8 Skills Your Junior Management Staff Need to Master

Without junior managers, your business would be much more difficult to run. Junior managers make your ideas come to life, and they are vital to the smooth operation of your company. As such, they need to have a set of essential skills to enable them to do their job well. So, what are the skills […]

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Making the 20% Off-the- Job Learning Rule Work for the Business

A significant part of the new trailblazer Apprenticeships and probably the most talked about ‘funding rule’ is the 20% ‘off-the-job learning’ requirement. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an Apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the Apprentice’s […]

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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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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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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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Get ahead and open more doors with a management qualification

We are pleased to launch a Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership open programme that will run from March and September of each year from 2014. This qualification is designed for practicing senior managers who wish to develop the core leadership skills required to effectively operate at a strategic level. Achieving a Level 7 Certificate […]

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Working in partnership is fast becoming recognised as a key leadership pre-requisite. A partnership is an arrangement between two or more groups, organisations or individuals to work together to achieve common aims. Getting the basics right is fundamental in terms of who are you expected to partner with, what does working in partnership practically look […]

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Is Innovation being put on the back burner?

We came across an interesting article the other day which challenges whether British business leaders are following their customer’s lead whilst putting innovation on the back burner. The report, The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2013: The UK Challenge, raises fears that UK bosses are being too guided by what customers want today rather than taking […]

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The Triple Constraint

The ‘triple constraint’ (sometimes referred to as the Project Management Triangle) is a simple tool that helps us prioritise the key performance factors within the project. In an ideal world, projects would be cheap (cost), done well (quality) and done quick (time). However, this ideal is often unrealistic. Sometimes we are forced to compromise on […]

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