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Learning & Development

  • How to turn training into profit

    Nowhere is the idea of value for money in training more succinctly described than the saying, ‘if you think education is expensive try ignorance.’ It speaks volumes, but it also misses one very crucial point! The average cost of a driving lesson today is £24 and most would agree that it is money well spent – if you are learning to drive. In fact, after taking the average of 47 hours worth of lessons (as recommended by the Driving…

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  • Thinking of buying e-learning?

    Some of the advances I’ve seen have been game-changing, others are more akin to revolutionary, and some just a result of natural progression.Now I don’t claim to be a visionary, and neither am I old-fashioned. In fact, I am very much one of those people who started my career in the pre-digital age, then learned and embraced each new development as it came along. Technology has been the key driver behind most of the advancements in business…

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  • When should you upgrade?

    Upgrades: Get all of the gains, and bypass the pains! Some upgrades are necessary, even critical, for a business; while others tend to be optional or merely a matter of preference. In either case, there is a preconception (based on previous experience) that there will be interruption, disruption and hassle as a result of the process. Windows 10, for example, gives much higher levels of security meaning it is seen by most as a critical upgrade…

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  • Excel – view spreadsheet totals with one click!

    Excel spreadsheets shortcut tip

    Don’t get lost in your budget Excel spreadsheets anymore! With this very useful shortcut you can streamline the information in your workbook to reveal what is relevant, simplifying your data within seconds. It’s always useful to see all the data in finance spreadsheets like a cash flow forecast or a profit and loss account, but sometimes you just want to see the important numbers. Any type of spreadsheet which contains formulas can…

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  • The 9 steps to Training a clear IT vision!

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King!

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King! Being ‘the expert’ is quite a burden to carry and one that is rarely beneficial to the carrier or those it is being carried for. In fact, it always leads to misinformation. I’m not talking here about the professional ‘expert’ whose job it is to understand everything to the nth degree and teach others, but the office ‘expert’ whose real job is something else. This is the person who…

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  • This is not the time to start resting on your laurels

    As the Olympics draw to a triumphant close for the GB team, there are so many lessons that we can all glean from the experience. People often think that you only learn from your mistakes, but that doesn’t make any sense at all does it? In fact, it would be a huge mistake just to revel in victory and not study in detail what made it happen. The very phrase ‘resting on your laurels’ could not be more appropriate for this example because it…

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  • How to Harness the Power of Your Team

    Cloud computing from 30,000 feet Last week I was working in the cloud while soaring gently above them! In an example of just how quickly technology is moving forward, it seems that another useful function on our smartphones, laptops and tablets has now become redundant. The ‘flight-safe’mode is now defunct and unnecessary, and in-flight WiFi has arrived. So, while on a short break to visit my grandchildren for a week (the raison…

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  • If you think education is expensive, try ignorance

    Education – is it a cost or an investment? Sometimes observations on life are so powerful that lots of people want to lay claim to the original thought. This is one such ‘disputable source’ quote; but for me, it sums up so many people’s poor appreciation of training. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” There are so many critical areas of our daily lives in which we have forgotten where, or how we learned to start…

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  • Is your business scoring Own Goals?

    Are your staff scoring own goals?  In business, you expect to be put under pressure from your competition, unforeseen market forces, customer decisions, and pressure to maintain profitability. I’m not suggesting any of these influences are welcome ones, or that life wouldn’t be easier without them – simply that they are to be expected. It would be naive of any business owner to think they can always avoid being under attack from such…

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  • Digital Amnesia

    Not a day goes by without me uttering the words: “If it’s not saved in my Calendar, it’s not happening!” You’ll often find me jotting down my shopping list in the Notes on my phone, and I’d never be able to get up in the morning if it wasn’t for the alarm on my phone. In fact, I think I’d be pretty rubbish at remembering ANYTHING if it wasn’t for my phone. And I’m not the only one. A recent article in the Daily Mail talked…

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