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The Science of Nature & Its Importance for Learning

When Was the Last Time You Kissed a Frog?

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. Click more below to view these compelling videos.

He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally.

“This film will change your life”Patrick Barkham, The Guardian

Grow Your Business At No Extra Cost – Great Results States Vince Cable

Graduate trainingAre you looking to grow your business in the next 12 months but worried about the cost. Call of the Wild have been working with companies throughout England  to effectively double their trainign and development budgets at no extra cost to you!This has been achieved using  a training and development Government sponsored scheme launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable called GrowthAccelerator.

In the past 12 months GrowthAccelerator has been the catalyst for many ambitious businesses to realise their high growth potential more quickly. A report has just been published reviewing the first year performance of the scheme. Here we share the insights from the service’s first year on what determines high growth potential and how GrowthAccelerator is helping businesses to deliver jobs and real economic value.

What Growth Accelerator Does

GrowthAccelerator works by finding businesses with the highest growth potential, identifying and helping to overcome the barriers they face and providing support under four streams of activity: Access to Finance, Business Development, Growth through Innovation and Leadership and Management.

Change Management Good Practice – The Challenge of Change

Incredible Hulk 2Call of the Wild has recently been asked to deliver a workshop on change to an audience of 50 education professionals who are delegates in a change management conference in Portsmouth.
Looking at change from the unique perspective of each individual the question that Call of the Wild intends to pose to the audience is:-

“Why do some individuals thrive on the challenges presented by change, yet others see change as a threat which has an adverse impact on their performance”

ILM Level 3 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring – Funding Available

ilmOur new ILM Level 3 Certificate  in Coaching and Mentoring goes live today. In addition the good news is that the course can be fully funded (subject to eligibility)

What is Coaching

Coaching uses one-to-one conversations and guided questioning to unlock inner potential. It helps managers deal with change and find solutions to business problems using their own resources. It’s an effective way of creating a high performance culture in your organisation.

Management Training Needed Before You Can Dismiss an “Unsuitable” Manager?

Employability skillsPoorly Performing  Managers Need to be Offered Training or Face the Consequences!

To enable the directors to focus on running the company, a manager has been brought in. However, there have been a number of complaints about their poor management style. Can you dismiss them because of this?

To answer this question, we need to turn to the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) recent ruling in the case of JJ Food Service Ltd v Kefil 2012. Mr Kefil (K) had worked for JJ’s, which is a major food distributor, for more than 14 years. During that time, he had been promoted twice, initially to warehouse manager and then to stock control manager.

FREE Training Needs Analysis from a Business Professional

Coaching courseAt Call of the Wild measuring the success of the programmes we deliver for clients has always been of fundamental importance to us. With training budgets stretched and the need for your staff to be performing to their optimum levels making the correct decision about the right type of training at the right time has never been more important.

As a NEW customer of Call of the Wild why not contact us today to arrange a FREE no obligation Training Needs Analysis (TNA) from one of our friendly and qualified Business Managers.

Grow Your Business At No Extra Cost with New Training Grants for England!

Accelerate Your  Business Growth At No Extra Cost – Double Your Training Budget and Get Dramatic Returns

developing talentThinking of growing your business this year but afraid of the cost of developing your staff? How would you like to accelerate your growth plans at no extra cost? With these new training grants you can claim up to a maximum of £2,000 per employee as match funding so you can effectively double your training budget!

Now is the Time For Training -Response to the Richard Report on Apprenticeships

walk and talk meeting in Brecon BeaconsWith the skills gap still a major issue in workplaces today, a number of recent reports have pointed towards giving employers more involvement in the design of training programmes.

Employers will be empowered to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, so they can address skills shortages that are threatening growth, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has announced yesterday.

Responding to the review on apprenticeships carried out last year by entrepreneur Doug Richards, the Government has said apprenticeships should be more focused on the needs of employers as some businesses find they are not tailored enough to their requirements. Clegg said he believes it is “vital” that apprenticeships are tailored around what employers want.

Clegg thinks this will enable the employer to design their own qualifications and choose their own training provider, rather than getting a “one-size-fits-all-programme” that is “bad for apprentices” and “bad for employers”.

Creating Future leaders – ILM Research Findings

Creating Future Leaders – How Do Businesses Identify and Develop Their People

Creating Future LeadersSuccession planning is essential for any business intent on long term survival and is critical to ensure the future leadership of the organisation. That’s why ILM set out to find how businesses identify and develop the people who will become their future leaders, and what potential future leaders could do to improve their career prospects. Whether the aim is to develop potential leaders for the organisation internally, or to recruit the most talented external candidates to nurture and promote, in an increasingly competitive world, the search, retention and development of the leaders of tomorrow is complex and challenging.

The ILM conducted in-depth interviews with senior HR professionals in predominantly large corporate organisations and consulting firms. The sample size was large enough to provide a breadth of coverage, while the approach ensured a richness and depth of response which meant that the subtleties of the respondents’ different approaches were captured.

Take a Walk in the Park – What’s Your View?

Walk and Talk – The New Approach to Meetings

walk and talk meeting in Brecon BeaconsYou’ve heard about walking the talk now the new fad is “walk-and-talks” according to the Sunday Times and the author Nilofer Merchant. Well what’s so new? We’ve been offering and delivering walking the talk events for many years with our clients seeing the benefit of this innovative approach.

So what exactly are “walk-and-talk” events? Well they are the art  of conducting business meetings on the move and in our case in an inspiring environment taking people out of their comfort zone.

Award For Our Green Business Practices

Last week we were lucky enough to have picked up another award in recognition of our green business practices.  This was awarded to a business that has demonstrated a dedication to adopt or improve sustainable green business practices within their operations.

View this video to find out the reasons why we won this award. Click on “More”

ILM Research Reinforces Importance of Having a Talent Pipeline

How Effective is Your Talent Pipeline?

Only 18% of employers expect candidates to have received management training prior to being appointed to a management position!

To complete successfully on the global stage UK plc needs a steady stream of management talent capable of delivering strong economic growth. Creating business leaders and managers should be a top priority for UK business and requires a fully functioning management talent pipeline.

These are the findings of a recently published report by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). They set out to understand the state of the UK’s management pipeline and where it could be improved. An independent report was commissioned with 750 UK organisations across the public and private sectors to identify the challenges they face in recruiting and developing skilled leaders and managers.

By talent-pipeline they mean a joined-up approach to leadership development that enables a flow of skilled and capable individuals through an organisation. A talent-plan meanwhile is the means by which a talent pipeline is implemented and defines the skills and knowledge required to ensure the future needs of a business are met.