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Sunday, 3-Jun-2012 08:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Importance of Management and Leadership Skills in Today's Co

Leadership skills are crucial to the success of any business or company. An organisation can only be as successful as its leaders make them. Since they are responsible for taking the organisation to new heights, it is imperative that they are equipped with the abilities, skills and knowledge required for the task. Instead of focusing on how they can contribute towards the development of the company, they need to learn how to take the company forward as a team.

This is where corporate training and leadership skills development comes into the picture. A person may be brilliant in terms of the ideas that he generates, but if he does not know how to execute the idea or convince everyone why the idea is an absolute winner, then the person’s brilliance becomes a total waste. People skills and soft skills are as important in the corporate world as academic skills. This is precisely the reason management development training has become a necessary ingredient of all training programmes for high level executives and corporate. For more information on corporate training programmes, click here.

It is not just the leaders who need to be equipped with the necessary skill set; the employees and staff members also need to be trained to handle sticky situations well. If the leaders of a company are unsure of the skill set of their staff, they must have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly provide the employees with the training they need in order to excel at any given job. One of the most important qualities of any leader is their ability to contribute towards the growth of the people working under them, which subsequently leads towards the development of the business as a whole.

It is not that only working professionals or giant organisations which need to opt for corporate training programmes. Individuals, who want to nurture and enhance their skills, can also opt for these programmes. These courses are developed to meet the unique needs of today’s men and women; they can help them to shift gears and bring their careers to a fast track! Modern working environment features cut throat competition. In order to make a name for yourself, you need to be exceedingly good at what you do apart from being efficient and people-centric.Now different individuals may have differing needs and there is no one solution to all the problems.

To cater to the specific requirements of an individual or a particular set of people, these training courses can also be customised after undertaking a thorough training need analysis. This makes the courses practical, easy to implement, and rapidly improves performances. It also enables individuals to experience flexibility, and go about the course at their own pace and develop confidence in their capabilities.Training helps boost the confidence and morale of people. The growing need to be at the top of everything and be in control of one’s career makes it imperative for individuals to find means of honing their skills and be prepared when the opportunity comes. Today, EQ (Emotional Quotient) has become as important is IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Rapidly changing environments, overworked staff, attrition, etc. highlight the need for leadership development.

There are training programmes available for a diverse range of areas including time management, power presentation, management skills, advanced communication, stress management, conflict resolution, making change positive, customer service, etc. It is important to first identify the areas which need development and then go for them. Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career, improve your performance, or achieve a better work-life balance; there are a range of courses that can help you to achieve your goals more quickly.

This post is written in association with Harpar. They offer leadership and management training programmes and offer a diverse range of courses for professional development. Their vast experience has helped them to accumulate a wealth of experience in this domain and their products and services reflect just that!

Saturday, 2-Jun-2012 18:37 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Help for Heroes – Working With Military Charities to Transform

Help for Heroes is one of the UK’s best known military charities. Its work with wounded, sick and injured service people has changed thousands of lives through diverse programmes of direct care and support. Help for Heroes also work with other Service charities which provide specialist care for the Armed Forces and their dependents..Charities such as the Haig Housing Trust, Winston’s Wish, Canine Partners and Blind Veterans UK have been given grants to help them provide practical and direct assistance to our wounded heroes and their families. By donating to Help for Heroes, you are not just supporting one charity, but a huge number of military charities who aim to provide physical, psychological and social care to those who need it most.

Canine Partners

Take Canine Partners, for example. Their specially trained assistance dogs transform the lives of people with disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, tetraplegia or arthritis. Ex-Service personnel with physical or psychological conditions such as spinal injuries, amputations or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, can benefit from the assistance and friendship that a specially trained dog offers.

The dogs have been trained from puppies, and are able to open and shut doors, unload washing machines, pick up dropped items, press buttons and switches and get help in an emergency, as well as providing lifelong companionship for their partners.Help for Heroes grants have been used to pay for the training of puppies and lifelong support for the partnership. This can cost up to £20,000 for each dog, but the impact on our Heroes day-to-day life is immeasurable. The support from Help for Heroes has helped to increase the number of ex-Service personnel enjoying the practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits of a dog companion.

Other Military Charities

Help for Heroes have provided a £100,000 grant to Winston’s Wish, to help provide support for children suffering bereavement of a sibling or parent killed when serving. They have also committed £1 million per year (subject to funding) for Haig Housing Trust, which offers advice on disability adaptations, and provides accommodation and housing support for medically discharged Service Personnel, and a £1 million grant for Blind Veterans UK, to help provide accommodation for more veterans in the Medical Centre in Llandudno, Wales. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has received a £2 million H4H grant to construct and maintain a specialist Forces and Families Centre. Here, people of all abilities can live in communal living facilities, just a short walk from the hospital’s facilities.

