Category: Insights

New Year, New Beginnings, New Blog

Our company, accentuate, is committed to supporting others. Last year we did this through a diverse range of services, programmes and projects. This included projects developing resources for training providers and EPAOs, implementing programmes that helped others start of on their business start up journeys, supporting the development of careers advisors, delivering courses in English, […]

Why you should develop project management skills even if you aren’t a project manager – part 2 – Effective Planning

Effective planning is such a critical tool for a project manager (PM) and planning is required in much of our personal and professional lives.  Planning an event, planning the weekly shop, planning a restructure, planning the production of a car and so on.  You need to understand: who is involved, what is required, how long […]

Why you should develop project management skills even if you aren’t a project manager – part 1

Project management requires a very broad skills set, from stakeholder management and risk management, to quality control, data collection and performance reporting.  In this series I want to explore some of the key skills required to be an effective Project Manager (PM) and how these apply in so many other work areas.  Today I look […]

What important lessons can Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs give us in the current economic situation?

Some of you may have seen a short learning resource I wrote around managing emotions around promotion in terms of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. If not see here: This got me thinking about managing furlough and the return to work following this period, in relation to Maslow, and whether this is valid in these times.Someone […]

Why businesses should adopt a culture that uses the core practices of coaching and mentoring

The terms coaching and mentoring often have overlapping or vague meanings.  Though there are clear professional standards for each, the terms are often used interchangeably in business.  For the purpose of this article, I define mentoring as ‘supporting others with personal and professional development’, and coaching as ‘supporting others with specific vocational skills development’.  So […]

A personal reflection – key lessons from an unconventional career trajectory and the skills needed to adapt in an uncertain and volatile workplace.

I recalled the first part of this story at my Dad’s funeral 6 years ago… I was 17 years old, stuck in a tedious job (hole punching in a sheet metal factory), generally grumbling about how rubbish my life was and my Dad said to me, “Son, you have to get out there and do […]

Tags, Folds and Highlighters!

It’s been 9 years now since I studied for my CertEd, and this weekend as I was sorting out my bookcase, I reflected on all the reading I did during the two years that qualification took. At the time I studied for my teaching qualification I wasn’t doing a lot of actual classroom teaching, so […]

5 critical reasons why effective workplace learning is more essential than ever (and why organisations MUST invest in workforce development)

1. More rapid adoption of new ways of working – requires a culture change We are living in increasingly uncertain and volatile times.  So far in 2020 there have been freak weather events, a global pandemic and the oncoming joy of Brexit (and whatever that has in store for the workers of the UK). These […]