50 Tips for Using Twitter in Business

50 Tips for Using Twitter as a Marketing ToolTwitter is the communication tool of the moment. In 2008 if you had asked anyone about Twitter they would have thought that you were a bit of a geek - now many people are using it for social, learning and business purposes.Twitter is a powerful way to hear about the 'hear and now' thoughts on a key topic - not just from people you know or follow you - but from anyone interested in the topic - all in 140 character bite sizes pieces.Twitter can … [Read more...]

Four levels of learning – Conscious competence

The personal competence model Unconscious Incompetence - We don't know what we don't know Conscious Incompetence - We know what we don't know Conscious Competence - We know what we know Unconscious Competence - We don't know what we knowHow to use the Personal competence awareness model:To communicate with and influence learners it is a prerequisite to prepare them for your ideas and for them to accept the ideas of others (in the group).Preparing them requires you to understand … [Read more...]

Creating and maintaining a high performance culture

A High Performance Culture is something many organizations strive to achieve. Many have achieved it in their own unique and distinctive ways. However, certain fundamental common factors need to exist without which a "High Performance Culture" will not be created.In difficult economic time this can be difficult to justify - however now is the time to prepare the organization for the future. Organizational development strategies take time to formulate, develop and deploy - and that is before … [Read more...]

Writing a training session or lesson plan – templates

Templates for writing a training session or a lesson plan can be a confusing task to people new to the world of learning. One of the challenges for a new trainer is the development of a lesson or session plan for a training course or module.The reason this is such a challenge are often simple – tutors do not provide a sample template or format to copy, saying that it is the trainer or teachers choice, however when you are learning this is more of a barrier than an enabler of choice to … [Read more...]

Action Learning & Action Learning Sets – Reg Revans

Action Learning & Action Learning Sets Introduction to Action learning So what is Action Learning? A definition of Action Learning Action Learning Set Who is in it? A 'Set' Meeting Action Learning Projects Participating in an Action Learning Set Structuring your timeIntroduction to Action learningWhen devising a management development programme, it is important to ensure that participants are not only 'taught' or trained, but that they have an opportunity to put learning into action. … [Read more...]

Management and leadership skills: What is the difference?

 As our organizations change and adapt so must the people running them - our managers and leaders. In the past, many organizations have neglected to develop and train this group, letting most find their own way to their own unique management or leadership style.The best organizations know that consistency is the name of the game for continued success. At the same time there has been much debate about methodologies - to train or to develop; to feed or to grow.I would define the difference … [Read more...]

From leadership to training & L&D

Your opportunity to request content on this siteOver the past 12 weeks I have been posting many short 'nuggets' on leadership, while I have a number of these to go I am now planning the next series - Training or Learning and Development.So here is your opportunity to contribute - what would you like to see added? what do you want mini-blog entries on? I expect that many topics will be developed into full entries, but these mini blog pieces have proved very popular.Just add your thoughts to … [Read more...]

Leadership models

  +++NEWSFLASH New revised layouts and now over 250 models available see them here+++  This is an old page, maintained for reasons of continuity,  please visit our updated page here  Leadership models and theories are tools that help to shape the way we think, manage and run our organisations.This page lists some of those leadership models found to be of value by the team at RapidBI. This is a historical page - our updated page can be found hereJump straight down the page to … [Read more...]

Developing the developers – CPD for trainers

Developing the developers - CPD for trainers Training our Trainers The results of the developing the developers survey shows us some of the learning and development priorities in terms of continuous professional development - CPD for trainers.Box quote.. ” If I don't know I don't know I think I know If I don't know I know I think I don't know Laing R D (1970) KnotsHarmondsworth; Penguin (p.55)”  Roles of trainers There are in effect two primary roles in learning and … [Read more...]

Value of LinkedIn Groups – Why do some professionals use them? #hrblog

Many of us are on LinkedIn. many of us use the groups on LinkedIn. But what is the value of LinkedIn groups and what do people use them for?Earlier in the month I ran a survey with my group members. the group has just over 40,000 members. Most of the members are in the HR profession. The group is a reasonably active group. I would love to be able to tell you how active, but LinkedIn has removed the group statistics! Why do people use LinkedIn groups? As a regular user of LinkedIn … [Read more...]

