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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, 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 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, 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




By Shelley Measures, May 18 2017 11:00AM

A training and development firm has expressed ‘a vote of confidence’ in Diss, after opting to remain in the town as it expands into larger facilities. CAKE People Development moved from offices in Denmark Street to a new base at Diss Business Park in Hopper Way on Monday, following a successful period of growth since its launch in October 2016.



The new facilities will enable the company to take on extra staff, while also allowing room for further growth. In a statement, CAKE said new business opportunities and “the loyal support of its customers” meant that it had only taken six months to outgrow its previous office. Margaret Burnside, the director of CAKE People Development, said: “We’ve been searching for the ideal space for a while. “We were committed to staying in Diss when looking to find a new office space and are delighted to tell everyone that we’ve finally found it. “Our new redesigned and remodelled offices, with a range of new flexible training rooms, make our new location a more relaxed and attractive place to learn. “Our decision to stay and continue our growth in Diss is our vote of confidence in the town and the terrific location of the business park.”


CAKE, which took on the people development consultancy division of fellow Diss business Eras Ltd in November, stated it plans to extend the offerings of its open programme service, as well as launch a full suite of one and two-day management and HR workshops for businesses in the region. The firm also expressed optimism for the ongoing investment into regenerating the Diss Heritage Triangle, which it believes will boost the local economy.



Read more at: http://www.dissexpress.co.uk/news/training-company-gives-diss-vote-of-confidence-following-move-to-larger-offices-1-7967360



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