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The Best in Class IT Consultant

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IntroductionIn the fast moving and ever changing world of IT the ability of IT Managers and Practitioners to be truly effective consultants has never been greater.So what are the capabilities and attributes displayed by the very best IT Consultants? I believe they fall into seven categories as follows:1. Thought Leadership2. Client Knowledge3. Strategic Thinking4. Experience and Know How5. Problem Solving6. Relationship Management7. Change LeadershipIn looking at each of these seven ke... Read the full story

Turning Managers Into Leaders

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‘We live in an age of turbulent and unpredictable change. With the political and economic uncertainties which often surround us this is producing a tentative response from managers to almost all significant situations, which in turn is breeding insecurity in those they manage. Unless we reinstate leadership as a management pre-requisite, and model it ourselves as senior managers, our businesses will flounder and fold’.So wrote the chief executive of a major corporate in the company’s la... Read the full story

FULFIL FEEDS CONSUMER DREAMS WITH NEW COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN

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FULFIL NUTRITION has this week launched the second wave of its multi-million-pound ‘Life’s Wonderfuel’ campaign in London and Manchester, bringing together consumer advertising with a social activation strategy which aims to speak to its core active-lifestyle community.The first phase of FULFIL’s successful advertising campaign launched in April 2019 and the second wave in September looks to build on the brand’s belief of ‘grabbing life by the bars’, whilst reinventing impulse s... Read the full story

BELFAST JOINS INTERNATIONAL FAMILY OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE

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The Non-Violence Project FoundationThe City of Belfast has been warmly welcomed into an illustrious group of locations around the world that have embraced The Knotted Gun sculpture and its supporting organisation, the Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF).Belfast will join a number of international cities including New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, Cape Town and Berlin that host a permanent sculpture of The Knotted Gun – an international symbol of peace, created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredri... Read the full story

Quote by Helen Keller

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

The Corporate Life Cycle - Stage 6

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So after Stage 5 ADOLESCENCE we come to PRIME.PRIME is the stage that businesses aspire to reach. It is where the internal infrastructure, systems and processes align with the organisation's marketing and sales processes to produce sustained, long term profitable growth. The business enjoys growth in its customers, sales, market-share and profitability. It is an ADULT business. All it has to do is to keep repeating its success formula for ongoing success.BUT not quite. You see mature organisa... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

E-Learning – Is It Time For A Step Change?

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There now exists literally thousands of e-learning programmes which can be completed on-line.But what is the take-up of these programmes by employees? If a large global corporate client of mine is anything to go by, as few as 4% of their employee population complete e-learning programmes on offer. The majority of these being completed being driven by compliance or regulatory issues.Why the reason for this low take up. Here are some reasons given by employees: Boring content Poor structure Too... Read the full story

99 Reasons Why Managers Fail

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Unsuccessful managers fail as managers because they make mistakes in the following key areas of their job:Team and Task preparation1. Set unclear / vague team objectives2. Fail to agree individual KPIs with team members3. Rush the planning step: overlook key points in plans4. Do not get commitment from the team / individuals to plans  and their responsibilities5. Overlook the need to put in controls (e.g. quality) before implementing activitiesImplementing Team Activities6. Micro manage or u... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

The Corporate Life Cycle - Stage 5

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So to briefly recap on the first 4 stages :1. Brainchild2. Birth3. Infant4. ToddlerAnd now for ADOLESCENCEThe Adolescent Stage is a consequence of the fast growth  led by the founding #entrepreneur but without thought for the formalisation of the:- internal policies, - procedures,- protocols, and structures needed to manage the business efficiently and effectively. These are now needed or the business will implode. Professional managers are brought in to address these needs. But rather th... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Creating A New Business? – Five Tips to get Started

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Ask yourself these five vital questions.1. What is the current situation?Cover the following:What is my target market-place?What are the trends in the market I am targeting? – What are the drivers of these trends? e.g. New Legislation, Economic Environment, Culture Change, New Technology, New Social Norms/BeliefsWhat are my potential customers wanting; how can I segment these customers by type of business and size of organisation, or age, sex, geography, background, employment etc.; i.e. i... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

