Blogs do they work for you

Web 2.0 and all that it means… blogs, twitter, interaction etc but what does it mean?Humans are social animals, we need to be part of a social group, a hierarchy. With the demise of the extended family, the nuclear family and more and more isolation perhaps it was inevitable that we will need to find a ‘new social group’.It is curious that over the past 15 years membership of voluntary organisations has changed. We no longer go to the ‘clubs’ that we once did to feel part of some … [Read more...]

Innovation creating an organizational wide culture of executive innovation

Executive innovation – creating the culture Ever heard your people say…“What we need in this organization is innovation” or “Creativity will give us the edge”.Executives and leaders often utter these words with little realisation of the difficulties of bringing about a fundamental shift in the behaviour necessary to create an innovation culture across the organization. “We can empower people to bring new ideas, we’ll run some workshops on creativity” if only it were that simple. But … [Read more...]

Innovation – Individual or team effort – “Collective Leadership”

Today I read an interesting blog article on Innovation which starts with:"To generate creative business ideas, breakthrough innovators must be fiercely tested and wisely deployed (…) Truly innovative people are rare. Perhaps, 5% or 10% of the high potential managers within a company at any given time have the skills and attributes to become innovators.”Read Jeffrey Cohn, Jon Katzenbach, and Gus Vlack’s paper, “Finding and Grooming Breakthrough Innovators,” on HBR."  The author … [Read more...]

Executive Innovation the key to success

Is Executive Innovation the key to success?The world economy is changing… are we reacting fast enough? For many executives innovation is just not happening fast enough according to recent articles and research from Boston Consulting Group’s annual study on innovation. Many organisations know that first in order to survive and then to grow they need to innovate. In recent years the focus of innovation has been on creativity and the innovative process, but the lack of results show that this … [Read more...]

Not What Why

When situations are difficult it is easy to remain task focused (what), but does this help us maintain a future resistant approach?Schein in “Organizational Culture and Leadership”  says “what happens in organizations is fairly easy to observe, but in the effort to understand why such things happen, culture as a concept comes into its own”If leadership is the key to the future success of our organisation then culture is the lock. In a world where we are very short term-ist (just look … [Read more...]

Employee Engagement the solution in difficult times

Employee Engagement – the solution in difficult times? Yet another weekend where the news broadcasts and the Sunday papers have been full of the economic doom and gloom. With many of the retail stores starting with 20% & 25% discounts with four weeks before Christmas you know things are changing.If the key to survival is employee talent, then retention of talent has got to be a prime drive. But security is not the only factor, often when organizations offer redundancy, it is those that … [Read more...]

Evaluating the impact of training – another failure

Evaluating the impact of training is this as successful as we would like to believe?On one forum I regularly visit was the question:I am currently trying to answer a question for my course, but have hit a slight problem. The question I need to answer for my written project is:- Conduct an analysis to determine the effects that training has had on the success of your organisation. I was planning on writing about Customer Service training we have been running on going for the last 18 … [Read more...]

What is an Internship? Why should you do one?

At its most basic level an internship programme could be said to be: An internship programme is a planned work experience opportunity offered by an employer. There should be no expectation of employment after completing the programme/ experience. People in these roles are called interns. The intern role is to work at an organisation for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or post graduates. Most internships last for any length of time between 1 week and 12 … [Read more...]

How to Write a Mission Statement and Sample Statements

How to Write a Mission Statement and Sample StatementsHow to write a Mission Statement Mission Statement Style Template The Ideal Mission Statement Examples of Mission Statements Copyright Mission Statements A mission statement is a statement of intent for a business or organization. It may be a temporary one setting a strategic goal, or a long term statement.They should be more than a series of buzz words and business jargon strung together. Nor should it be a stiff, bland dictum. … [Read more...]

Writing and Training Managers in SMART objectives

How do we start training and developing our managers in writing SMART objectives?Please also see How to Write SMART objectives. So how do we go about training managers in smart objectives?This is always an interesting topic. the following was recently posted on a community forum: “We are currently reviewing our appraisal process. We have realised our line managers need training on how to set clear SMART objectives. Has anyone got any information that they have used to train managers … [Read more...]

Do Management Models and Theories Work?

