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  1. Well, spring is sprung and that means that we have to start tending to our gardens again. Some people love gardening.

    I am not one of them.

    Reluctantly I spent an hour last weekend clearling the weeds and turning over about 1/8th of what needs to be done. I still have anouther 7/8th to go, which I'm not looking forward to, but at least I've made a start. The longer I leave it, the worse it will get so doing something is better than nothing.

    nettleAt work, we all have jobs that we don't enjoy. Things that we'd rather put off, ignore and hope that they'll go away, but you know as well as I do that they won't, and the longer you leave them, the harder it is to do them... Things like dealing with that difficult person, planning an appraisal or giving negative feedback. They are all easier if you grasp the nettle (excuse the pun) and deal with it before it takes root. We need to prioritise our time carefully.

    Even training (unbelievably) for some people is one of those tasks that keeps getting put off because its deemed not urgent or too difficult. As the famous quote says "if you think training is expensive, try incompetence". Spending just an hour developing your staff WILL make a difference. There's a small patch of my garden that looks noticably better than the rest, and that's all down to 1 hour of effort. I've only got to invest 7 more and my garden will be transformed. So have that difficult conversation, give that awkward feedback, run that one-hour training session and see what a difference it makes.

  2. My cousin-in-law (if there is such a thing) makes truly wonderful cakes. Check her out on facebook (cakeybakeygal) to see some of the fabulous creations she turns out. My daughter, having seen these cakes, said "You can't make cakes can you Mummy?".

    "No" I said, but almost immediately corrected myself.

    "Actually" I said "I make very good cakes. They rise well, they taste nice and they're light and fluffy... I just can't decorate them"

    "You're right" she agreed (thankfully!!!).

    I share this tale because someone asked me how Power Hour training materials are pitched, and its a similar story. They ARE great quality training materials (just check out our reviews for confirmation). They are detailed, well structured, well balanced (input and activity), they are complete and they look nice... but they are BASIC in that they are aimed at a foundation level.

    But lets face it...you'd rather have a cake that looks a bit rubbish but tastes divine than one that looks amazing and tastes awful ;-)

    Similarly, it's better to have ALL your managers doing the basic things well, than trying to use advanced techniques and getting it wrong. Concentrate on achieving first things first.

    So if you want a free sample, just visit our shop, register and help yourself!