Help for Heroes has given £3.5 million to Combat Stress, allowing the specialist mental health treatment centre to expand, modernise and reorganise to accommodate more veterans and provide a higher level of clinical and welfare care., as well as £3 million to help fund its Enemy Within Appeal.By supporting Help for Heroes, you are helping to provide a comprehensive level of care for those who are wounded, sick and injured in service for our country. Show your support for H4H with merchandise by clicking here, and help military charities to continue transforming lives.

Saturday, 2-Jun-2012 07:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Get Your Home Ready for Summer with a Stylish Fitted Kitchen

The spring and summer season is the best time to decorate your home. You are more creative when the sun is shining and one of the best ways to start the BBQ season is with a newly decorated kitchen. Nowadays, there are hundreds of fitted kitchen designs available and many manufacturers allow you to customise one to suit your home. With dozens of different shapes, layouts and styles to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to jot down a list of what you want your kitchen to be used for. Cooking is of course the key activity, but with the summer season nearing, you may want to create a light and airy kitchen-diner, a bar area for summer parties, a laundry area or block island for performing cooking classes. Storage is also a key factor when creating your fitted kitchen design. You should consider how much crockery, cooking utensils and glassware you have to store. Perhaps you buy your food in bulk, in which case you will need good sized cupboards and shelves to store everything.

Kitchen Planner

KitchensforSale.com is the perfect place to start when planning a fitted kitchen. This convenient website offers a free kitchen design and quote, and their experienced designers offer a no obligation planning service, helping you create a perfect kitchen for your home. For more information on their services click here.

Kitchen Designs

Kitchens for Sale also have a products page where you can view a wide range of kitchen designs. There are contemporary styles, such as the light and modern Kendal cinnamon range or the sleek Richmond walnut design with large chrome handles: perfect for kitchens with stainless steel appliances. If you’re looking for something more traditional, take a look at their county kitchens page, where you will find simple, elegant designs such as the Kensington painted selection with avocado and cream shades, and luxury granite worktops. The Rolleston Swiss pear county kitchen is ideal for both cottages and larger homes, and has an arched door design finished in a Swiss pear foil. A Belfast sink, wine rank, dresser units, block island and traditional range cooker completes this cute cottage like design.

Kitchen Floors

There are many different types of kitchen floors to choose from; vinyl is generally the most popular as it’s a cost effective option and is waterproof, meaning it’s easy to keep clean. To really add style to your kitchen, tiles are another great option and come in a variety of designs, including slate, mosaic and even sparkly glitter selections, which are perfect for really adding the wow factor. You can also opt for engineered hardwood floors which are specially designed for kitchens and are ideal for traditional, cottage style designs.

For a free kitchen brochure visit Kitchens for Sale.com today. Their design and quote service will help you decide on your new kitchen shape, layout and style and will also help you design a fitted kitchen within your budget.

Friday, 1-Jun-2012 16:31 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Slip-Resistant Adhesive Tapes – Ideal for Ensuring Safety!

Any modern day industry - including building and construction, automotive, marine, glass and glazing, medical, aerospace, electronics, signs and labels, sports and leisure, etc. - needs to take good care of its employees. This means that proper measures have to be taken to ensure their safety and to protect them from any kind of injury. Workers in many of these industries have to work with a lot of heavy equipment. Incorrect usage or any kind of mishap can cause loss of life or serious injury to the body. Slip-resistant adhesive tapes are essential to prevent skidding and tripping in the workplace. They provide a gripping surface, which helps provides a safe workplace environment.

These tapes can also be used for a diverse range of other day to day purposes, such as bonding, cushioning, securing, masking, and repairing. They offer an economical and practical solution to avoid injuries from trips, slips and falls. For more information on the various kinds of adhesives tapes available, click here. The adhesive tapes - or “sticky tapes” as they are more popularly known - create an anti-slip surface that greatly minimises the risk of falling and meeting hazardous accidents. They are very functional and highly durable. They do not need to be replaced often and do not get damaged easily through overuse or heavy traffic. Since they are very affordable and quite easy to apply, they are preferred over other conventional methods of creating a surface that reduces the risks and hazards associated with slippery surfaces.

These tapes are available in a wide selection of bright colours, textures, widths and shapes that can quickly attract attention and warn employees or staff of the dangers. Thus, they are ideal for marking aisles, safety equipment and dangerous equipment parts. Photo luminescent and light-reflective tapes are also available, which glow in the dark and provide extra visual safety. These variants ensure that people are warned even in dark or low-light areas. They can be chosen in colours which either stand out or blend in with the surface. Rather than spending a fortune on handling litigations and court proceedings for the compensation of injured employees, it is better to invest a little money in these tapes! Manufacturers of these tapes produce them in rolls, sheets, tiles and cleats to ensure that they are easy to apply or install. Bespoke tapes are also available on order to cater to the specific requirements of certain industries.