“What Management & Business Methods, Models and/or Theories have provided executives/managers and their organizations (e.g. company, institution, team) benefits and improvements”Over the years I have used many of the management, leadership, business and change models and theories and unfortunately the answer to “do they work?” is YES and NO.One of the difficulties with any management, business or leadership models is that we forget that the original success for using a given strategy … [Read more...]

Stop Start Continue Change – a Management and facilitation Model

The Stop Start Continue Change is a management and facilitation model that can be applied to a wide range of situations where we need to improve processes, polices and behaviours etc. Stop – Start – Continue – Change The Stop – Start – Continue – Change four step change model is a simple yet often overlooked organizational and individual development tool. Suitable for a wide range of applications including individual, team and organisational, the SSCC model provides a valuable facilitation … [Read more...]

Developing a team and managing change

So how do you go about Developing a team and managing change? What are the key steps?Today we received a request: “I need some ideas and help please. I need to run a simple first team meeting within the start up division I am employed. There are 20 people in the division, and all have been employed no more than 6 months. Usual growing pains and fall outs and frustrations of no one quite sure what they are doing. Do you have any ideas?”Our reply to this request was…It all depends … [Read more...]

Strategy and tools in business

Strategy and tools in businessOver the years a lot of good and bad stuff has been said about SWOT. Sure it is not the most robust of tools but when used in the way it was originally developed – it is a powerful tool. Some people have argued that it is time to move on from SWOT to other things – in this piece we explore SOAR an appreciative Inquiry tool.An interesting article on this topic was published in Ai Practitioner magazine ( ) (it is available … [Read more...]

Introduction to Knowledge – Understanding – Action The RapidBI approach to Change

Introduction to KUA™ Knowledge -> Understanding -> ActionKnowledge leads to Understanding which can be applied into effective Actionis the process and principles that RapidBI base all of our programs, products and development upon.We recommend that when starting any OD or change intervention that you follow this simple, yet effective process:KNOWLEDGE - learn the principles, underpinning information and concepts UNDERSTANDING - from that knowledge develop your … [Read more...]

Why change management often fails to deliver

Why do most change management initiatives fail? Over the past 10 years The RapidBI team have researched and investigated the reasons why many organizational change and improvement initiates fail to deliver bottom line results. Indeed many change and improvement initiatives don't just fail to add to the bottom line, they often suck valuable resources from the organization and reduce the overall effectiveness.  And then the change also fails to live up to expectations.Our research which has … [Read more...]

guide to employee satisfaction & engagement surveys

A guide to Employee Satisfaction Engagement SurveysA guide to conducting employee engagement and satisfaction survey. This page outlines the key steps and requirements of a successful staff or employee survey.EESS Home - Employee Engagement Satisfaction - Guide to surveys - EESS overviewA guide to conducting employee engagement and satisfaction surveys Employee survey techniques have developed  significantly over the past few years, with web based technologies it is … [Read more...]

Why business improvement fails to deliver

Why business improvement fails to deliver Why business improvement often fails to deliver. This article explores the reasons why so many business improvement initiatives fail to deliver.Over the past 10 years The RapidBI team have researched and investigated the reasons why many business change and improvement initiates fail to deliver bottom line results. Indeed many change and improvement initiatives don't just fail to add to the bottom line, the often suck valuable resources from the … [Read more...]

Training Needs Analysis

Training Needs Analysis Sample templates The links below will provide access to a sample TNA form and an example how the same data can be used for developing personal development plans.TNA Sample data collection form and Sample Output for PDP use Need simple, low cost help implementing TNA's For help in implementing systems like this please Contact us.Costs from as little as £1000 for a whole organisationIndividual needs analysis from just £199.Try one of our management … [Read more...]

Dale – Cone of Experience or Learning Pyramid Theory – Misleading Quotes

Whatever you call it, it's probably not what you expected. Dale Cone of Experience, Cone of Learning or the Learning Pyramid is not how most books and sites quote it. The origins of this stuff have been distorted over time. Or did they really exist, and was it just a figment of someones imagination? The reality of course is that its a mix. dales did develop a cone of experience, but it had no numbers and was a metaphor not a piece of research. as for the National Training Laboratory in Maine and … [Read more...]

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