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5 Ways To Get Employees Excited about PDPs

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Written by: Monika Bajaj  Let’s face it, between high sales targets and looming deadlines, Personal Development Plans or PDPs often become the fluff that People Management team can afford to indulge in. While writing and submitting them is often adhered to as a tick-box exercise, it is the follow-through and ownership that falls through the cracks. However, 

7 Steps To Performance Potential & Avoid The Performance Paralysis Trap

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Written by: Ashley Wickham  In 1960 McGregor stated ‘all we can do is set up certain conditions that will maximise the probability of employees developing an interest in what they are doing and remove the conditions that function as constraints’. Are we working to that aim? The Performance Process has been with us for some while

10 Ways You Know You’re An L&D Manager

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Working in an L&D role has its ups and downs. From limited training budgets and  expensive training providers to keeping up with latest learning and development “buzzwords” and dealing with difficult delegates. However common these situations are, how do you really know you work in L&D? Take a look at this short, comical and relate-able

10 Essentials For An On-Boarding Programme

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Written by: Garima Patet Successfully hiring the “right” candidate is only half the battle won. If you truly wish to setup a successful path for the new hire and retain top talent then a carefully planned, as well as carefully choreographed new hire on-boarding programme is essential. While most companies agree that on-boarding is one

So You Want To Create An Agile Learning Culture?

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It’s not hard to see why your organisation would want to create an agile culture. In these unprecedented times of global change and technological revolution, commercial and economic disruption is constant and intense. Once stable business models, be that combustion engines, high street shopping, even desktop software are becoming dated almost overnight and being rapidly

5 Talent Management Strategy Examples

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Are you planning to review your talent management strategy? If so, a great starting point for this is to do some external industry benchmarking to find out what your peers and competitors are doing. This will give clues, tips, insights, and foresight that will help you to develop a more effective and resilient talent management

5 Learning And Development Strategy Examples

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If you are tasked with building a learning and development strategy from scratch, or even reviewing your current one, industry benchmarking is a great way to generate ideas, observe best practices and to avoid making silly mistakes. Here are 5 L&D strategy examples we think are worth your review. 1) Glasgow University: People & Organizational

Understanding The Talent Management Process

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Talent management is more than just a pretty word, it’s a corporate imperative. Companies who excel at talent management processes will create a highly engaged workforce with a genuine and significant competitive edge. Aon Hewitt found that excellent talent management strongly correlated to incremental shareholder returns. Not only do top-quartile engagement levels lead to higher

How To Develop A Winning Partnership Between L&D And The Business

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Research suggests that just under half of today’s C-Suite believe that their L&D programmes are not ‘very or fully aligned’ with corporate priorities, with leaders locked in antagonistic relationships with L&D. So, how can L&D develop a more effective win-win, synergistic partnership with the business? To start with, whatever you do, you’ll need a voice

How Modern L&D Managers Are Tackling Today’s Top Challenges

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Obstacles and setbacks are an unavoidable feature of working in the L&D arena. But, its an L&D leader’s ability to tackle these challenges head on which really matters. Resilient organisations that can continually develop articulate solutions to the recurring L&D challenges will gain that edge. The 2017 Workplace Learning Report clearly outlines the key challenges

4 Ways For Creating A Learning Culture In An Organisation

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Creating a positive learning culture in any organisation is vital to creating a best-of-breed business and gaining and maintaining competitive advantage in your sector. You all know that it’s employees that make the difference, for better or worse, but, it’s a competitive world and if you want to ensure that your teams can outperform the

5 Ways To Get Stakeholder Buy In For Learning & Development


The CGC 2016 Enterprise Learning Report of senior L&D executives showed that, ‘obtaining the necessary budget, time and people’,  to implement L&D was their top challenge. This shows that stakeholder management and the act of courting budget holders, influencers and sceptics and getting them united behind your L&D programme is crucial to success. Even so,

Top 5 Learning & Development Conferences In The UK

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With the drive to go on screen for learning, it’s easy to forget that there are still several important face-to-face L&D conferences in the UK which offer unrivalled: networking, learning and even deal-making opportunities for L&D professionals. In saying that, most of these face-to-face conferences will be integrated with and augmented with live, interactive mobile-based

Why Should Mentoring Have A Greater Influence In L&D?


Mentoring as a long term means of spiritual guidance, personal growth and decision support has been around for a long time, but it’s probably fair to say that it has struggled to find its place within the learning and development delivery framework. It can be seen as a little too intangible and as a result,

What Are The Latest Methods To Evaluate Training?

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Modern training evaluation is a combination of the very old and the very new. At the one end of the time continuum we have Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation first developed in 1959 which still sits at the heart of modern training evaluation. While at the other end of the continuum we have bleeding-edge

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