The Art of Disagreeing without being disagreeable

By Matt McIntyre

Recently I was half watching one of the many different Real Housewives of… shows, where the reality stars were brought back together for a reunion episode. It very quickly descended into total chaos, with accusations, finger-pointing, deflection and a blame game flying around the studio as each of them would try to get their points across, by talking over each other, in ever-increasing volumes.

I was amazed to see these intelligent people when confronted and clearly in the wrong, […]

Webinar: New Government Taskforce

MyKindaFuture and OnTrack International are hosting an interactive, digital roundtable to share the work of the new Government taskforce.

This is an opportunity to give your firm ‘a voice’, explore the support needed, and outline actions to be taken by businesses to ensure all talent is maximised and there is equal opportunity for all to progress in their career – regardless of their background.

Almost 9 in 10 senior roles within financial services are held by people from higher socio-economic backgrounds.Those from […]

The 7 nightmares of going hybrid

Things to consider when transitioning to remote learning

Anyone in learning and development will realise that there has been a very slow move towards learners learning remotely, whether online or offline, in earnest since the early 1990’s. One of the earliest topic or category areas to embrace remote learning methodology, generally eLearning, was compliance training as often this content is often repeated year on year, must be completed by everyone in an organisation (which can extend to thousands of people) and, […]

The 5 challenges of a hybrid model for working from home

What impact does it have on people and social interactions?

There is no doubt that the pandemic accelerated change in working practices and although many companies, particularly those with an international workforce, were already functioning successfully in the hybrid dimension, there were many, many more where the topic of flexible or hybrid working had not yet even made the agenda.

Those individuals already working in a hybrid way pre-pandemic saw little change and had more than likely chosen a role that encompassed […]

3 tips to implement right now for Hybrid Working

Due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 infections in the UK, at 8pm on Monday the 23rd of March 2020 the British Prime Minister ordered a national lockdown. Similar instructions came from many leaders around the world and soon a high percentage of the global workforce was finding for the first time that they were now going to be working from home.

Over twelve months later, with the help of mass rollouts of the new COVID vaccines, the world is now […]

We are hiring

Principal Learning Consultant

This position will be home-based with regular travel as businesses open back up.

OnTrack International currently seeks a Principal Consultant. The successful individual will have the pleasure of working with our impressive client list to solve complex challenges through people development strategies.

It’s important to note that our Principal Consultants are not trainers – their experience and expertise make them highly skilled facilitators who can consult. Each of our consultants has experience in a variety of disciplines and sectors – […]

Taming the mythical beast: Are hybrid teams really such a cause for concern?

As Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD, Mark Mortensen observed…

“We have a tendency to overcompensate and approach remote workers and virtual teams as these mythical beasts. You shouldn’t think about them in a fundamentally different way. They are still people working in an organisation trying to get stuff done. Treat them as such.”

The dilemma faced by many organisations in the coming months is how to bring people back safely into their previous place of work.  The dilemma faced by […]

Learning from Covid and empowering your line managers

Anyone involved in leading people over the last 15 months will have experienced a steep learning curve. Managers and HR alike have had to learn and deal with many new terms such as furlough, hybrid teams and virtual learning. They have also needed to understand how to manage not only their own mental health but also their team members from a distance.

Social distancing and remote working have put extra pressure on HR and managers as more team members have felt […]

Fears of Furlough

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) – a week that is aimed at creating awareness around mental health and providing opportunities for individuals to talk openly about all aspects of mental health. With this, Becky Vint has opened up about her mental health and what she has learnt about herself during the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

I do not think I recalled ever saying or knowing what the word “furlough” was prior to 2020, a term that was not […]

What I have learnt- Mental Health Awareness

This week marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) – a week that is aimed at creating awareness around metal health and providing opportunities for individuals to talk openly about all aspects of mental health. With this, Andy McKay – OnTrack’s International own Instructional Designer has opened up about his metal health and what he has learnt about himself during the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

A few weeks back I was listening to one of my regular podcasts and a listener had emailed […]

Leading the shift to hybrid teams

Although people have been talking about hybrid teams for many years the references to it were few and far between. The last year has changed that remarkably quickly with managing hybrid teams being on the tip of many people’s tongues. Many businesses have been really surprised by how successful remote working has been. They are also seeing and considering the long-term benefits of not re-opening all their offices or office space, even when it is easier and safe to do so.

Across […]

5 reasons why you should be using live online learning

With the sudden rise in remote working due to Covid-19 you may have found it is more difficult to carry out your usual corporate training sessions. However, it need not be difficult! With flexible live online learning, you can access a great, interactive approach to train your staff both old and new.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be using live learning for your corporate training.

Flexibility

By utilising live learning, you don’t need everyone in the office on the day, you […]

Introducing Symfni

A harmonious composition of learning for your people

Empowering your employees is imperative to company success and learning is the bedrock of any thriving organisation. The requirements of one individual to another can vary greatly and is the reason that OnTrack employs a “learner-centric” approach to everything that we do to tailor your experience of corporate learning accordingly.

