Investors in People Standard Renewed

Call of the Wild have this month been informed that our prestigious Investors In People (IIP) Standard has been renewed for a further 3 years. The Inspector actually commented that in all the years of visiting companies for IIP our Company was one of the best he’d seen.

The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation’s performance through its people. Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and national organisations, the Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people

Call of the Wild, being one the foremost leadership and management development companies in the UK already provide innovative solutions for Companies to develop their people. Our mission statement contains at its heart our objective of delivering business improvement through the continuing professional development of our own staff.

Kevin Gould, Director of Learning and Development, said “Through the renewal process we have sought to formalise our existing training culture and demonstrate a continued commitment towards developing ourselves and others. By renewing this Standard it will reinforce to our clients that we are a progressive Company fully committed to delivering business improvement through people development.”

Multi-award winning Call of the Wild prepare and deliver research based leadership, team and personal development programmes to a range of public and private sector companies across the UK. There’s less chalk and talk from us with a focus on your bottom line. We seek to make a difference in the workplace by measuring outcomes and delivering a return on investment.

Leaders In The UK Not Up To The Job Reveals New Survey

A new survey published this week by the HR Group Penna and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that 43% of managers found their managers ineffective.

The main criticisms of managers include not setting clear direction, failing to manage conflict well, not providing development opportunities and not asking for feedback on their performance. As a result staff felt less committed to their organisations.

Manager effectiveness is closely linked to business performance with 80% of managers in high-performing organisations rated as effective compared with39% in low-performing organisations. We are in challenging times for businesses and developing effective managers allows them to make better decisions and release the potential of the people who work for them this increases how engaged they are and this impacts on the bottom line.

Managers and Leaders Underqualified

By 2017 the UK will have a requirement for a further 2 million new managers and there is little sign of preparation to meet this need. One problem is that the UK’s managers are severely underqualified compared with other professional groups, with ONLY one one in five holding a management-related qualification. The research found that young managers often take on their first management role without any training and feel they are in a catch-22 situation – they cannot get training unless they are managing people but then if they apply for a management role they have not got any experience or training.

What Type of Leadership and Management Training is Required

The research found 26 types of development in use and a real gap between what managers rate as effective and what companies provide.

Managers rate MBAs, management qualifications and management programmes by external providers highly but the most the most commonly provided development by organisations includes on-the-job experience, professional body membership and appraisals/skills audits. The research found that:-

  • Short management courses by external providers are best for developing teams
  • MBAs improve creativity and strategic awareness
  • On-the-job experience led to managers making fewer mistakes
  • Coaching improved how managers managed their emotions

Accredited Leadership and Management Courses Rated Highly

Leadership and management courses with qualifications, including CMI and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), are rated highly, particularly by younger or first line managers which suggests that new managers need to learn the techniques of management before they are effective.

Coaching is rated as very effective by experienced managers. However in spite of the enthusiasm for development only 47% of managers report that they get the chance to use the skills they gained suggesting that organisations need to provide development which is relevant and then provide opportunities for managers to build on their training.

For more information on the CMI survey click here.

Two New Courses of Ours Approved By ELMS for Up to 50% Grant Assistance

Are you 100% confident that you and your leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to deliver sustainable business growth during tough economic times?

How would you like to receive up to 50% funding from the Welsh Government towards enhancing your  Leadership and Management skills? The Enhancing Leadership and Management Skills (ELMS) programme is aimed at funding training courses seeking to improve and support the development of skills and capacity within Welsh companies and organisations.

Course Titles

We have now had two new courses approved by ELMS which means if you book theses courses you can benefit from up to 50% funding. The courses are:-

  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Award in first line management. Click here for more info on ILM Level 3 Award
  • Achieving and maintaining peak performance in challenging times through resilience and mental toughness. Click here for more info on our resilience and mental toughness workshop

Leadership and Management Training Grants Free Consultation

If you are interested in improving your or your organisation’s leadership and management skills in Wales  then contact us and we can put you in touch with a Human Resource Development (HRD) advisor who will work with you free of charge.

New Initiative Launched with £250m For Staff Training in England

The Employer Ownership of Skills pilot

The Employer Ownership of Skills pilot offers all employers direct access to public investment; up to £250 million over two years to design and deliver their own training solutions. The Government are inviting proposals from employers for the first phase of the pilot, covering up to £50 million. It asks employers to set out how they would use public investment, alongside their own, to improve the skills of their current and future workforce.

