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Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) – A New Way To Train Your Team

Posted on July 1st, 2020

Traditional face-to-face (F2F) training has always been the default option for learning. It’s engaging, it’s interactive, and done well it’s enjoyable. But in today’s environment it’s difficult. Travel restrictions, uncertainty over social distancing and general unease around group meetings make it a non-starter. The solution is VILT – Virtual Instructor Led Training.

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Working from Home? – Tips to Sustain Connectedness (from Google’s Veronica Gilrane and LDL)

Posted on March 27th, 2020

Working from home may sound like a dream, but there are also major challenges. On this blog we show you how to sustain connectedness when working remotely with lessons from Google’s People Analytics Manager, Veronica Gilrane.

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Can You Engage & Motivate Your Team?

Posted on November 28th, 2019

As a ‘modern manager’ you need to be able to lead, engage, motivate and inspire your team. Here are 15 quick tips which, if you apply, will help you get that little bit more from everyone around you.

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Personal Leadership Is Where It Begins

Posted on July 17th, 2019

Leadership is how you get the best from people. Personal leadership is how you get the best from yourself. What’s that phrase? If you can’t lead you, please don’t try and lead me.

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What is a ‘Good’ Organisation? Profitability, The Stakeholder Approach, and Employee Engagement

Posted on August 30th, 2018

  Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ organisation in today’s marketplace? And what does it mean to be one?   It depends of course on the criteria we use to judge whether an organisation is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.   Profitability is perhaps the most obvious criteria – an organisation is not going to Read More

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Measure What Matters – How to Set Goals Like They do in Silicon Valley

Posted on June 15th, 2018

  When Bill Gates gives a book review, you know that the book is probably worth a read.   Well, the second wealthiest man alive recently posted a review of venture capitalist John Doerr’s new book on his Gates Notes blog. Titled Measure What Matters Doerr’s book is about an approach to setting goals and Read More

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What’s Your Communication Style? 4 Tips To Increase Effectiveness

Posted on May 4th, 2018

  When communicating with others, whether colleagues or clients, on the job, in meetings, or on the phone, we all tend to stick to our habits. But often those habits are unhelpful.   Perhaps we rarely take the opportunity to speak up and give voice to our views and opinions – finding it difficult for Read More

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Is Yours an Agile Organisation? How Management Training Can Help You Make the Transition

Posted on March 20th, 2018

  The recent March-April 2018 issue of the Harvard Business Review provides a guide for the way the concept of ‘agile’ is changing how organisations hire, develop, and manage their people.   A concept taken from the tech world, ‘agile’ refers to a set of innovation methodologies which have been revolutionizing the IT and tech world Read More

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Leadership, Self-Leadership & Emotional Intelligence – an Interview with Jonathan Forrest

Posted on February 22nd, 2018

  At LDL we are always on the lookout for exceptional individuals to join our consultancy team. With his last major corporate role as a Director at Goldman Sachs, Jonathan Forrest is one such individual, and we are delighted to announce that he has recently joined LDL as a leadership and personal development consultant. To Read More

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 4 Leadership Lessons, Quote by Quote

Posted on January 5th, 2018

  Welcome to January! We hope that 2018 is going to be a prosperous year for you and your business, and that you are excited about the year ahead. But whatever your goals for the new year we can still hold on to the memory of the festive season – including its more memorable cinematic experiences.   Read More

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Leadership Training – 5 Tips to Help You Move Beyond the Carrot and the Stick

Posted on October 23rd, 2017

  On a previous blog post, our neuroscience for leadership specialist Dr Maryam Bigdeli spoke about the need for organisations to move beyond the carrot and the stick principle in their approach to performance management.   Maryam explained that the problem with such systems is that the fear of the ‘stick’ can easily override the Read More

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Presentation Skills Training – A 3 Step Structure for any Presentation

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Three decades of management and sales training have convinced us that there is one skill any high potential must master – become an effective presenter and speaker. Nothing, but nothing, will build your confidence more effectively.

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Coaching and Feedback – Why, How, What?

