Having supported Zambian student Izzac Nkhata for 4 years through university, Acorn are now sponsoring Josepha, a 7 year old girl from Kigali in Rwanda. We will be contributing to Josepha’s education through the Kinamba Community Project (www.kinambaproject.org.uk) and our sponsorship will cover teacher’s salaries, school uniform, materials and food, ensuring that she gets at…
For the last three years, Acorn Coaching and Development has hosted an annual gathering of senior leaders from the UK division of an international corporate. There was a need for the company to leverage the expertise and latent leadership within its leadership team to increase the rate and impact of change to keep ahead of external changes and emerging markets.
Tendering for projects or to become part of a supply framework can be a lengthy and daunting process. The time involved can be considerable with no guarantee of new business or contracts. Here we offer some guidance to help when compiling your next bid to help ensure your pitch hits the mark.
Faster, better, more of it! Clients frequently tell us they are under increasing pressure to do more with less; to deliver increasing productivity with ever diminishing resources. In this article we share current key challenges and issues to consider and offer some practical steps you can take to enable your business to succeed through tough times.
In the current recession with downsizing, restructuring, global competition and technological advances we find ourselves busier than ever. We respond to increasing and changing work demands by multi-tasking and working longer hours. Over time this impacts adversely on our well-being: as we become more stressed we become less productive; our performance deteriorates and we may even burn-out.
Team building has been a lucrative offering for training companies for decades. Any product manager knows that as a product moves through its lifecycle maximising profit depends on adjusting the marketing mix; so does this mean that ‘team coaching’, a term that is being increasingly used, is merely team building in new clothes?
Over the past two decades, Acorn has provided coaching support internationally to wide-ranging industries and organisations, from construction to media, pharmaceutical to nuclear. Each industry and each individual organisation faces its own set of unique challenges, and coaches offer higher value to clients when they are aware of the impact of these challenges.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines collaboration as ‘the situation of two or more people working together to create or achieve the same thing’. In this feature we discuss what collaboration means in terms of output – rather than process – and offer ten things we consider useful to hold in mind when creating any collaboration.
When most of the current management generation graduated, they were courted by their potential employers during a traditional university ‘milkround’, attending a series of interviews and assessments with a few well-chosen organisations, before finally accepting the best offer. Technology has already transformed how we work in 2018, but the differences will be far more stark by 2028.
The outdoors is back! When Acorn first started out back in 1995 the majority of the programs we ran were outdoors based. Whether that be leadership development, or coaching courses, we used the outdoors in some way. Then in 2009 the recession hit, companies had to tighten their belts, and they couldn’t justify money on…
In the latest in our leadership series we focus on future-proofing your leadership capability from within, expand on some of the financial advantages to promoting internally, and suggest more ways to develop your high potential future leaders, making sure that your company doesn’t get caught out when the status quo is challenged.
At Acorn, we have many years of experience of accelerating bid team performance, whether accelerating the alliance of a number of companies coming together, or optimising the diversity of ideas within a single business. Common to all situations is the need for the bid team to create a key differentiator from its competitors.
UK firms need to be in a position of strength to thrive rather than survive, and high productivity is crucial to competing in the coming new world. Mike Pezet shares his view on how effective coaching and development helps line managers build their understanding, confidence and ability to lead and engage employees.
The training and development of your staff costs money – a lot of money – so it needs to add real value to your business. Acorn focus on making sure all our training and coaching is practical, realistic and in line with business goals. We also make sure you get the best value possible from your training and coaching investment.
The success of safety improvement in the last 20 years or so has valuable lessons for other aspects of the organisation. Dealing with quality issues, slippage of project costs and schedules, and how to foster innovation to compete with other businesses are all areas ripe for the deliberate application of safety thinking.
Despite the economic recovery now becoming mature, and many sectors being finally ‘on the up’, the economic pressure on projects is ever present, with tighter margins and an increased need to deliver the product on time and within budget. Project performance is equally if not more critical than it was several years ago.
Acorn have worked in project-related businesses for over 20 years, gathering cross-sector knowledge from diverse industries from nuclear to defence, pharmaceuticals to construction and infrastructure. Supplementing our knowledge with research, we have summarised the key issues occurring within major projects, offering possible solutions.
Key industry sectors are facing a worrying shortfall in leadership capability as they move into a period of activity following economic challenge. Understandably, many businesses stripped out or froze their investment in personnel as they sought to reduce overheads in the face of a declining or static balance sheet.
Can training and development programmes really be measured and evaluated in a tangible way? This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions prior to making a commitment to any large investment and to an organisation-wide project. Training can be evaluated but, more importantly, we believe it SHOULD be evaluated.
The nuclear industry is arguably the world’s most challenging business sector where the demands upon companies and the issues they face are more acute because of the nature of the work being undertaken and the high profile of the sector itself.