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Corporate Leadership

'Corporate Leadership Training Market is Likely to Grow Due to Rising Demand For Cegos, Dale Carnegie Training,Franklin Covey, Skillsoft, Achieve Forum, American Management Association, BTS by 2019-2024.' - Market Research Updates, May 2019.

 A leadership position in a corporate bears heavy responsibility. There is also often a surprising level of lack of confidence. Many studies discuss the impact of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ at executive level, one report by the Independent claiming that millennials also suffer from the syndrome. A fascinating piece of research by TEC  indicates that many executives worldwide have an internal crisis of confidence, they can’t actually believe that they come across as credible. There is an element of genuine surprise at ‘how did I come to be here?’, and a subsequent internal build-up of stress in case they get ‘found out’.

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Training ROI

Making L&D count!

Have you been here as well?

I'm sure you have heard of the saying 'If you carry on doing what you are doing, you will keep on getting what you are getting'.

Behind the scenes, L&D folk are masking the resistance, working miracles with slashed budgets, doing more and more internal delivery and covering the cracks of inconsistent internal messages from senior leaders delivered to the grass root business levels.
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Work life balance

“An estimated 137 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This was equivalent to 4.3 days per worker, the lowest recorded rate since the series began in 1993, when the number was 7.2 days per worker.”

Commenting on the findings of the report, ONS statistician Brendan Freeman said: 

“Since 2003, there has been a fairly steady decline in the number of working days lost to sickness, especially during the economic downturn. In recent years, there has been a small rise in the number of days lost, but due to an increasing number of people entering the workforce, the rate per worker and overall sickness absence rate have stayed largely flat.”

The story we are familiar with is of an increasingly tense workplace which demands more of us. It is a good thing to question assumptions sometimes, and the above quote is fascinatingly challenging, and suggests it is possible that things are getting better not worse.  

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How to implement blended learning

The right recipe

Much has been made in recent times of the need to provide blended learning solutions. The 'good old days' of simply moving a group of managers off to a hotel for a couple of weeks and so ticking the box for training, seem to be thankfully past. The message of 'blended' is appropriateness and cost effectiveness, and that is a definite step in the right direction.

But what does an effective true blended learning solution actually look like? For many businesses it is perhaps a case of a pre-course questionnaire followed by a classroom session, or perhaps a pre or post-course e-learning module. That is a good start, but a true blended approach can be very powerful. However, it needs a little thinking through.

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Applying sports psychology in business

"Sports psychology is now rated as the most important prerequisite to medalling. It is a change that has taken place over the last five years," (Ian Maynard, professor of sports psychology & director of the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, 2006).

Some of the techniques taught within sports psychology seem to have a lot of potential to help ensure success in business. For example, Jack J. Lesyk, Ph.D. offers 9 mental skills which successful athletes use, skills which can be applied in everyday work life. The skills are:

  1. Choose and maintain a positive attitude.
  2. Maintain a high level of self-motivation.
  3. Set high, realistic goals.
  4. Deal effectively with people.
  5. Use positive self-talk.
  6. Use positive mental imagery.
  7. Manage anxiety effectively.
  8. Manage their emotions effectively.
  9. Maintain concentration.
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