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Indispensable for anyone involved in vocational education or apprenticeships, The Vocational Assessor Handbook is the only comprehensive guide for assessors and verifiers of vocational qualifications. This fully revised and updated edition includes new guidance on end-point assessment of the new apprenticeship standards and the latest information on regulations and qualifications. Packed with up-to-date, detailed and reliable information, The Vocational Assessor Handbook (previously The NVQ Assessor, Verifier and Candidate Handbook) contains a detailed guide to the QCF units for assessment and internal quality assurance (verification). Containing the units and practical explanation for each stage of assessment and verification practice.For UK assessors of QCF qualifications and NVQs, verifiers, teachers, providers of training and work-based learning, assessors of apprenticeships and those working towards PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS qualifications, this complete guide is essential for qualification and ongoing practice, enabling you to: understand the principles and practices of assessment; assess occupational competence in the work environment; assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding; understand the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment; plan, allocate and monitor work in your own area of responsibility.
With intense competition for top management jobs and increased pressure on organizations to select the best candidates, more and more firms are now using challenging psychometric tests as part of their recruitment and assessment procedures. Also used to identify management potential in existing staff, tests are increasingly used to select the weakest employees when job cuts beckon.Management Level Psychometric Assessments offers more types of assessment than any other management testing book. Ideal for managers applying for supervisory roles or jobs on the board, for promotions as well as new employment, it includes tests on quantitative reasoning, currency conversion, verbal reasoning, decision analysis, situational awareness and visual estimation.Along with detailed answers and explanations, it places particular emphasis on getting you test-ready, with advice on the presentation part of your assessment and crucial information on which tests you are most likely to face for your industry. Management Level Psychometric Assessments is an invaluable resource providing all the practice you need to pass those tests and succeed against the competition.
Learn how to leverage employee advocacy as a new channel to market and develop trusted brand messages with this expert blueprint.
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Semiotics is big business. It is most famous for its unique ability to decode visual images, and is the only market research method which provides a systematic, reliable and culturally sensitive method for interpreting what visual images mean. Semiotics sheds new light on consumers and the world they live in, stimulates creativity and innovation, guides brand strategy, and finds solutions to a plethora of marketing problems. Using Semiotics in Marketing will help marketers looking to launch new brands, reposition existing brands, or rejuvenate established brands. In what can seem a complex and abstract field, it is an invaluably clear, practical resource on how to seize the tremendous opportunity that semiotics offers.Written by one of the original founders of commercial semiotics, Using Semiotics in Marketing outlines precisely what semiotics is and why it matters, before moving on to demonstrate how to run a successful commercial semiotics project. Packed with fascinating case studies proving how visual imagery is interpreted differently across cultural, racial and social demographics, it provides essential insights into understanding consumers. This results in better ads, websites, packaging and social media content - ultimately driving brand growth and profits.
An understanding of people analytics is a crucial skill for all HR professionals. No longer limited to employees in data teams or those with analyst in their job titles, people analytics is now an integral part of every HR job. Introduction to People Analytics allows all HR professionals to get to grips with analytics, feel confident in their ability to handle employee and organizational data and use analytics to move from opinions to insights.From where to find data in an organization, how to collect it and analyse it through to how to use these findings to add business value, Introduction to People Analytics is essential reading for all HR professionals. With case studies and thought leadership insights from companies who have leveraged people analytics to improve culture and employee engagement, increase performance and reduce costs including NHS, Brompton Bikes, British Heart Foundation, King, Experian and AstraZeneca, FIS and Swarovski, this book shows how and where HR analytics can make a tangible difference to organizations. There is also expert guidance and practical advice on how to embed analytics into HR processes and adopt a data-driven approach to all workplace activities.
WINNER: Independent Press Award 2021 - Marketing & Public Relations categoryWINNER: NYC Big Book Award 2020 - Sales and Marketing categoryWINNER: The Stevie Awards 2020 - 'Book of the Year' Silver award, Women in Business categoryWritten by the award-winning storyteller Miri Rodriguez at Microsoft, this actionable guide goes beyond content strategy and, instead, demonstrates how to leverage brand storytelling in the marketing mix to strengthen brand engagement and achieve long-term growth, with advice from brands like Expedia, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adobe and Google. Despite understanding essential storytelling techniques, brands continue to explain how their product or service can help the customer, rather than showcasing how the customer's life has changed as a result of them. Brand Storytelling gets back to the heart of brand loyalty, consumer behaviour and engagement as a business strategy: using storytelling to trigger the emotions that humans are driven by. It provides a step by step guide to assess, dismantle, and rebuild a brand story, shifting the brand from a 'hero' to 'sidekick' mentality, and positioning the customer as a key influencer to motivate the audience.Simplifying where to begin, how to benchmark success and ensure a consistent brand voice throughout every department, this book clearly shows how readers can align an emotive connection with the customer's personal values, experiences and aspirations, and how that will enable brand leaders, employees and influencers to celebrate and strengthen brand engagement for the long-term, rather than simply trying to win it.Clarifying why machine-learning, AI and automation only tell one side of the story, this book will inspire you with cutting edge interviews and case studies from leading brands like Expedia, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adobe and Google, to tap into authentic brand loyalty and human connection.
