TW Associates support the CIPD Learning & Development Group

Join us for this year’s programme of events The CIPD Learning & Development Group runs a series of short, lively and very informative events every month (except December) between September 2015 and April 2016. The seven events are a great way to meet people involved in learning and development and an excellent opportunity to contribute to your own professional learning and development. Each session is designed to be interactive, engaging and educational. Events start at 18.00 with refreshments and informal networking and are followed by a facilitated session running from 18.30 until 20.00. They take place at venues throughout Edinburgh City Centre. See below for more details about the programme, session topics and locations. Online booking via Eventbrite is currently available for September and October events. Please email Benjamin Budd on benjamin.budd@scotland.gsi.gov.uk to be added to the mailing list and informed first about registration opening and other opportunities. Networking skills Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue 16 St Mary’s Street Edinburgh, EH1 1SU Developing Learning Strategies & Plans Wednesday, 21st October 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Morton Fraser LLB Quartermile Two, 2 Lister Square Edinburgh, EH3 9GL Designing Learning Solutions Tuesday, 24th November 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm The Royal Society of Edinburgh 22-26 George Street Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ Delivering Learning Solutions Wednesday, 27th January 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 pm MBM Commercial 5th Floor, 125 Princes Street Edinburgh, EH2 4AD Talent Management Tuesday, 23rd February 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 pm University of Edinburgh, The Business School 29 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh, EH8 9JS Evaluating Learning Impact Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 pm MacRobert LLP Excel House, 30 Semple Street Edinburgh, EH3 8BL Coaching / Mentoring...

The Field of Freedom

Would you like to delegate work to someone without feeling the need to step in and do the job yourself? Would you like people to use their initiative without the fear that they might go too far? Whether you are talking to employees, subcontractors, associates or trades people, they all need clear information but also the opportunity to use their initiative and their creativity. Imagine a game in which it was ok for the head coach to run onto the pitch and kick the ball whenever he was unhappy with the way the player was kicking it. Sounds ridiculous? Why then, is it acceptable for a manager to take a job back from a member of his work team and do it himself because he is unhappy with the way the team member is doing it? Who is at fault, the team member or the team manager? The white lines that define the field of play in a game of football, rugby or basketball keep the coach off the pitch during the game. If we are to motivate and enable people we need to give them the space in which to play their own game but we need to keep that game within clear boundaries. We need to delegate responsibility in a way that gives them the greatest scope for development and satisfaction and gives us, the managers, the confidence to let them get on with it – we need to give them a Field of Freedom. * * * “If we are to motivate and enable people we need to give them the space in which to play their own game but we need to keep that game within clear...