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47 weeks ago, by James
Paying for new job training
A letter in The Derbyshire Times caught my eye. A reader had been offered a job with an accountancy firm but was told that he would need to pay £4,000 for training first.

The advice in the paper began with checking whether the company involved was properly formed and had a website.

I suppose; 'No, don't touch them with a barge pole' wouldn't fill the space.
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59 weeks ago, by James
Culture
“Culture is really what an organization does when no one is looking.” Wally Gruenes Read: http://gt-us.co/1QAB2hc
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72 weeks ago, by James
Informal training
According to a study published in Harvard Business 70% of learning on the job occurs informally. Given that on the job training is the main form of training this means that a significant majority of the training industry takes place informally and without documentation.

Is this something that business should be concerned about? Is this a significant area of opportunity?
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96 weeks ago, by James
Training company Zoomi raises £1.5 million
Is traditional training going to be replaced by some new disruptive ideas? Investors in the multitude of start-ups out there may hope so.

Zoomi, which apparently operates in the training industry, has just raised £1.5 million from investors. Could this be the new disruptive idea?

A visit to Zoomi's website explains what they do; 'Zoomi revolutionises the capture and analysis of user-driven information. Then it evolves it to meet your organisation's needs.'

No, no idea either.
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108 weeks ago, by James
'Doubts' on growth
The services sector was powering ahead in the weekend papers. Today weak manufacturing data 'casts doubt on growth'. The net result in either case is a fraction of percentage points.

Keep calm and carry on ... and ignore hyped headlines about small beer.
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111 weeks ago, by James
Putting it off
March and April really are the months of putting things off, particularly when there's an election. Budget restrictions, spring flus, bank holidays and other things come into play to make it a very unpredictable time of year.

And then you have the rush as the cancelled events are rebooked a week or so after the May bank holiday. Everyone wants to be your priority.

Rant over.
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114 weeks ago, by James
LinkedIn buys online learning firm
LinkedIn has bought Lynda, an online learning firm, for $1.5 billion. Lynda has hundreds of online tutorials aimed at business users and subscribers pay $375 a year to access them. The company was founded 20 years ago but it has expanded rapidly in recent years having found the ideal delivery vehicle in Youtube.

LinkedIn has 300 million users and it's keen to increase the content it offers them. Paid for content is the Nirvana for social networks.

LinkedIn shares rose 1.5% on the news.
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118 weeks ago, by James
Rate matching
A hotel has just reduced their price for an event for 60 people by nearly 30% to match another venue's price. It's a better hotel and, the chances are, they will get the booking. Did they need to reduce the rate so far? I don't care, I'm glad that they did.

It's always worth telling a venue the rate that a competitor is charging, provided that it's lower.
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