…But I love it! Yes, this weekend saw the erection of the Christmas tree in our household. An event that we always look forward to, and it’s a great family affair. The Christmas music plays, the Santa hats and bauble deeley-boppers are worn and tinsel somehow manages to get everywhere.
All of the work I’ve been involved in recently, be it running training courses or researching and designing new ones, has been about helping managers to manage. Whether it is running performance management workshops for experienced team leaders, or researching and designing a program to prepare future managers, one core idea keeps coming through: Managing people is difficult.
I was running a coaching workshop recently. Experience has taught me to spend time up front understanding the ‘coaching’ situations the delegates would be involved in, which always pays dividends, as coaching means different things to different people. I have completed a coaching qualification, and have my own ideas of what coaching is, but coaching is not my main business, and I don’t promote myself as a coach.
Well, I’ve finally cracked it…getting my other-half to do the housework, AND to an excellent standard. The most amazing thing was, with hindsight, it was so easy. Can’t believe I haven’t tried this before. So, what is my amazing secret?….. Ask directly, be specific and give a timescale.
For many women clothes shopping is a treat and a joy. Not for me. Take away the fact that I have to do it with kids in tow, or in a very short timescales, but I still get little joy. This is for two reasons: first being that I am short, and the second being that I am the perfect size 11. It is so hard to find clothes that fit me well. I either have to buy size 12, which makes me feel slim, but also tends to hang quite shapelessly, and not look that great. I can squeeze myself into a size 10, which is great for the ego and looks fine as long as I’m standing up and breathing in. Buying skirts that are too long isn’t necessarily a problem, especially now the longer lengths are in fashion. The downside of this is I can’t get along length dress that doesn’t drag on the floor!
I’m currently in the middle of redesigning an induction programme for Warburtons in conjunction with Instep UK. I’m delighted to be involved in this project and (for those of you who have taken a closer look at the website) you will notice that induction training is one of the things that I specialise in. Indeed last year we worked with Kellogg’s on their Foundations Programme, and in the past I have worked with retailers, manufacturers, and call centres on their inductions.
Induction training is a huge passion of mine. People are taking the first steps an exciting new career. They have let go of the security and familiarity of their previous job where they were probably highly competent, well-known and comfortable. Now they are taking a step into the unknown.
At Keystone Development, every single training solution we create is bespoke. Yes, we do actually write every training course from scratch. We believe that a bespoke approach aids the transfer of learning, which is what training should be about. (See our previous blog for more on this!) That doesn’t mean that every single page of every workbook, or every single case study or activity is 100% unique. Of course from time to time we do use some materials more than once. However we NEVER simply rebadge a course and sell it to someone else as some training consultancies do.