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166 weeks ago, by James
Services sector provides hope this month
I get a bit fed up with the short term measurement thing that the media seems obsessed with. The Purchasing Managers Index 'jumped' from 59.1 in July to 60.5 in August which, apparently, confounded forecasts of a small retreat.

Small movements over short periods of time are utterly meaningless. One day of rain in a month of 20 working days might be accountable. Even so, you still get headlines like 'Services Sector Gives Hope'.

The only possible use of all of this is work for forecasters.
157 weeks ago, by John
Investigation, analysis and meaningful interpretation are too difficult and expensive to provide, especially considering that many consumers of media are drawn to surface level feelgood output which will confirm their hopes and aspirations...
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169 weeks ago, by James
Dry marker pens
This is my first repeated rant because it really does drive me up the wall. You stand at the flip chart, pen poised and start to write, only to find out that it's all dried out and doesn't work.

How hard is it to check this, particularly when you're charging £500 plus VAT room hire? It should be one of the things that hotel inspectors check when they give out star ratings.
163 weeks ago, by Jackie
Agreed. That's why I always take my own pens. Special big thick ones.

After attending a 'graphical visualisation' session, I now draw an outline around the edge of each flipchart page too. This 'frame' makes the content seem more important.
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175 weeks ago, by James
Let's hear it for yawning
Have you ever felt concerned when you see someone yawn while you're training? Dr Gordon Gallup, a psychologist at the University of Albany in New York says that yawning is a reflex action that cools the brain which helps us to remain alert. A study found that paratroopers often group yawn before a jump.

What about the contagious effect of yawning? Only around half of people are susceptible and that half are generally more empathetic.

So, there's a lot to suggest that yawning is a good thing.
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176 weeks ago, by James
Training as a PR strategy
Barclays Bank has created a Compliance Career Academy in partnership with Cambridge University to improve staff training as it tries to improve its reputation after a series of scandals.

Chairman David Walker said; "Compliance has not been seen as a serious enough specialist activity. Our track record in culture has not been good. It's important for us all to have a concept of culture, conduct and compliance."

Was it really lack of training that was the root cause of these scandals?
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181 weeks ago, by James
Army to train long term unemployed
A plan for the Army to provide one month training sessions to the long term unemployed may be extended nationally.

A pilot project run in Telford and Stoke "aimed at building self-esteem and skills" has been completed by 31 people and produced "excellent results", according to the Army.
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189 weeks ago, by James
Training ROI
I've seen lots of articles talking about training ROI and how it's going to be one of the hot topics this year. A survey by Ashridge Business School has found that 43% of HR professionals believe that ROI is impossible to measure by any objective measures.

I suspect that this is true and that any attempt to measure it will be a huge waste of time.

If you're any good at your job don't you simply know what training is worth doing?
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190 weeks ago, by James
Dog training causes stress
There's an article doing the rounds today which says that dog training causes the animals stress.

I can't help wondering how this transfers to human training and what steps people make to minimise that stress. Many report that training is something they would really rather avoid.

It's a shame, given that it should be a positive experience that people value.
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192 weeks ago, by James
Inside the mind of HMRC
Contractors are currently allowed to set costs of training on existing skills off against tax but not training on new skills. The Professional Representation Network, an organisation for self-employed contractors, is lobbying for a change.

I wonder what causes this anomaly in the first place? Is it something to do with HMRC's concern that some who should be employees have set themselves up as contractors to save tax?

In the context of tax avoiding billionaires and bankers it seems petty.
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