Recession Not a Foregone Conclusion

The British Chambers of Commerce predicts that growth will be flat this year, with one quarter of contraction, but says a full-blown recession is not inevitable if the government acts. The BCC said while the results of its quarterly survey of 7,580 businesses are concerning, they do not indicate a recession – two quarters of contraction – and are still better than those seen in the worst phase of the last downturn.

The UK economy is set to stagnate in the first quarter of the year but a “new recession is not a foregone conclusion”, the business lobby group said on Tuesday writes The Guardian

Training Course – Effective Communication Skills Training Course

Our next Effective Communication Skills Training Course . As background in order to improve business performance we need to improve our communication skills. One way of doing this is to understand what barriers exist to achieving effective communication.We need to overcome the barriers to communication that exist both in the sender as well as the receiver of a message.

Barriers to Effective Communication


Every person has a self-concept which can act to shut out information or opinion that is not in line with it. If we think of ourselves as important, behaviour that indicates that the other person does not see us in this way can cause anger.


A boss may be unable to receive instruction from a secretary on how to operate a word processor, not because he or she is incapable of learning nor because the secretary is incapable of teaching but simply because the role of learner does not square very easily with the status of superior.

Training Course – Introduction to Coaching in the Workplace

Our next open course is scheduled for  15th December 2011 in London. Managers today are busier than ever with heavy workloads and pressure brought on by the current economic climate. Also in the current climate you need to get as much effort and application out of your employees as you can to ensure maximum performance.

So how can you acheive this – through developing your workplace coaching skills on this coaching course? Learn how to unlock a person’s potential to maximise their own performance

Institute of leadership and Management research shows that 95% of organisations believed coaching as a development tool benefited the organisation, and 96% believed it benefited the individual.

Visit our Coaching Course page – An Introduction to Coaching in the Workplace for more information

The Difference Between Leadership and Management

Everyone will have their own understanding of what management is and what leadership is and the distinction between them. However this understanding is often blurred and by gaining an insight into the differences individuals can become better leaders.

The dictionary defines management as being in charge, controlling, administrating, handling. Leadership is defined as being the principal or “front-runner” , holding the chief role. However another distinction is as a leader you need followers. As a manager you don’t all you need are resources, money, projects for example. There are 3 components to any situation:-

Sponsors of London Welsh RFC

This is us last week being presented, along with other sponsors, with a London Welsh Rugby Football Club shirt in our capacity as one of the Club’s sponsors. The shirt was presented by Welsh and British Lions rugby legend John Dawes.

Mark Soanes, director of Call of the Wild, said: “To be a member of the London Welsh RFC Business Club is important to us on so many levels, not just as a business but as rugby fans. To be associated with – and be able to support – a club with such a rich heritage is extremely gratifying to us.”

Our CSR Credentials Mentioned In Director Magazine

The “Director” magazine has been published and we get a mention alongside the Eden project in an article about corporate social responsibility. Here’s an extract:-

“Placing corporate responsibility at the heart of your business is, of course, a brilliant way of helping local communities in these challenging times. But did you know it can also boost your books?

We spoke to three companies reaping the benefits

ILM’s “First Time Manager” Research Project

As you know, ILM is the UK’s leading leadership and management development organisation, working in partnership with employers and training providers to develop leaders and managers at all levels. We have been asked by the ILM and David Pardey, ILM’s Senior Manager, Research & Policy to take part in this exciting research project and we would like to invite you take part.

Our Blog in Top 10 Leadership Blogs

Leading By Example, a US based blog, gives advice and tips on how to become an effective leader and manage your team to success. They have identified the top 50 blogs in the world that they believe are up and coming authorities on the subject of leadership.

Regional Business Awards Winners 2010

Call of the Wild Excel at Business Awards

The Swansea Bay Regional Business Awards gala evening was held on 26th November at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Call of the Wild were delighted to be named by judges as the winner of the Leadership & Management in Business Award.

These prestigious awards seek to recognise success, innovation and excellence across all industry sectors. Some of Swansea Bay Region’s most outstanding businesses have been judged among the best in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire. Steve Penny Managing Partner of JCP Solicitors commented “Both the quantity and quality of entries received this year has been exceptional and the judging panel faced some very difficult decisions to narrow the field down. The shortlist and winners is made up of some very impressive businesses that are achieving great success, some regionally, some nationally and some on the global stage …a remarkable reflection on the quality of businesses operating in the region and an inspiration to others.”

The King’s Speech – Leadership Lessons

With the King’s Speech sweeping the board again at the Oscars and BAFTAs what leadership lessons can we take from the  film? As a Leader, is it difficult for you to admit to vulnerability, stress or a skills gap? Do you believe that you can’t change or perhaps you have deep rooted issues that are impossible to change?