Personal Development Plans – make them work

Personal Development Plan

If you think your performance appraisal process leaves something to be desired and probably sits somewhere between “never done” and “done under duress” just take a look at a few Personal Development Plans! Or should I say “pointless de-motivating plans”.     Creating A PDP That Achieves Something   So, by our title you can assume that we mean the …

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Leadership Development – Getting it right

Getting leadership development right

Leadership development is one of the most popular learning and development topics within the training industry and has been for some time. Leadership development can be a hard area to address if employees recognise the need instead of the leaders themselves. After all telling a senior figure in any organisation that they need further development can be pretty career limiting. …

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Use Psychometrics & 360 feedback to put you back on track

The use of 360 feedback and psychometrics can play a fundamental part in helping get an individual back on track with their performance and general self-satisfaction at work. People are rarely incompetent or useless.  Most of the time they are just in the wrong job and aren’t playing to their strengths.  So what fool would land themselves the wrong job …

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When is it time to stop developing?

It’s great that in all this doom and gloom of recession, job cuts, bankruptcy and MP’s expenses there are still companies who continue to develop their people. After all, we’ll need all these well trained staff and fantastic managers and leaders when the upturn comes! So, the other week I was running a leadership programme for a client and I …

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Using Q12 to Develop Great Teams

I’ve been in the business of developing teams for a fair number of years now and I am pretty sure I’ve seen most forms of team development, team building and whatever else you want to call it.  But it’s a very true saying that there are many ways to skin a cat (not that I’d recommend this as a past …

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Edge of the Box Thinking

 Innovation Happens at the Edge  By Tom Stevens  (c)2007  In a knowledge-driven economy, chances are greater than ever that the value you offer comes from making use of expertise. Conventional wisdom will tell you that you get the best from your expertise by deeper learning your field, by keeping up with new developments and understanding the nuances and intricacies of …

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7 Things Leaders DO Other Than Issue Directives

By Tom Stevens  (c)2007  The comments and questions from many of my workshop participants and coaching clients often reveal that their basic concept of leadership is about being in charge – i.e. obtaining a position of power, having the most information, and giving orders. The classic boss. From this viewpoint, effective leadership requires having the answer to any question brought …

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Twelve Qualities that Make You a Leader

What leadership is not: It is not Management. Management is working with and through people and groups to accomplish organizational goals. Leadership is influencing human behaviour, regardless of the goal. A leader is first of all a person who serves people. In order to lead, people need to know that you care about them. You show you care by excellent …

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Psychometrics can change your life for the better!

Having been involved in training and development for a good number of years, I’ve seen my fair share of people who have exceled at what they do.  I have also seen many who haven’t! It pains me to see someone who is not very good at the job they have.  It also pains me to hear people refer to them …

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Why You Should Study The Best Leaders

Good leaders learn from the best. Why? Because you can see further on the shoulders of giants. In the business world, the best thinkers are often labelled “gurus”. But who are the best? What exactly makes someone a guru? How and why do you apply the best ideas of leading thinkers to your situation? This three part article provides some …

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