Posted on March 24th, 2017

  As a training consultancy we know that one of the most important things an organisation can do to engage and develop its people is to embed regular practices of feedback and coaching. The question for managers and leaders is: are you or your organisation missing out on the gains?   According to a recent Read More

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Neuroscience for Performance Management – an Interview with Dr. Maryam Bigdeli

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

  Spring has arrived, and with the appraisal meetings and performance ratings which often occur at this time of the year, it is a great moment to reflect on your organisation’s approach to performance management. In particular, what can neuroscience teach us about this vital aspect of leadership? We asked LDL consultant and PhD neuroscientist Read More

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Leadership on Film: 5 Lessons from Star Wars: Rogue One

Posted on January 6th, 2017

  Perhaps over the course of the festive season you had time to indulge yourself in a few trips to the cinema. If so, then you might have seen Disney’s latest addition to the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Rogue One.   The new film is designed as an immediate prequel to the original classic, Read More

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Black Box Thinking: Towards an Organisational Growth Mindset

Posted on December 2nd, 2016

  No one ever sets out to fail or to do a bad job, and yet inevitably factors can conspire to turn even the best-laid plans awry. How do you and your organisation handle failures when they occur? The answer is more important than you might think.   In his recent book, Black Box Thinking, Read More

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How to Build the Perfect Team: The Importance of Psychological Safety

Posted on October 12th, 2016

  At the National Sales Conference last week, Will Greenwood spoke about the England Rugby World Cup winning team of 2003. As you may already know, England’s team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup was one of the best sporting teams that the country has ever produced. Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson – it Read More

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How To Write A Good Linkedin Profile

Posted on October 2nd, 2016

You may or may not be a social media aficionado but to be an effective salesperson or modern manager you must know how to write a good LinkedIn profile. 238 million professionals are members and it was only founded in 2003!

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Muhammad Ali

3 Lessons In Greatness From Muhammad Ali

Posted on June 19th, 2016

  Perhaps the greatest sporting icon of the twentieth century, Muhammad Ali deserves to be remembered around the world for his flying fists and indomitable persona. “Muhammad Ali was the greatest” wrote Barack Obama in one of the more significant tributes to the late superstar athlete: “He shook up the world, and the world is Read More

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How to Build a Winning Team – 5 Lessons From Leicester City FC

Posted on May 20th, 2016

With previous claims to fame relating largely to an association with Walkers Crisps and to the unexpected discovery of the remains of King Richard III, Leicester City – an East Midlands city which lies on the River Soar – has suddenly been inundated by top journalists from all over the world.

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David Bowie

Embracing Change with David Bowie

Posted on February 6th, 2016

David Bowie has appeared all over the press in recent weeks. Every newspaper and media outlet in the country seems to have been celebrating the life of the late singer-songwriter who inspired so many millions of people over the course of his career.

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ILS – Inspirational Leadership Skills

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Inspirational Leadership gets results. It’s about recognising that your most precious possession is the people who work for you, and having the skill to draw out the very best in their performance.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Leadership Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on December 18th, 2015

When Disney paid $4 billion for Lucasfilm three years ago, it was surely only a matter of time before Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill would be donning leathers and lightsabres again, due to return to a long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

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Leadership Lessons In Mentoring – ‘The Intern’

Posted on November 12th, 2015

Starring Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway, comedy drama The Intern was released in cinemas across the UK in October. ‘The intern’ of the film, Ben Whittaker (de Niro) is a 70-year-old widower growing restless in retirement who decides to apply as a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by thirty-something entrepreneur Jules Osten (Hathaway).

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The Energy Bus – Book Review

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

Since it was first published, millions of people worldwide have read The Energy Bus. Overall, it is a good read: well-written and light-hearted, The Energy Bus introduces the importance of positivity to anyone wishing to get more out of their life and work.

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How To Strengthen Your Confidence

Posted on October 1st, 2015

We each have two voices in our head – one says you’re great, you’re having a good day. The other says you’re going through a weak patch, you’re not at your best. Which is the stronger? The one you feed.

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Success Isn’t Taught, It’s Caught

Posted on September 15th, 2015

Your ability to get going rubs off on other people and boosts their performance. No question. The more energised, joyful and alive you feel, the more energised, joyful and alive those around you will feel – just as a result of working with you.

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Focus on the Outcome

Posted on June 16th, 2015

In sport, the performing arts and business, focus is essential, but what exactly is focus? Focus is a quick form of mental preparation. To use it, simply lock your mind on to the picture of the outcome you want.

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Positivity Lifts Results

Posted on May 19th, 2015

New research in psychology and neuroscience has confirmed a hard link between mindset and success. Positivity in the workplace produces measureable results.

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Neurochemistry In Leadership

Posted on February 6th, 2015

One person tells you something kind and respectful, another person says something critical and negative. Which will you remember longest?

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