Capability At Work


Many organisations struggle with poor performance and wherever this occurs, it is because someone is not capable of doing what needs to be done. People Alchemy provides a model of capability to identify root causes and deliver performance improvements that make a real impact.

Learning and development has arrived at a fork in the road. Despite investing in new initiatives, organisations are often unable to solve the performance puzzle. And if you cannot get to the real underlying cause of the lack of performance in some people, it will just continue and undermine your organisation’s progress.

Think about it this way – wherever there is poor performance it is because someone is not capable of doing what needs to be done. Something is stopping them doing the job in front of them.

People Alchemy uses a model of capability that enables you to drill down into the root causes that prevent your people from being able to respond to the tasks they need to do. We have worked with organisations to make their learning more effective for over 16 years and understand that the concept of capability can seem like a slippery one! But once it is understood, then the underlying causes of poor performance can truly be weeded out. We are here to help you fully grasp how to assess capability and how to operate less like a traditional L&D professional, and more like a performance consultant.

People Alchemy creates capability in the workplace by:

  • Switching the focus of L&D to outputs and performance
  • Removing the traditional focus on training inputs and learning metrics
  • Providing a model of capability to use as a framework
  • Embedding a performance consulting approach

“It is not sufficient to be competent. An L&D department must be capable, and must be able to build the capability of its clients.”

Dave Pearson, Head of R&D, IT Learning Service

Capability At Work

In order to help you navigate a path to performance and operate more as a performance consultant, People Alchemy founder and managing director, Paul Matthews, has written a new book. Capability At Work is designed to help you solve the performance puzzle and act as a ‘field guide’ to identify what’s preventing your people from excelling.

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Helpful Resources

Guide: Capability At Work

This complimentary guide provides a model of capability, and a way to use that model to drill down into the true causes that contribute to an employee being unable to adequately respond to the task they are asked to do.

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Download: 50 Management Tips

This free booklet sets out simple tips on how to manage people more effectively so your job as a manager gets easier, and you get better results than ever before. Many managers are never taught the really practical people skills they need to be effective. Here is a head start!

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Guide: Leadership and Learning

If your leadership development programmes are not quite getting the results you had hope, it might be as a result of a weak link between leadership and learning in your organisation. This best practice guide explains how to nail your leadership development for the greater good.

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Email us at [email protected] us or call +44 (0)1908 325 167 to discover more about enabling the capability of your people and driving organisational performance as a result.