20 Years and Counting – Who do you work with?
To mark our 20 year anniversary,I was asked, as one of the founders of Illumine, and still the CEO, to answer the questions I get ...Read more
Evaluating Training for Success
Evaluating Training for Success Although evaluating training is generally carried out at the end of the training event, the process of evaluating training starts right ...Read more
Can we use innovation to achieve a competitive advantage?
In today’s highly competitive environment, the goal of every business or organisation is to get ahead of the competition. This is known as ‘competitive advantage’. ...Read more
The 5 essentials for problem solving at work
There are many things that can become ‘problems’ each day. When something unexpected strikes, it can present a business with a series of issues. The ...Read more
The difference between coaching and mentoring
Within a work place, there are different levels of support an employee can request when they are either new to the job, changing roles or ...Read more
How can coaching improve performance?
To be able to improve performance through coaching, there are two key elements – the coach and the trainee. Both need fully to subscribe to ...Read more
How important is a good memory in business?
There are a great many traits that are said to be important in running a business, and although some are more important than others, it’s ...Read more
The 3 essentials for creating a creative culture at work
Google is perhaps most famous for pushing the boundaries of the workplace with its informal, playful working spaces, relaxed working practices and the enviable perks ...Read more
How do I communicate in a crisis?
When something does not go as planned, it can lead to an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. In a business setting, this can lead to a ...Read more
How to reduce the length and cost of meetings
There really is nothing more draining on the soul than an overly long meeting. With unrelated questions being asked that prolong the agony, sitting for ...Read more
How can we communicate better in one to one meetings?
Have you noticed how some business managers and supervisors seem to get more from people? This is because they understand the need for frequent and ...Read more
What is Emotional Intelligence?
The ability to be able to identify different emotions within yourself and your colleagues and then be able to deal with them in the best ...Read more
Is creative thinking at work a time-consuming and expensive distraction?
The phrase ‘creativity’ often conjures up images of artists flinging paint at a canvas or sketching wildly on a notepad, so it can be hard ...Read more
Synthesis – what’s it got to do with me and my business?
Synthesis is the final stage of a philosophical theory known as the dialectic method. This theory looks at the inevitability of change and how opposing ...Read more
Decision Making – Art or Science?
Decision making is a vital part of business, from everyday operational decisions at junior management level, to long-term strategic decisions faced by senior management. Decisions ...Read more
The rise, fall and rise again of bite size learning
In our fast-paced society, new objects and ideas, from food to technology, seem to go in and out of fashion before we have had a ...Read more
Are we all Project Managers now?
The practice of modern project management has been around since the 1950s, although this was originally applied to the development of engineering and technology. Today, ...Read more
The evolution of bite-size learning
As with many areas of modern life, learning is subject to whims. How we learn is dissected extensively and learning packages designed to match the ...Read more
Is staff development the ultimate employee engagement tool?
Having a committed workforce is critical to your business success. Employee engagement researchers have shown that companies with high levels of employee engagement have better ...Read more
Management – let’s just make it up as we go along!
It’s a common assumption that if an individual possesses the technical skills required in a particular role, they will be good managers for other employees ...Read more