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12 tips for running great learning and development webinars

by on April 13, 2015

Webinars are a great tool for Learning and Development. A fad they are not, however they require skill, preparation and a fair amount of juggling! They can be effectively used to start the learning process off, to share learnings throughout the learning and development journey and also as part of the application of learning process.

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Great leaders are V.I.P.s

by on March 30, 2015

Their status and position of authority within an organisation means that leaders are without doubt Very Important People; but if we look beyond this view of leaders, based solely on their positions, and look at a more personal level, it is here that we start to understand the Values, Identity and Purpose of great leaders.

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Leaders, a metaphor

Employers value work experience when recruiting

by on March 19, 2015

Catch 16-24 is a recent report from UKCES that was issued mid-February. It is worth a read and echoes some old themes which we have supported over many years. It also bringing together evidence of newer trends up and down the country.

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EEF manufacturing conference: engineering talent

by on March 13, 2015

The annual EEF Manufacturing Conference brings together the nation’s elite in manufacturing, politics and media to analyse and discuss the direction of British Industry. We were invited down to the organisation’s flagship event held in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster to hear what influential manufacturing leaders and politicians have in store for the future of engineering.

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The importance of bringing the team together

by on March 4, 2015

This week our business held its annual seminar, an AGM affair. Importantly the bringing together of our people to share success and provide an opportunity to discuss business aspirations and our direction of travel; a truly fantastic occasion and had a great impact on morale.

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Bringing team together - morale and communication

Apprenticeships: 10 reasons why they’re great for business

by on February 26, 2015

If you’re thinking that 2015 is the year to embrace apprenticeships, here are ten reasons why they are good for your business success.

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Great to be in the “Team of Steel”

by on February 25, 2015

Yesterday we posted an update on LinkedIn about Nicholas Associates being one of a number of local companies across the South Yorkshire region that have come together to support the Yorkshire Man of Steel and are now known as a “Team of Steel”. If you read through the website in detail, it really jumps out how fantastic an initiative this is for our local area.

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Yorkshire Man of Steel.

Emotionally intelligent leadership – A journey through times of adversity

by on February 12, 2015

With the Cricket World Cup fast approaching, it perhaps offers us an interesting insight into how leaders who have experienced a period of adversity in their life truly demonstrate the meaning of emotionally intelligent leadership.

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Learning from the values of the Czech Republic

by on February 9, 2015

Along with many businesses at this time of year, we have just gone through the iterative process of designing our business plan and re-visiting our three year strategy. Often seen as a paper filling exercise by organisations, I strongly believe it is one of the most powerful processes of the year.

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Learning and development: has it finally had a shake-up?

by on January 21, 2015

Very soon I’m going to start my maternity leave and it’s also about to be my ten year anniversary of working in partnership with the cutting-edge Learning and Development (L&D) function of a global household brand. So, I thought that it might be a good time to reflect on my experience in the field of L&D and ask myself the question: has the discipline of L&D really changed?

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