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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, Oct 21 2019 11:24AM

Organisations have been using employee satisfaction as a benchmark for employee engagement for many years. Often completing survey’s every year trying to improve their scores, looking to improve productivity, reduce turnover and attract new talent.


Employee engagement should always be a top priority, but organisations who want to stay at the forefront in the workplace of the future need to consider another step.


The modern-day employee requires more… they expect to be fulfilled; they expect to have a sense of belonging, where collectively they are working towards a common goal, an environment where they can grow and develop their role placing more emphasis on learning and development functions. The potential in the modern workforce is just waiting to be discovered.


Having a robust, sustainable employment development plan future-proofs your organisation and creates the workforce of tomorrow. By promoting a learning culture, helps your employees uncover what they are really good at and by giving them the opportunity to excel has a considerable impact on employee fulfilment, productivity and ultimately organisational success.


Contact us to discuss how we can help your organisation flourish, and we’ll help you achieve lasting results.


Slice@cakepd.co.uk Tel: 01603 733006



By Shelley Measures, Oct 14 2019 02:57PM

The way in which organisations develop people is forever changing; new trends are emerging all the time. The apprenticeship levy has meant that more businesses are focusing on upskilling their teams which can only be a good thing, but what about the leaders and managers who aren’t suited to an apprenticeship programme?


We have been delivering high-impact Leadership and Management Open Programmes for many years.


There are huge benefits and added value to be gained with this type of development that many organisations fail to see. For the right delegate, open programmes can offer even more than an in-house or apprenticeship development programme.


Some of the benefits are:


• Networking with peers from other organisations

• Peer to peer learning

• Safe environment away from the workplace

• Knowledge sharing with people from other companies

• Giving and receiving feedback from leaders and managers with similar seniority and experience

• Smaller groups allow opportunities for 1-2-1 coaching

• Learners gain valuable insights from different industry sectors

• Delegates learn and develop powerful techniques


Each programme is supported by our online learning community CAKEconnect, enriching the learning experience through sharing additional learning material, online discussions and work-based challenges. Our facilitators are experts Leadership and Management, a range of assessment methods and tutoring and expert in creating an environment for learners that is supportive yet challenging.


We are passionate and committed to making a difference, whether at an individual, team or organisational level and we pride ourselves on our reputation and business relationships.

For further information on our open programmes or to book your place, call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or contact us here.



By Shelley Measures, Sep 18 2019 12:00AM

Coaching Culture – It is proven that coaching delivers considerable impact on organisations, particularly when coaching skills are developed in managers and applied as part of their day to day role.


However, investing in coaching for the sake of it will never get results!


A coaching culture means supporting your employees so that they learn new skills and become a greater asset to the company. A management culture that emphasizes training, regular feedback and opportunities for growth creates a more engaged and energised workforce.


To develop a coaching style of management and to establish a coaching culture requires a focused, cohesive approach. For real culture change to happen, managers need to be taught coaching skills & receive support while they put it into practice.


CAKE creates tailored coaching programmes designed to fit your business perfectly. Many ‘off the shelf’ programmes can provide a few useful generic tips to improve members of your team, but the CAKE approach delves deeper - For more on how we can support your culture change, call 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.


By Shelley Measures, Jul 31 2019 11:31AM

It's our team meeting at CAKE HQ today and it got us thinking about why we have them.... We came up with our 8 reasons why:


1. Team meetings give us a place to, build relationships, to help each other and offer support.


2. They’re essential in understanding our colleagues’ aims, concerns, hopes, challenges, etc. Sometimes face to face is the only time you can really share it.


3. Team meetings provide us offer a ‘safe’ environment – it’s a chance to discuss things we may not be happy sharing by email.


4. A team meeting is an open forum where we have equal opportunity to talk and listen. Everybody gets the same chance.


5. Conference call is useful but can’t fully to replace a physical meeting. Of course, if there are no other options, conference calls will have to do, but if you are able to get together in person, then it’s invariably it’s much more rewarding to do so.


6. Team meetings allow all of us to lift our head out of day-to-day operations; it’s so easy to stay focused, head down. Team meetings are a chance to head up and focus on something else and work on cross-functional projects together.


7. Team meetings are a learning, development and improvement opportunity. Meetings are a crucial part of business and organisations and are a good place to learn about the wider organisation, how to work together towards our objectives, and share, and discuss what improvements we can achieve together.


8. The team meeting is a great reminder that we are in fact, in a team – and not alone!


These are our thoughts, we'd love to hear yours.


By Shelley Measures, May 28 2019 09:41AM

When asked, most HR professionals predict that what will matter most over the next few years isn’t employee engagement or necessarily investing heavily in recruiting the best talent; it is actually the role of learning and development to grow their own.


It’s increasingly hard for organisations to recruit and retain good people, which is why it’s more critical than ever to invest in the up skill the talent within.


There is a definite shift away from the ‘war on talent’ where the lion share of investment has been made in recruiting the right talent, to developing learning environments allowing people to grow.


People want to grow and develop in their roles, whether it is a promotion or just making more of a contribution and impact in their current role.


All of which puts more onus on the L&D team, which we predict will elevate the importance of learning and development functions as they are challenged to support the businesses to meet their business goals.


The pace of change is so rapid, to be able to adapt and change at pace is key, and your L&D team need to be ready for the accelerated change.


The introduction of learning and development apprenticeships is the best business opportunity for an organisation to develop the capabilities and future proof its functions and by extension, the development and performance of its employees.



Download your copy of the brochure here, or to talk to a member of the team call 01603 733006.



By Shelley Measures, Jan 4 2019 01:00PM

“My coach was very good at identifying the key things I needed to work on and improve and as a result of the coaching I’ve developed relationships beyond my normal network of colleagues and I have since been promoted.”


Internal L&D Specialist at Natural England




You too will receive rave reviews like this after participating in our 1-day Masterclass. You’ve either started using 360-degree feedback internally and want even better results, or you’re considering using it for the first time. You may be an independent coach or leadership development specialist and you want to differentiate yourself by offering a more complete 360 feedback experience. We know what it takes to make the most out of 360 feedback. In conjunction with CAKE Pepole Development, we invite you to join us for an intensive one day Masterclass workshop in March 2019. You will learn how to:



Check if your organisation/your client is ready for 360


Create a bespoke 360 questionnaire that measures what you want leaders to focus on


Run Awareness Briefings to engage participants and get buy-in


Use the click-360 questionnaire platform and digital reports


Conduct a feedback coaching session ‘Explore Your click-360 Report’


‘Check-out’ feedback in the workplace, in readiness for the next step


Run the second feedback coaching session ‘Create Your click-360 Action Plan’


Use Organisational Insights (group-wide reporting)



The cost of the workshop includes x3 free credits on the click-360 SelfDrive platform. (worth £180) One of these credits is to enable you to undertake your own 360 so that your real data can be used in small-group working during the workshop, leaving two futher credits to be used with candidates of your choice. Attendance also includes a CAKE Certificate of Personal Development.



“The awareness briefings were extremely thorough. There was a real push to make sure everyone knew exactly what was expected of them.”


Ian McKetty, Chief Information Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


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, 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





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