training and developmentTraining and Development is what Spectrain do. We design and deliver competency based training and development programmes. Spectrain have designed training and development solutions for a range of organisation in a variety of sectors since 1998. We have achieved the BILD quality mark for our training and development services

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

By |2019-02-13T17:48:30+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

As a learning designer I believe in the power of stories to sustain attention. Our brains are attracted to stories in which the characters struggle and eventually surface unknown abilities to triumph over adversity. This is why our Learning by Design course is so successful. It places the learner at the heart of the story, this helps learners [...]

Little Value from Bigwigs and Stinking Thinking

By |2019-01-24T19:50:39+00:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Evaluating Training, Return on training investment, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A big job had presented itself at training towers. The bigwigs had attended a continuous improvement seminar where they had been publicly embarrassed by the ring masters for their stinking thinking. The big wigs arrived at training towers and the gnomes were summoned. During a verbal thrashing the gnomes were told to put out to tender [...]

Learning – press pause this isn’t working

By |2019-01-24T19:52:07+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

She’s there, the attendance register says so, ticks will go into boxes and records of learning will be kept. But she’s there in body only, her mind is elsewhere. She thinks is this Learning? I need to - press pause this isn’t working Today’s class is about the history of learning and development, apparently considerable transformations [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

By |2019-01-29T16:58:32+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Learning designers have many tools and resources at their disposal these days so it’s easy to understand why they would choose to throw all of them at every development challenge in the hope of making  something stick. Today I have been reviewing a blended learning programme. I use the words  “Blended and Learning” loosely to describe [...]

Misplace Mistakes

By |2019-01-29T18:16:49+00:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

Mistakes are the food of learning, provided we reflect on them and consciously consider the errors made.Trial and error learning involves activity in which a variety of responses to solve a task are tentatively tried and some discarded until the correct solution is found and our mistakes are replaced with correct responses. With no trial, there’s [...]

Transform your team through the power of positive questions

By |2019-01-29T17:12:41+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: |

Imagine the impact of transforming your team’s mindset from problems to possibilities, from blame to empathy, from opposition to collaboration; it is possible to transform your team through the power of positive questions using the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry. I have been using this technique with a team who I have been working with [...]

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

By |2019-02-01T10:16:34+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Recently I have been “Optimising” a huge library of learning and development materials for an organisation who wish to transfer traditional teacher-focused learning to a flexible blended approach. The collection of  learning materials has been "designed" by a variety of individuals and consists of a mixture of styles, templates, fonts, this is a mistake the approach [...]