Adding Value Through People


Appraisals – Emphasise Time For You

Appraisals should not be simply an annual process but an ongoing discussion between line manager and staff throughout the year. Research confirms that members of staff really value the one-to-one time they spend with their line manager – both to catch up formally in respect of performance and development, for which we use the Performance Development Review or the appraisal documentation, and less formally to get to know each other and also how to get the best out of each other.


Time Management

Time Management – The Pomodoro Technique

Time management can often prove tricky for some, and yet using the Pomodoro Technique can really help you to manage your time effectively. So, are you one of those people who has endless energy on some days but not on others? Do you find at times you feel as though you can conquer the world, and consequently fly through jobs, tasks etc., yet at other times, no matter how hard you work, you seem to achieve very little?


Absence Management

Absence Management: Planning Your Return

Absence management if managed well can lead to the successful return of individuals to the workplace. We have to accept that life can throw all of us some curved balls from time to time: sickness, caring responsibilities, maternity leave, sabbaticals, study leave etc. Often we cannot change what has happened but we can choose how we respond to it.


Leadership Development

Leadership Development – 7 Transformations Of Leadership

Leadership development is often spoken about as a subject; Google the term “leadership” and page upon page will come up in the search results. So how do you embark on your own leadership development journey? How do you decide what model of leadership development to follow? The starting point to being a phenomenal leader is to know your strengths and areas for development;



Life After Redundancy – What Next?

Life after redundancy can scare us all; we all worry that if we were to lose our jobs, how will we pay our mortgage? How long will we be out of work? How do you present with confidence at an interview, when you feel your skills and experience were not appreciated by your last employer? READ MORE…

Starting A Business

Starting A Business – Be Your Own Boss
The leap to self employment

Starting a business, and being your own boss is an attractive thought to many. Yet the prospect of giving up a secure monthly income, scares many of us, to the point that many of us never take the plunge. This is my personal story…


Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself – Crafting An Elevator Pitch
How to sell yourself in three minutes or less

Selling yourself, also known as an Elevator Pitch or Elevator Statement is a short statement, which sums you up to others. Ideally, it should be no more than three minutes in length, and should only focus on your professional self, rather than your personal life. It takes time to perfect it, however, it is worth it and can be used at job interviews, networking events and so on.


Managing Change

Managing Change – Bridges Model
Guiding People Through Change

Managing change is never easy. There is no exact science and how people respond to managing change programmes, will be as individual as it is unpredictable. So, from your own experience have you found that as soon as you mention change, at least a quarter of the people you are talking to will start to shift uncomfortably in their seats?


Learning Styles

So, how do you learn best?

Learning styles, what are they? Learning styles are more commonly know as an individual’s unique approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. As children we were able to grasp concepts quickly; we would try things out and not be afraid of failure, and; we would ask lots and lots of questions. However, as we get older our inhibitions creep in and we become less willing to step outside of our comfort zone.


Performance Mangement

Performance management and KPIs

Performance management has become increasingly important and in today’s economic climate there is a constant pressure to deliver performance targets, to continuously improve and to ensure that employee’s perform to the very highest levels on a consistent basis to achieve the organisation’s goals. The alignment to organisational goals, also known as the Golden Thread, is essential if performance is to improve on a sustainable basis, yet it is so often overlooked.