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How to hold a “Difficult Conversation” Surgery

Monday, May 15th, 2017

One of my favourite quotes is “The best way out is always through”, Helen Keller. The best thing for your self-confidence is to face the difficult business conversation that’s haunting you at night and holding you back during the day. To do that, we believe nothing less than a full on rehearsal is needed. Here’s […]

“It just takes one brave soul” – Men and Mental Health

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

I commented on a recent post about mental health by Claire Silvester and I have been thinking about something Claire wrote in response, which was, ‘It just takes one brave soul’ So in case it is useful to you or someone you love, here’s my experience as a man with several male friends in their […]

The poem that made us half a million

Monday, May 8th, 2017

  What do you do when your global legal clients are so concerned about the future they stop “free biscuit Friday”? This was the scenario we faced in 2009 and 2010 when the credit crunch was biting right into the middle of the jammy heart of our clients resources and we, as small suppliers of […]

Integrity – a lesson from my dad, 30 years after his death.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

  My father was an English teacher until his death in 1983. I can’t remember that we ever read poetry together. Perhaps, “Halfway Down” by AA Milne – but even that might just be something I secretly wish we had read together. I do remember once being with him in a classroom when he led […]

Employee engagement – uncover, learn and love your story

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

As part of an employee engagement initiative by Scott Bader, I was asked to make a short film of its story.  On the surface, Scott Bader is a global chemical company. And that’s about all I knew when I agreed to the project. On the first day of research, I had the opportunity to explore […]

A lesson for the soul – why integrity always wins in the end

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In 2010, whilst devising a project with a large corporate with whom I had built a solid relationship over 5 years, I was misled by two of their L&D ‘professionals’. Whilst this was going on, I had also been talking with the Managing Partner on a completely separate project and we began working together. I didn’t […]

Loyalty, dedication and humanity. The salvation of a man, a family, a business.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Remember 2008?  The Beijing Olympics, India and Pakistan threatening nuclear obliteration, oh, and the small matter of a global recession? For me, it went by in a bit of a blur. My focus was on staying sane and ensuring I was a good father to my two children aged 3 and 1 following a marital […]

Unethical Leadership Communication

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

I was recently asked what I mean when I talk about “ethical leadership communication”. As far as I can see and read we are plagued with fake news, an easy use of false facts and figures and the discourteous, often repugnant use of social media by people in the highest positions of power and influence. […]

A verse with a delightful hook. Dare you take a sneaky look?

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

‘INNY’ or ‘OUTY’? Nine years ago, the credit squeeze brought many of us to our knees; quite literally, in our case, for as role-players we had to face the facts, as budgets vaporised, belts were pulled and hands were tied.   Of course, we weren’t the type, to give it up without a fight and turning on a […]

Turning on a Dime

Friday, February 24th, 2017

  Apparently, it takes the world’s largest oil tanker 5.5 miles to stop with a turning circle of 2 miles. Clearly, in business, you sometimes have to act a little quicker than that. At the Learning Technologies Expo three weeks ago we had a stand and two lovely presentations. Oh they were great, meticulously created using Prezi […]

Don’t Miss The Forum Partnership at Learning Technologies in London

Monday, January 30th, 2017

    Leadership communications specialists The Forum Partnership will exhibit at the 2017 Learning Technologies Conference being held Feb 1st and 2nd in London. With more than 7,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, 250 exhibitors, two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice and Europe’s leading L&D conference, it provides […]

The Forum Partnership helps global law firm develop its junior lawyers’ skills

Friday, January 27th, 2017

  Leadership communications specialist, The Forum Partnership, has completed running a ten-day complex training programme for a global law firm. The programme – the 11th such programme that The Forum Partnership has delivered for the firm – involves Directors Lindsey Mack and Damian Gaskin bringing together their entire team of business coach acting specialists and delivering a […]

The Forum Partnership’s CloudQast Platform enables video-based learning for England and Wales’ Magistrates

Friday, January 27th, 2017

  Magistrates in England and Wales can now access video-based online learning programmes, including guides on managing yourself, teamworking and making judicial decisions. Most of these programmes, commissioned by The Magistrates Association (MA), are the work of the leadership communications specialist, The Forum Partnership, which has also provided the innovative CloudQast platform where these programmes reside. While […]

Internal communications in need of a creative flip

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In recent years internal communication messaging has often been seen through a cynical lens. It seems the more internal communication professionals there are the more skeptical we become. Problems focus firstly on the source and purpose of the messages that, all too often, are more reminiscent of Orwell’s ‘1984’ than honest, balanced sharing of information and ideas. At the […]

The Forum Partnership’s CloudQast caravan enhances and encourages its creative Bohemian image

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Leadership communications specialist The Forum Partnership has taken delivery of a 1964 ‘classic’ Airstream Globe Trotter caravan. This 16-feet long example of touring history will become the company’s ‘creative headquarters’ in St Albans – the venue for the creative scriptwriting for its innovative CloudQast product’s many video-based learning and development (L&D) materials. The Forum Partnership […]

The emerging world of mobile learning – combining more freedom with more accountability

Friday, January 13th, 2017

I first started to design management development programmes 40 years ago and in those days the most popular ones were two or more weeks in length. Every decade they have reduced in length to the point at which the fastest growing type of programme by the turn of this century was the Brain Gym’s one-hour […]

Breathe and pick up the phone

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A tip to be a better communicator and live longer/happier. Don’t get furious with texts, ‘whats apps’, emails etc that you think are written poorly. Is it possible that they are written well, it’s just that they are a reply to your own badly written message or you are reading everything too quickly and on […]

Business Simulation

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

What can turn the Chalk and Talk of in-house training into real behavioural change between people in the workplace. The answer is what we call a ‘Business Simulation’. Reflecting on the successes we have had in helping leadership teams sort out their communication issues and effectiveness, I’ve been thinking about the many fictional ‘worlds’ we […]

Transformational Conversations

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I’ve been thinking about the hundreds of ‘Transformational Conversation’ sessions we have held with business leaders and managers on a one-to-one basis since we first created our unique process in 2006. What’s the conversation you’re not having that might change your life? What’s stopping you? By having a ‘Transformational Conversation’ with us, we promise, you […]

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