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16th Dec 2016

As 2016 draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of our highlights from the past few months. It has been a busy but rewarding period for the Skillnets team, our 63 networks and our wider stakeholders, as we brought together the key initiatives that will set the direction for Skillnets over the coming years.  

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15th Dec 2016

An independent evaluation conducted by Indecon concluded that more than 750 jobs* were created across all companies participating in ManagementWorks, a Skillnets management development programme for SMEs. These results were achieved in 2015, and participating companies attributed the success either directly or indirectly to participation in the programme. 

Minister Bruton launches Skillnets Statement of Strategy 2016-2019
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9th Nov 2016
Meeting the future skills needs of Irish small- and medium-sized businesses and responding to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit will be key priorities for Skillnets, the enterprise-led agency with responsibility for the promotion and facilitation of workplace training and up-skilling, in the coming years, according to the agency’s Chairman, Brendan McGinty.
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1st Jul 2016
Thousands more businesses are prioritising staff training and retention as they compete for the talent needed to expand their enterprise. That’s the message from Skillnets - the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks - as it launched its Annual Report for 2015 this week.
Skillnets Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 Public Consultation - Have your say!
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21st Jun 2016

Developing the skills of businesses and strengthening economic growth continued to be key priorities for Skillnets at the launch of the public consultation for its Statement of Strategy 2016-2019.

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks and for the roll out of the ManagementWorks initiative, is asking the public to input into their new strategy, which will support more Irish companies to stay competitive and at the leading edge of their industry over the next four years.

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15th Jun 2016

The objective of excellent customer service is to profitably create ‘raving fans’ for your business. These customers not only keep coming back to you time and again – they also send new customers your way.

In order to create ‘raving fans’ you must create an experience your customer will remember – a ‘WOW’ factor – the ability to overwhelmingly surprise customers by continually exceeding their expectations.

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15th Jun 2016

Social selling is not a mysterious “snake oil” that one needs to be wary of. It is also not a magic bullet that instantly erases obstacles in the sales cycle. Instead it is a knowable, repeatable process that requires investment, training, patience and attention if it is going to pay off. For sales leaders, it is about designing a more proactive and creative approach to reaching new customer markets.

All selling is social. Always has been. Always will be.

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19th May 2016

The vast majority of people in management, bar military people that sign up to it, land in management roles because of their expertise in the area they work in. There is no evidence that they are predisposed to becoming an effective manager. For example, a finance person may become a financial director because they have a background in finance, they have their accountancy qualification, they’re good with numbers but there’s no evidence that they can manage a team of people.

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19th May 2016
A disclaimer first, I am passionate about coaching. I believe in its efficacy as a methodology for improved performance, leadership development and relationship management. Organisations do too!
Sales Funnel
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19th May 2016
Most entrepreneurs are in business for one reason – to make money. And to make more money and increase the amount of business you do, what do you need? More leads of course! I recently spoke to Business & Finance Magazine about how you can generate more leads, and more customers for your Business. Read on to find out how…

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