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Are your Managers Up to Date with the Latest Equality Laws?

Equality and diversity has been the most requested course during the last 6-months as organisations want to ensure that their managers are up to date with current legislation. We are finding that whilst legislation has simplified and become more accessible in recent years, this area is still quite scary for many managers who would welcome […]

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Is your team heading in the same direction?

This is a really quick and powerful energiser to use at the start of a team meeting, focus session etc. This brief activity is called ‘true north’ and helps to highlight the importance of having shared direction. How to run ‘true north’ 1.  Invite participants to stand up and move to a spot where they […]

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Finance for Non-financial Managers

Asking non-financial managers to produce a financial plan is likely to make most managers feel a degree of anxiety. The necessity for commercially savvy managers has become essential for driven organisa-tions and is no longer a bonus but is something organisations are looking for as an essential management skill. Managers can’t ignore finance. But finance […]

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Can you mind-map?

Mind Maps are useful at both work and home. They were devel-oped in the late 1960’s by Tony Buzan as a way of helping students take and make notes for easier recall and learning. So, how do you mind map; where do you start? ‘Making a circle in the centre of your ‘map’ Start in […]

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Strategic Planning for Managers

Strategic planning is essential for managers and organisations in order to decide a direction to follow. Decisions may need to be made in order to allocate resources to pursue this strategy. It is necessary to understand the current position of the organisation first in order to determine the potential course of action and future direction. […]

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Using Appreciative Inquiry

“Appreciative Inquiry” was pioneered by David Cooperrider in the mid 1980’s. This is often used in the context of problem solving and continuous improvement and represents a fantastic and versatile tool to use during team meetings, blue-sky discussions, training sessions etc.” To understand ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ it is useful to look at the meaning of two […]

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Managing Discipline and Grievance Training

Are you responsible for managing any discipline and grievance issues which may arise within your organisation? Do you possess the correct skills and behaviours in order to manage the procedures correctly? Do you have the legal, technical and practical knowledge to achieve the best outcome both for the organisation and individual concerned? It is fundamental […]

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Choose three or five!

This is a fantastic opener or activity to help set the scene for a training session or team meeting. The purpose of the activity is to provide focus for further discussion and can either be facilitated individually or in small groups. Simply capture on a flipchart or slide three or five statements that team members […]

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Equality and Diversity Training

Are your managers, supervisors or team leaders fully equipped to understand about the meaning and importance of equality and diversity both in the workplace and within the communities they serve? Do they understand the potential impact of prejudice and discrimination? And equally do they understand their rights both as an employer and as an individual? […]

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Are you working towards the end result all on your own?

John Paul Getty famously said “I’d rather have 1% of the effort of 100 men than 100% of my own effort.” This is only true of course if that 1% of work is worth having! Usually the key for a successful team lies with its leader. It is the leader who ensures the team performs […]

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What does it really mean to listen?

Listening takes concentration and time so as a result it doesn’t come naturally to most people. It is an active process so we need to work hard at it to stop ourselves drifting off, jumping in, finishing people’s sentences and so on. Many people don’t listen, they wait their turn to speak – we tend […]

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