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SPELL STEWART

Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:09

Experia are currently delivering accredited Management Development programmes for our NHS clients. Our clients have selected a number of workshops from our wide range and our experienced associates deliver innovative and creative sessions. These courses are all well evaluated and many of our clients request more programmes from Experia

Mary, Stuart and Ann are currently working with a nursing home in transforming their management and leadership practices and supporting development of the wider team Our executive coaching portfolio continues to grow with a number of us engaging in regular coaching and career development with our clients. Stuart continues to be kept busy with representing clients who need representing in complex workplace negotiations.

Investigation

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:13

Mary Golden, Stuart Goodden, Howard Shepherdson, Helen Johnson and Amerjit Walia spent much of April and part of May undertaking a complex workplace investigation that took up a lot of time but resulted in a good outcome for the organisation. It was also interesting working as part of a team and we all learnt much from each other! Stuart Goodden has been working with a number of clients securing good outplacement deals for them.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison

Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:30

wormwoodMary is about to start a quality improvement project at Wormwood Scrubs Prison running a self-development programme for NHS staff based there.

Mental Health Trust

Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:29

mental-health-trustMary has been working with a Mental Health Trust since early 2013, this has involved her in development assessment days, giving feedback and working with clients who are being made redundant in looking forward.

Stewart delivering a conference

Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:28
Stuart is creating and facilitating a staff conference for 40 staff at a Housing Association in October. The client is seeking a dynamic and innovative event. We are sure Stuart will create this!

Health and Well-being Directorate

Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:24

harrow-councilExperia Solutions was appointed to work with the London Borough of Harrow, Community, Health and Well-being Directorate to create a new Workforce Strategy for 2013 - 2016. Mary and Howard worked on this project. Mary had produced the previous strategy for the directorate as well.

Just back from Dave Coplin's excellent lecture at the RSA. Went along almost out of a sense of duty, keeping up with the trends. It turned out to be a lively and thought-provoking hour. Dave Coplin is the Chief Envisioning Officer of Microsoft and made many telling points. Sample: now a lot of people have better (more sophisticated) technology at home than they have at the office....

What's it all about, Alfie?

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:49

Does it seem sometimes that the most serious and worthy movies, are just a little bit dull? (Did I mention "Lincoln"?) And sometimes, isn't that movies from a completely different genre - the more 'popular' type - that have a more significant and lasting impact?

Just back from Amsterdam. Yet again, so envious of the language skills that Dutch people display seemingly so effortlessly. There we are in a shop and the assistant switches from Dutch to English to Dutch again - one sentence in each language without a pause! The question is obvious: why are the British so poor at languages? (Real question: why am I so poor at foreign languages?) How do Dutch schools teach foreign languages and can we learn something from them?

'Looking at things one way - or another'

Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:48
Been thinking a lot about Erving Goffman's work on framing and reframing....how we see the world....Yesterday taking the rubbish out for the dustbin men's weekly visitation, got talking with our neighbours and was told about some friends of theirs in Cyprus. An expat couple they had sold up to come home to Britain....the proceeds of the sale of their house went into the bank the day before the haircut on bank deposits was announced and deposits frozen. They've lost a lot money, money that they were going to use to buy a house back here. Their whole future is now highly problematic.

Universities together ?

Sunday, 24 March 2013 16:55

Been talking with some pals about what seems to be going on in local universities. Old colleagues in one university are worried about what a neighbouring university is doing and the possible impact on them. The neighbour has advertised recently over twenty new jobs in the same field. Now that's a hellva investment in terms of salaries and other costs - and is, incidentally, a complete reversal in market strategy. Until recently the idea was that the neighbour would diversify into other areas.

on Teaching

Sunday, 03 March 2013 18:24
Just had a reminder that teaching is a strange, bi-polar activity...you have a group of students who are bouncing off the walls, you set them a task and hope for the best...and then against all expectations, you receive some quite wonderful assignments. It's just happened to my daughter who is a teacher who works in east London. The poems that she's received are full of vulnerability, hope and resilience in the face of demanding family and community circumstances. They moved me to tears. Three cheers for teaching and a million for these wonderful young people.

Three landmark cases have clarified some important issues regarding employment law, freedom of conscience and religion and the right to religious expression.

Nadia Eweida, the British Airways check-in clerk who had not been allowed to wear any jewellery over her uniform (including a crucifix) won her case. BA already made accommodation for other faith groups, notably Sikh men and it seemed only fair that she should be allowed to display a small cross. However her victory was a personal one and not an outright ruling that gives employees the automatic right to express religious faith whilst at work.

I was listening to a programme on the radio that reported some research by Kroger and Oswald (2012) into the personality traits of religious leaders using the 'Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator' much loved by HR and management professionals and probably familiar to you all.
The ideal religious leader in the USA was defined as an ENFJ(Extrovert, Nurturing, Feeling, Judging) in the research. This translates into someone who leads with a strong vision of the future, insists that people behave well towards each other, practice what they preach, are good at spotting talent and encourage people that show potential.
The radio programme ran the test on an Anglican Bishop, an Imam and a liberal reform Rabbi. (apologies if this sounds like the start of a bad joke !).

Interview Feedback

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:26

In the current competitive job market applicants for jobs are plentiful and applying for a position is extremely time consuming in terms of adapting the CV and writing a bespoke supporting statement. However, feedback from some of my clients is that feedback after interview is often poor. It seems to me that if people have put a substantial effort into their application and prepared for an interview then the least a prospective employer can do is give quality feedback.

Time flying

Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:44
Very much occupied with this new being-a-grandmother thing. Time is indeed just flying. Have been trying to get a positive perspective on the future….after all, it’s what Lily (aged four days) deserves. Have spent some time in the recent past reading about positive psychology (Martin Seligman et al) in a determined effort to ‘look on the bright side’.

The changes in education

Friday, 23 November 2012 10:23
For an entertaining summary of a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson at the RSA on changing education paradigms, see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpl4U

Discovering ourselves

Friday, 23 November 2012 10:22
Started reading Ken Robinson’s book ‘How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything’ (Penguin, 2009). His focus – according to the blurb on the back – is ‘the child bored in class, the disillusioned employee and those of us who feel frustrated but can’t quite explain why’. I’ve only got through the first couple of chapters and a yellow highlighter is very much in order.

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