Spectrain have been Consulting in the Middle East for many years. Our services include design and delivery of specific competency based training courses for developing countries and nationalization projects. These posts reflect our experiences while Consulting in the Middle East

Pond Life Professional Parasites and Plagiarists

By |2019-02-14T10:28:47+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

I received an email message from a lady in who had been on our Problem Solving Course, energised and enthused by her mastery of the tools and techniques she had recommended the course to her colleagues. Her organisation publishes a schedule for it's in -house courses. This particular course was oversubscribed for many months to come. [...]

Culture Crimes and Cultural Lip Service

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Culture, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

History is littered with examples of organisations that have underestimated the strength of cultural conditioning paying superficial lip service to cultural integration and these Culture Crimes have  resulted in failures in strategic alignment, communications and delays in execution of plans which impacts returns on investment. This story describes an example of one organisation in the engineering [...]

Purchasers of Training – Beware the Cuckoo in the Nest

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00October 16th, 2012|Categories: Evaluating Training, Strategic Human Resource Management, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Purchasers of Training - Beware the Cuckoo in the Nest The expression "cuckoo in the nest" can mean a person or an organisation trying to look like something they are not; it is also used to describe a problem that grows quickly, consuming resources needed for other purposes Don’t Sponsor a Training Cuckoo Training purchasers, would you [...]

Spectrain Awarded The BILD Quality Mark

By |2017-01-05T10:29:11+00:00July 30th, 2012|Categories: spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Spectrain Awarded The BILD Quality Mark  The Learning Providers Mark of Distinction Spectrain is delighted to announce that its commitment to quality through the provision of training, learning and development products and services, has been recognised by The British Institute for Learning and Development. Spectrain has been awarded The BILD Quality Mark The ‘Learning’ Provider’s Mark [...]

Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer

By |2019-02-01T10:17:39+00:00June 8th, 2012|Categories: Training and Development, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

As a designer of learning and development solutions I am concerned with how cultural barriers impact learning and knowledge transfer. This knowledge enables me to recommend and implement successful learning transfer strategies and pre-post learning support initiatives to overcome Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer Individualistic and Collective Cultures Individualistic cultures or low power distance cultures are characterised [...]

Top Tips for Choosing and Using External Consultants

By |2019-10-06T15:04:46+00:00March 28th, 2012|Categories: Change leadership, Human Resource Management|Tags: , |

Many organisations find that consultants fail to deliver what was expected, and yet, many consultants experience a sense of sheer frustration because of scope creep or lack of clarity because expected outcomes have not been clearly defined. Consultants thrive on their reputation So, before you consider hiring a consultant, consider these  Top Tips for Choosing and [...]

Media Misdemeanours in the Middle East

By |2019-02-01T11:05:20+00:00September 17th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Learning Design, spectrain, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , , , |

While developing a competency framework for a large telecoms provider in the Middle East I was interviewing middle managers who occupied a range of roles. One manager was involved in marketing the organisations products and services. An aspect of our conversation focused upon advertising and the challenge of appealing to a variety of market segments in [...]

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