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May 22, 2016

What should I do first?

You have your to-do list. That's a good start, but what should you do first? Some people say 'eat the frog first' which means do the least pleasant task first and get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day. Another approach is to do the task first that

May 15, 2016

Getting what you really want

"The only way to get what you really want is to know what you really want. The only way to know what you really want is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to listen to your heart." Mike Dooley That makes sense to me, but how do you listen to

May 8, 2016

Who luvs you baby?

It is often said that to succeed it is who you know that counts, and that is true. But even more important is who knows you. Who knows you exist? Who knows what you do and what you stand for? Who knows what you can contribute? In other words, who is aware of you and

April 27, 2016

Creative Goal Setting by Helen Jeffery

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Creative Goal Setting Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper trying to set some goals? The harder you tried, the less inspiration you felt? SMART is an acronym commonly used to help set goals. It helps someone to look at their goals within a framework of them being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic

April 24, 2016

When two tasks go to war, one is all that you can score

With apologies to Frankie Goes to Hollywood :-) Some people say they can multi-task, and some say they can't. Research conducted at Stanford University confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a

April 17, 2016

A most revealing question

It is fascinating what people answer to this revealing question, but there are two questions you need to consider first to get the juice out of the big one. 1. What frustrates you on a regular basis? Go on, play along and write down a couple of things before going to question 2. Now... 2.

April 13, 2016

Performance Consulting – the easy way (Webinar)

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      Performance Consulting - the easy way, webinar with Paul Matthews on 13 / 14 July 2016 We are pleased to announce that our friends at Bloom Learning Solutions have invited Paul Matthews to run a Learning & Development breakfast networking event on Performance Consulting - the easy way. Many people are making performance consultancy into something

April 10, 2016

Don’t kill them! At least, not yet.

They deserve to live for a while, and maybe much longer. Who, I can hear you asking... Ideas, especially ideas from other people. Other people have good ideas too. Most people know this. The problem is that most people see other people's ideas as competition, and consciously or unconsciously, try to throttle them at birth.

April 7, 2016

Learning at Work Week 2016 – free Alchemy access

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Learning at Work Week 2016 is taking place from 16 - 22 May and as in previous years, we are making the Alchemy Performance Assistant available - for free! Campaign for Learning has been running this annual event for a number of years now. It is celebrated by companies and workplaces across the country.  Many participants

April 4, 2016

Informal Learning at Work book feedback

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Informal Learning at Work book feedback Dear Paul I just wanted to say that I bought and am thoroughly enjoying reading your book “Informal Learning at Work”. As an organisation we are currently looking at the potential for offering a more “just in time” approach to learning and your book offers lots of useful hints

April 3, 2016

Who rules your life?

A few days ago a friend told me what success meant to him. It sounded good. And then I realised that what he was telling me, albeit in slightly different words, was what his parents would have wanted. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but he was completely unaware of the fact that his

March 29, 2016

Follow the leader (Port Strategy Magazine article)

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December 2015 edition Follow the leader First, imagine that a Sabre tooth tiger is about to pounce on you. Second, imagine your boss tells you that you haven’t met your KPIs and you have just two weeks to shape up – or else. There’s an important connection here, says learning and development expert Paul Matthews. “Both events

March 21, 2016

A performance checklist

Peter Drucker once noted, "The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager." If you are a manager, you may be tempted to reply, "They don't have the skills they need", "They don't care if the job gets done", "The admin people keep causing them problems", "The company doesn't

March 13, 2016

The ugly incident in the supermarket

Someone sent me this quote. Thanks Ella :-) I have seen it before, but it resonated with me today because I saw a rather ugly incident in a supermarket. "I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I do not want to be." Author unknown. What

March 10, 2016

L&D’s role as Performance Consultant – Seminar at CIPD L&D 2016

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L&D’s role as Performance Consultant We are pleased to announce that Paul Matthews will be holding a seminar "L&D's role as Performance Consultant" as part of the learning timetable at this year's CIPD Learning & Development exhibition. The modern role of L&D is focussed on performance, so L&D professionals need to know the basics of