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LearningWire #79 – 13 December 1999


LearningWIRE #79 13 December 1999 The Learning Community
Copyright (c) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in any medium for non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

- New free training resources on coaching, evaluation and teamwork
- New questions about CDroms, transactional analysis, roleplay and accelerated learning
- jobs and contracts in the Tenders area
- Some 'insights' into how the Insights approach to team development works
- Major study into adult learning trends
- Seven principles to make electronic learning more effective
- Fixed price Internet access charging arrives in the UK
- Learn Zone in the Millennium Dome

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What's in the Millennium Dome?
Most of us are going to have to wait until midnight on The Night to find out, but information is emerging about two of the twelve zones devoted to Work and Learn. The Learn Zone is sponsored by Tesco! You can read preliminary details at

Online workshop for Training Managers
The next practical workshop for anyone working in a Training Management function takes place on Tuesday at 19:00 hours GMT. All you need is internet access and a web browser to participate. No charge to enhance your CPD this way. Chat with other training managers; discuss hot topics; solve problems; share experiences; learn new ideas. Why not join in, Tuesday evening from 19:00 at

ADVERTISEMENT: Insights Training and Development
Last week, the 36 staff employed by Sift - the company which brings you TrainingZone - came together in an exciting, active and engaging team development event run by staff from Insights. You can read all about their approach, and find out what our staff had to say about it all at

London conference on People: the strategic imperative
A member points us to the Central London IPD Branch annual conference on 3/4 February with an impressive line up of speakers including Geoff Armstrong, Michael Belbin, Peter Honey and Mike Pedler. With fees ranging from 200 UK pounds, the event may be 'high quality, low cost'.

National Adult Learning Survey
The excellent Lifelong Learning website is carrying a useful summary of this five year research project into learning habits and trends with more than 5,000 adults. Amongst the key findings are that 81% took part in some kind of learning over the period; there is evidence for a trend from non-vocational learning towards more vocational studying; and that job-related learning which is motivating people to become more engaged in learning.

New Toolkit resources
The Toolkit area is the library of free downloadable training resources. This month, five new resources have been added.

In the TRAINING METHODS area, Leslie Rae has published a resource on his four stage action approach to the evaluation of training designed to increase the use of evaluation and involve line managers.

In the TEAMS area, David Smith has published his British Intelligence Test designed to assess skills of interpretation and problem solving; to assess levels of involvement in adopting challenges; and the accommodation of individual skills and thinking styles.

The new COACHING area gather together some resources by Graham Guest, together with a substantial paper by Jane Guyton on Ontological Coaching in Organisation. This resource offers an overview of Ontological Coaching which is rooted in rigorous philosophic traditions of modern thought. These include the biology of cognition, the philosophy and ontology of language as well as body movement studies.

You can find hundreds of free downloadable training resources at

BT announces price packages for unlimited Internet access
BT has announced that it is set to cut the cost of dial-up calls to the Internet with the introduction of BT SurfTime - a range of new pricing options for unlimited Internet access available from early next year.

Compensation done the 'right' way
How best to attract and retain the people you need is a constant question for most organisations. Schemes are often modelled on what has worked well for other companies or bodies. But Workforce Week's HR 101 feature has a detailed, and sometimes surprising, review of true best practice in reward and recognition.

Overcoming the negatives: organisational politics and bureaucracy
Ingrained attitudes to change or new ideas are almost always negative. We need to have objectivity and perspective to deal with most things effectively. In organizations, this can be difficult. By stepping back from the situation, we can demonstrate one of the issues of politics - the tendency to focus on what is wrong combined with a past-focus. By allowing people to see themselves in action and recognizing this kind of negative behaviour, we at least have the chance to address some of the cultural issues surrounding performance.

Electronic Training Village seeks survey respondents
One of the primary aims of the Electronic Training Village development team has been to provide an interactive website that allows all users to participate and contribute to its ongoing construction. The latest news is of a series of surveys to explore how the site - already full of useful and interesting material - can be enhanced further.

European Consulting Opportunities (E.C.O)
Yet another e-business in the employment / recruitment / networking area: ECO aims to facilitate (oh dear) networking between:
1) Human Resources departments and managers of Small, Medium and large Companies, and
2) the providers of services/products in the HR, training, consultancy and Counselling fields.
No user-reports yet, but probably worth a look by anyone seeking new openings - even if they can't spell one of the services / fields in which they operate....

