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This is no Ordinary Coaching Programme

“Bloody Brilliant!” is how it was summed up by one delegate last week.

Read our article to find out why Notion’s AIC® is like no other accredited coaching programme on the market.

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7 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Get An Executive Coach

There are lots of reasons why people may choose to work with an executive coach, however, common themes always emerge.

Is executive coaching right for you?

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CPD as Easy as ABC

Do you know your ABC?

For all you continuous learners out there, here’s some of our ABC’s of CPD to help you on your way to becoming amazing coaches - and staying that way!

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12 Reasons Why You Should NOT Join Notion’s AIC® Programme

Are you using one of these excuses to stop you from joining Notion’s AIC® programme? 

Read our article and let our alumni delegates put your mind at ease.

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Ditch Your Command and Control

Attention! Eyes Front!

Only joking, Stand at Ease...and read our article to find out why you should ditch command and control once and for all.

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Don’t Wait For A Superhero To Save The Day

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s...

Read our article to find out who the real superheroes are in your organisation - and how you can become one too. Are you ready to save the day?

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L&D - Shut Up and Listen

How much time do you spend listening?

Listening is a notoriously difficult skill to get right but one that you will need to master if you want to build a learning culture with high levels of learner engagement and learner accountability.

Want to become a better listener? Simply read our article to find out how.

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Internal Coaching - Are you Relying on Blind Faith?

Do you know what ROI you get from your Internal Coaching Programmes? Or are you relying on blind faith?

If you want to get more from your Internal Coaching programmes, read our eye-opening article.

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6 Ways You Can Use Executive Coaching to Get Results

Are you using executive coaching in the best possible way for your organisation?

Read our article to find out 6 ways you can use executive coaching to get results.

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How To Break Through Your Career Ceiling

Where are you in your career and are you ready to break through to the next level?

Read our article to find out how to keep your career on track.

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The Seminar Series that will Revitalise Wellbeing, Health and Happiness

Don’t worry be happy!

Stop worrying about wellbeing and read our article to find out what you can do to revitalise health and happiness at work.

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Are L&D Teams at Risk of Extinction?

Is your L&D team at risk of extinction? Do they have the skills they need to survive?

If you want to find out how to help your L&D team to thrive in the future, simply click the image to read our article.

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It Will Take More than a Sticking Plaster to Fix the Wellbeing Issue

Do you want to fix the wellbeing issue in your organisation?

In our latest article, we talk about why it’s time to rip off the sticking plaster and get to the heart of the matter. 

If you want to find out how to create a healthier and happier culture that enables wellbeing to thrive simply click the image to read our article.

5 Key Questions That Will Accelerate Career Progression

“No-one is more invested in your career than YOU.”

People who over-rely on others to manage their careers for them are limiting what they can achieve. Those who really want to accelerate their career will reap rewards with a much more proactive, pragmatic and reflective approach, which can be achieved by keeping 5 questions in mind at those critical progression points.

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Webinar Invitation: Why the GROW Model is Groaning

It would be reasonable to expect because of the huge interest in coaching programmes and the thousands of people undertaking coach training, that our modern organisations are awash with highly effective coaching cultures. However, according to our coaching poll of over 700 organisations worldwide, despite the ongoing investment in coaching, a shockingly low 3% of organisations describe their prevailing leadership approach as being ‘very much a coaching style’. Even just a passing glance at our poll results is enough to raise an eyebrow or two - something isn’t working...

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Don't Lose Your Top Talent Over This

Returning to work after a period of leave is sometimes a difficult and unsettling time for people without the right support.

If you don’t want to lose your top talent over this, read our latest article.

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What can organisations do to upskill their HR teams and why should they bother?

The CIPD’s New Profession Map calls for people professionals to develop new skills.

Does your HR team have the right skills? If not, what are you doing to upskill your HR team?

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Team Coaching - Are you getting it wrong?

Have you ever wondered why team coaching hasn’t had the same impact on performance as 1-to-1 coaching but you’re not sure what to do about it?

If so, you might be interested to hear what Martin, one of our world class coaches, has to say on the subject.

To read our interview with Martin, simply click on the image and find out what he thinks is the most important thing about team coaching.

How do you Measure The Impact Of Learning?

Recent reports indicate that there has been a 71% increase in L&D departments saying they ‘feel executive pressure to measure their learning programmes’. But just how many organisations actually know how to measure the impact of coaching?

Are you measuring the impact of coaching? If not, read our article today and start to see the results flowing in. 

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“Just Do THIS and You’ll Be a Far Better Coach AND a Far Better Manager!”

In our latest article we share with you what other senior HR leaders are recommending people do to become far better coaches, leaders and managers.

