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Posts about: Professional Development

Sharing Secrets to Social Media Success

21 August 2018

secrets to social media successThis may come as no surprise, but we are living in a digital world whereby upgrading our smartphones is essential and communicating on social media is necessary.

In this ever-changing digital environment we now live in, the question we ask ourselves is, how up-to-date are you with modern technology? With new technology always around the corner, the digital world is forever evolving, and we are evolving with it but are we evolving fast enough?

So you may be wondering what the secrets to survival in this new landscape are? Well you’re in luck, here are my top secrets to surviving social media: Read more…..

“The Power of Leadership: Not all heroes wear suits”

17 August 2018

power of leadershipWhile growth is exciting for UK businesses, there’s no question that the world in which we operate is becoming more chaotic and challenging.

Let’s face it, we are all being challenged to face change management in all aspects of the businesses. What many organisations fail to understand is how the power of growth is impacting their leadership styles.

The question you need to ask yourself is how is your leadership style affected by growth? And, are you a HERO or a VILLAIN, in this case?

All heroes have different powers, and all leaders have different leadership styles. But it’s for you to understand if the style you have adopted makes you a hero or a villain? Read more…..

The building blocks to success: building brand awareness

17 August 2018

building brand awareness 2Do you remember building all sorts of things with LEGO as a Kid?

In my architect days, I was always trying to build bigger and aim higher, to only find out that my crafted skyscrapers would fall over without a strong foundation. Like LEGO, any business without a strong digital foundation will fall short of reaching new heights!

To build a stable foundation, you need to address four unique building blocks: Developing personas, a responsive website, visibility in search, and standing out through social media.

Think of these components as the base of your skyscraper, without one, it will result in the whole building falling over. With that being said, having a strong online presence is a crucial component to the foundation of your brand awareness strategy, if this is done correctly you can sit back and watch your skyscraper grow higher and higher.

So the question is how do you create awareness? Well my building days aren’t quite over yet, here are four fundamental building blocks to success…


An effective coaching and mentoring process

15 August 2018

coaching and mentoring processCoaching and mentoring is an integral part of the development of any business and its staff.

It can even help to support the growth of your business.

A study found that employee retention is actually 25% higher for those who have engaged in company-sponsored mentoring. This makes coaching and mentoring an especially attractive prospect for those struggling to capture and keep the best talent in the industry.

With this in mind, we have created this process to follow for effective coaching and mentoring practices in your organisation.


The difference between leadership and management

15 August 2018

Are you a leader or a manager?leadership and management

When you think about leadership and management, you may struggle to define a discernible difference between the two.

This subject has baffled many business people for years, so let us shed some light on the situation…

The difference between a leader and a manager is that anyone within a business can be a leader. A leader doesn’t necessarily have to be in a management or senior position within an organisation.

Leaders are followed by others because of their personality and influence, not their job title. This can make them extremely valuable and a great tool for managers to harness to produce results.

Good managers often possess a certain degree of leadership skills, otherwise they wouldn’t be in their position. However, the best managers refine their leadership skills so that they are able to cover all of their bases and reach organisational targets effectively.


Progression to management: 4 Key skills needed to get that promotion

15 August 2018

progression to managementProgression to management can be a difficult obstacle to overcome, especially for executives aspiring to take their career to the next level.

Many professionals reach a stage in their career where it’s a struggle to take the next step for a variety of reasons including; a lack of opportunity, skill gaps, and stagnated business growth. So, what can you do to make sure that you can overcome these challenges and get the job that you desire?

Essential skills that you need for progression to management

In order to shine and showcase your potential to decision makers, you need to be prepared to work on your skills, take on more responsibility and demonstrate your ability to manage.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of avenues for you to explore so that you can improve your contribution to your organisation and be the first consideration to seniors looking for a new person to advance to a management position.


Four key ingredients to successful leadership

14 August 2018

Lead Your Business to Success

leadership and management skillsThe business world is rapidly shaping the way in which we work, and with it so are leadership and management styles. It is not only technology that is evolving, this revolution now requires a new generation of aspiring innovators with the skills to master this style of working environment.

Small, medium and large businesses are doing everything to keep up with what lies ahead. It is important for you to recognise and identify capable leaders and nurture future talent to lead your business to success.

According to Harvard Business “A staggering 54% of organisations are undergoing a leadership development transformation”. In this ever-accelerating change, leadership and management programmes are a key factor driving an organisations ability to transform successfully. Organisations that fail to reinvent their learning strategy could be in jeopardy of adapting to these demanding changes.

Particularly, organisations that start their journey by transforming learning and development, specifically leadership development have a higher success rate with adapting to the ever-changing demands of the business environment.


Blog: How assistive technology could close the employment gap

11 April 2018

John Lamb, executive director of the British Assistive Technology Association, explains how the latest innovations are helping more disabled people into work.

Assistive technology is a critical element in enabling more disabled people to get into work and to close the long-standing employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

The British Assistive Technology Association welcomes last year’s green paper on Work, Health and Disability and believes much more could be done to harness the enabling power of assistive technology than at present.


Five tips for procurement success

11 April 2018

Every year in the UK, public sector organisations spend a combined £240 billion procuring goods and services. Under growing financial pressure and increased scrutiny over budgets, it has never been more important for local councils, schools and NHS trusts to make smarter spending decisions.

Delegates from across the sector attended the Public Procurement and Commissioning Conference to share examples of best practice and hear from leading experts on how to secure the very best deals.


Investing in procurement skills will deliver long term savings

11 April 2018

Short term savings from cutting the number of experienced procurement professionals will come back to haunt the public sector in the long run, experts have warned.

The importance of employing, investing in and upskilling a dedicated procurement workforce was one of the key themes of the Public Procurement and Commissioning Conference organised this week by Salford Professional Development.

The UK public sector spends more than £240 billion procuring goods and services each year, underling the importance of securing the best deals and delivering value for money on behalf of taxpayers. But as budget restrictions have put pressure on organisations to cut staff, much of the procurement expertise in the workplace has been lost in recent years.