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Next stop.... CIPD annual conference

Come and meet us on stand 284 at the CIPD annual conference and exhibition on 6-7 November in Manchester.

There’s a great line up of sessions including speakers from M&S, Santander, Facebook, innocent drinks, Alliance Boots and we’ll be there to tell you more about our latest UK and international projects.

If meeting us isn’t enough, we’ll also be giving away free pink gerberas!

Look forward to seeing you there.

National Grid wins award for its GDP!

Our client, National Grid, has scooped the Power Team of the Year award, during the recent People in Power Awards.  The award presented by Dame Kelly Holmes on behalf of the National Skills Academy for Power, was in recognition for the improvements realised through the implementation of the Enhanced Graduate Development Programme (GDP) Framework.

The enhanced GDP has delivered a range of business specific improvements to the development aspects of the programme, including;

  • A “best in class” bespoke Performance Management System - driving responsibility for  performance and rewarding graduates who add significant business value
  • Establishment of GDP Governance Forums - improving business and learner engagement and driving continuous improvement
  • Rated 14th in The JobCrowd Top 50 Graduate Employers - key recognition, as this  award is based on graduates experiences whilst on-programme

Craig Smith - Learning & Development: Graduate Programme Manager said; 

‘We are delighted to win the Power Team of the Year Award. This recognises 18 months of hard work taking National Grid’s Graduate Development Programme from good to great. Interaction Learning and Development have been an integral part of our Graduate Development Programme for a number of years and have significantly contributed to its overall success’.

We have been working with National Grid for ten years delivering the behavioural component of their GDP. 

If you would like to find out more about:

  • our work with National Grid click here
  • our approach to graduate development click here
  • or our graduate research click here

Goal setting: making it public or keeping it private?

Some really interesting research that was carried out last year challenges a fairly fundamental piece of advice facilitators hand out during programmes i.e. disclosing your goals in a public setting will make them more likely to happen.

The research is summarised nicely on Psyblog.

The research acts as a helpful reminder that objectives need to be accompanied by other thinking and behaviour:

  • how do I make my objective achievable?
  • why is the objective important to me?
  • how will I feel if I achieve it?
  • what actions do I need to take?
  • who can help me achieve my objective?
  • what will get in the way?
  • how will I celebrate?!