May 15 2017

Top 5 Apps Every Project Manager Should Have

This post is written by our guest author Edward Page from This Way Global.   When you’re tasked with managing people or projects, you’ll be needing tools that can help you plan, organise, collaborate, monitor, and communicate all those little big details that come along with project management. Fortunately, there are tons of apps or …

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Jun 27 2016

A podcast for L&D practitioners about developing their line managers

In this 17 minute podcast from the CIPD (June 2016) the host interviews Dr Mark Cole, Head of L&D at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation, Catherine Noel, L&D Manager at Cannon and Jennifer Wrigley, L&D Manager at Discovery Networks International about how they are tackling the development of their line managers to ensure their engagement and ongoing commitment …

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May 31 2016

Inside the Head of UK Managers – A report from GoodPractice

For May’s recommendation we have chosen GoodPractice’s report on what UK managers are citing as their biggest challenges.  The report is designed to explore what managers are finding challenging at work in order to help L&D professionals understand the support they need as well as providing a template for a learning needs analysis.  The survey summarises the …

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Apr 28 2016

What does the research say about managers coaching their employees?

This post is about BlessingWhite’s most recent research into coaching behaviours at work. The global study involved asking over 1000 employees about their views on the coaching actions they value. In addition it reports on the biggest barriers managers perceive they face when coaching their teams. Fraser Marlow, Head of Leadership and Research, BlessingWhite will be presenting …

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Mar 31 2016

Workplace Wellbeing Index & Happiness Study

With organisations increasingly focusing on employee wellbeing this post explores two things: a TED talk by Robert Waldinger in November 2015 about the key findings from the longest study of human happiness spanning over 75 years and the upcoming Workplace Wellbeing Index from Mind. The Harvard study of Adult Development followed two groups of 724 boys from …

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Mar 08 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

As today is International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 we have a link to an article by EY on the results of one of the global studies they ran in partnership with The Peterson Institute for International Economics. The data from their survey of almost 22,00 organisations across 91 countries found that most countries had not …

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Mar 01 2016

Leadership and the importance of getting good sleep

Today’s post is a summary of an article by McKinsey on the importance of getting good sleep. They argue that sleep deprived brains lose the ability to make accurate judgments because neuroscience has shown that the prefrontal cortex doesn’t do well without sleep. In their leadership research (2015), cited in the article, McKinsey found a …

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Feb 23 2016

The future workplace – what will it look like?

This post is a summary of the key points raised by author Jeanne Meister of Future Workplace in Blessing White’s webinar The Future of Leadership: Preparing for the Future Workplace aired in January this year. You can watch the hour-long webinar and download the slides here. The themes raised are based on research (cited on the …

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Feb 02 2016

Leadership qualities – an infographic

In this world where we are constantly bombarded with information sometimes it’s nice to have something that is simple in its approach and that’s why this week we have chosen this cartoon infographic about leadership qualities from CMOE. There’s no rocket science here but it does simply remind us of some of the key characteristics successful leaders demonstrate consistently …

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Jan 26 2016

Immunity to Change – facing your fears for sustainable personal change

In my previous posts on the Immunity to Change (ITC) model, I explained how to create an Improvement Goal that will provide the focus for over-turning your immunity to change and also how to use the X-Ray map to audit which of your behaviours that may be working against you achieving your Improvement Goal. In this final post, …

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