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
Make the most of social media for marketing Ok so you are one of those people (like me) that uses social marketing sites as part of your marketing strategy? Is your approached integrated or haphazard? Did you know that you can feed your blog posts to your twitter account or face book etc? You have to be careful about content as each is a slightly different audience, however if you can have more activity with less effort all the better. Tools like Twitterfeed help take your blog … [Read more...] about make-the-most-of-social-media-for-marketing
Overview - How to do a Training Needs Analysis - TNA - LNA A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) (or Learning Needs Analysis LNA) consists of a series of activities conducted to identify or solve problems and to determine whether training is an appropriate solution. The TNA is often the first step taken to initiate change. This is mainly because a needs analysis specifically defines the gap between the current and the desired individual and organisational performances. Introduction For … [Read more...] about How to do a Training Needs Analysis – TNA (Learning Needs Analysis LNA)
Strategy and tools in business Over 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 (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2bvobg ) (it is available … [Read more...] about Strategy and tools in business
Toolism - 5 management tools we rely on that are past their sell by date Unlike the food we buy in the shops which come with Sell by, Use by and Best before dates, the management tools we use come with no such context or advice. We believe the hype with which they are sold to us. What do Human Resources, Change Management, Learning & Development and Consulting have in common? All professionals in this arena rely on tools or processes. Many of these tools and processes have been around … [Read more...] about Toolism – 5 management tools that are past their sell by date
SWOT Analysis The SWOT analysis is an effective planning tool used to understand the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business. It usually involves specifying the objective of the business or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are supportive or unfavourable to achieving that objective. A SWOT analysis is often used as part of a strategic planning process. SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, … [Read more...] about SWOT analysis
How to do a SWOT Analysis - tools and worksheets How do I do a SWOT analysis? This page has been developed to help and support individuals new to business, HR, HRD and Management with assignments which require use of the SWOT analysis tool. Go straight to the free SWOT template SWOT Analysis A SWOT is a planning tool used to understand the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business. It involves specifying the objective of the … [Read more...] about how do i do a swot analysis
Is it the method or the result that is important? Having watched a professional discussion about the pro's and con's of NLP and other psychology based tools for HR, OD and people development (training & coaching) activities, it got me thinking... Call the plumber we have a problem... Remember when you phone for a plumber you want that person to install a shower or stop a leak... you don't want to hire or contract on the name or brand of the tools they use... does it matter what type of … [Read more...] about People don’t care about NLP, TA, and other tools and methods – why do we get so besotted by them?
Recently on some of the forums I follow there has been a debate on how long it takes to develop a training courses. Or what is the number of development hours per delivery hour. Before the debate is even started we need to understand that design for a one off one day event will be very different from a one day event which will be run several or 100s of times, and this will be different again depending on who will lead these events. If the event is to be "led" via e-learning or some other … [Read more...] about What is the ratio of development to delivery time?
Management models and theories are tools that help to shape the way we think, manage and run our organisations. This page lists some of those management models found to be of value by the team at RapidBI. Jump straight down the page to our leadership, management and coaching models UPDATE Jan 2011 Our slide sets have now been updated and include over 400 fully editible management models [wpcocategory id="8"] Introduction Management models are not in themselves a … [Read more...] about Models for use in leadership, change, projects and management