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Education, Learning and Development

Why leaders must learn to scan the competitive horizon.

Education, Learning and Development: Why leaders must learn to scan the competitive horizon

All managers worth their salt know what is happening within their organizations but few have the skills needed to spot, and react to, the dangers posed by competitor firms.

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The musical recipe for management in harmony.

Education, Learning and Development: The musical recipe for management in harmony

A clear common goal and deadline, shared understanding of each person's role and trust in one another. These characteristics are a recipe for success in virtually any management project. They are also vital for members of an orchestra rehearsing and performing under strict time pressure.

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Training is the key to keeping the wheels turning.

Education, Learning and Development: Training is the key to keeping the wheels turning

Automobile mechanics are supposed to repair cars and, to underline the point, a television advertising campaign in the US shows them chasing after vehicles to stop them and find something to fix. They're foiled along the way because these commercials are to emphasise that Jiffy Lube International - a pioneering company in the fast oil-change industry - has mechanics who don't want to fix cars. Instead they want to carry out preventive maintenance to keep them out of the repair shop.

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Businesses can learn from the military about training success.

Education, Learning and Development: Businesses can learn from the military about training success

When a company needs to teach the principles of lean manufacturing fast, what better way can there be than through agile learning design?

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How to give new managers the best possible chance of success.

Education, Learning and Development: How to give new managers the best possible chance of success

Surveys have revealed that around 60% of front-line managers fail within their first two years in the job. More than a quarter feel that they were not adequately prepared for their new role and over half concede that they received no management training at all.

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The heroes of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Education, Learning and Development: The heroes of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

For two nights and three days in November 2008, terrorists besieged the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, taking some people hostage, killing others and setting fire to the hotel's famous dome.

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Agile Tiger gets back in the swing.

Education, Learning and Development: Agile Tiger gets back in the swing

When US golfer Tiger Woods was at the top of his game, he employed a new coach who encouraged him to change his swing. Many golfers - professional and amateur - couldn't understand why. It was left to Tiger himself to explain: 'If I play my best, I'm pretty tough to beat. I'd like to play my best more frequently, and that's the whole idea. That's why you make changes. I thought I could become more consistent and play at a higher level more often. I've always taken risks to try to become a better golfer, and that's one of the things that has gotten me this far.'

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Why much management training is missing the mark.

Education, Learning and Development: Why much management training is missing the mark

Remember zen leadership? Or accountability leadership? Or even grown-up leadership? What about business-process re-engineering? Or quality-function deployment? Or one-minute management? Or management by walking around?

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Leadership development takes to the stables.

Education, Learning and Development: Leadership development takes to the stables

Most managers don't know much about horses. And that is precisely why Beth Duff thinks they can be useful in management development.

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McDonald's staff get the message - via Nintendo DS.

Education, Learning and Development: McDonald's staff get the message - via Nintendo DS

McDonald's expects to halve the time it takes to train its part-time restaurant employees in Japan by linking its 37,000 shops in the country to a computer-based game that teaches how to clean work-stations, cook food, take orders and serve customers.

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Tobacco firm finds the right learning 'blend'.

Education, Learning and Development: Tobacco firm finds the right learning 'blend'

If you need an example of why marketers need to be properly trained, look no further than British American Tobacco.

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Managing talent on a global scale.

Education, Learning and Development: Managing talent on a global scale

It's exactly what you would expect; a consultancy firm that specialises in helping other organizations to spot and nurture their future leaders itself has rigorous talent-management and development processes in place.

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