Learning – are we evolving or regressing – Things Trainers wont tell you! #hrblog

How we learn – and making it work for us With regards to learning are we evolving or regressingSome years ago I was asked to speak at an international conference on elearning. What I was talking about is not relevant, but what I learnt from the keynote speaker has changed my approach to training and learning and development.The speaker concerned was Professor Heinz Wolf from Brunel University (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Wolff) . What follows is not ‘word for word’ but roughly … [Read more...]

Training is like PPE – A lack of budget does not mean no training

We have all been there at one time or another. Budgets are tighter than expected. Often external spend is reduced to a minimum.A lack of budget should not mean training stops. It means we need to start thinking differently. Its innovation time! Attending courses are not the only way to train and develop people. Sometimes we need to focus on the end result, the learning needed and not the journey – how that knowledge of skill should be achieved.When as part of a Personal Development … [Read more...]

Not another training course – Coping with famine to feast of learning in business

From time to time it seems like we go from famine to feast. We have no training for months, then like a buss many come along at once!Many of us value learning new skills and knowledge. Indeed this is why quiz shows are so popular on TV. It is also why pub quiz nights are so popular at our local pubs and clubs. It is a mix of the social and the mental stimulation.We like to learn stuff. Some of us prefer to learn things around our specialisms. Others like to learn anything that broadens … [Read more...]

State of Employee Training 2015 according to #Intercall #infographic

Today I came across this interesting summary of the State of Employee Training 2015. It has been published by Intercall.In their article State of Employee Training 2015 they include the data and graphic shown below.We all know that when done well, training can add a lot of value both to organisations as well as the growth and performance potential of individuals. But with increasing budget and time challenges, training is often the first casualty. How is the state of training relevant … [Read more...]

Repetition – the neglected L&D tool with declining attention spans

Are our attentions spans declining? To learn new things, do we need to practice for 1000s of hours, or can we just learn in bite sized pieces? Are our attention spans declining or reducing with social media and the connected world? Can we really learn all we need in just a fw short minutes, or are we tied to investing time and resources to developing people?Lets start with a popular set of beliefs which have become popular in recent years. The 10,000 hour rule - of practice to create … [Read more...]

The ADDIE Instructional Design Model #HRBlog

You are expecting this piece to say how to use the ADDIE Instructional Design Model, but ADDIE is not a model - it is a conceptual framework. What does this mean for its use and validity? ADDIE Training Design Model ADDIE is often used as a model in the design of training. It is believed that ADDIE started in the world of instructional design in US military as a methodology to design and build large scale training solutions. As such it should be considered in more formal design situations … [Read more...]

July 7 Bombings 2005-One Ambulance Volunteers Reflections 10 Yrs On

Not my usual blog - July 7 Bombings 2005 - 2015 a VERY personal reflection.Two weeks ago I received an email asking if I would be prepared to produce a case study in case the press wanted the views of a volunteer as the ten year anniversary for 7/7 (July 7 Bombings in London) approached. This caused me to reflect as to what I would, and would not share about that day.  It was tough on many, many levels.The agreed output from that discussion is published in full below. Then a few days … [Read more...]

Why training fails – time for a new approach?

Time for a new approach to learning in business?Over the years I have looked at a number of books, blogs and articles and in various LinkedIn groups to do with training and developing people. Many of these are about management, leadership and developing people for the future.There seems to be a common theme.... new ways of doing things. A reinforcement of the message that the old ways did not get what you wanted. Here is a new, improved and better way. A new and shiny approach if you … [Read more...]

Game based learning vs gamification

Game based learning and gamification are the same thing? Right?No.Whilst they are based on the same origins, they are very different things. So what is Game based learning vs gamification ?  Some basic definitions to get us started: Gamification definition: “Gamification takes game elements (such as points, badges, leaderboards, competition, achievements) and applies them to a non-game setting. It has the potential to turn routine, mundane tasks into refreshing, motivating … [Read more...]

Primacy and Recency Effects in Learning

Recency Effect in Learning When we talk about the Primacy Effect and the Recency Effect, we are talking about the theory and application of the following: “. . . the Primacy Effect . . . you remember some things at the beginning of a list because it occurred first. There is the beginning, a long middle that blurs together, and now it is the end.” (8) The Primacy Effect is the beginning. You remember it because that is where you started. The Recency Effect is the finish. You remember the end the … [Read more...]

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