We are proud to announce a learner-centric, pre-developed Learning Platform to the marketplace. Our flagship platform, Symfni, is designed with the premise that learners […]

Creating Engaging Compliance Training

At one time or another you will have had to undertake the dreaded compliance training, faced with the eLearning module that when you click on to the landing page the enormity of the task is revealed. It describes your 60-minute learning journey with a 30 question knowledge check in which you must gain 90%.  You can see from the first few pages that those 60 minutes you are going to spend very much hoping at the end you can answer […]

“Building Engagement through Leadership videos” By Bradley Williams

Imagine, if you will, that you want to share a message with your team. You’re successful. You’re confident. You’re comfortable speaking in front of hundreds. You’ve done all the courses on generating presence and successful verbal delivery mechanisms. Hell, you might even be so bold as to say that you’re popular. People just naturally listen to what you have to say. You’re qualified. OVER qualified. You’re going to record a video message. You can get in, drop a message in […]

Video: Shaping Learning in 2021 for the future of work

In response to the paradigm shifts caused by the Covid crisis, we engaged with our global network of clients in discussion forums. The purpose was to gather insight, to share best practice and experiences from COVID-19 and discuss how this presents an opportunity for learning to shape the future of work in 2021 and support the growth of our economies around the world.

Nigel Jeremy and Kevin Johnson reflect on the discussions and subsequent report to highlight some areas organisations should […]

Seasons Greetings

From everyone in the global OnTrack family, we would like to wish all of our clients and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

We have all experienced a tumultuous year in 2020, typically OnTrack would send gifts and cards to our clients and partners at this time of the year. Due to the difficulties in doing this safely, and in recognition of 60% of adults saying that their Mental Health got worse during the lockdown, we have instead […]

Report: Learning in a post-COVID world

For years OnTrack has taken the lead in addressing critical topics related to the learning industry – everything from gender balance to technology advancement and learning as a strategic business function. In the process, we’ve regularly pulled regional and global learning leaders from some of the largest and most successful organisations in the world together to discuss and learn from each other. Through the months of June and July 2020, in response to the paradigm shifts caused by the COVID […]

Blended learning does not just mean eLearning.

As 2020 has, for most businesses, changed the way we operate, those looking to train their teams are currently having to switch quickly to some form of remote learning solution.  The speed with which this is having to be done is rapid but too often the long-term result is not being considered over the short-term gain.

eLearning has crept into many more businesses, by necessity, but simply turning everything to pure eLearning is by no means the only solution for remote […]

Learning and Development challenges in 2020

Learning and Development has changed exponentially over the last few years largely due to the advancement of the internet. 2020 has been no different….if anything the change has accelerated. 2021 will bring its own challenges to the world of Learning and Development, new ways of learning and new subjects being required. Below are some of the challenges and developments that you may have faced within the Learning and Development world during 2020, or should expect in 2021, with some ideas […]

Icebreakers for virtual meetings

As remote working has become the norm for the foreseeable future, more and more companies are diving deep into virtual meetings over platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Video conferencing platforms have seen a staggering increase in users since the start of lockdown. According to a recent report, Zoom has seen 200 million daily users on their platform on average during the lockdown. This is compared to an average of 10 million they were seeing in December 2019.

As you […]

Webinar: Enabling early talent to perform

Following on from our successful “Big Conversation” webinars through the summer months on the impact of COVID on learning, we have decided to continue the series. This time we are focussing on the future of talent recruitment and onboarding, how it is changing, and if the changes are addressing the challenges businesses are really facing?

We’re excited to announce that The Big Conversation Webinar will be in association with MyKindaFuture to discuss how you can recruit talent into your organisation and […]

Strategic Facilitation in a virtual world

OnTrack has been leading strategic team meetings on our clients’ behalf for decades, and over that time we have developed many engaging ways to help senior leadership teams make decisions and plan to:

Create and deliver strategies
Increase engagement
Respond to business challenges
Work better as a leadership team
Align around strategic cross-team or function projects

Now we use the full functionality of multiple meeting and collaboration tools to achieve the same results. Using breakout rooms, polling around key issues and then exploring those results to […]

ACHIEVE- Performance Management

For many, the thought of completing Performance Management activities was daunting enough when they were in the same location as their team members. It seems to have been made more daunting by the effects of COVID-19.

At OnTrack, we have identified the seven core factors of performance and share them with you, together with a framework for assessing your team’s performance, wherever they now work from.

The ACHIEVE programme is a series of virtual classroom solutions that allow users to identify the […]

Lockdown – Find Your Edge

As the second wave sweeps across Europe, we look at how you equip for being in lockdown for extended periods. Our clients are looking for ways in which to support colleagues through the existing restrictions we face, and how to prepare for what may lay ahead. OnTrack turned to people with experience in this area, people with a background in Royal Marines military operations.

The “Find Your Edge” programme will provide insight from people who have been in “Lockdown” for extended […]

We are hiring

Are you a Digital Learning Consultant with experience in creating innovative blended solutions? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity to work with us, an award-winning global learning consultancy.

You will be conducting scoping sessions with clients and challenging their briefs, as well as designing and project managing the blended learning solutions.

To learn more or apply, view the full role description here.

New managers: Transitioning from doing to leading

We recently completed a Learning & Development programme with Moneybarn, the UK’s leading provider of specialist car, van and motorbike finance to drivers who don’t have a perfect credit score.

When Christine McGuire joined the company as Learning & Development Partner training was function-focused. “It covered things like how to log an absence, or conduct a disciplinary meeting, but not much else,” she explains.

The business was growing very rapidly and there was a need to help new managers understand what was […]

HEROES – how do you deal with crisis? #keepingOnTrack

Brad Williams introduces HEROES. Over the last few months, our resolve has been tested. We have seen our way of life, turned upside down. It has often been said, how you have dealt with Covid-19 will shape your future. At OnTrack, we recognised the need to help people, very early on we created a programme called HEROES;

Help
Empathy
Resilience
Opportunity
Energy
Support

The knowledge and skills people develop now will help them for many years to come. Talk to us at OnTrack about our HEROES programme, and […]