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Everything You Need To Know About eLearning in 2019

We’re delighted to be launching our latest white paper ‘How to Make eLearning Work’ which is packed full of helpful insights to help you do just that.

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8 Unique Features Of Notion’s Postgraduate ILM Level 7 InCoaching and Mentoring That You Need To Know About

If you’re thinking about doing a postgraduate course in coaching and mentoring or you want to attend an accredited coaching skills programme this year and you’re not sure what programme is right for you, then maybe you need to choose a training partner that can demonstrate what sets them apart from the rest. Click on the image to read this article to find out what unique features set Notion’s Postgraduate ILM Level 7 apart from all the rest.

Kick Start Your Team With A 63% Boost In Innovation, Creativity and Problem Solving

Organisations that take this one action alone are already seeing a 63% increase in innovation, creativity and problem solving. What would it be like if your team brought you options instead of issues? Click on the image to read our article and find out more.

Can you afford to ignore this easy way to increase productivity by 60%

Can you afford to ignore this one easy way to increase productivity by 60%?  We all know that there is a strong link between poor management practices and labour productivity but what are we actually doing to up-skill our managers and are we doing it quickly enough? With such a lot at stake, read our article to find out how you can increase management capability in your organisation and close the productivity gap fast. Click on the image to read the full article.

How To Be A Master Procrastinator in 2019

Put off today what you can do tomorrow. Take these 10 steps to become a master procrastinator. Of course, if you’re already a master procrastinator you’ll probably read this later but if you’re still unsure, read our article now to find out more.

Don't Miss Out On This Quick Win To Improve Employee Engagement By 47%

What would have to happen in your organisation to improve employee engagement by almost 50%? If we told you we had the answer, would you want to know?

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Using ‘Operational Coaching’  to Drive Ownership and Responsibility for Business Performance - A Case Study with Scott Bader

We are delighted to share with you our latest case study with Scott Bader.Simply click on the image to learn how Scott Bader achieved huge commercial benefits by using ‘Operational Coaching’ to drive ownership and responsibility for business performance.

Coaching Skills Training That Can Deliver Exactly What Your Organisation Needs

We’re delighted to be launching our latest white paper ‘How to Choose The Best Coaching Skills Solution For Your Organisation’. It’s one of our most comprehensive white papers to date and packed with (hopefully) helpful insights.

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The Secret to Building a High Performing Sales Team

Click on the article to find out how Notion can help your sales team improve their performance in a number of ways, including of course good old-fashioned commercial returns!

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Using ‘Accredited Coaching’ To Support A Journey Of Change - A Case Study With MPS

"Our journey with coaching started about 12 months ago. Change can bring about a lot of anxiety and you need a certain skill set to deal with that; we didn’t necessarily have that skill set. We were still going through quite a few large scale change programmes and because of this we decided that we needed to put some coaches into the organisation."

Delivering First Class Executive Coaching

The Head of Fleet Maintenance at a leading logistics organisation explains how Notion’s executive coaching helped him to expertly navigate the challenges of stepping into the senior management team.

How Your Company Culture May Be Increasing The Chances of Fraud

Following the arrest of Patisserie Valerie’s Financial Director, revelations about accounting irregularities, missing cash reserves and secret overdrafts have sent shockwaves across the business press and any number of boardrooms alike.  Whilst it’s still too early to speculate about the future trading situation of the company, or the outcome of the any criminal investigation, it does raise a bigger question about how organisations end up in such dire straits and how potentially fraudulent behaviour can go unchecked.

CONGRATULATIONS! 2018 Top 50 Coach Award Presented To Laura Ashley-Timms and Notion by CV Magazine

Congratulations to Laura Ashley-Timms, Coaching Director at Notion on her 2018 Top 50 Coach award. This prestigious honour was presented by Corporate Vision Magazine for her services to the coaching industry. 

Surviving A VUCA World - Is The Focus On Wellbeing Too Little Too Late?

The World Economic Forum predicts that in the next two years, 5 million jobs will have been lost across 12 developed nations as a result of increased automation and robotisation. But, the International Labour Organisation is less conservative in their estimation; they state that across places like Cambodia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, 137 million jobs will be lost as a result of the robotisation of the garment industry alone. That equates to an epic 56% of the workforce.

Do Managers Really Know How To ‘Be Agile’?

Deloitte’s Global Trends research in 2017 identified that 80% of organisations recognise that they need to develop more agile and diverse leaders and managers.1 Indeed, ‘agile’ remains a much talked about topic well into 2018. Although it is a relatively new term for most, it was actually coined by a group of industry leaders in 2001 as part of their agile manifesto to make software development more responsive to business needs. Now, appropriated by mainstream management, the term has spread into almost every aspect of organisational life. Consequently, most managers have probably heard about it, many will incorporate the phraseology into their everyday language, but do managers really know how to be agile?