50 Top Tools for Coaching contains a selection of forms, models and exercises and an explanation of how and when to use them. Tools are provided to cover all aspects of a coaching relationship, from coaching briefs and contracts through to planning for the future. The Toolkit is designed to be used like a reference book to dip into the topic when needed. Each tool contains an overview and model diagrams so that the coach can understand the words and the big picture. The book is accompanied by online resources, including audio and visual examples of best practice coaching. The forms and models are also available to download.
Category Management is a technique used to understand markets, analyse spend and make purchasing decisions which save money. It is about a pathway from accepting mediocre goods and services at high cost, to effective supply management which delivers real value. By altering how goods are categorised and supplied it helps shift sourcing from being an error-prone transaction to creating value for the business. Using case studies and practical examples the book provides a clear definition and understanding of category management. The author presents a step by step process for its implementation and use, which companies can readily apply in line with their overall business strategy. This practical toolkit will allow readers to analyse complex sourcing situations quickly and clearly and develop innovative and creative proposals for sourcing.
Organisations are most effective when the teams accountable for the organisation's success are performing to the best of their abilities. When the relationships within the team work well, and all members of the team have a clear focus the team has a significant impact on achieving goals and building business. Leadership Team Coaching is aimed at anyone whose role it is to encourage and develop a team. Providing a thorough understanding of the role and importance the team has in contributing to an organizations objectives, it provides the practical tools and techniques to facilitate effective team performance. It includes guidance on all the key areas of team coaching, including coaching the board and supervising team coaching and how a team can engage effectively with key stake holders in a collective manner. Offering a practical road map with numerous examples, Leadership Team Coaching brings together the latest research to teach you how you can develop people from disparate groups into a high performing team to transform your business.
Fintech has emerged as one of the fastest growing sectors in the financial services industry and has radically disrupted traditional banking. However, it has become clear that for both to thrive, the culture between fintech and incumbent firms must change from one of competition to collaboration. The Financial Services Guide to Fintech looks at this trend in detail, using case studies of successful partnerships to show how banks and fintech organizations can work together to innovate faster and increase profitability. Written by an experienced fintech advisor and influencer, this book explains the fundamental concepts of this exciting space and the key segments to have emerged, including regtech, robo-advisory, blockchain and personal finance management. It looks at the successes and failures of bank-fintech collaboration, focusing on technologies and start-ups that are highly relevant to banks' product and business areas such as cash management, compliance and tax. With international coverage of key markets, The Financial Services Guide to Fintech offers practical guidance, use cases and business models for banks and financial services firms to use when working with fintech companies.
HR functions within both internal and external contexts. The understanding of both contexts is crucial for comprehending how and why they drive HR strategies and practices in organizations, as well as the rules and structures within which they work. Built around five major themes which impact upon the HR function, and mapping to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced module of the same name, Human Resource Management in Context enables students to understand the complex and changing organizational context in which HR operates today by providing a comprehensive breakdown of the concepts, theories and issues from globalization and government policy to demographic, social and technological trends.This fully updated 4th edition of Human Resource Management in Context includes a range of pedagogical features, balancing theory with practical analysis to form an engaging insight into the strategic side of HR. It includes enhanced emphasis on the impact of the external environment on the HR profession, a discussion of the impact of technology and social media, increased coverage of ethics and CSR and links to the HR Profession Map. Online supporting resources for lecturers include an instructor's manual, lecture slides, annotated web links and guidance for the chapter activities.
It is estimated that between 2 and 5 per cent of global GDP (over $3 trillion) is laundered by criminals around the world every year. Once thought to be a problem which only affected banks and the financial services sector, high profile cases, such as the recent leak of the Panama Papers in 2016, have thrust the issue into the public arena, and governments around the world are being forced to put robust systems and controls in place. Anti-Money Laundering offers a cost-effective self-development tool for the busy compliance professional eager to progress their career and in need of an accessible, practical and jargon-free introduction to anti-money laundering (AML).Anti-Money Laundering offers a practical guide to navigate the maze of requirements needed to counter money laundering in an organization. This book separates the different elements of AML practice, featuring a range of case studies and scenarios highlighting issues and best practices around the world. The text demonstrates that it is by foresight and methodology that AML can be mitigated, and provides clarity on complex points to better enable readers to gain the expertise they need to achieve success in practice.
