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The Problem with People Science

People Science is the world of the rational, of evidence and categories, systems and equations. We all know and evidence-based research confirms, that people aren’t rational. They are unique and emotional and, unlike machines, don’t perform in an unbiased way. They find it difficult to be informed decision makers – preferring heuristics – which makes […]

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Why don’t line managers develop their people?

The urgent need to democratise learning The never-ending debate around undergraduate tuition fees and vocational and technical training courses hits the headlines again. The PM, Theresa May is calling for “better value” from the former and “higher standards” for the latter. While this issue centres on the quality and cost of education for young people […]

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Brexit – Joy for the Procrastinators

Making no decision is worse than making a bad decision. So much has been spoken about Brexit and of its likely impact on business in the UK. Whilst business confidence remains muted about its impact, it appears many are awaiting greater clarity before committing to longer-term plans. Preserving the status quo is preferred by many […]

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Apprenticeships won’t solve the UK’s productivity decline

The Economics Editor at Sky News, Ed Conway, commented that encouraging more apprenticeships and technical qualifications and viewing these on a par with graduate qualifications is the key to improving the UK’s productivity woes. It’s a valid point, but it only serves to divert attention away from the underlying problem hampering productivity – leadership quality. […]

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Technical vs. Personal Skills

Developing personal skills to foster leadership positions in engineering. In a profession like engineering – built on definitive right and wrong answers – it can be difficult to be told that you need to challenge the status quo, particularly when it comes to personal skills development. The technical skills and know-how that enable entry and […]

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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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Behavioural change doesn’t emerge from classroom training!

Development of people is not simply the acquisition of skills; it’s about behavioural change and having the confidence in one’s ability to know what to do and when to do it in live moments. Online learning and workshops can’t do that. Add in coaching and you’re getting there. Without it, you’re just dipping sheep: some […]

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