The Management Apprentice – a UK learning revolution 90% funded by HMRC!

An exciting opportunity for smart employers in the UK to engage in a people development revolution arrived earlier this year in the unlikely form of apprenticeships.  Well unlikely to those of us who regarded apprenticeships as a development route for young people who needed an alternative to academia. Think of the broad concept of an […]

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Elevating purpose to a global level

This short article is for all organisations, large or small in any sector, even down to the growing number of self-employed people representing an increasing proportion of the modern work force. Two vital considerations about the nature of purpose In “Designing the Purposeful Organization – how to inspire business performance beyond boundaries“, I stress (at […]

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Apprenticeship Levy: Everything UK businesses need to know

Businesses across the UK are gearing up for the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy, but what exactly is it? And why should your business take heed? These are just some of the questions we hope to answer in the following paragraphs

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Manufacturing and the major issues faced by the industry in a VUCA world

The business world has changed dramatically in recent years, with many industries now having to contend with instability in the global financial climate and a series of other issues that mean they can no longer be complacent about future prosperity and performance. And, these conditions are unlikely to get any more stable

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Complex industry and creativity: Do they mix?

As industry becomes increasingly complex, with sectors like technology, oil exploration and pharmaceuticals requiring rigour, knowledge and effective processes in order to develop and produce new products and services, there is an increasing need to ensure creativity does not get left behind

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Scientist to manager: What’s the big deal?

It’s one of those tricky issues that organisations across the pharmaceutical sector face frequently: how do we bridge the gap in skills that are needed for top scientists to become effective managers?

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Making the most of learning and development in a time-poor setting

One of the most common effects of the economic slowdown of recent years – and the resulting shift in focus for many organisations – has been the need to ‘do more with less’.  In a time-poor setting for many companies, does this mean that learning and development is falling by the wayside?

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Why business leaders should take an interest in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by Clive Wilson

In September 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York to make the most significant commitment in the history of humanity. They formally adopted seventeen new sustainable development goals (SDGs) with stretching targets to tackle critical needs ranging from poverty, through climate change to world peace. 

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Offshore production: Why people need to be at the heart of efficiency strategies

As oil prices plunge to concerning lows, efficiency has taken on greater significance for the oil and gas industry. Organisations need to act fast to put an end to high production costs and tighten the market once again – something that will prove a challenge thanks to the large stockpile of oil currently being held […]

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How to roll out a global learning and development programme

Taking a global approach to learning and development (L&D) programmes allows organisations to achieve consistency, reduce the number of contracts on their books, create more tailored learning solutions through stronger relationships with partners, and increase the consistency of communication. However, the scale and complexity of rolling out global L&D acts as a deterrent for many. […]

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Could long hours be putting highly-regulated industries at risk?

Highly regulated industries like oil and gas and pharmaceuticals depend on processes being rigorously followed to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and protect the health and safety of stakeholders. However, the abilities of organisations to follow the rules could be being undermined. New research suggests that long working hours are putting businesses at risk. According […]

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Creating a mindful business

In a 2012 article for the Harvard Business Review, Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, painted an all-too familiar picture for many leaders. “I was an executive vice president at Honeywell, en route to the top. By external standards I was highly successful, but inside I was deeply unhappy. I had […]

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