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We 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.

Our workshops and virtual training events are engaging, interactive, and enable the delevlopment of competence and confidence.

Our training and development category contains workshops, articles, and products to help you to plan, prepare and deliver successful training events.

Smarter Facilitation

2023-07-16T14:19:53+00:00Categories: Training and Development|Tags: |

I always welcome the opportunity to co-facilitate. Almost without exception I work with some wonderfully talented people with much smarter facilitation skills than me. It never ceases to amaze me how almost (that word again) on these occasions the delivery is seamless, it appears that this double act has [...]

Little Value from Bigwigs and Stinking Thinking

2023-09-04T11:01:37+00:00Categories: Evaluating Training and Development, Return on training investment|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 [...]

Misplace Mistakes

2021-06-15T16:23:01+00:00Categories: Training and Development|Tags: |

Mistakes are the food of learning, provided we reflect on them and consciously consider the errors made, yet sometimes we find it difficult to shake them off, or to to misplace mistakes.Trial and error learning involves activity in which a variety of responses to solve a task are tentatively tried [...]

The power of positive questions

2020-01-16T18:16:42+00:00Categories: Facilitating Change Initiatives, 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 [...]

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

2019-02-01T10:16:34+00:00Categories: 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, [...]

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