How Curiosity Can Help Organisations Succeed During Change

Everyone has heard the proverb ‘curiosity killed the cat’ which warns of the dangers of unnecessary investigation and experimentation. The phrase, despite being well over a century old, is still commonly said and is often used to stop people from asking unwanted questions. Interestingly, this notion is reflected in the management models of many organisations across the globe, where information and instructions flow from top to bottom; managers are expected to hold all the knowledge and employees who ask too many questions can be perceived as an irritant.

In fact, according to Notion’s recent poll concerning organisational culture across more than 500 organisations, 79% report that they are still ‘very’ or ‘mostly’ command & control led. 

But, in today’s unpredictable and uncertain times, can organisations really afford to subdue curiosity?

Is This the Key to Restoring Business Confidence?

Recent news reports reveal that business confidence, across all sectors, is at its lowest in 15 months, as a result of the Brexit negotiations and low wage growth. Despite signs of business growth in some industries, optimism is still falling, suggesting that organisations don’t feel confident about future trading conditions. 

The impact of slumping levels of business confidence, not only affects what happens in local and international markets, it can also have a dramatic effect on people working inside organisations. The people costs of low business confidence can be substantial and shouldn’t be understated or ignored, because, helping people to sustain high levels of optimism during these volatile and uncertain times, might be a key factor in whether organisations survive long enough to prosper.   

5 Reasons Why Coaching Supervision Is Vitally Important

The coaching industry has grown at a remarkable rate over the past decade, with people from an array of occupational backgrounds entering the profession. As a result, it has become essential to establish high standards of competence and professionalism in an industry that has few barriers to entry. 

Thankfully, many coaches undertake training and qualifications to set themselves apart from untrained individuals who call themselves coaches. However, it seems that after the initial enthusiasm for training, many coaches are not taking their professional development seriously, with reports indicating that only 50% of coaches undertake coaching supervision post-qualification.  

How to Help The New Kids At School

For many people across the country, September marks the start of a new adventure: starting school, moving up to secondary school, moving into a new school year, or leaving home to go to University. 

It’s a time of great anticipation and excitement but also a time of significant change that can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety if not managed well.

How to Get Rid Of That Groundhog Day Feeling

‘What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?’ 

That sounds pretty awful, right? Yet in many ways that is what people are experiencing in organisations that rely too heavily on a command and control leadership model.

When the normal behaviour of a Manager is to dictate what will happen, what to do, where to go, who to work with, even what to think, there is a very real risk that people will develop a ‘learned helplessness’ that will significantly decrease engagement levels, performance and productivity.  

How To Develop Managers In the Age of The Job Hopper

Job hopping was once perceived much more negatively by recruiters than it is in today’s employment market. Any applicant whose CV listed lots of jobs over a short period would probably set alarm bells ringing for potential employers. Frequent and short periods of employment would have led most recruiters to at least question how well the applicant was able to integrate into their previous companies, or how well they coped with their work, or how loyal they were. Indeed, back then, the prospect of hiring and developing a job hopper would have been considered a ‘high risk’ decision. 

5 Ways To Offer Career Development That Millennials Really Value

It’s hardly surprising that 90% of executives believe that learning and development is a top priority when a whopping 87% of Millennials are telling us that development is important to their job.

But, equipping people with the skills to do their current job is not enough. Millennials in today’s organisations are looking for career development too, so organisations must also be ready to prepare employees for their next job. Taking a longer term approach to talent management will be a prudent move for organisations, as according to the 2018 Workplace Learning Report, ‘94% of employees predict that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development’.

University Of Exeter Set To Create STAR® Managers In An Out Of This World Partnership With Notion

Notion, a global expert in behaviour change, has partnered with the University of Exeter to support them in their unabated commitment to being a Great Place To Work. 50 academic and professional staff will join Notion’s revolutionary, 100% virtual, blended management development programme - STAR® Manager - from July 2018.

BT Use ‘Operational Coaching’ to Transform Business Partners into Trusted Advisors

Notion started working with BT in the wake of a period of significant change and controversy for the telecommunications company. During this difficult period, the company had faced challenges that had left them a little battle worn but ready for change. Our challenge was to help BT restore their brand advocacy and improve employee confidence by helping them to modify the behaviours of their internal communications team.

Is Coaching an Indulgence?

It has long been acknowledged by much of the business community that coaching is what sets exceptional organisations apart from the rest. Yet when coaching initiatives fail to deliver desirable levels of performance many organisations withdraw investment, or simply allow their initiatives to fester. When this happens, then yes, coaching is indeed an indulgence.