Get your face out of your phone

Lucy noticed how many people at the train station the other day were looking at their phones. She only noticed because she’d just put hers in her bag. As I waited for my train, I looked across the tracks to the platform on the other side. There was a row of twelve seats, all occupied.…

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Six top tips to becoming a resilience hero!

Craig was recently reflecting on his own resilience and how strong the human mind really is. When things get tough our coping mechanisms spring into action and help us manage the difficult and challenging times. You may hear people say things like ‘I’ve had enough’ or ‘I can’t take anymore’, but knowing what ‘enough’ is…

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The virtue of patience

Nicki recently witnessed an example of how patience is a skill that not everyone possesses in abundance and it got her thinking about its importance in today’s hi-tech world. As technology speeds up our lives, and much of what we desire is available at the click of a button, it can sometimes feel as if…

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Are you stretching yourself?

In honour of International Panic Day today, Kat was contemplating how she felt when she was asked to do something she wasn’t sure how to tackle. I had recently been given the task of designing the graphics for some exhibition panels on our stall at the CIPD Learning and Development show in London, which I…

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Graffiti wall with a difference

The guys at Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) took our idea of having a ‘graffiti wall’ (to capture people’s commitments at recent culture workshops) one step further. They used their amazing production skills to build a rolling tapestry that had the values printed into the watermark. All staff are due to attend the culture workshops, which…

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St Swithin’s Day

Nicki was looking into the history of St Swithin’s Day… St Swithin’s Day falls on 15th July every year. According to tradition, the weather on that day will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights. Let’s hope the sun shines. St Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop at Winchester Cathedral who died in 862. He was famous for his…

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The future of learning and development

If you’re over a certain age, cast your mind back twenty or so years if you will. Do you remember how we used to get information? We were reliant on books and talking to people, accepting that there was a limit to what we could find out. Remember microfiche film? Carbon paper? Apart from exposing…

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On yer bike!

Having just returned from a family trip to Copenhagen in time to marvel at GB’s performance in the Olympic cycling events, David was left to ponder ‘how come we are so good on the track and yet so bad at using this humble mode of transport in our everyday lives?’ By the way, if you…

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Anything’s possible?

Whilst enjoying a quiet moment, Nicki contemplated the success of the British team at the recent Olympic Games in Rio. I was hooked by the Olympic Games. I was in total awe of the level of talent, determination and will to succeed that was shown by the athletes. Great Britain finished in second place overall…

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Pension Awareness Day

15 September marks Pension Awareness Day and it got George, our new Apprentice, thinking about what pensions mean… Pensions are a mysterious thing to many people my age, as most of us youngsters perhaps don’t realise how important they are. Maybe this is because schools don’t teach us enough about these things! It can be…

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Are you a great role model?

During a televised game of Rugby League, Nathan Massey badly dislocated his knee and managed to almost put it on the other side of his leg. Ten minutes later, he was walking off the pitch, and the following week he was playing for Castleford again. This got Lance thinking about role models. I’ve always been…

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We could be heroes

The sight of GB athlete Alistair Brownlee helping his brother across the finish line at the recent World Triathlon Championships in Mexico attracted worldwide attention as the action of a hero, giving up the chance of glory to help his brother. A truly inspirational moment which got Mark thinking about how often we see and…

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The difference is the relationship

Craig was recently shopping for a mobile phone and the service he received in two different shops was quite remarkable. I like technology, I really do. I get a real buzz from having the latest piece of ‘kit’ that’s designed to make my life easier, but in reality, just has lots of buttons and lights…

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Celebrating Diwali

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world and the Diwali celebrations locally in Leicester are one of the largest outside of India and have become world famous. The Diwali festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and…

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Letter to self

Recently Craig was taking a moment to reflect and review his year to date. Every autumn, I choose to stop, pause and think about the year so far and what’s been going on. I don’t do this in a formal, appraisal-style fashion, it’s more of a coffee, reflect on what’s happened, where I’m heading for…

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The rise of social media

Our Social Media Guru, Lewis, was recently thinking about the ever-increasing popularity of social media and the impact it has on small businesses. There’s no denying that social media has become one of the biggest trends in history, completely changing the way we advertise, communicate and stay in touch with people. Over the last ten…

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Hola, 你好, Здравствуйте

Whether you’re speaking in Spanish, Chinese, Russian or English, hello is a worldwide greeting that can make you feel welcome and wanted. November 21, 2016 is the 44th annual World Hello Day. People around the world use this occasion as an opportunity to show the importance of personal communication for defending world peace. In the current…

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