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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.

From Barking to Bangladesh

...there is a skills gap. Quite literally at opposite ends of the world and everywhere in between there is a lack in crucial skills for employability and the workplace in general. I'm not talking about CV writing and interview technique - those are a given and if you don't have these you're not even in the race. Even if you have a degree or other qualifications. I'm not even talking about working well in a team or being able to present well and work to deadlines.

So you know the answer, what next?


Congratulations, you’ve carried out your annual employee survey and you are sitting on a pile of data which tells you all you need to know about the state of your organisation.  Or do you?  Sure, to get accurate comparative data you’ve asked exactly the same questions as last time.  Great, the analysis shows that in some areas you are doing better and in others worse but what does it all mean and what are you going to do with all of that information?

How Do You Find One in 30,000?

I was doing some research into the ‘training’ market recently and came to realise just how staggeringly large and diverse it is.  Just to demonstrate my point here are a few factoids from my research:

·       The UK Register of Learning Providers (which predominantly, but not exclusively, supports statutory bodies) has over 30,000 registered training providers in its database.

·       There are no fewer than 12,500 training providers who operate over the VAT threshold (£81,000), however.....

From Task to Ask : Creating your First ‘To-Ask’ List

Most of us have a ‘To-Do’ list but how many of us have a ‘To-Ask’ list? This was the intriguing question prompted by a recent CEO-level coaching session. My client and I were brainstorming the capabilities required to achieve a specific goal. I asked him if he could see a common theme among the five or six points he had written in his notebook. He stared at the words for some time and then concluded calmly ‘I need to shift from task to ask’.


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