Article by Mark Gregory:

As I go about my daily activity I can’t help but notice (as I am sure you can’t) the ever-increasing use of technology as part of our daily routine.

How the human race has gained a new appendage that is morphing into an extension of our anatomy, the mobile device! I was recently working in Ghana and was amazed by the prevalence of this mobile technology in areas of society where my western paradigm would of spent the funds required to operate a device on something more deserving.

The statistics that are flying around with respect to the use of this technology are also staggering. In a 2012 study by PA Consulting they concluded: Every 60 seconds on Facebook there are, 510,000 comments, 293,000 status updates, 136,000 uploaded photos. Out of 6 billion people on the plant, 4.8 billion have access to social media. 4.2 billion own a tooth brush. (not sure how they established this one, but I like it). In total 30 billion pieces of content are shared each month.

So what? I hear you say. Well the point is our use of this technology has become habitual. Morning, noon, night and every five minutes in-between. Which means there is an opportunity here to help people develop and for businesses to understand that development or for those (normally badged as finance) to assess the ROI of such development.

In my simple mind development at its core is about asking people to formulate and be consistent in the application of new habits. ‘I used to operate this way, in the future I am required to operate a new way.’ A new habit requires three elements knowledge (why do?), skill (how to do?) and attitude (want to do?).

This is why organisations like Slimming World and Alcoholics Anonymous are so successful. They do not just offer knowledge and skill but offer attitude by creating a community. The use of technology has over recent times become common place in the learning and development space with online training, webinars, surveys etc. Or in other words the knowledge and skill elements of habit generation. It is however in the attitude space the habitual nature of our technology usage can be really powerful.

For example what if I could offer my boss, my peers or colleagues real time feedback on how they are developing as a leader or conversely I was receiving feedback. What if I was able to receive helpful hints, tips, messages of encouragement or powerful stories of success on my development journey, my colleague’s development journey or my organisations development journey?

(Technically in app world known as “pushings”, when you receive data, adverts etc.). All this 24/7 with a few taps on a smart screen or laptop keyboard. Could I resist the urge to look when the little icon appears? And if I did look could it help me form and maintain the attitude to formulate and sustain new habits. My consistent mirror through dialogue anytime anywhere. I could be part of the community, the in crowd, those in the know and those who are doing it!

Article by Mark Gregory:

Webinar’s have become increasingly popular mediums for training but whenever I have attended a webinar I have left disappointed. I don’t seem to find it as easy to connect to the presenter (or perhaps their style does not suit) and the material never leaves a lasting impression. This is why when looking at online training we wanted to do something a bit different.

Unleash & Engage have teamed up with GLOE (Great Live Online Events) to create the Unleash & Engage Academy. The academy is part of the Unleash & Engage Technologies portfolio and will provide an online training platform for organizations and individuals to learn about employee engagement, lean and leadership techniques the Unleash & Engage way.

But how do our sessions differ from standard webinars?

  • Engagement – As you would expect from us, engagement is at the forefront of training. We ensure there is as much interaction and engagement as much as possible through the live online events. We have breakout rooms, polls, debates, all geared towards
  • Teamwork – Our online events always involve you, a host and a presenter so there are a number of people bouncing off each other with loads of interesting content shared.
  • Focus – All our programs are geared to achieve results and in that we know that watching the program is not enough. As well as participating in the modules, you will also be given activities and homework mid and post program to ensure you keep what you have learnt at the forefront.
  • Review – Once you have completed a session of your program you will have unlimited access to the recording and support material at our academy so you always have a reference point.

So why not join our webinar revolution! You can find out more about the Unleash & Engage Academy here.

Our next open program is ‘The Power of the A3’, watch this space for more details!

‘How was work today?’ One of the most common questions asked when someone arrives back home in the evening. Your staff will naturally be talking honestly and openly about work to their friends and family, maybe even their co-workers but do they talk honestly to you?

The answer is no doubt something close to ‘probably not’. There are many barriers that will prevent a true, mutual trust conversation between you and your team. So how do you get the real answers?

Our employee engagement programs are a great way of understanding your teams real thoughts and opinions. We have now taken this one step further in developing the revolutionary new conversation generating StaffTalk365.

StaffTalk365 is a smart phone and tablet application that your team members download on to their devices. The app is easy to navigate and hugely engaging, without being intrusive. Staff can respond to a series of simple of questions with their responses being presented back in real-time, 24/7, through an engaging easily digestible charts and figures that you can view at anytime. The data is anonymous to protect the team members but it gives you an amazingly powerful insight in to how your team are feeling, how they managing situations, etc. You can then use this information to enhance the work experience or change your strategy.

StaffTalk365 has a huge range of benefits that will make a game changer for any business looking to truly understand its employees.

We are currently offering a free StaffTalk365consultation to any company interested in developing their employee engagement. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Mark on 07793 422 438.