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November 25, 2019

Oxygen for managers

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In 2008, Google did an internal study on what behaviours make a great manager. They identified eight. Last year they updated and extended this study, called Project Oxygen, and added two more behaviours. Here is the updated list... Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an inclusive team environment, showing

July 7, 2019

Who is managing who?

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I ran a workshop on learning transfer last week and got the inevitable comment, "I wish my boss was here, learning what he needs to know." At the time, we laughed it off, but later I thought about the whole concept of managing upwards and how we tend to do

October 28, 2018

Bouncing 3-week-old baby book!

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It is done. I now have a 3-week-old bouncing baby book making its older siblings jealous of all the attention it's getting :-) The book helps you help others who have been on a training course use what they learned on the course. If you are a manager, this is one of your jobs.

June 18, 2017

I had a lesson in gardening yesterday

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I was helping a friend with her garden and we were putting in some new plants. I suggested a plant could go by a wall and she said, "It will never flourish there. That's a North facing wall. It needs to be out here so it gets some sun". To her it was obvious from

April 2, 2017

They all nodded… maybe I was right!

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They all nodded, so maybe I was right! I had asked, "In terms of how they relate to their team, what is the job of a manager? What does a manager need to do?" Some of the responses were... --Encourage and motivate --Give them tasks --Provide resources --Have those difficult conversations --Hold them accountable --Help

August 24, 2016

Longboarding – from Onboarding to Proficiency seminar at WOL 2016

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Don't miss Paul Matthews' free seminar on  Longboarding induction and beyond at World of Learning Exhibition on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 13:00 h (Theatre 1): Longboarding - from onboarding to proficiency Longboarding – an onboarding approach that results in engaged proficiency and avoids the common mistakes that most organisations make with their induction programmes. Find out

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

January 28, 2016

Article: Good or bad manager (Better Business Focus)

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Good or bad manager - what's the difference? – article by Paul Matthews published in the January edition of Better Business Focus I was chatting recently with someone about what makes a good or bad manager. Here are some things we came up with... Good managers talk about the big picture and are free with information, treating people like adults. Bad managers dole