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25 04, 2016

Does the ANZAC spirit exist in workplaces today?

Today the 25th of April we celebrate ANZAC day. We pause to remember the day and pay tribute to the thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed in Turkey and were killed by an army that knew they were coming. But that’s not why we celebrate ANZAC day. We celebrate because of what [...]

22 02, 2016

Why a Qualification in Training and Assessment isn’t necessary

Training and Assessment is a necessary function in all workplaces. Firstly let me start by stating that if you are working as a trainer or assessor for an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) then this post is not targeted at you. RTO trainers and assessors need the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (known as the [...]

30 06, 2015

How to get more time for what you want

At a recent Time Management workshop that I delivered I asked the participants this question: What do you want more time for?   Out of 60 responses the results were: Sleep = 7 Work = 7 Travel = 9 Hobbies = 7 Personal projects = 10 Friends/family = 15 Why do we want to spend [...]

26 06, 2015

The Secret of Measuring Training Outcomes

What's the secret of measuring training outcomes? How do you do it?   I read a comment yesterday in response to an article about the importance of measuring the impact that training has on the business. The comment was about why the article didn't share the metrics that should be used when measuring training outcomes. This [...]

21 04, 2015

Does the ANZAC spirit exist in workplaces today?

Today the 25th of April we celebrate ANZAC day. We pause to remember the day and pay tribute to the thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed in Turkey and were killed by an army that knew they were coming. But that’s not why we celebrate ANZAC day. We celebrate because of what [...]

6 03, 2015

Developing leadership skills in technical leaders

I had an interesting conversation with a prospective client recently. Many leaders in their organisation are technical experts who are struggling to develop leadership qualities. When the personality strengths of a person don’t naturally align with leadership attributes then what happens? Do they stay in their technical role and not attempt a leadership pathway? Do [...]

17 02, 2015

Giving Feedback – Praise the effort

How many different ways can you say "Great Job"? It's the question I posed to my training group yesterday when we were discussing how to give positive feedback effectively. The responses included: Well Done Good work Thanks for your effort today I really liked how you ..... You achieved your KPIs today - well done [...]

5 10, 2014

Train the Trainer – Feedback from a client

Training x Design has been delivering Train the Trainer programs since 2004 in a variety of different formats. Ranging from the nationally recognised qualification "Certificate IV in Training & Assessment" to customised in-house courses designed for the specific workplace. One of the greatest pleasures of our job is helping people to deliver more effective training, [...]

1 09, 2014

Leading Change – 6 Tips for Success

I recently delivered a Change Management workshop for a variety of leaders from a variety of industries. As usual at the beginning of the session I asked the group how many of them were currently going through a change at their workplace. About 75%. I then asked who amongst those that were currently not going [...]

12 08, 2014

What leadership skills training do your leaders need?

Each year when Training Managers and Human Resource Managers start establishing their training plans for the coming year there is usually one skills gap that is seen as a priority.   Leadership skills training for middle managers Its been a long held view that most people leave managers rather than organisations. The "disengaged" component of [...]