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How to create an effective training program, and why emotion is so important

If you were to reflect on the training you’ve done in your life, chances are you would realise a universal truth: We only learn new things once we are uncomfortable with existing circumstances. And if I were to ask you to reflect on the best leaders you’ve ever had, chances are you’d also realise a [...]

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training. Part 4: Outcomes

Outcomes are what you really want to see, as the Chief Executive of an organisation. You are accountable for achieving the targets set in your strategy, which includes achieving a good ROI on activities like training. When it comes down to the wire, the only thing that matters is the outcome. This is why you don’t want training. [...]

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training. 3: Evaluation

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training, Part 3 helps you to understand the role of evaluation, and how you can use it as a proactive tool. Did you know that evaluation is bigger than the training? Evaluation is something that, like strategy, affects your entire business. In the first article in this series we shone [...]

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training. 2: Return on Investment

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training, Part 2 asks what you already know is the most difficult question to answer. What return on investment (ROI) is your training giving you? You may recall that in our last article in this series, we asked you to consider the alignment of your people’s skills with the [...]

The CEO’s Guide to the Business of Training. 1: Strategy

The CEO's Guide to the Business of Training, Part 1: Strategy asks how well you've considered the alignment between your strategic direction, and the skills of your people. It could be that they're doing the same things they've always done, even though your goalposts have moved. If so, it will be hard work to hit [...]

Thanks for an amazing year!

This year, 2017, has been an amazing year at Training x Design. We’re like to thank you, dear reader, for helping to make it so. Here is a recap of all the incredible things that we have achieved. […]

Transformation is about people, not technology

Transformation has been a buzzword for a few years now. Much of the time we see it applied to digital and technology. The idea of ‘digital transformation’ has almost become synonymous with ‘digital disruption’. But what if I were to tell you that just bringing in your fancy, new tech is a waste of time [...]

6 Things positive leaders don’t do

Since publishing 7 Things that positive leaders do, we’ve been asked, but what don’t they do? Reading through this article, you will be able to self-assess. Are you really a positive leader, or do you just think you are? Read on to find out. 1. Positive leaders don’t focus on what went wrong. When you [...]

7 Things positive leaders do

Can you spot the positive leaders in your organisation? In this article you will learn how to, by seeing what positive leaders do. What is a positive leader? A positive leader creates an environment that nurtures all the good things in your organisation. They represent and support resilience, optimism, and gratitude - among other things. [...]

Solve the leadership puzzle

How hard to solve is your leadership puzzle? Leadership is a tricky concept. As leaders, we find ourselves trying to solve the paradox of great leadership versus required management. The culture of our workplaces can sometimes make this more difficult, particularly if there isn’t a real leadership culture supporting us. Sometimes that’s a training issue, [...]