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Why ‘pit stop thinking’ is what L&D needs now

Date: 18 Sep, 2020
During the current crisis, organisations have taken one of two approaches to adapt their L&D offering, with varying degrees of success. Paul Matthews asks in a recent article he wrote for TrainingZone "So, will your organisation default to online training, or will you take a pit stop and redesign your approach?" Find out why and how to do the latter... https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/deliver/training/why-pit-stop-thinking-is-what-ld-needs-now
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How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job

Date: 2 Sep, 2020
How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job - A Conversation with Paul Matthews by Nihal Salah Before we dive into talking about how to design learning that your people can actually apply (learning transfer), I’ve got a riddle for you:  You take your car to your local mechanics because it’s been stalling.  There’s a new mechanic named Mike. He’s a nice fella.   He asks you what the trouble is with your car and you explain the situation. He has a quick look under the hood and tells you he needs to change a part. Mike reassures you it shouldn’t take too long and he pops to the storage room to get the part.  Mike comes back with a look of disappointment on his face. Turns out  they don’t have the part in stock and will need to order it. It should arrive by tomorrow.  Here’s a question for you: is Mike a competent mechani...
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How to Reboot Training for 2020 and Beyond

Reboot Training for 2020 and Beyond eBook cover image
Date: 3 Aug, 2020
COVID‑19 has forced us all to think differently, to re-evaluate what we, as learning professionals, need to do to serve the organisations we work for. There will be very few of us who are not making significant changes to the way we deliver learning and development, and in particular, training. This Guide steps you through a process to figure out what those changes to training need to be. Download your free copy here https://paul-matthews.com/rt-ebook-pal/
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Why Alchemy?

Beach in New Zealand
Date: 1 Jan, 2020
People often ask me how I chose my company name… so here is the very short story on how it came to be: The name People Alchemy came to me many years ago as I watched the waves on a beach in New Zealand. Beaches are good places to think. The company at that time was focussed on coaching and training people to be more effective as managers, and as people. I liked to think that some of what I was doing was akin to magic and so the hunt for a company name turned up with the word Alchemy. This combined with People seemed to describe my aspirations to enable significant change in people. Alchemy describes both a philosophy, and the ancient practice of seeking to transmute base metals into gold, to create an elixir that would cure all disease, and to achieve ultimate wisdom. It enabled the spiritual and intellectual development of the Alchemist from ignorance to enlightenment. Later when we developed the online products it was a natural extension to again use...
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