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Poor management blocking benefits of remote working, says survey
Poor management is blocking the UK's path to productivity, according to a new report commissioned by City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Partnership aims to help sailors hone management skills
A new partnership between the British Royal Navy and the Chartered Management Institute is aiming to help sailors develop their management and leadership skills.

Team building days - a waste of time and money or a valuable business tool?
Whether it's a go-carting grand prix or an adrenalin filled day on a high ropes course team building days have a mixed reputation. Some view them as an expensive waste of both time and money whereas others consider them to be an important part of the overall business strategy.

HCE Adventure opens new training conference centre
Outdoor training company HCE Adventure has expanded its training activities by opening a training conference centre in the Welsh countryside.

Managers given decorating challenge
UK managers from environmental consultancy MWH have completed a team building exercise in which they were set the challenge of redecorating a much used art-room and kitchen in Sheffield's Mencap Gateway day centre, in just one day.

Jaguar and Land Rover wins National Business Award
The Jaguar and Land Rover business has won the Investors in People Outstanding Workplace of the Year Award at this year's National Business Awards.

Striding Out to host 'Extreme Weekend'
Striding Out founder Heather Wilkinson has designed a leadership and team training event aimed at anyone between 18 and 30 who is toying with new business ideas, starting or already running a business.

Charity benefits from team building workshop
Effective Training & Development has devised a workshop that's designed to improve teamwork and also benefit charity.

ITC offers team management course for conservationists
Jersey Business School and the International Training Centre (ITC) of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have teamed up to design a training course that aims to equip conservationists with the skills to manage their teams effectively.

New products from Initial Style Conferences at HRD 2006
Visitors to Initial Style Conferences' stand at HRD 2006 will be able to discover more about its latest products and services including Chocolate Team Building Events and its newly launched Comedy Weekend.

Experience counts for older workers
A new Scottish Executive initiative which aims to help older workers develop and improve their employability skills was launched yesterday by Deputy Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Minister Allan Wilson.

Initial Style Conferences launches chocolate campaign
Initial Style Conferences has launched a national chocolate themed Easter campaign designed to highlight the teambuilding, meeting and conference facilities at its venues.

Four Seasons launches 'Da Vinci Chimes' team event
Four Seasons Event Management has announced the release of a new London-based team event called the 'Da Vinci Chimes'.

Tamarack unveils new bushcraft courses
Outdoor survival training provider Tamarack Bushcraft has launched a new range of bushcraft courses aimed at corporate clients and team building programmes.

Partnership offers team building through dance
Dance organisations Dance Extras and Ceroc have joined forces to provide companies with interactive dance based team building sessions.

The National Trust for Scotland challenge teams to make a difference
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has launched a new brochure to promote its 'Corporate Challenge' team development experiences.

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Research and reports

Communication skills valued most, says survey
According to mew survey from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), UK employers value communication skills and team-working above leadership in the 'soft skills' they look for in a workforce.

Research examines attributes of successful complex teams
According to a newly published Ashridge research report, strong organisational support; high levels of leadership competence; team coaching; clear objectives; and good communication are crucial to the success of teams working in complex environments.

Team building tops poll of most enjoyable courses
Team building courses have been voted the best and most enjoyable in a survey of HR and training managers carried out for next week's World of Learning conference and exhibition.

Research suggests eight essential team roles
New research suggests that 40% of UK employees feel they work in teams that regularly fail to meet basic targets. 41% of these blame bad performance on poor team structures, leading to feelings of dissatisfaction and unfulfillment at work.

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Article archive

Team building days - a waste of time and money or a valuable business tool?
Whether it's a go-carting grand prix or an adrenalin filled day on a high ropes course team building days have a mixed reputation. Some view them as an expensive waste of both time and money whereas others consider them to be an important part of the overall business strategy.

Is anyone out there? - A Guide to Virtual Team Working and Leadership
The emergence of low cost communications technologies, in particular email, the flattening of company hierarchies, home-working, globalisation and the outsourcing of important business functions have all led to the emergence of a new form of team working. This report looks at the unique challenges associated with virtual teams and the role of leadership for overcoming them.

The giraffe and the elephant
Embracing diversity means having a genuine respect for differing perspectives, so that solutions encompass all the diverse views and needs.

Business needs the rough as well as the smooth
Dealing with disagreement can be as important as dealing with the nuts and bolts. It takes an emotionally intelligent team to do this effectively.

Can too much agreement sink a ship?
If your team agrees too much; if there is too much harmony, there could be trouble ahead.

Social loaves don't get enormous turnips
It goes against the grain to think that getting a team together to develop a project could have the effect of each one working less hard. But teamwork can still be a powerful force. You just need the right conditions.

Tips for Working in a Diverse Team
Harnessing diversity isn't a once only event. It needs to be integral to business activities.

Project Managers prepare to sink or swim
Case study. New teams can take a long time to get going. With critical and complex projects this can cost vital time and resources. Some projects sink without trace as a result. So how do you get a group of people to perform as a unit immediately?

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