York Executive MBA launched by Primeast & York St John University

Global business and university academics have joined forces to offer a career-enhancing opportunity for the region’s leaders. A partnership between York St John University and international business consultancy Primeast has launched a degree apprenticeship to train principled, innovative leaders to lead the performance, long-term vision and growth of their organisations. The York Executive Master of […]

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Homelessness, Addiction, Management and Leadership Development

At Primeast we are very happy to be able to share our knowledge and experience with community and third sector projects which allow us to give a bit back to the world.  Our Blue Water Primeast colleague Gordon Roscoe has been working with an amazing UK charity for the last few months.  As well as […]

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Purposeful Careers – what gets you out of bed for work every morning?

My first book “Designing the Purposeful Organization”  emphasized the need for alignment and ownership of purpose at every level of an organization.  In summary, there should be line-of-sight between the purpose of any individual employee, to that of their team(s), to their function and to the organization.  Typically, the work to determine and articulate the […]

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Action on Apprenticeships – creativity, perseverance, collaboration and branding really matter

We were delighted to be asked by CIPD (North East) to facilitate an “action oriented” workshop in Newcastle recently which was attended by over 30 enthusiastic people-professionals keen to make the most of apprenticeships and the opportunities for investing in “on and off job” learning supported by the apprenticeship levy. The levy, introduced by the […]

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Leadership tips – What is facilitation and how to excel at it

There are many business leaders who may feel they have a good handle on what it means to be a skilled facilitator, having the experience of leading meetings, engaging with staff and generally being key decision-makers that like to get things done. However, when it comes to appreciating the nuanced role of the facilitator, and […]

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Top tips for the coachee: How to get the most out of coaching

Coaching can be one of the most powerful tools for helping individuals to unlock their latent potential, and to deliver change within their own behaviour and across their business. It helps give clarity on what drives us to make decisions, and can unlock new insights that can make us more effective leaders. So, what should […]

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Coaching: Has it come of age?

In its 2016 ‘Global Coaching Study’, the International Coach Federation estimates that there are more than 50,000 external coaches globally, generating a combined income of US$2.4 billion from executive coaching; a not-insubstantial activity. Once the preserve of the senior few, coaching is now firmly embedded in the mainstream of personal learning and development options. So, […]

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Don’t Just Be an Order Taker: Effective Training Needs Assessments

As a learning designer, there are times when you are given an order for a training solution. It can, however, be dangerous to rush in and accept the order as the correct one before identifying the real causes and needs. Read my article on TrainingIndustry.com to learn how your data and analysis can still be […]

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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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Is it ever appropriate for a coach to ‘tell’?

The world of business can be a complicated place and therefore leaders will often turn to a coach to help formalise their thinking and find new insights into strategies and approaches to their work. It is a privileged position that the coach therefore holds, with the ability to potentially influence, help (or hinder) the future […]

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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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