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Irish Rugby
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12th Apr 2017

“The margins at the moment between people at high levels in sport or high levels in business are just getting smaller and smaller and smaller.” – Rob Kearney

For anyone who leads a team, learning the principles that makes a team world-class perform on the field in a high pressure competitive environment is key to getting your team to perform at the highest level in your industry. While the context for a sports coach is different than a business coach, the principles remain the same. Who better to learn from than Joe Schmidt?

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12th Apr 2017
A common question I am asked is “How do I motivate my team?” I usually respond, “You don’t. However what you can do is create the right environment, the right factors, and opportunities that will motivate each of your team members to give their best.” Every person on your team is different. They have different interests, strengths, skills, needs, desires and behavioural characteristics. Different work will energise different people. By building a relationship that is based on trust, respect and a belief in each person, you will be able to gather information to help you answer the above question.
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12th Apr 2017

Not for the first time in recent years we face the dilemma of engaging a multi-generational workforce. The workplace has always had multiple generations at work at the same time, and there have always been challenges and gaps between generations in work as in society. In some ways, it is a necessity for any society to have such generational gaps as they fuel innovation that prompts positive change and evolution.

Eight Wastes: Time Inventory Motion Waiting Overproduction Overprocessing Defects Skills
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11th Apr 2017

TIM WOODS is a waste of time, resource and energy. Every company, department and role feels his impact.

Often employees go about their daily tasks, doing things the way in which they “have always been done” and not questioning whether there is a better, more efficient way to achieve end goals. TIM WOODS is a prompt to help clarify the areas of waste affecting a company’s competitiveness; the eight value-depleting activities which take place during the production of a product or the delivery of a service.

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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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