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Training Effectiveness: ensuring successful skills acquisition

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 6th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.29 min read

Training is an intervention in the employee’s working life, hopefully to the benefit of both employer and employee. This paper asks what activities are needed to ensure that the training is a success and that learning results. This learning, moderated by the trainee’s motivation on the job, will then generate the desired behaviour change.This paper identifies three phases in training: pre-training, training and post-training, and explains why all three are equally important.

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The ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of training in change management

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 22nd August 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Some use the term ‘entertrainment’ to describe how trainers deliver an enjoyable event without actually imparting knowledge. It's often that way in the training of change management as trainers make the mistake of assuming that change is led by a great leader rather than managed by a great manager with leadership skills. Here's how to avoid training being nothing but a distant memory - and a plastic folder full of slides.

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Are Leaders Born or Bred?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.2 min read

Are leaders born or bred? It’s a persistent question. Some senior managers and policy makers believe absolutely that leaders are bred, that a leader must come from the right background. Others argue strongly that anyone can be made into a leader given the right training. So who’s right?

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Determining the right development tool for each person and goal: Trimester 2, Webinar 6

VideoWritten by John Berry on 26th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

  • Discussing the various development interventions available
  • Re-visiting how people learn and their reaction to various interventions
  • Developing training interventions to meet planned needs
  • Discussing how to evaluate the success of development interventions
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A concise leadership model for managing day-to-day: Trimester 1, Webinar 6

VideoWritten by John Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

• Defining leadership and the practical effects of manager intervention on staff motivation.
• Understanding that managers lead and that leadership is a management role.
• Setting out the difference between leadership approaches and leadership styles.
• Introducing some practical leadership interventions for managers.
• Introducing leadership approaches and how to select the right approach.
• Discussing how to do leadership day to day.

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Motivating and setting objectives to drive performance: Trimester 1, Webinar 5

VideoWritten by John Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

• Defining the performance of a worker in a job and establishing the link between motivation and performance.
• Revisiting the role of the job and job design on motivation.
• Understanding the role of the job description in objective setting.
• Introducing some theory of objectives and the natural human desire to strive to achieve goals.
• learning practical goal setting and introducing the reality of performance appraisal.

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