Learning and Development

Imagine that you visited your doctor tomorrow for advice and discovered that she hadn’t updated her knowledge or skills since she qualified 20 years ago.  How confident would you feel about taking her advice?

The GROW model is a fantastic way of agreeing and setting a course of action. Great for the development of others as well as yourself, it provides a logical step-by-step structure that you can agree and commit to.

Our daily interactions are something we take for granted and probably manage at a subconscious level. We are constantly interacting with different stimuli, whether it is in our daily conversations, when watching TV, in the classroom, gaming, working on our computers or visiting a shop. Pretty much everything we do includes a form of interaction.

Different professional bodies will have different requirements but fundamentally, it’s agreed that there are two types: structured and unstructured.

As children we have an innate love of stories and many of us take that love into adulthood as we choose the escapism of a good book or movie to fill our free time. Through these stories we have subliminally learnt lessons such as, never trust the advice of a man in difficulties; appearances can be deceptive; a liar will never be believed; and there’s always someone worse off than yourself. Of course all these examples come from Aesop’s Fables but when deconstructing any story you will always find a message and you will also realise that somehow you’ve uncovered and understood that message.

As the year progresses, you may be finding that resolutions set on the 1st of January have lost momentum or been forgotten about. Even with the best of intentions, juggling both life and work pressures can de-rail your personal and professional goals.

Compliance and Risk Management consultancy, RWA has invested further in the growth of its compliance and e-learning teams with the appointment of three new members to the team: Atul Patel, Jessica Taylor and Stu Rolls.

A big well done to the whole RWA e-Learning team who successfully made it through to the final of the prestigious e-Learning Awards in London last week.

Learning skills that are not necessarily vital for work may actually be a benefit to the job. A survey of more than a thousand adults, conducted by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), found that the UK is a nation of prospective learners. 50 per cent of the survey respondents said they would be prepared to take up a course to improve their skills in areas of interest to them, with 60 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds expressing the desire to learn new skills.

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