Monthly Archives: March 2014


Does training and development deliver a return?

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Mar 2014

Does training and development deliver a return?

Before making an investment, most businesses will calculate the return they expect to receive. If you are investing in a piece of equipment that will double production at half the cost, then the calculation of the return on your capital is easy to calculate. But how do you calculate the return on your investment when the investment is in training and development? We have produced...

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Anywhere but HR!

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Mar 2014

Anywhere but HR!

Recent research claims that over half of UK business leaders are worried about their ability to do their job but few would look to HR for support. The research shows that many senior staff have the desire and talent to perform well but believe they still need help to improve their skills, especially when it comes to forming better company relationships. However, even though a...

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A Snapshot of Current Trends in Leadership

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Mar 2014

A Snapshot of Current Trends in Leadership

Would it surprise you that nearly three quarters of organisations in England reported a deficit of management leadership skills? Or that this deficit is contributing to the UK’s productivity gap with countries like the US, Germany and Japan? This was the finding of recent research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published last year. The bottom line is that Leadership is key...

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Corporate culture only changes when people change their behaviours!

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Mar 2014

Corporate culture only changes when people change their behaviours!

Many organisations have stated values which they claim sets their organisational culture. Nothing could be further from the truth! The culture of any organisation is set by the behaviours of those within it. Often there is more than one culture, some being overt and others covert; some being around managers and others around the workforce. To achieve a culture that is consistent across the whole...

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Six Steps To Knocking Out A Heavyweight

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Mar 2014

Six Steps To Knocking Out A Heavyweight

1. Study – Get completely under the skin of the big guy. Find his strengths and especially his weaknesses. Know everything he does – how he operates from top to bottom. And what his customers don’t like about how Goliath operates 2. Find that niche – Spot the thing Goliath hasn’t thought about. Then create something new and individual that neatly fills the gap. 3....

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Road Map To Higher Performance

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Mar 2014

Road Map To Higher Performance

In response to many of our clients’ need for a clear and effective approach for transforming their businesses, we have produced our Route Map to Higher Performance. This comprises four manuals which can be freely downloaded from our web site:   Business Challenge Mapping Organisation Fit for Purpose Lean Management Engaged Workforce


The Institute Of Consulting

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Mar 2014

The Institute Of Consulting

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Recognised Practice accreditation from the Institute of Consulting, one of only 5 consultancy practices in the North of England to achieve this prestigious status. AL Consulting’s director Dr Fred Ayres has achieved a fellowship of the IC and been appointed to its Advisory Council. The Committee’s purpose is to provide the Institute’s governing body with advice...

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Does Your Business Need An Exorcist?

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Mar 2014

Does Your Business Need An Exorcist?

Most businesses and organisations are haunted – by entities called skuamorphs. Skuamorphs come in two forms. The first is practices which continue to exist long after the reasons for introducing them have long since passed into obscurity. The second is beliefs and opinions without any substantive basis, but firmly held by senior management despite conflicting data. Skuamorphs do a lot of damage by creating a...

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