Category Archives: Blended Training

What’s the Value of Value? Are we trapping leaders in a meaningless measurement mind-set?

Leaders have always been required to deliver increased value from the assets they have under their stewardship. In some organisations this is the very essence and definition of effective leadership and they reward their leaders accordingly. Clearly hitting performance targets is a key aspect of any leaders role but a balance needs to be found between how this is achieved and…

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Mastery of Self – Our Learning Preference

Learning to lead starts with learning how to lead ourselves. Our own habits and rituals will determine to a large extent how effective a leader we become and a good place to start understanding this, is by looking at how our habits and rituals are formed. Habits are themselves a result of a learning journey that is worth a moment of reflection. The journey starts…

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Leadership 2020 – Leaders of the future your country needs you…

Whether we like it or not, Brexit is the new reality here in the UK. Whilst the impact of the recent referendum on our political leaders has been quick and dramatic, the impact on our economy is still uncertain. What is clear, is that rarely have leaders had to face such a dramatic shift in the external environment in which…

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The Journey from ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I Can’ and ‘I Won’t’ to ‘I Will’ – the creation of Change Makers

“You either think you can or you think you can’t – either way you will be right” Henry Ford is credited with this insightful observation of people’s response to the challenge of change. It shines a light on the power of mind-set  and attitude when confronting change and gives us all a clue on how to take people on a journey from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I…

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Leaders need habits not resolutions – here are 5 simple habits to cultivate that will build leadership credibility

What you do is far more important than what you say. If you are a leader then you are being watched and how you behave shapes not only how people respond to you, but also influences the way things are done in your area. If you want change to occur in your organisation, function or department, then I suggest you start the process by looking in the…

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Project Risks – the role of the expert, the naïve challenger and Bernoulli a Dutch mathematician.

A risk can be defined as an event that could happen that will prevent your project delivering all intended benefits on time in full. An issue is very different, it is something that has happened that threatens your project delivering all intended benefits on time in full. Swimming in shark infested waters is risky, removing a plane from a tow truck is…

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5 Project Management Pitfalls and what you can do about them

The most common project management pitfalls are ‘adaptive’ in nature, that is they are to do with how people interact with each other during the life of the project. Rarely are they to do with the ‘technical’ aspects of the project and we developed our Team Based Project Management approach over 15 years ago to combat what we saw as the overly technical…

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Positively Delicious Learning

I’m a huge fan of the human brain. Imagine one billion neurons packed densely together, firing off electrical signals, communicating through chemical exchanges across infinitesimally small spaces. “So what’s the big deal?” you might ask. Just think; this gooey 3 pound blob in your head defines your sense of self, your capabilities, your relationships and your perception of reality. Thanks…

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RAISING BETTYS’ STANDARDS OF “THE PERFECT HOST”

Bettys of Harrogate is a business originating in 1919, when a Swiss born confectioner, Fredrick Belmont opened his first Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate. Today Bettys is a substantial and profitable business with six Café Tea Rooms across Yorkshire, its own Cookery School and an online service. For years, the family business has invested in nurturing something that it has not…

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