Understand content marketing best practice from a new perspective with exclusive insight and contributions from leading academics, experts, global thought leaders and influencers in the industry on key topics, to create a truly unique resource - including a foreword by Tom Goodwin and bonus online chapters. Marketers everywhere are talking about content, but not everyone is saying the same thing. Some professionals love content and believe it has revolutionized the practice of marketing. To others, it is mere hype: a new name for what marketers have always done. The Definitive Guide to Strategic Content Marketing brings together all these diverse perspectives, structuring them around useful key topics that provide insight into the multi-faceted nature of content marketing, weaving together different voices to present a balanced view of the subject. Grouping the discussion around relevant subjects such as content monetization, native advertising, visuals vs video, and the challenge of measuring results, this book allows readers to cherry-pick the most useful aspects of each discussion according to their interests and apply it to their own marketing initiatives. With a foreword written by Tom Goodwin (author of Digital Darwinism and EVP, Head of Innovation at Zenith USA) and containing contributions from brands such as GE, General Motors, HSBC, Football Association, Diageo and Pernod Ricard, plus agencies including Oglivy Group UK, Havas, Zenith, Vizeum, Accenture, this book is a truly unique resource. Insight and contributions from A-list industry professionals and influencers, include: Tim Lindsay, Bob Garfield, Bob Hoffman, Faris Yakob, Thomas Kolster, Rebecca Lieb, Tia Castagno, Scott Donaton, Rober Rose, David Berkowitz, Professors Mara Einstein, Mark Ritson and Douglas Rushkoff.
Looking beyond the complexity and theory of inventory management, authors Geoff Relph and Catherine Milner examine managing inventory and achieving targets. Whilst the first edition mainly focused on planning, this new edition of The Inventory Toolkit includes three new chapters that go beyond planning to implementation. Amongst other topics, the new chapters cover holding and moving inventory, working with suppliers and using stack and flow to identify pinch points and facilitate lean and agile operations. This comprehensive second edition of The Inventory Toolkit includes case studies from diverse industries such as retail and aerospace, and worked examples and regular exercises which illustrate how the inventory tools can be used in an operational setting. It is an invaluable reference guide for students and practitioners focusing on inventory management and operations management in manufacturing and retail, as well as operational staff involved in the implementation of the MRP and inventory management modules of ERP systems.
Do you need to prepare for an aptitude test for an interview or selection process? Do you want to practise and improve your scores? Ultimate Aptitude Tests, now in its fourth edition and part of the best-selling Ultimate series, is the largest and most comprehensive book of its kind, boasting over 1000 varied practice aptitude questions with accompanying answers and explanations. In such a competitive job market, it's the perfect book to ensure you're entirely prepared to get those high scores and impress potential employers. Businesses use aptitude tests when recruiting; sometimes even to fast-track potential leaders. Providing essential practice, Ultimate Aptitude Tests includes tests like those you are likely to encounter, including abstract visual tests, verbal and numerical reasoning tests, practical skills and understanding tests, spatial and systems potential tests and logic and intuition tests of different types. This new edition also now includes a brand new section on online testing environments as well as free access to a separate full online test to evaluate your abilities. Ultimate Aptitude Tests is brilliant preparation for candidates wishing to outshine their competition and secure their dream job.About the Ultimate series...The Ultimate series contains practical advice on essential job search skills to give you the best chance of getting the job you want. Taking you from your job search to completing an interview, it includes guidance on CV or resume and cover letter writing, practice questions for passing aptitude, psychometric and other employment tests, and reliable advice for interviewing.
A high-performing and cohesive leadership team is essential for organizational success. Leadership Team Coaching in Practice provides an overview of the tools and techniques for coaching leadership teams and shows how these approaches have been applied around the world in a variety of team types and industries.Featuring expert contributions from chief executives, team coaches, team leaders and consultants in organizations including Comair and the UK National Health Service (NHS), this practical guide illustrates best practice tailored to the needs of each organization. The new and updated third edition of Leadership Team Coaching in Practice incorporates the latest research and thinking in the field, including new material on developing the personal core capacities for systemic team coaching.Alongside updates to case studies to offer a long-term view of interventions, the third edition contains new case studies including team coaching in Toyota through a period of transformation. There is a new medley chapter of short case stories that address some of the regularly asked questions by new team coaches and new material that explores ways of creating a teaming and 'team of teams' culture. This book remains an essential resource for executive and team coaches, CEOs, team leaders, organizational development consultants, and those studying coaching as part of a degree or coaching qualification.