The Corporate Life Cycle

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Now for the next two stages in The Corporate Life CycleOwners of SME's and mid-size corporates - your business might be at risk if you do not follow each stage of the life cycle and take appropriate action!Stages 1 and 2 were BRAINCHILD and BIRTH. Stage 3 is INFANT. Just like a new born babe needs very careful nurturing to keep him/her alive so does a new business. This means going flat out after sales, carefully managing the overheads and being obsessional about cash flow. Many,many busines... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Intellectual Capital – The New Competitive Advantage

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Competitive advantage. What would your organisation give for it? Long term, sustainable, unbeatable competitive advantage, in today’s global market-place. Is it possible? And intellectual capital. What is it? Why is it our only hope for real competitive advantage?E-businesses are growing. Long established, profitable, household names are being eclipsed in terms of shareholder value by organisations which trade on intellectual capital versus financial capital. Why this apparent madness? T... Read the full story

Can Anybody Sell?

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I don’t know about you but it’s not often I meet an effective sales person.It isn’t the buyer’s fault. Buyers, guess what, generally want to buy. And they can even buy without being tiresome or difficult if they are helped to buy rather than sold to.What’s the difference?The difference is empathy with the buyer and an understanding of the buying process. Grasp these two essentials and selling becomes a problem solving skill that anyone can employ.When, as a buyer, I meet sales peopl... Read the full story

‘ROBOTIC’ STAFF SERVICE IS TAINTING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION FOR UK BUSINESSES

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91% of people say that they regularly experience situations in which employees have failed to apply a flexible way of communicating 88% of customers make negative assumptions about an organisation as a result of poor staff behaviour In an age of artificial intelligence and automation, new research finds that the ability of workers to improvise and innovate is already underused.A study of 1,000 workplaces published in Thinking on your feet, a report by the commercial subsidiary of the Royal... Read the full story

AUTONOMOUS SOLUTIONS TESTED AT AIRPORT IN UNIQUE COLLABORATION

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Autonomous vehicles will be part of our future, but how and where should they be used to benefit us the most? Semcon is developing an autonomous tractor to keep runway edge lights clear of snow as part of a research project investigating new airport maintenance technology. Automation can be used to reduce costs while also increasing efficiency and quality. The technology has now been tested for the first time at Örnsköldsvik Airport.The AVAP (Autonomous Vehicles for AirPorts) research proje... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

The Corporate Life Cycle

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Like human beings corporates have a life-cycle.There are 9 stages to the corporate life-cycle. Here are the first two,1. The start of a corporate starts with a BRAINCHILD,The founder has an idea that s/he could start an organisation to sell a particular or product for which there is a demand in the market-place. This first stage is borne out of a conviction that starting a new business is not only a good thing to do but an exciting thing to do! The founder believes s/he has the technical kno... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

What are Personal Development Activities?

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I’m often asked by my clients what I recommend as being the best personal development resources that they can use with their employees.  I run them through my list of 10 well tried and tested resources, which I will go through with you now. 1. On the Job TrainingThis is a very simple, well used and time-tested way of imparting knowledge and skills to a new job holder in particular. 2. Face to Face CoachingFace to face coaching helps to grow an individual’s knowledge and skills and to p... Read the full story

Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia

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Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia GPA to double container capacity              The Georgia Ports Authority plans to double capacity at Garden City Terminal to 11 million twenty-foot equivalent container units per year. In Fiscal Year 2019, port-related industries announced $5 billion in new investment and 12,000 new jobs coming to Georgia. Fin... Read the full story

ROADCHEF ROLLS OUT INCOME STREAMING PLATFORM TO GIVE MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA EMPLOYEES EARLY ACCESS TO PAY

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Following the successful trial of Wagestream at three sites - providing its team with access to their wages as they earn them - motorway service area operator Roadchef has announced the scheme will be available to all of its team members as of September 2019.Roadchef, which operates 30 service areas in 21 locations across the UK, partnered with the financial wellness provider working to bring financial health back to workers in March 2019, trialling the "Income Streaming" platform in three of... Read the full story

A.F. Blakemore Relaunches First Company-owned SPAR as New Flagship Store

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A.F. Blakemore & Son has relocated its inaugural company-owned SPAR store to a larger forecourt site on Wolverhampton Road West, Walsall, and incorporated new Subway and Greggs departments.The brand new 2,163 sqft SPAR store was opened on 6th September by A.F. Blakemore Chairman Peter Blakemore and family members Tom and Liz Blakemore.The SPAR store has relocated next door to the original site with an additional ten pump BP filling station operating 24 hours a day.The store also features Subw... Read the full story

