Quanta Blogs

The limitations of ILM and CMI courses

There is no arguing that ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) and CMI (Chartered Management Institute) courses are a good thing.  Over 750,000 managers have taken an ILM qualification in the past 10 years and employers say 93% of managers perform better at work after an ILM qualification. Likewise 78% of employers agree that CMI qualifications provide quality assurance for customers and that the benefits outweigh the time, money and effort invested in obtaining them. I’d also like to point out though that 73.6% of statistics are made up on the spot – as is that figure probably!

Training done well - the four Ds

In terms of training, with 20 years under my belt, I'm a veteran. Over the years, I've probably made all the mistakes that training novices are likely to make. That doesn't mean that I know all there is to know about training, a day in which nothing new is learned is a day wasted! 

Updates to Visual Studio courses

As the user becomes more discerning in this fast-moving technological world, delivering a seamless and quick user experience remains at the centre of all application development. As a result, we have updated two of our Visual Studio courses to accommodate this evolving landscape.

Training done well - delivery is the tip of the iceberg

In a LinkedIn training group I frequent, I often see posts looking something like: "I'm holding a workshop on communications plz share your plans". Did I say a post? More like 'a heading without further content' is a more accurate description.

Nonetheless, the irony of demonstrating an inability to communicate effectively (no details of intended audience, session objectives, addressed problem) nor the utter cheek of soliciting complete strangers to perform design effort for them, posts like this occur quite frequently.

The challenges of embedding a coaching culture

I've come across many companies embarking on an in-house coaching programme with the assumption that it'll be straight-forward; train up a number of coaches, let your employees know it’s available, then expect to see results… but not quite!


Negotiation: what's your alternative?

We've all been in that testing situation when negotiating a car insurance renewal, buying a new car, or even negotiating the terms of a job offer. The outcome of a situation will often depend on your preparation and what you're willing to lose or gain.


New Windows server overview courses

We have two new courses to add to our Windows 2012 Server repertoire. Each course lasts 5 days and gives you all the necessary information you need to configure, manage and maintain your Windows Server 2012 network.

The new courses we've added are:

What we've got here is a failure to communicate

Language is in many ways, probably humanity’s greatest invention. And yet, in many ways, it's also completely useless. Consider this, the Oxford dictionary definition of the word ‘irony’.



What's the best way to learn?

The 70-20-10 model, formulated in the 1960s has been a long-standing framework in the learning world.  This model is centered around the idea that lessons learned by successful and effective managers aren't solely discovered in the classroom or from books.

How to get into safe mode in Windows 8, Server 2012 or Windows 10

A question I often get asked is how to get into safe mode on the new Windows operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows 10 and Server 2012.  One answer is you shouldn’t have to – if Windows detects problems (for instance with the registry and / or drivers) it should automatically launch the Recovery Environment (aka Win-RE) - but that is a little unsatisfying. Suppose you had some malware that was able to auto launch and was disrupting normal operations. In that case you might want to manually force a safe mode boot and investigate the issue further.

Our top TED talks

From thinking twice before you accept a meeting attendance request, to keeping management processes simple, these nuggets of advice sound like common sense but we'll all admit that sometimes we have to be reminded! We've always been big fans of TED talks at Quanta. We hope that this list of collated TED talks will give you some inspiration and provoke a little thought.