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Training linked to staff development improves performance, supports staff and meets organisational needs. With the right approach – by consulting staff on their needs rather than telling them to attend – it also sends a message of interest and support. Requests for training titles seem to go in waves or trends. Strictly speaking the ones below are not new, but they have been updated in response to recent, increased demand.

Appraisal Skills for Managers

Supporting individual employees in their development is part of a manager’s job. Preparing for and conducting staff appraisals need not be scary. See how.

Getting a Better Reception

Reception and telephone staff have to deal with a lot of difficult behaviour. The trick is to do it without becoming difficult themselves. See how.

Courageous Conversations

Managers are often under-confident when it comes to tackling sensitive issues with staff or raising a subject that might lead to upset or anger. See how.

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What is dialogue?

Dialogue is interactive communication that builds shared meaning. Compared with discussion – where people present ideas with the idea of putting forward the strongest or most persuasive view – dialogue fosters a collaborative exchange of ideas aimed at mutual understanding. Rather than a competitive collision of opposites that fosters disagreement, frustration and confusion, it is […]

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Choice is a Matter of Choice

How often have you said to yourself “I have no choice”. Sometimes this little mantra can get us through a demanding phase, but when we start to believe it and make it part of our life it can make us unhappy.

Here’s an exercise in generating choice, because having choice and exercising it are two different things.

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Lunch and Learn

The Lunch and Learn (L’n’L) format allows attendees to receive short, focused training in a 60 minute slot, often during their lunch-hour. This approach is suitable for groups of 15 – 200, at any level of expertise. My L’n’L sessions use the same core material as that in my webinars, but with the added advantage of […]

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