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LearningWire #212 – Going soft on skills!, Being an Investors Ambassador, a trainer’s experiences of e-learning…


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 212
15 July 2002

REFERENCE: Going soft on skills!
NEWS/FEATURES: Being an Investors Ambassador, a trainer's
experiences of e-learning
COMMUNITY: Effective ways to job shadow, latest reviews...

Editor's note

Investors in People has become a well-established initiative in
the last few years, and many Training Managers now have direct
experience of the scheme. Many will remember the sheer amount
of paperwork involved in the earlier incarnations of the award -
those flags and plaques don't always bring back good memories to
those in HR given the task of 'making it work'.

This week, we spoke to a man whose passion for the positive
effects of IiP is such that he has a formal role as an ambassador
for the qualification. Find out what Harold Russell, Investors
in People programme director at Lloyds TSB has to say about why
IiP works at

Elsewhere, we look at how easy it is to adapt to training online,
as Kathleen Hopper, an experienced IT trainer describes her own
experiences of adapting her existing training skills to the new

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
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Going soft on skills!
This week's Library focus is on the softer side of skills for

Magic Meetings
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factors of an effective meeting; preparing to run the meeting;
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meeting; 3 steps to assertive behaviour to handle difficult
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Team Leadership Skills
If you need some ready-made materials, this pack is for you. A
fully designed 1 day course, it includes tutor course notes,
full colour overheads / PowerPoint slides, delegate manual,
exercises and role plays. Course objectives cover action-centred
leadership; the activities of an effective team leader;
differences between a leader and a manager; pitfalls of being too
task, team or individually focused; S.M.A.R.T. tasks/performance
objectives; performance standards and how to communicate them to
staff; influencing techniques including assertiveness. The course
includes a set of role plays and case studies. More details are

For training materials, in-depth features, practical exercises
and more, visit the Library at

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TrainingZONE's reviews pages continue to grow - this month, our
team of intrepid reviewers has cast a careful eye over the

The five dysfunctions of a team, author Patrick Lencioni

Life coaching, author Gina Harris

Food safety induction course, publisher Creative Learning Media

Find plenty more reviews of training and learning materials at

Any Answers

A selection from this week's questions:

- Can anyone advise on effective ways to launch a job shadowing
scheme?, asks Teresa Haskins

- What do people spend on training as a percentage of payroll or
per employee?, asks Richard Rogers

- I Need to pick your creative brains for a 'questioning skills'
exercise, says Lisa Birch

Thanks to Wayne Thomas, Gill Wright and Colin Hamilton,
who were among those sharing the benefit of their expertise with
other members this week.

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