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Here will share what's new and happening in the world of CAKE People Develeopment and all things Learning and Development.

By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 12:08PM

On December the 4th, we celebrated the best of the best in Learning and Development at a glittering awards dinner held at the prestigious Tower of London Pavilion.


The TJ Awards are part of the Training Journal brand which for over 50 years has been supporting those in workplace learning and development.


The awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the originality, innovation, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world.


The evening was hosted by radio and TV celebrity Jenni Falconer and attended by over 500 guests from the L&D industry, coming together to celebrate their outstanding achievements in learning and development.


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development, has been on the judging panel for the last six years, this year, judging the Best Coaching and Mentoring Programme, along with her chosen judging team.


The winners of the GOLD award went to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for their Coaching Peer Supervision Programme.


Margaret said “The drive and focus from Hannah Datema’s lead in providing the service for the Trust, and the partnership she developed is apparent. The feedback from stakeholders clearly illustrates the impact. The building of supervision and fitness to practice across the Trust along its focused and steady journey has resulted in the emergence of excellence in coaching. There is also a real commitment to developing standards further through the planned Phase 2 of the programme; a great example of commitment to continuous improvement. We, as judges, were very impressed by the development of a strong coaching culture in a large organisation and with a limited budget.”


CAKE was delighted to also sponsor, 'Best Leadership Development Programme' category this year. Margaret was thrilled to present the GOLD Award to Newton Europe.


Another organisation at the evert was GOLD Award winners of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Programme, BT plc, for their TechWomen programme.


CAKE has been supporting this amazing programme for the last four years. Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusive Culture said, “It would not have been possible without the support of CAKE”.


The TechWomen programme has supported over a thousand women and continues to go from strength to strength. The judges said, “This is a very impressive initiative which has been in place for several years and which has achieved tangible, measurable success; whilst it has gender as its focus, there is an intersectional approach; senior leaders have demonstrated their commitment; the reviewing process means that the programme leaders are improving it every year.”


View the full list of winners at http://www.trainingjournalawards.com


The Award categories allow a broad range of organisations and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape. and will be open for entries in March 2019 – for more information visit www.trainingjournalawards.com where entries are made online.

By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 10:20AM

On 29th November CAKE People Development revealed the winners of the CAKE Coaching Awards.


The awards, part of their East of England coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation, held at Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, bought together 100 HR and L&D professional from across the region.


This year's finalists came from a broad range of organisations and sectors giving CAKE the opportunity to recognise the best coaching practices in the region.


The winner of the CAKE Coaching Champion Award was Miro Vala, Worldwide Fruit Ltd, nominated by HR Director, Tricia McCarron. She said “Miro is our ‘go to’ person, he’s so passionate about helping others develop and has taken his role further than anyone else in the business. He’s continuing his own development in his quest to help others. He recently requested to work part-time, so he could develop his own coaching consultancy which we were delighted to accommodate.”


Judges comments:

Miro has shown vision, passion and energy for his coaching practice and has, for many years, devoted himself to promoting the importance of coaching at work long before it became a hot topic in business. The drive and focus Miro provides and the support he gives his organisation are clear, and the feedback clearly illustrates the impact of his work. We were very impressed by his support of the coaching culture within the organisation over and above his job role — a very worthy winner.


East Coaching Community Healthcare won the award for The Best Coaching Initiative in recognition of the work it has undertaken to introduce coaching techniques into consultations with patients and clients in order to improve their care and outcomes.


Dr Cushen – Brewster, Director of Quality and programme lead, said “We are thrilled to have been recognised for the advances we have been making in introducing health coaching into all our conversations with users of our services. It helps people to take ownership of their care programme and set realistic goals that they want to achieve and that we can help them reach. I’m very proud of our training team and everyone at ECCH who has embraced health coaching principles with such enthusiasm.”


Judges comments:

The judges were very impressed by this application of coaching. It clearly demonstrates the difference in outcomes when you empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing. The submission outlined the approach and results in a compelling way, and the interview added a richness and passion to the entry. A major element of our judging criteria is whether others can learn from the initiative and this entry certainly demonstrates the transferability of approach.



The Coaching Conversation, hosted by CAKE People Development Director, Margaret Burnside, has become a permanent fixture in the East Anglian business calendar and attracts delegates from a wide variety of sectors. Margaret said, “we have a passionate belief that developing people should be at the heart of every organisation with coaching as a vital ingredient.


Our aim is to support the region's organisations to drive performance and build capacity through the use of coaching. Through our work with clients and our partners, we are privileged to see inspiring, innovative local organisations that actively create stimulating working environments with a genuine commitment to learning and development. Our conferences act as means to bring HR and L&D professionals together for an opportunity to connect, learn, discuss ideas, share insights and hear from a range of experts in their field.”