C2A Security and NXP collaborate on game changing cybersecurity solution for connected and automated vehicles

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C2A’s combined solution with NXP addresses demand for “iron-clad” perimeter cybersecurity protection for vehicle OEMs.Frankfurt, Germany – September 12, 2019, 7am UTC (IAA 2019, Hall # 5 Booth #30B) – C2A Security, a global leader in automotive cybersecurity, today announced a comprehensive automotive security solution, developed in collaboration with NXP, utilizing NXP Semiconductors’ secure CAN (Controller Area Network) transceivers. Designed to provide comprehensive protection... Read the full story

Jeremy Francis appoints Pronounce Media to issue Press Releases

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Jeremy Francis CEO of Personal and Professional Development Limited (jeremyfrancis.co.uk) is pleased to announce that he has decided to use Pronounce Media (pronounce.media) as his primary vehicle for issuing press releases, articles, blogs, videos and details of events he is running. Jeremy commented, “As a publisher of online Personal Development and Training Resources I needed to be able to set up a personalised press room and to publish my daily articles, blogs and videos. Pronounce Me... Read the full story

Management Development Training – The Key To Success

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Let’s start with a fairly well accepted definition of Management Development. ‘Management Development is the process by which managers learn and improve their management skills.’So it is a process for learning and improvement and Management Development Training is a summary term given to that process. No surprises so far!The surprise is that so many organisations are not very good at this development process. Why is this, and what are the key issues to be addressed in the successful... Read the full story

The Technologies Shoppers Most Want to See in Forecourts of the Future

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Only 18% of forecourt visitors purchase fuel Nearly one third of consumers want to see pay-at-pump services A mere 21% of forecourts have a mobile marketing platform or loyalty scheme 15% of petrol station goers expressed an interest in robotic fuelling With petrol station sites falling by 35% since 2000 (and by 80% since 1970), it is easy to see the impact that electric cars and demonised diesel have had on the industry. Yet, commercial property agents at SavoyStewart.co.uk insist that int... Read the full story

Peterborough’s disabled drivers get on the road with the Motability Scheme

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More than 3000 disabled motorists, carers and their friends and families attended One Big Day Peterborough at East of England Arena on 7 September 2019. The event showcased a wide range of vehicles available for disabled people, and offered visitors the chance to discover all they needed to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme. Visitors explored a showcase of over 50 vehicles from leading manufacturers including Toyota, Audi and Kia, plus, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles... Read the full story

Six Tips To Make Networking Easy & Enjoyable

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Some people I talk to find personal, face to face networking daunting, even embarrassing. It needn't be!Here are some tips:1. MINDSETHave the right mindset. You are not bothering people who are not interested in you. You are wanting to establish a relationship which could be of mutual benefit. The first rule of networking is that of RECIPROCITY. It is not getting everything you want from someone and giving nothing back! Get a positive mindset about it.2. APPROACH Do not make a cold approach... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY at the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland

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The German oil manufacturer is the official sponsor of the tournament being held in Zurich and Lausanne September 2019 – LIQUI MOLY sticks with the sport of pucks. When the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship kicks off on May 8, 2020, the oil and additive specialist from Germany will be along for the ride once again. The company has been the official sponsor of the title matches since the 2017 IIHF World Championship hosted by Germany and France. "Many of our key markets have national teams... Read the full story

'Unrealistic To Expect Brits To Stop Driving Cars To Cut Down On CO2 Emissions' - SaveMoneyCutCarbon CEO Mark Sait

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A recent report by the Science and Technology Select Committee, echoed by sitting MPs, claims that the best chance for UK citizens to help fight climate change is to stop driving their cars.  Despite continued interest in vehicles running on greener energy, the committee’s findings suggest that government targets cannot be met through simple changes in technology.  This is a thought which has also been put forward by a number of academics, as it is claimed that greener cars still contrib... Read the full story

NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH HUSQVARNA IN AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY

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Yeti Snow Technology, which develops autonomous snow clearance systems for airports, may in time be able to apply their solution to entirely new areas. Today it was announced that Husqvarna Group will join Semcon and Øveraasen as owners of the company. This opens up new possibilities for this smart technology.  Yeti Snow Technology has developed an advanced system for self-driving vehicles that is used in environments with high demands for safety, precision and reliability. So far, the focu... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Selling Your Solutions Using Consultative Problem Solving