Employers Take Ownership of Skills Development

Skills are essential for our future prosperity.. This prospectus invites employers to come forward with radical proposals that test the full potential of employer ownership. The overall aim of the pilot is to find more effective and sustainable ways to improve skills in the workforce and to use these improved skills to drive up productivity and growth. The Government are looking for proposals from employers that support the following key objectives:

  • Increase the impact of work readiness, workforce development and Apprenticeships activity
  • Employers are better able to secure the training they need by having the influence they require overquality and content and can shape training provision to meet their needs
  • Collaboration amongst employers to address cross-sector or supply chain skills challenges is increased
  • Employer leadership, commitment and investment in skills is increased, including the involvement of employers who do not have a track record of investing in skills.


The aim of the pilot is to raise the contribution of skills to economic growth. It is therefore primarily targeted at private sector businesses, although proposals from public and voluntary sector employers will be considered. This opportunity is open to all employers irrespective of size and sector. Whilst bidding organisations can be based anywhere, the benefits of proposals must focus solely on England.

The Government want to see significant and scalable proposals for skills investment and therefore the minimum cash investment from Government will be £250,000 for collaborative proposals involving SMEs, and £1 million for individual or consortia bids involving large employers (defined as employing
250 employees or above). The Government will continue to assess the appropriateness of the eligibility criteria throughout the pilot.

Questions and Guidance

Full investment criteria, application forms and guidance will be available towards the end of February 2012 on the pilot website here:-


Questions and enquiries regarding the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot can be submitted to:-

Wales Lacking Strong Leadership Reveals Survey

Considerable dissatisfaction with the quality of leadership in Wales has been expressed by respondents to the Wales Leadership Survey conducted in partnership betwen the Leading Wales Awards and Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cardiff Met).

The online survey that was undertaken in December last year revealed that respondents struggled to name Welsh leaders with only 50% being able to name two or more. In addition, almost 40% said they were very dissatisfied with the performance of their own business leaders including their decision-making and general leadership skills.

Aneurin Bevan and former Leading Wales Award recipient, Rhodri Morgan, were named as the two top Welsh leaders. However, disappointingly, no Welsh person made it into the list of top ten world leaders which was headed by Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.Not one Welsh woman made it into the top ten Welsh leaders and only Margaret Thatcher made it to number 6 of the top 10 world leaders.

Of resonance to the rest of the UK, 60% are in agreement that management and leadership skills development is very important to the overall success of an organisation. The responses indicated that 85% of businesses have training budgets in place, and over 93% clearly recognise a need for skills development as a major part of organisational success.  It would be hoped that these figures would be duplicated across the UK as they are encouraging in the current economic climate

Respondents were split on the question of whether leaders are born or made with 55% voting for leaders being made. The values we rate most in our leaders: vision, inspiration, communication, integrity and passion.

Call of the Wild are previous double winners of the Leading Wales Awards

Leadership and Management Wales Funded Training

Grant Assistance for Enhancing Leadership and Management Skills in Wales

The current business climate dictates that managers and leaders are able to fully engage their teams and deliver outstanding performance. Are you 100% confident that you and your leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to deliver sustainable business growth during tough economic times?

How would you like to receive up to 50% funding from the Welsh Government towards enhancing your  Leadership and Management skills? The Enhancing Leadership and Management Skills (ELMS) programme is aimed at funding training courses seeking to improve and support the development of skills and capacity within Welsh companies and organisations.

Leadership and Management Training Grants Free Consultation

If you are interested in improving your or your organisation’s leadership and management skills in Wales  then contact us and we can put you in touch with a Human Resource Development (HRD) advisor who will work with you free of charge to:

  • Review the company’s strategy to ensure all staff development and training helps deliver on business objectives
  • Help the company improve its approach to management and training by building an agreed organisational development plan, and advising on its implementation
  • Identify training and development requirements and produce an agreed learning plan
  • Help the company fulfil its training and development needs by linking it with training organisations and sourcing the right courses and grant funding

NB – Grants available for private businesses not the public sector or those who have received more than 50%  funding from Welsh Government grants!  SMEs and National/ International companies with operations in Wales are eligible

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?