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Month: June 2011

Message from a Hostel – 7 Wonders of the World

Nora you are very quite over there what’s on your mind?  I have been thinking Alistair about the 7 wonders of the world.  That’s nice Nora, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China and all that stuff.  No Alistair I have been thinking about all the other important wonders.  Like what Nora? Well can you answer me this Alistair? Where do all the missing socks go? When you have finished washing up why is there always one feckin tea spoon left in the sink? Why do men always want sex when you have a headache? Whose feckin idea was it for the word “Lisp” to have an “S” in it? Why are mothers so concerned that you must have clean underwear on when you get knocked down? Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the feckin toast to a horrible crisp that no one would eat? Now that they have landed a man on the Moon can they send the rest of them there? Keep wondering Nora – I am sure you will find the answers!

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Message from a Hostel – Old Cars or New Shoes

Alistair why does everyone in this town drive old cars?  Look at the licence plates they all say “Collector” does that mean they are from the Collector General’s Office.  Hay do you think Alistair they get them from the social welfare services?  Do you think the Government here gives the poor people those old looking cars?  Nora I don’t understand what you are on about. Alistair could you apply for a car?  You could ask for a new model one of those trucks they sell here.  You know the ones when you pull up beside them all you see are big feckin wheels and they sound like a John Deere tractor racing up a feckin hill backwards.  You can tell them Alistair that you don’t mind the Collector General’s office having his name on your plate. Nora I think you got it all wrong they don’t get those old cars free from the Government they buy them because they are old.  Well Alistair you would think they would buy new cars then, they must not have the money for new ones.  No Nora they are Collector’s items, people buy them to show them off.  Well feck that Alistair I have heard it all now collecting feckin old cars.  Nora it is like women collecting shoes.  Ah!  Alistair women are smart they collect new shoes not old shoes and they definitely don’t collect feckin old cars.  

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Answer Inside

Answer Inside When we are at a distance it is often thought but not said If my arms are too far away to hold you then what shall I do? If my thoughts are of you yet you cannot feel them what shall I do? If we are present but far from each other what shall I do? If I am sorry but frighten to say sorry what shall I do? If I am feeling needy and cannot explain it to you what shall I do? If I am jealous what shall I do? If I feel unloved and wanting what shall I do? If I love you so much but cannot tell you what shall I do? The answer is always inside so I must look to find it that’s what I shall to do I will open my heart more for you for it is what I shall do Author – Mel Clifford

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Making Training Happen – Part 3

I am often asked how an organisation can calculate the return on investment (ROI) it makes on Training and Development. I use this formula based on one individual that can be extended based on numbers trained and salary variations. IE% on CS – TC =ROI X EY’s CS – Current Salary IE% – Improvement Expected from Learning (average a 10% improvement) TC – Training Cost (4% average of annual payroll) ROI – multiplied by expected years of ongoing service (5 years average)   Using a Salary of €50,000 pa the formula is as follows- €5,000(10%) – €2,000(4%) = €3,000 x 5 years = €15,000 What gets measured gets done – so it is vital to demand the expected improvement.  

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Making Training Happen –Part 2

If your Company is serious about making training happen, the following key elements need to be in place. Training budget between 3-5% of payroll Training days per individual of 3-6 per year Training Programmes related directly to the job in hand Training Development programmes to grow within your role Programmes for Personal Development of the employees’ choice Learning implementation action plans for ROI Commitment to Learning Form (completed by Participant) My Commitment on my Learning  This is what I have learnt      This is what I  do differently within my Role      This is when I will implement my learning in my Role      This is how I will measure the learning success  Signed by me                                                                      Start Date  Signed by my Manager                                                      Review Date

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Making Training Happen –Part 1

Unless learning is valued and evaluated in your business making training happen will always be an uphill struggle. Organisations whose learning is not equal to or greater than the rate of change within their environment will find it difficult to survive. 6 Ways to recognise that learning is not valued in a Company Training budgets are one of the first to get cut Employees are not release for training events – excuses are made Common mantra “I was sent on this course” Evaluation of the training is not sought or not produced Individuals training needs are not considered High turnover of staff   6 Methods for Training Managers to rectify and make training happen in a Company Accurate individual training needs analysis Greater emphasis on what should be trained rather than a sheep dip approach Clear action on the implementation of the learning received Brand and market training as a must have product within your business Produce and communicate return on investments (ROI) Use all group business meetings as learning opportunities and communicate the learning   Make learning fun

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Staying in Touch

Staying in touch with your Customers/Clients – regularly asking why they like doing business with your organisation. Staying in touch with your Employees – regularly asking why they like working in your organisation. Staying in touch with your Product Development – regularly asking is this the best product for the organisation. All makes good business sense – staying in touch

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