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Selling Your Solutions Using Consultative Problem SolvingWhen selling your solutions to others’ problems use a consultative, joint, problem solving approach as follows:1. Ask them to describe their current situation. What are the challenges, problems and difficulties they face? What are the consequences?2. Ask them to describe a future preferred situation. What would it look like? What would be the benefits?3. Ask them to identify the key issues to be addressed to move from the current t... Read the full story

Jeremy Francis chooses Profiling Online to provide 360º Online Assessment for new website

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Jeremy Francis CEO of Personal and Professional Development Limited (jeremyfrancis.co.uk) has chosen Profile Online (profilingonline.com) to provide their Online 360º Assessment Tool for his upcoming, new website developyourmanagementskills.com.Jeremy commented, “I was looking for an online 360º Assessment Tool that could link the identification of an individual manager’s personal development needs to my online management development resources. Profiling Online offered just this, I have... Read the full story

Managing Change Or Changing Management

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IntroductionManaging change is all about leadership. It has to be, because leadership is about creating willing followership, and only when you have willing followership will you stand a chance of success in effecting change. Simple isn’t it?So why do organisations and their managers struggle so much with the management of change? So much so that those “would be” willing followers would suggest that managing change is more about changing management!As change has been a constant over mil... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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Use the SPACER formula.S = SAFE. Your idea is a safe bet. It is proven. It is risk free.P = PERFORMANCE. Your idea delivers to the performance criteria sought or exceeds these criteria.A = APPEARANCE. Your idea will enhance the standing, appearance and reputation of the person/organisation.C = CONVENIENCE. Your idea is easy to implement and it is hassle free.E = ECONOMIC. Your idea is value for money. It produces a clear financial return on investment.R = RELATIONSHIP. Your idea is backed wit... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Human Resource Management – What’s the Point of an HR Department?

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Human Resource Management – What’s the point of an HR Department?That’s a strange question many might say. Why don’t you ask the question what’s the point of an Operations Management Department or a Risk Management Department or some other internal department.Good point. You could argue that if an organisation has a requirement for an activity it is because it contributes to its success and therefore it will manage it. It is as simple as that! So why question the need for a Human R... Read the full story

What Is The Most Effective Communication Skills Training?

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What is the most effective communication skills training? This is probably a question on the mind of any serious training professional. It’s a big question with many facets to it but let me try and answer it.I will look at:1. Identifying the need for Communication Skills Training2. Delivering Communication Skills Training Courses and Programs3. Creating Communication Skills Training Resources and Materials4. Measuring the effectiveness of Communication Skills Training5. Communicatio... Read the full story

Unboxed: BYTON´s First Premium Smart Electric SUV

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BYTON M-Byte at IAA 2019 in Frankfurt-          BYTON unveils its BYTON M-Byte at the IAA in Frankfurt-          BYTON announces details of its first production vehicle during its IAA press conference-          With the 48-inch-wide curved Display - BYTON fulfills its promise of integrating pioneering user-centric technology that changes the way people spend time in vehiclesFrankfurt, September 10, 2019 – BYTON, the premium brand for smart electric vehicles, unvei... Read the full story

BUREAU VERITAS STATES £14BN SPENDING PLEDGE SIGNALS ‘VITAL PROGRESS’ FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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Amid the government’s recent vow to end austerity and boost public spending by almost £14bn, Bureau Veritas has welcomed the move, stating the extra funding will be vital to making tangible progress on sustainability. In his first budgetary announcement as Chancellor last week, Sajid Javid’s Spending Review pledged to increase investment in the environment, education, transport and health1. This includes a £7.1bn cash boost for schools and a £6.2bn increase to NHS spending, as well as... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

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This quote was shared by Jeremy Francis, Human Resources development consultant. For more details about Jeremy visit his website www.jeremyfrancis.co.uk. Read the full story

Future Foundation For Performance Electric Cars Presented By Automobili Pininfarina, Bosch and BENTELER

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Strategic collaboration formed with mobility specialists Bosch Engineering and BENTELER ahead of Frankfurt International Auto Show Confirms future vision for a range of luxury performance electric cars High-performance EV platform to support future Automobili Pininfarina vehicles and be made available to OEMs   Innovative new platform underpins PURA Vision design model from Automobili Pininfarina(Frankfurt, 09 September 2019): At a press conference ahead of the Frankfurt International Auto... Read the full story