Guest Speakers included Andy Lancaster – Head of Learning and Development CIPD, Linbert Spencer OBE – Director of Central Leadership and renowned author and Coach Julie Starr.


Take a look at the photos from the conference.


For further information, please contact the CAKE team: slice@cakepd.co.uk






By Shelley Measures, Nov 1 2018 11:18AM

We are celebrating!


It’s our 2nd birthday…


To celebrate 2 years as CAKE People Development, we are gifting to you the offer of 2 for 1 tickets for our coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Our gift to you opens today and will run for 2 days!!!


To claim your gift, firstly book your ticket here, then simply email us at slice@cakepd.co.uk with the name and email address of your guest, and we will send them their free ticket.


We have an amazing line-up of carefully selected guest speakers and facilitators, and a wide range of workshops guaranteed to be thought-provoking and challenge your thinking.


Our great team will be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day, we look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t forget, this 2 for 1 offer runs for 48hrs only… who will you bring??


Regards

The CAKE team.


By Shelley Measures, Sep 14 2018 12:33PM

Neemarket Racecourse
Neemarket Racecourse

Since we launched The Coaching Conversation 4 years ago, we continue to strive to make each event better than the last.


This year is no exception. This year we are putting you in charge! You are responsible for your own learning.


Our theme is ‘Closing the Development Gap.’ We’ll explore how coaching and mentoring bridge the gap between informal learning, formal training and performance at work.


We have designed an amazing conference, putting you in control of your learning and takeaways. We will provide the ingredients for you to create your own unique conference experience.


Our workshop/sessions and conversations will be thought-provoking, to challenge your thinking and lead to action.


We have a great team on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day and here are a few tips to help get you thinking:


Go with the flow – we have designed the day to help you find the time and space to connect and have conversations


Don’t just go with what you know – challenge yourself on topics that interest you but you might not know too much about


Breaking up’s not hard to do – if attending with colleagues, try splitting up to gain different experiences and compare notes – you’ll meet others you might not have connected with otherwise


Use the two feet rule – if a session isn’t working for you, join another one… it's OK


Get involved – participation is key, it will have such a positive effect on your learning and outcomes


Trading places – teaching and learning aren’t fixed roles, be prepared to change your hat


Interesting and unexpected things are likely to happen but the most exciting aspect of our event is always the power of bringing together a group of like-minded people, all on equal terms – a real-life example of inclusion and diversity, connecting for peer-to-peer learning and sharing ideas. Our experience has taught us that the sum of knowledge in the audience is greater than the sum of knowledge of the people on stage.


Book your ticket today for a day guaranteed to be engaging, energising and inspiring; full of learning and of course, great conversations.


See you there!


The CAKE Team

By Shelley Measures, Jul 12 2018 09:50AM

The CAKE Coaching Awards 2018
The CAKE Coaching Awards 2018

The CAKE Coaching Awards are part of the East of England Coaching and Mentoring Conference – The Coaching Conversation, which for the last four years has been supporting those involved in workplace coaching.


This year, in addition to the Coaching Champion Award, we are thrilled to introduce a new category, ‘The Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative’Award.


The finale of the awards will take place at The Coaching Conversation 2018, held on Thursday 29th November at Newmarket Racecourse, where the winners will be announced. (tickets for the conference go on sale end of July)


We welcome nominations for any coaching or mentoring initiative created by the nominated organisation. It can include coaches from outside the business, but it must have been developed internally.


We are interested in seeing the use of any methodology or coaching models and evidence of the impact that the initiative has made to the success of the organisation.


CAKE welcomes submissions from organisations that use mentoring to support the development of their employees whether it is a formal or informal process.


Mentoring is often referred to in a similar vein to coaching although it is vastly different, it is an extremely effective development tool, and we want to recognise and reward the best programmes and initiatives being run.


Our judging panel is looking for initiatives that demonstrate:


A thorough understanding of the business and its strategic objectives

An understanding of coaching and mentoring best practice

An understanding of learning and development

How the aims of the initiative were met

A long-term sustainable future

Evidence of measured success



Entries are open NOW and close on Friday 28th September. For more information about The Coaching Conversation or the awards, head over to www.cakepd.co.uk/the-coaching-awards



If you have any questions regarding coaching qualifications or our coaching community, please get in touch. Call The CAKE Team 01603 733006





By Shelley Measures, Jul 5 2018 12:40PM

Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison
Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison

Do you know a coaching champion who goes over and above their job role? Have they had a significant impact on your’s or someone else's life? Have they been the driving force in the introduction of a coaching and mentoring initiative?


Now is the time to show your appreciation for all they do. Help us celebrate and reward their outstanding work and nominate them for the CAKE People Development Coaching Champion Award.


