Today I read a thread on Diagnosing Organizational Culture, where someone was asking for recommendations on tools to use to undertake this task. If you are only looking for isolated culture tools then the following should be considered (in no particular order): Diagnosing Organizational culture – Harrison Denison Organizational Culture Survey – Denison Corporate Culture Questionnaire – SHL The Creatrix – Byrd (http://www.creatrix.com/ ) looks at the culture for innovation and … [Read more...] about Diagnosing organizational culture
Small company marketing audit Many training, consulting and professional services firms make an assumption that marketing will take care of itself. It won’t! We need to periodically look at what we do and plan our approach. Every now and again it is worth looking at your business, what you do and where you do it. This simple tool will provide you with a basic structure to review your marketing activity and what it is doing for you. Where is your business now? – Current position of your … [Read more...] about Marketing template & plan for small businesses
Training needs analysis for "common business needs" and skills Identifying training needs or identifying learning needs are topics we are often asked about. To help individuals undertaking TNA or LNAs we have developed a series of templates to act as a starter for you. Often the content of the needs analysis template may be all you need, however, we do not know your particular organization or culture. Use these templates as a starting point. Not all performance issues can be solved … [Read more...] about TNA template – Training needs analysis for "common business needs" and skills
Before you train - priming people by Joy Wilson - Spectrain Recently I received a book in the post from an old and learned friend. It came with a note which said “read this prior to our next meeting and we will discuss”! I studied the front and the back cover and felt confused – how did book relate to me? Have I read the book – No, I have found no reason to! Reasons for Learning Think about how we embrace opportunities to learn and develop, it’s a little like choosing a self help … [Read more...] about The Priming Power of Advanced Organisers or Before you train – priming people
Lots of organizations run leadership, talent and graduate development programmes. How can we increase the opportunity of employee retention after participation in a development programme? many provide a 1 year development programmes and wonder why people leave the organization 2-5 years later. The following was recently asked on a social group: Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with setting up an Alumni Strategy for employees who complete any type of talent … [Read more...] about Employee Retention & Alumni Solutions for talent management programmes
What do you look for when doing a Training Needs Analysis for office and managerial skills? Identifying training needs or identifying learning needs are topics we are often asked about. To help individuals undertaking TNA or LNAs we have developed a series of templates to act as a starter for you. Often the content of the needs analysis template may be all you need, however, we do not know your particular organization or culture. Use these templates as a starting point. Not all … [Read more...] about TNA template – Managerial and Office Skills Training
So what is the difference between team working and team building? Are they 2 phrases for the same thing? I have seen the terms used interchangeably in articles and in the workplace, but does that help or hinder? In our article on collaboration how is it different from team work we explored the definitions of some terms. It often helps to start with some commonly accepted definitions: Definition of Team Working Team Working, The earliest definition I could find is: Source - … [Read more...] about Difference between team working and team building
Room Layouts suitable for group training So you are having a training session or meeting. Have you considered what layout would be best for you? Have you ever had a meeting in a room that was in a different configuration from your usual format? Was the meeting more or less effective than normal? This guide can be used when you ‘book’ or hire a training or meeting room. Remember to state the layout and the number of participants required. Importance of effective training room … [Read more...] about Training Room Layout
Microsoft and LinkedIn have the power to change the way we do business and collaborate - but have they blown it? Over the years I have used many collaborative tools. I was also part of an external team of people supporting IBM Social Business platform Connections. Now that product although used extensively internally has never really made it into the mainstream. Its a shame, but it was very well integrated. Integration with other software is critical for long term adoption and … [Read more...] about Do collaborations tools help or hinder? An Open Letter To Microsoft & LinkedIn
Tool for identifying & retaining key talent in organizations - 9 box grid Background to the Nine Box Grid The nine box grid or matrix, is believed to have originated within McKinsey to assess different business units and to prioritise the investment in individuals. This was developed for GE in the late 1960s and 1970s to enable them assess the potential of individuals in its business and prioritize their investment and overall strategy. It is claimed that it is based on the Boston … [Read more...] about Nine Box Grids for Talent Management
