CONFIRMATIVE EVALUATION: STRATEGIES FOR VALUING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Book News: October 26th, 2005

By Joan C. Dessinger and James L. MoseleyThis much-needed book offers trainers, consultants, evaluation professionals, and human resource executives and practitioners a hands-on resource for understanding and applying the proven principles of confirmative evaluation. Confirmative evaluation is a marriage of evaluation and continuous improvement. Unlike other types of evaluation which are used during the design of a learning program or applied immediately after conducting a program, confirmative evaluation follows several months after the program is implemented. It tests the endurance of outcomes, the return on investment, and establishes the effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and value of the training over time.

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POWER MENTORING: HOW SUCCESSFUL MENTORS AND PROTEGES GET THE MOST OUT OF RELATIONSHIPS

Book News: October 24th, 2005

By Ellen A. Ensher and Susan E. MurphyThis book is a nuts-and-bolts guide for anyone who wants to create a connection with a protégé or mentor, or to improve a current mentoring relationship. Filled with illustrative examples and candid insights from fifty of successful mentors and protégés, Power Mentoring unlocks the secrets of great mentoring relationships and shows how anyone including those who are well established in their careers, or those who are just starting out, can become a successful mentor or protégé. Based on compelling interviews from Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy’s own research, this important resource explains what it takes to develop a “power mentoring” network consisting of a variety of mentors across a range of organizations. The authors provide strategies for establishing such power mentoring relationships, outline the best practices, and offer insights from mentors and protégés in a variety of fields.

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FACILITATION MADE EASY

Book News: October 19th, 2005

By Esther CameronThis practical guide is designed to improve meetings and workshops. It gives detailed examples, proven tips for success, checklists, case studies and a self-assessment guide to test the personal approach to facilitation. It helps to understand the facilitator’s role and determine the facilitation style that matches the personal style.

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INFORMING CHOICES: A GUIDE FOR INFORMATION PROVIDERS TO 13-19 YEAR OLDS

Book News: October 17th, 2005

This guide from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority provides those offering information and guidance to learners in year 9 and year 11 with a single document that contains accurate and up-to-date information on the full range of opportunities, qualifications and support available to learners moving into and through the 14-19 phase.The guide responds to the changes taking place in 14-19 learning as a result of the government programme to transform education and training for young people. Qualifications and curricula are evolving and, from 14, young people can learn in different contexts, other than schools, FE colleges or work-based training organizations, as their schools collaborate to meet their individual needs.

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MAKING COACHING WORK

Book News: October 12th, 2005

By David Clutterbuck and David Megginson.The majority of employers (99%) believe coaching can deliver tangible benefits to both individuals and organisations and 88% now expect their line managers to deliver coaching as part of their day-to-day work. However, 17% do not think that line managers are effective coaches. This book from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development contains case studies and offers practical advice for organisations using coaching. It also looks at what needs to be considered when implementing a coaching strategy so that it is successful for both the organisation, in terms of improving performance, and the staff, in terms of their development. The authors identify seven stages of coaching and offer guidance for line managers.

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GO TEAM! TAKE YOUR TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Book News: October 5th, 2005

By Ken Blanchard, Alan Randolph, and Peter Grazier.People in organizations today are increasingly being called upon to work in teams. More and more organizations are using teams to deal with the dynamic world of work. Unfortunately, too few people really understand how to build a team that puts into action the knowledge, experience, and motivation of its people. It is no surprise that people often give up on the idea of teams and try to go it alone. Go Team! is a game plan for building better teams.

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TAKING PART

Book News: October 3rd, 2005

This pack supports out-of-school-hours learning for children in care. It is designed to assist local authorities, working in partnership with others, in making out of school learning an integral part of raising the achievement of looked-after children, and of good corporate parenting. It is based on the collective experience of the pilot authorities of the Taking Part project which was developed to help those working within children’s services.The Taking Part pack contains a guide and a DVD. A key feature is the emphasis placed on the opportunities provided for social workers to move away from the statutory responsibilities and engage with children and young people in finding out what they’d like to do in terms of leisure activities, things they’d want to do in the future, and to problem-solve what might get in the way with the things they’d like to do.’

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SETTING UP A PARTNERSHIP

Book News: September 28th, 2005

By E Gray-King and D WilcoxPartnerships are about sharing creativity, risk and responsibility and streamlining tasks to those best suited to do them. If partnerships are established well, the productivity of a partnership is higher than if each partner worked separately as a result of each doing what they do best. The guide describes the advantages and definition of partnership, how to choose a partner and build a partnership. It also helps local authorities, private sector bodies, and voluntary organisations faced with tight timetables and firm guidelines to think through the complexities for partnership. The guide includes a worksheet and draft letter for partners to commit to.

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THE ETHICS CHALLENGE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Book News: September 26th, 2005

By Carol W. Lewis and Stuart C. GilmanSince it was first published in 1991, The Ethics Challenge in Public Service has become a classic text used by public managers across the country. The second edition of this problem solving guide is filled with practical tools and techniques for making ethical choices in the ambiguous, pressured world of public service. It explores the day-to-day ethical dilemmas managers face in their work, including what to do when rules recommend one action and compassion another, and whether it is ethical to dissent from official policy. This essential text explores managers’ accountability to different stakeholders and how to balance the often competing responsibilities.

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LEADING THE PROFESSIONALS

Book News: September 21st, 2005

By Geoff SmithInspiring and motivating Professional Service Teams can be a difficult challenge. Because of the nature of their work and personalities, many professionals prefer to do things on their own, in their own way. An organisation’s best talents may not take too kindly to being told what to do and when to do it. They may resist being managed, and be unenthusiastic about working in a team. Whatever category they fall into – highly qualified, creatives, knowledge workers, or conceptualists – they usually prefer to rely heavily on their own expertise to get a job done. The author looks at approaches to meeting this challenge.

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