The CAKE People Development showpiece annual event, The Coaching Conversation conference is seen as highly inspirational within the coaching community, and this year it will be held at Newmarket Racecourse, on Thursday 29th of November.


The principal aim of the award is to raise the profile of coaching and mentoring and the role it plays in transforming individuals and businesses alike. Our previous winner Martin Bull attributes coaching to the success of his apprenticeship programmes.


Margaret Burnside, Director at CAKE People Development, said

“I am pleased to announce nominations for this year's Awards open. This is a significant year for us as we introduce our second award, The Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative Award.

Our awards are a unique opportunity for the regions’ L&D/HR professionals and business leaders to reward and recognise the excellent coaching and mentoring happening within their organisations."


Martin Bull - Dispensing Systems Development Manager & Global Valve Systems Expert at RPC UCP Zeller Plastik and last year’s winner of the coaching champion award said “I was delighted to receive the award. I credit my development journey to Steve Millbank, Head of Leadership Development at CAKE. He ignited my passion for coaching and L&D when I attended a programme he ran about four years ago.

It was an honour to have my work and my passion for coaching and mentoring recognised beyond the workplace. It’s truly gratifying and a great feeling.”


He continued, “I liked that the award is a showcase for the full spectrum of coaching and mentoring. I was disappointed I wasn’t able to attend the conference in person, but my colleague accepted the award on my behalf and was blown away by the amazing work other coaches are undertaking. He learnt a great deal form the day.”


In line with CAKE People Development values; passion, excellence, integrity and making a difference, we would like to stress that we welcome nominations on behalf of qualified, non-qualified, team leaders, supervisors, managers, teachers, tutors and anyone who supports people to achieve their goals.


Promote the people who tirelessly champion coaching and mentoring and have made a difference to you.


Tell us about your coaching champion by heading to: http://ow.ly/v4u130kOpaF


All entries must be in by Friday, September 28th.



By Shelley Measures, Jul 4 2018 11:41AM

The organisations we work with which have created and sustained a coaching culture where managers use a coaching style as standard, report many benefits, from increased employee engagement and the ability to successfully resolve conflict, to increased productivity and performance.


So, it’s understandable that when polled, almost 70% of businesses said they use coaching. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a coaching culture is in place, as frequently coaching is used on a one to one basis and often only for senior members of the team.


There are some key factors to take into consideration when implementing a coaching culture. It’s an ongoing voyage, one that requires sound building blocks of internal coaching capability so that over time, it is sustained, and capability is scaled up, so the coaching culture becomes the broader organisation culture.


1. Top Team Buy-In


For any project to work, and especially when introducing a coaching culture, the top team need to be fully engaged and on board. It needs to start at the top and then flow through the rest of the business. This is key to establishing and approving the business benefits for introducing a coaching culture. They are your advocates and will set the example of the desired behaviours.


At CAKE, we will always suggest starting with an Executive Team Coaching Programme; it proves to be the best basis for buy-in for the project.


2. Who are your champions?


The buy-in has been established and the example set, but who will champion the project? Your line managers are your champions and essential to the success and longevity of the coaching culture. It’s your champions who you will depend upon to make sure the coaching programme is put into effect, so it is vital they have the tools and skills they need to build on the coaching programme. Although not essential, we will suggest that a core team of managers achieve a formal qualification, through either the ILM or CMI.


3. Embed the programme.


A culture change is not sustainable unless there is a clear purpose. Whatever your business objectives are, they need to be communicated, so it is clear to all stakeholders what their role is and what is expected of them. The core team is the key component to create an environment that allows the culture to embed, to establish its roots.


4. Bust the myths.


It is so important to open conversations around coaching, to help your managers and executives understand how to use coaching and mentoring effectively as part of everyday working life. Be transparent, collaborate across all business units and tackles the challenges and bust the myths along the way.


It can feel like a massive task with so much to consider but by working with you, CAKE can advise, recommend and design a combination of strategies to ensure your coaching culture becomes standard practice which will ensure the maturity, success and longevity of the project.


As the saying goes.. ‘No one said it was going to be easy, but it’ll be worth it.’


For further information on our coaching and mentoring programme and interventions or for information about the East of England Coaching and Mentoring Conference – The Coaching Conversation 2018 call The CAKE Team on 01603 733006












By Shelley Measures, Jun 12 2018 12:09PM

Managing business finances is absolutely critical for every organisation, regardless of type or size. Responsibility for areas such as budgeting, business cases and project finances are often devolved to people working outside of the finance team, making it vital that they clearly understand what it is that they need to do and why it is so important to do so.


Our financial courses are lively, practical and relevant. We can tailor the content and materials to your own organisation and your ways of working, making the transition of ideas and tools from the learning environment incredibly smooth.


