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Placing a Value in People Development

In our obsession to put a value on our every action, we’ve devalued the importance of people development. We intuitively know that if we develop people they will fulfil their individual potential and contribute to the organisation at an even greater level than at present. By ignoring their needs they will leave the organisation or, […]

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Why Coach Leaders Deliver Business Success

“Organisations say that people are their most important asset, yet few leaders consider people engagement a priority of their role or make the link between their ability to engage and business performance. If people don’t feel valued, they’re unlikely to add value.” David Cartwright What is a Coach Leader? At the OBD Academy we use […]

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Employee Engagement is Leadership Engagement in Hiding!

Employee Engagement has become the buzzword to describe a motivated and switched-on team of workers. Cast your mind back twenty plus years ago and people wouldn’t understand what the term meant let alone how to go about influencing it. What we now speak of as employee engagement was, in the past, referred to as Industrial […]

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Coach Leaders Prioritise People Development

Where are the Coach Leaders? “We live in a world in which change is the only constant.” The importance and impact of statements of this ilk diminish the more they are repeated. Eventually, they fail to command our attention; we hear the words, but they no longer direct our thoughts to the ramifications of what […]

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Sponsoring Leaders – the absent partners in L&D until now!

An engineering company discovered the significance of the engagement of sponsoring leaders when it trialled a blended learning package with its managers. “For the learning to be properly embedded, the line manager needs to do so much more than just allow the time and space for the learning to take place,” reflected Kelly Langley, learning […]

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Leadership Development in Engineering

Change and People “We live in a world in which change is the only constant.” The importance and impact of statements of this ilk diminish the more they are repeated. Eventually, they fail to command our attention; we hear the words, but they no longer direct our thoughts to the ramifications of what sits behind […]

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The Learner Experience must never be compromised

This article appeared in Training Journal on 20th March 2017. The Need for Development Humans have a psychological need to develop and grow; it’s fundamental to our well-being and self-esteem. It’s important in both our personal and professional lives. We are born unique and with the capacity to do far more than we believe. If […]

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Skype Coaching Pushes the Boundaries

This article appeared as a For vs. Against piece in HR Zone on 17th March 2017.  The counter position to Skype Coaching can be found on the HR Zone website here. Coaching is recognised as one of the most powerful developmental interventions in helping people to make sense of new learning. Its focus is not […]

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People Development : The case for democratisation

Change and People “We live in a world in which change is the only constant.” As with most statements of this ilk their importance and impact diminish the more they are repeated. Eventually, they fail to command our attention; we hear the words, but they no longer direct our thoughts to the ramifications of what […]

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A day in the life of…as observed by my wife!

For reasons best known to themselves, Training Zone asked me to write a piece on my typical day – early March is obviously a quiet period for journalistic types. Of course there is no such thing, but it didn’t deter my wife from having a stab. I’d probably have beefed up the more visible signs […]

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