Write for the top international career development journal!
MCB University Press, possibly the leading journal in the field, invites articles of interest to HR professionals, academics and other interested managers, executives and career management professionals. These can be the results of research, position papers, papers that provide propositions for research and or professional practice, reflections on professional practice and case studies. Articles should reflect trends, techniques, issues and challenges of significance to professional career management research and practice.

Any Answers?
Post your own question direct to Any Answers? by clicking the Post a Question button on the page. All replies are automatically emailed to you. You're virtually guaranteed a reply!.

Here are a selection of new questions:

** Do you know of organisations that provide actors for roleplay

** Looking for opportunities to work as Trainer, facilitator, coach,
NLP design, project management, HR knowledge etc...

** Do you know of/use materials that apply Transactional analysis,
drama or 'imaginisation' to improve communication or

** Can you recommend a company to produce CD-roms for key skills?

** Does anyone know of any innovative training exercises on creative
thinking or time management?

** Has anyone used accelerated learning techniques for in-house

** What are the profit margins of training companies operating in
the private sector?

** Has anybody provided MOUS testing for visually impaired or hard
of hearing delegates?

All the questions and all the answers can be found at

Tenders 2000 Challenge
Our Challenge is to promote open and competitive tendering for training and consultancy work. You can publish your contract opportunities completely free of charge. Feedback from users indicates a high quality response from tenders promoted this way. This week's opportunities include:

** Basic Skills Agency require Senior Development Officer in
northern England

** Training Needs Analysis for Microsoft Office '97 users

** I.T. & Key Skills Trainer vacancy, North London

Check out the latest opportunities and invitations to tender at

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The best training and HR resources from website around the world
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New resources on the LearningBuzz site
The LearningBuzz website, run by Peter Chevis with significant contributions for Peter Honey and others has been revamped. BehaviourBuzz has been incorporated into the site which now offers several channels: learning, behaviour, communication, delegation, leadership, mentoring/coaching, NLP, time management and training. This month there are several interesting new articles including papers on coaching and learning - and new articles are being added on a weekly basis. If you can't keep up with all the new language being employed around training and learning, you can enjoy the glossary of 100+ words and phrases in the Buzz area of the site.

Putting the 'Zing' into learning, speaking and presenting
Jean V. Dickson of JVD Creativity Consulting has experience designing adult education and helping small business owners develop an integrated image and marketing strategy. She combines her love for imagination, colour, and presentation by helping people put the "ZING" in learning, speaking, and presenting. Her article on the Linkage site describes how.

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Succession Planning - an HR issue
"For Human Resources leaders, succession management presents a
paradox. Succession planning, appraisal, and decision-making are issues for, of, and by senior line management, yet executives frequently avoid the subject out of squeamishness or misplaced optimism. If succession management is perceived as an HR scheme, however, then line managers balk, bother, and bewilder until the process is successfully squashed." This article on the Linkage website offers some solutions.

What would you do?
The December online Survey poses a dilemma: "You're running a training event with 15 participants in the group. You've asked the participants to work in small sub-groups on a task which you estimate will take 30 minutes to complete, after which you're looking for some feedback. After five minutes you notice that three people in one of the sub-groups are not really attending to the task. What would you do?"

Seven principles of good practice
Since the Seven Principles of Good Practice were created in 1987, new communication and information technologies have become major resources for teaching and learning in higher education. If the power of the new technologies is to be fully realized, they should be employed in ways consistent with the Seven Principles. Such technologies are tools with multiple capabilities; it is misleading to make assertions like 'Microcomputers will empower students' because that is only one way in which computers might be used. This paper describes some of the most cost-effective and appropriate ways to use computers, video, and telecommunications technologies to advance the Seven Principles.

Your products can be reviewed at

'Beyond Traditional Training' by Ken Marshall and published by Kogan Page is favourably reviewed by Leslie Rae.

'Persuasive Presentatins' from the SkillBoosters CD-rom series launched recently by BDP Media, reviewed by Simon Shaw.

All these reviews can be found at


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