’s toolkit. They are powerful, elegant and easy to use tools that take communication to a whole new level because anyone looking at them makes their own instant associations. They elicit open, troche insightful and honest dialogue. Effective questions speak directly and… View Article



10 ways to make your team meetings more engaging


July 12, 2017, 12:17 pm

Category: News Hits: 2366 We spend a lot of time in meetings these days and most of them are boring. Many individuals manage to turn up to a meeting and contribute nothing other than consuming a few biscuits! If you are a manager, then team meetings are essential but it is also crucial that you… View Article



Shirley goes very international!


July 12, 2017, 12:12 pm

Category: News Hits: 1209 Shirley has teamed up with an amazing facilitator called Steve Creffield from Evolve in Brighton. They have evolved an existing a 3-day leadership development programme for senior project managers within GRM Futures Group. These managers are responsible for multimillion pound projects aimed at making the world a safer, better and fairer… View Article



MBTI in Coaching


July 12, 2017, 12:10 pm

Category: News Hits: 1150 In December 2014, Shirley was lucky enough to be asked to deliver two workshops for a new client, Mc Bride in Manchester. The first was MBTI in coaching in which 20 European coaches from within the business looked deeper at their own MBTI profiles to see how they were likely to be… View Article



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5 ways to get people collaborating more effectively across departments

December 1, 2017, 4:31 pm

I’m writing this article from the point of view of both a trainer and a consultant, so the majorit...

5 fun ways to split people into groups (including 20 ideas!)

October 4, 2017, 9:49 am

Once someone has attended one or a series of my workshops, they often come and ask how on earth I ha...

So you fancy putting your new managers on an apprenticeship?

July 24, 2017, 3:10 pm

Level 3 Apprenticeship for Supervisors / Team Leaders in a Nutshell Are you thinking of putting some...

5 recent scientific studies with interesting implications for learning and development

July 24, 2017, 3:12 pm

1.We should maybe add a few sprints into our workshops… Bernward Winter and his colleagues tested ...

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