We use a variety of approaches to ensure that participants find this potentially dull topic both interesting and fun to learn about. These methodologies include business simulations, games and a large amount of practical exercises, introducing many useful tools, techniques and top tips.


We cover a wide range of financial topics, from finance for non-financial managers to building powerful business cases, project financial assessment and management and creating and managing effective budgets.


Contact The CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk for details.

By Shelley Measures, May 25 2018 03:04PM

The L&D landscape has changed significantly in recent years, the standard model of classroom only sessions is becoming less common and has moved to a more modern, blended approach, combining different learning techniques.


We recognise that in today’s world the modern learner likes to take responsibility for their development, preferring an experience that is flexible and open with access to a wealth of resources, when they need it. Our CAKE approach fully supports modern learning and adopts the complementary use of social learning, eLearning and other techniques combined with the standard model.


CAKEconnect is our online learning community, it allows us to create a rich, self-paced learning experience, with space for monitoring and giving feedback.


It provides an enriched learning experience and has great benefits not only for the learners but also for our programme facilitators and the learning process itself.


Since we introduced CAKEconnect, we have found our learners are more engaged. By using a variety of approaches the programme content is easy to grasp, and it enables us to use a range of other supporting material. It is an ideal space where we have created an environment that suits individual learners and different learning styles.


We do our very best to account for everyone in our face to face facilitated workshops, but by diversifying our methods, we can ensure everyone has the best opportunity to learn.


CAKEconnect supports learning in many ways:


Time restrictions of the classroom environment are no longer an issue, which deepens the connections between our learners and our facilitators, creating an extremely supportive environment for questions or concerns to be raised and addressed as well as encouraging conversations and peer to peer learning.

It gives our facilitators a feel for the learner trends and enables them to adapt and act accordingly; it’s a huge benefit to be able to add further resources in an instant from discussions with our learners both in the sessions and online.


Another awesome feature is the reporting; it is always good to be able to have at a glance a quick overview of how well our learners are doing, how far they have progressed and how they are responding to the different methods, which leads onto feedback. CAKEconnect allows our facilitators to use the right tools and blended methods to prepare feedback, and deliver it most effectively.


Overall, it helps the learning become much more meaningful, it engages and encourages learners to take greater responsibility for their learning, and it makes it fun.


Call the CAKE Team today to discover how our CAKEconnect community can support your development solutions 01603 733006.



By Shelley Measures, May 14 2018 01:44PM


We had a terrific couple of days at the CIPD L&D show at Olympia last month. It was great to have such stimulating conversations and hear inspirational stories about the amazing work our colleagues are doing in the L&D community. The energy and passion were palpable. It’s an ideal environment to keep up to date with learning trends, and we learnt a great deal.


One of the main topics of the show this year was apprenticeships. During the conference, IBM and BT both shared how the apprenticeship levy was supporting not only their technical apprenticeships but their managers and leaders too.


Apprenticeships have long been viewed as opportunities for school leavers to gain skills and experience in a trade, but it is no longer the case. The introduction of the Levy in April last year means that businesses can now look to invest and upskill their existing workforce.


I think we are all familiar with the term ‘accidental manager’, it’s been around for a while, where the best ‘technician’ is promoted to a management role that they have no experience in nor have been trained to do. With the new standards for Leadership & Management Apprenticeships, organisations can look at the wider skill set and offer an incredibly robust, long-term, sustainable development programme, giving managers the best chance of being effective and productive in their roles.


We know that some organisations face the challenge of the negative connotations and perceptions of the word apprenticeship. They also fear the weight of the administration around it but, by working with CAKE, it’s seamless from start to finish. We oversee the whole process, support the internal communication, the delivery, administration and funding.


We are hosting another Apprenticeship Event in London this month on May 30th, to explain our unique approach. Follow the link for details and to book your place.


https://cake-people-development.eventbrite.co.uk


Another strong theme running through our conversations last week was coaching and mentoring, and how organisations are beginning to realise the significance of a coaching culture to support development solutions, organisational change, apprenticeships and overall employee engagement.


Managers and leaders who operate in a coaching culture support learning and give regular feedback, which offers opportunities for growth, and creates a more engaged and energised workforce.


We are passionate about coaching and mentoring; it underpins all that we do. We work tirelessly to support organisations to develop a climate where they can flourish through supporting learning and nurturing talent to deliver business outcomes


Many of our conversations were around how we can support organisations in the training and development of their internal coaches who then, in turn, will develop other coaches to sustain a meaningful coaching practice for the business.


Our experience shows us that when done well, coaching automatically engages people where other strategies have fallen flat and by the wayside. It delivers profit and value to everyone. Profit without the value recognised by the workforce kills engagement in a heartbeat.


To discover how Coaching and Mentoring can support your organisation, call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk




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