What is the Deep-Dive™ Brainstorming technique? Deep-Dive™ is the name of a technique used to rapidly immerse a group or team into a situation for problem-solving or idea creation. This approach is often used for brainstorming product or process development. History of Deep Dive Originally developed by the IDEO group (a learning design company) for rapid product development, the Deep-Dive technique is now widely and increasingly used for innovation not only in product development but process … [Read more...] about Deep-Dive Brainstorming Technique – IDEO
Amazon Kindle, trainers and a virtual library Technology is changing all the time, but one thing that has moved (historically) least is display technology. Is the Kindle e-book reader from Amazon a valuable tool for professionals? Is it worth the money and more importantly the weight and space in our already busy lives? The launch of "virtual paper" (e-Ink) displays is one of the 'newer' technologies, and being in a household that devours books I thought it was time to explore these, both for … [Read more...] about Amazon Kindle, trainers and a Virtual Library
Data protection law changes on 25 May 2018 for all of us in Europe & beyond. There is a lot of information out there but little about GDPR for Sole Traders and Micro-Businesses UPDATED 14 MAY to include ICO registration requirements The law on data protection says what you should do when you collect, use, store or do anything else with people’s personal data. This law changes on 25 May 2018. As a freelance or independent professional (working as a sole trader or micro-business/ … [Read more...] about GDPR Checklist – for sole traders and Micro businesses
It is important to review performance through good communications. As the snow recedes our thoughts turn to the spring and the unpopular annual appraisal season. Why are appraisals or performance reviews dreaded by some and feared by others? Many managers despair at the thought of stopping work as they see it to have to prepare and then interview their team members. This stoppage, of course, is accompanied by a complicated, sometimes arcane system which does not look as if it has anything to … [Read more...] about Reviewing employee performance through effective communication
Are we catering to all our employees' needs? Are we really aware of everyone's disability? Why are most of us being discriminating? Why do we put some of the people we should be supporting at a disadvantage? A few months ago I had personal reasons to look at the material I was producing for clients. Are we as professional communicators providing the best service we can? Or are we providing what looks good to our immediate paymasters? Am I blind? A few months ago I was unfortunate to … [Read more...] about Why are we so bad at communicating and presentations
Is Organizational Development a true path to strategic development? In the past it has been behaviourally focused. Now it is time for change. Time to get more holistic. More business like. More balanced. Traditionally Organizational Development (OD) was mainly concerned with the three S’s of an organisation: Structures Staff and Skills Specialists and consultants practising in Organizational Development would look at an organization and identify its stage of growth or maturity. … [Read more...] about Organizational Development a true path to strategic development?
What is a Blog? Lets look at the background behind this technology, so we can understand where it is coming from. Research into the history behind blogs suggests that it was Pyra Labs is the company that adopted the word Blogger, and made the service a big success (now known as Google blogger/ blogspot). The people that were the co-founders of Pyra Labs were Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan. "Pyra" was also the name of the company's first product. It was a web based application … [Read more...] about What is a business blog? A marketing tool?
PRIMO-F the Business Growth Model Often in organizations we use a SWOT analysis as a way of identifying priorities and areas for improvement. While theSWOT is a wonderfully flexible tool, it is too easy to miss out key elements. We tend to use a SWOT based on our experiences, rather than the actual situational needs. As SWOT analysis is made up of two internal elements (SW) and two external elements (OT) it is helpful to use a structure to give us a guide for what should be … [Read more...] about PRIMO-F Model for Business Development
Looking at the wrong LinkedIn metrics? Are you guilty of looking and focusing on inefficient LinkedIn metrics? There are some an old sayings, Just because you can measure something, does not mean you should. And What gets measured gets done. Looking at the wrong LinkedIn metrics? Why do we focus on some metrics and not others? Dowe look at the right or wrong LinkedIn metrics? I was at a networking event recently and the talk was about LinkedIn Posts/ articles and … [Read more...] about The Insanity of looking at the “wrong” LinkedIn metrics on articles
Why should we blog? For some time I have been promoting Twitter as a good thing for people running small businesses to do, but recently I have been asked “why blog” and what is the value to small businesses and freelance consultants and trainers. I guess that because I have been doing this for some time that I overlooked the basics. This article is the first is a short series to show why and how to blog for business. People and business blog for a wide range of reasons including: … [Read more...] about Why blog? Is it a Marketing tool?