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As Jon mentioned in the Editor's Blog, you may have noticed some changes following TrainingZone’s big upgrade. The most major of these changes is the removal of Discussion Groups. If you previously ran a group, we want to apologise for not making you aware of this sooner. Unfortunately, while we’ve been seeing more and more excellent content from members on the site, groups were very quiet when compared to other areas, especially Any Answers and Blogs.

SMART Objectives Are Not Always Appropriate?

The default methodology for writing objectives especially at Performance Reviews or during the Annual Appraisals is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Based or some variant thereof. It’s become a totem of ‘good’ objective setting. And I agree, for most task or project based work I think it’s current best practise which we should all aspire to use.

Enhancing your Cognitive Function through Gamification

Cognitive skills are often overlooked when it comes to learning new information. People tend to see learning as how much you know, rather than how effectively your brain processes the information it receives.


Cognitive psychology is radically different from other psychological approaches in that it accepts the use of scientific method and rejects introspection. Ulric Neisser first coined the term in 1965 in his book, Cognitive Psychology (Princeton University).


5 key factors to ensure your SMART objectives work

It is that time of year again for many organisations as they look to set SMART objectives for the coming 12 months; we often find ourselves running many training programmes on this very topic in January, as well as kicking off our free 'Meaningful Conversations' webinars to offer a refresher to Line Managers and alike - this Friday 30th January if you are interested.


10 Tips to Facilitate Conflict

Conflict is.....

"Serious disagreement or argument. An incompatibility between opinions or principles"


It may centre on something trivial (e.g. leaving dirty cups around) or something more complicated (e.g. a personality clash; trying to force somebody to do something against their principles).

10 tips to facilitate conflict between parties:

1. Choose the moment

- When’s the best time/place to tackle the issue?

Excitement as a positive value?

There is a certain type of person for whom the glass is not just half full; it is completely full – all of the time.  You will have come across them in your journey through your business life. They are the people who bounded out of bed this morning just so they could get going on their next project, they are the people who greet every request with enthusiasm and joy; and they are the people who can always find some good no matter how bad the disaster.

Tips for Marketing Your Writing Service

Writing industry is extremely popular these days. Once you start entering word “writing” in the search box as there appear hundreds of websites offering various pieces of writing. Some sell purely copywriting services, others provide academic papers. One way or another competition in this sphere runs high. That is why if you want to cash in writing, effective marketing strategy is the first step in your “to-do list.”


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