Feel the love at work this Valentine’s day!

So, St. Valentine’s Day approaches and we are turning our thoughts to love – not just love of learning, but love of our jobs and working relationships too!

Why does this matter? Well it’s unlikely that we will love our jobs and working relationships every minute of every day, but for those that find something to love, or even like about work, find work-life balance easier to achieve and have more meaning and purpose in their lives.

by Lesley Aitcheson, ago

Create truly meaningful goals

January was all about clearing the way, de-cluttering and making space to really think. This month is about using that space to get in touch with what we really want to achieve, have and be this year. Simplifying life in this way will help you be clear about and focussed on achieving the goals that really matter to you.

by Lesley Aitcheson, ago

Spot the monsters in your office this Halloween!

Not long now – Halloween is only a short time away and if we have young people in our lives, they might be turning their thoughts to scary parties, a frightening amount of sweet eating and of course, creepy costumes! There are so many to choose from – ghosts, vampires, witches, monsters, devils, zombies… And it’s the same for their parents, although our costumes tend to be invisible to the naked eye. So to help keep you safe this autumn, we’ve re-issued our handy Cerulean Guide to Halloween Characters at Work monsters-article

by Lesley Aitcheson, ago

When did you last do a learning needs analysis?

What is a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) and when/why do you need one?

There are a few terms in our business that lend so much mystery and specialness to what is in effect the very simple business of developing people, ‘doing an LNA’ is one of them! It’s really simple when you break it down, though and conducting a Learning Needs Analysis is the start point to any effective learning and development strategy.

Put simply, a LNA is a way of
a) identifying the skills and knowledge needed to meet your business goals and
b) identifying any gaps in that knowledge or skill set that the people in your business might have. A LNA aims to answer three questions:
1. What does your business need?
2. What can your people do?
3. Where are the gaps?

by Lesley Aitcheson, ago