Apprenticeship Success Stories: A Journey of Resilience and Growth

apprenticeship success storiesAs an Apprenticeship Learning Coach, I have had the privilege of witnessing apprenticeship success stories countless times over the years. Recently, I had the opportunity to celebrate the graduation of two remarkable individuals who had been under my guidance for the past six years. Their journey through various apprenticeship levels, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and personal transitions, exemplifies the true essence of resilience and dedication.

Unleashing Team Potential: Why Outdoor Team Building is the Key

In the fast-paced and competitive world of business, nurturing a strong and cohesive team is crucial for success. While traditional team-building activities have their merits, it’s time for companies to explore the benefits of taking team-building days outdoors. By shifting these activities outside, organisations can unlock a myriad of advantages, including enhanced team dynamics, improved mental well-being, fresh perspectives, and the opportunity to push individuals outside their comfort zones. Let’s delve into these positive outcomes and discover why the outdoors should be the new frontier for team building.

Leading with Resilience: Building Stronger Teams

how to lead with resilienceIn today’s rapidly changing landscape, effective leadership is essential for building strong teams and ensuring success. The challenges faced by leaders require not only competence but also resilience—the ability to adapt, persevere, and inspire others in the face of adversity. In this blog post, we will explore how to lead with resilience and discuss strategies for building stronger teams in any sector.

Why You Should be Doing Risk Assessments for Home or Hybrid Workers

The number of people working from home or in a hybrid setting has increased dramatically in recent years. This trend is likely to continue, as more and more businesses embrace the benefits of remote work. However, it is important to remember that working from home or in a hybrid setting can pose a number of risks to employees’ health and safety.

Unlock Your Leadership Potential: Why You Should Consider an ILM Level 4 or 5 Management Apprenticeship in Wales

In today’s competitive business landscape, organisations are constantly seeking skilled leaders who can navigate complex challenges and drive growth. If you aspire to excel in a management role and enhance your professional development, an ILM Level 4 or 5 Management Apprenticeship in Wales could be the ideal opportunity for you. These apprenticeships, offered by Call of the Wild, provide a structured and practical approach to developing your leadership abilities. Below we will explore the key reasons why you should consider embarking on this transformative journey.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Leadership Decisions

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force in various industries, and its influence on leadership decisions is increasingly evident. In this blog, we will explore the immediate impact of AI on leadership decision-making processes and delve into its potential future implications for teams. From enhancing data-driven decision-making to transforming team dynamics, AI is reshaping the way leaders operate and envision the future.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills What Are The Barriers?

CommunicationCommunication and interpersonal skills are important in both home and work life. However, various barriers can impede effective communication and interpersonal interactions. In this article we highlight some of the barriers that exist  and suggest some strategies to overcome them.

We’ve identified 5 main barriers which are commonly encountered.

An Old Name For a New Way of Being

Wales is in the headlines this week as our national park celebrates its 66th anniversary and unveils a new brand and an updated official name. The park has lived with a dual English and Welsh name for a number of years but is now taking the step to embrace the original name of the region and be known officially as Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, pronounced ban-aye bruch-ein-iog, with the ch making the same sound as in loch!

In The News: March 2023

We’ve pulled together some of the latest leadership and management related news.

This includes some topical subjects which many of you might also be experiencing in your workplace.

The Rising Cost of Mental Health in the Workplace

Remote workingMental health in the workplace has become a growing concern in recent years, with more and more employees reporting high levels of stress, anxiety, and burnout. Despite efforts to improve workplace culture and reduce stressors, the problem seems to be getting worse.

We’ve compiled the annual figures published by the Health and Safety Executive to show just how much an impact the poor mental health is having on businesses.

Big News From Call of the Wild

You’ve probably already spotted that things are looking a little bit different in our world.

We’ve been on quite an adventure as we worked on our new look.

A Big experience with Sir Gareth Edwards CBE

A week ago we had an evening that we won’t be forgetting in quite a while. For the past few years we have supported Wales Week in London and this year we hosted a night at the House of Lords with Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards CBE. We were joined by business leaders from across the country to celebrate and connect.

Team building with Telesgop

Swansea-based Television production company, Telesgop joined us for a full-day team development day. The day included psychometric testing, designed to help them better understand themselves individually and as a team, we then took them through activities to help support their learning and understand how to better communicate and work effectively as a team. Their testimonial below describes why they chose to have the day and what they got out of it. Company Chair, Elin Rhys also describes her own experiences of the day.

Can Leadership Be Learnt?

Can leadership be learnt? In our view yes it can. Although you can’t change the personality of someone you can influence their preferred behaviours. So if they are put in a leadership position then the skills required to be effective can be learnt as this involves adapting behaviours of yourself and influencing the behaviours of others.

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

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On a day when our Prime Minister has said sorry, it got us thinking about what it is to apologise as a leader. As leaders we have big decisions to make, big responsibilities, and a workforce looking to us for guidance. But we are still human. We misjudge situations, make mistakes and we may not always have the answer. The very nature of leadership is dealing with uncertainty, so how can we be certain we’ll always pick the right approach?

Mindfulness is Transforming Leadership

Reflective WalkingIn 2007 Chade-Meng Tan – Google employee #107 — launched Google’s meditation programme. The programme currently teaches 2,000 Googlers per year to meditate in order to become better leaders. Today, leading companies like Blackrock, Aetna, Ford Motor and Goldman Sachs conduct mindfulness classes for thousands of their leaders.

What is causing this shift to mindful leadership? In the stress-filled 24/7 world in which we live, leaders of all organizations need the opportunity for a “time out” period. It is their opportunity to relax, breathe deeply, de-stress and gain clarity about their work and the decisions they are facing.

Was James Bond A Team Player?

James BondOctober 5th is James Bond Day – yes there is a James Bond day! 2022 also marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond films. The first, Dr. No, was released in 1962.

The question we ask is do you consider James Bond to be a loner or a good team player?