A winning product among the wide range of adhesive tapes that is worth a mention is the Kapton tape, which has been specially designed for high-quality performance in high temperatures. This tape is brown in colour and consists of a pressure sensitive silicone adhesive polyimide filmKapton tape maintains its electrical and physical properties over a wide temperature range. It has exceptional dimensional stability and can withstand a wide range of chemicals too. The reason for its brilliant performance is silicone, which helps it retain its elastic adhesiveness at high temperatures where other adhesives become hard and brittle. The Kapton tape has many specialist applications, including superior electrical insulation for the aerospace industry.

These special adhesive tapes can also help builders and manufacturers to conform to the DDA Regulations (Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and document ‘M’ of building regulations. Quality is very important when it comes to non-slip tapes. Their quality determines their efficiency and effectiveness in being able to deliver what they are supposed to. Some of the features that distinguish high quality tapes from regular, ordinary tapes are good initial tack, high strength, good conformability, high slip resistance, and immunity from heavy traffic, water, oil and grease.

This article is written in association with Flowstrip, one of the leading adhesive tape manufacturers, supplying specialist adhesive tapes to both national and international customers. They have over 50 years of experience and technical knowledge in this domain, and endeavour to offer the most efficient and effective solutions to their customers.

Thursday, 31-May-2012 19:04 Email | Share | | Bookmark
How to Transform Your Bedroom Using Sanderson Bedding!

Bedrooms should be a peaceful haven, somewhere to relax and unwind after the most stressful days. But in the increasingly fast-paced lives we lead, juggling work, friends, family, home and social time is a challenge in itself, without the added stress of decorating a room which visitors don’t even see. You deserve a bedroom which is a sanctuary at the end of a long day. An easy way to change the look of your bedroom is every designer’s favourite quick fix – soft furnishings. By updating your bedding and curtains, and perhaps even adding a throw or cushions as a finishing touch, you can completely transform your bedroom – with no DIY necessary!


Single, double or king size, the bed is the key focal point of any bedroom. The most expensive parts of a bed – the frame and mattress –have little impact on the ambience of a room, so if your bed is reasonably comfortable you shouldn’t even think about buying new ones. The duvet cover and pillowcases, however, are inexpensive and can completely transform the look of a room instantaneously. If your bedding is faded from too many washes, bobbled or outdated, or you’ve just gotten bored of looking at the same colour or patterns, why not treat yourself to some new sheets and duvet covers? You will find online retailers like Brown's of Weston for a huge range of bedding for you to buy from the comfort of your own home. After all, nobody likes spending hours on a Sunday morning trawling through home decor stores!

And just because you are transforming your room quickly and with minimal effort, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve quality! Look out for Sanderson bedding, curtains and accessories. Sanderson offers a whole range of luxurious matching soft furnishings, with duvet covers, fitted sheets and pillowcases made from luxurious crisp 200 thread count cotton. Sanderson bedding is available in classic or contemporary designs. For a traditional look, ideal for quaint cottages or older buildings, the late 19th century French-inspired Adele fabric designs feature a classic powder blue and ivory peony design with a modern mix of textures and finishes. With a crisp finish, fine blue piped edge and contrasting ticking stripe reverse, Adele bedding gives classic a fresh modern twist.

If you want a more contemporary look, check out Sanderson duvet covers and pillow cases in the Dandelion Clocks print. This beautifully bold graphic design will transform and update your room, and is available in a choice of aqua or damson colours, each featuring a zingy lime green. Sanderson bedding is available in a huge choice of other designs too. Check out Lucia, Painters Garden or Summers Tree for traditional feminine floral patterns, or Paisley Circles for a contemporary graphic design.


Another way to change the look of your bedroom in seconds is by updating your curtains. Ready-made curtains are available in a choice of lengths and sizes, and may not be as expensive as you first thought. Sanderson curtains complement their bedding range, in matching prints and colours, for a look which is coherent throughout the whole room. When looking for bedroom curtains it is important to choose a quality pair which are lined. Lined curtains, like Sanderson curtains, prevent more light from getting through, giving you a better night’s sleep and preventing UV rays from fading the beautiful front designs.

Cushions and Throws

Just as accessories can transform an outfit, bedroom accessories can completely change the look of a room. If you are buying new bedding, you will need to change your cushions and throws, which will really tie the look together. Again, Sanderson make some beautiful luxurious cushions and throws. They are designed to perfectly complement Sanderson bedding, with matching designs and colour schemes. Choose silk cushions to add a touch of comfortable luxury and a throw to add interest to your bedding (and cosy up in when winter arrives!). If you are happy with your current bedding, why not accessorise your room with a patterned throw and cushion, for a room update with even less effort!

However you’d describe your style, you will find soft furnishings to suit your style and your room. Buy your Sanderson bedding, curtains and accessories from a reliable online retailer like Brown's of Weston for a beautiful bedroom with minimal effort!


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