• The secret ingredient for success

    As a learning & development trainer, it’s usually Max Brown’s job at GRA to provide others with new skills and the opportunities & confidence to put them into practice at our training centres. However, roles were reversed recently when Max spent the day learning meat butchery... Continue Reading 24th August, 2017
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  • Learn by doing – starting out as a GRA apprentice

    My name is Natalia. I have recently joined Grahame Robb Associates’ Apprenticeship Scheme at their Corporate Outdoor Learning Centre, Wokefield Estate, and I wanted to share with you my experiences since joining the programme just under a month ago.Before joining GRA, I was doing a Level 3... Continue Reading 3rd August, 2017
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  • How a 'family culture' could be holding your organisation back

    While many organisations are proud to strive for a harmonious culture that allows different personalities and work styles to thrive, this can have negative consequences when they describe the culture to be “like a family”.Although every family is different, we... Continue Reading 14th June, 2017
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  • The key to accountability – set clear expectations

    Clarity is an essential element in creating a culture of accountability. Employees need to know exactly what is expected in regards to performance and behaviour; otherwise they will certainly fall short.Yet, a study found that only 50% of employees are clear on what is expected of them. How can... Continue Reading 18th May, 2017
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  • Life as a GRA outdoor apprentice

    Dan recently joined GRA as an apprentice and we’ve asked him to share with you his experience in the first few weeks of his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership with GRA.I’m based at GRA’s Outdoor Leadership Centre located in the grounds of the 330-acre St. George’s... Continue Reading 12th May, 2017
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  • How to tackle workplace gossip

    I’m sure you've found yourself in a situation at work where you’re “in the zone” and then a colleague has approached you just to vent about someone else? By the time they’ve finished, you’ve lost your momentum, you feel burdened by your... Continue Reading 7th April, 2017
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  • 4 simple techniques for building resilience

    Imagine white water rafting down a fast flowing river, you’re being thrown from side to side; your raft is rising and falling, pitching and rolling – you feel sick, it’s relentless and you can’t even catch your breath. Then, you spot an eddy ahead, a placid area of water... Continue Reading 6th March, 2017
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  • How to speak up when you're feeling threatened

    On Friday 8th July, GRA’s Joe Mackintosh and Jane Hodgson presented ‘How to speak up when feeling threatened’ a 1-hour webinar that provided viewers with an insight into the skills required to prevent relationships from breaking down when you feel like you’re under attack at... Continue Reading 15th July, 2016
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  • Conversations to keep your best employees

    What’s the number one reason people quit their jobs? According to CIPD research, it’s because of their relationship with their manager. Whether it’s due to a lack of development opportunities, workload, feeling undervalued or the manager's behaviour, many of us feel... Continue Reading 28th June, 2016
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  • 5 crucial tips for addressing the elephant in the room

    If you had the opportunity to speak up with the guarantee of no negative consequences, what might you say and who would you say it to? Find out what others said on our recent webinar 'How to Address the Elephant in the Room'.VitalSmarts have found that 56% of us bottle-up workplace... Continue Reading 1st June, 2016
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  • It’s now riskier than ever to talk politics at work

    If everyone made a list of the top five topics to avoid discussing in the workplace, I’d imagine politics would make most people’s lists.According to new research by VitalSmarts, it’s never been more risky to talk about politics at work as 1 in 3 respondents report having been... Continue Reading 5th May, 2016
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  • How to successfully change your personal habits

    On a recent Influencer programme, a delegate caught up with me in the break and asked for some advice on how to apply the Six Source of Influence model (above) to a personal challenge. They had been trying, unsuccessfully, to lose weight for some time. I could see that it was really important to... Continue Reading 28th April, 2016
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