Build an effective and practical digital marketing strategy with this bestselling guide, covering everything from automation and analytics to integrating AI. Digital Marketing Strategy is a global bestseller, and a one-stop guide to structuring and building a more strategic approach to digital marketing. Now fully updated, this third edition covers the integration of AI in marketing, e-commerce, marketing automation, affiliate marketing and how to use digital analytical tools, plus new strategies for the latest cookie changes and privacy protection. Digital Marketing Strategy will show you how to effectively select, align and manage digital channels and operations, to streamline a successful digital marketing strategy for measurable, optimized results. Recommended by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), it is supported by real-world case studies from the likes of Coca-Cola, Spotify, Airbnb, Adidas and Hostelworld as well as checklists, key terms and insights from leading industry practitioners to help you develop your own digital marketing strategy. This book is an invaluable guide for both digital marketing students and entry-level to mid-management marketing professionals. Accompanying online resources consist of practical implementation guides spanning SEO, paid-search, email, lead-generation, as well as presentation slides and activity sheets.
How can learning initiatives contribute to employee and organizational success? This is a practical introduction to the principles of designing and delivering effective training and L&D programmes. Providing diagnostic tools, scenarios and case studies, Learning and Development demonstrates how to link learning to strategic business goals and explores both the benefits and complexities associated with L&D. This updated third edition features a new chapter on designing learning interventions, covering technology-led development and the impact of virtual learning. There is also guidance on making learning and development strategies accessible and inclusive for all employees, and information on metrics that can be used for measuring effectiveness.Learning and Development features guidance in essential areas including identifying L&D needs, selecting the most appropriate types of intervention and the processes of measurement and evaluation. Online resources include extended case studies, an annotated literature review and self-evaluation tools.HR Fundamentals is a series of succinct, practical guides featuring exercises, examples and case studies. They are ideal for students and those in the early stages of their HR careers.
How can I fairly reward and recognize employees and align this with team and organizational performance? Reward Management is a practical guide for understanding how to develop successful reward strategies.It covers key areas including pay and grade structures, job evaluation, non-cash reward, pay reviews, bonus plans and tax issues. Featuring guidance, practical tools and case studies throughout, this book provides the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement and assess an effective reward strategy in any type of organization.This third edition of Reward Management includes the latest research and developments, such as how to incorporate wellbeing and new technologies in reward strategy and how new ways of working may affect a benefits package. Case studies include insight from McDonald's UK, Marks and Spencer and Which? to show how this can be applied in practice. Online resources include downloadable templates and further tools to be used in practice.HR Fundamentals is a series of succinct, practical guides featuring exercises, examples and case studies. They are ideal for students and those in the early stages of their HR careers.
How can I create engagement strategies that will empower employees to succeed? This book offers a practical resource for developing an effective engagement strategy aligned to business objectives.An engaged workforce is essential to the performance and success of any organization. Featuring practical tools and templates, Employee Engagement provides comprehensive coverage of all stages of the engagement process, from planning initiatives to building and measuring their success.This updated third edition presents engagement strategies that account for recent workplace developments, from remote working to creating psychological safety. It also includes updates on the evolving technology trends that impact engagement and guidance on how to create strategies that are inclusive of all employees. With examples and case studies from organizations such as AXA PPP Healthcare, EDF Energy and Marks & Spencer, Employee Engagement is essential reading for HR students and professionals. Online supporting resources include diagnostic tools, templates and additional best-practice case studies.HR Fundamentals is a series of succinct, practical guides featuring exercises, examples and case studies. They are ideal for students and those in the early stages of their HR careers.
The third edition of Employee Relations is a practical guide to the principles and practice of fostering positive relationships with employees to develop their engagement and achieve business success.It features updated material on recent legislation changes including employment status in the gig economy and deregulation as a result of new international relations. Covering key areas such as conflict and dispute resolution, redundancies, rights and ethics, this book equips you with the skills and knowledge to plan, build and assess employee relations in any type of organization. Practical diagnostic tools and real-life examples from organizations including HSBC show how these strategies can be applied in practice.With updated guidance and examples covering employee voice and the virtual workplace, Employee Relations is a vital resource for HR practitioners and students alike. Online resources include questionnaires and templates to support the development of an effective employee relations strategy.HR Fundamentals is a series of succinct, practical guides featuring exercises, examples and case studies. They are ideal for students and those in the early stages of their HR careers.
Communicating effectively is crucial to improving employee engagement, organizational culture, and performance. Learn how to focus your time and resources to make the most positive difference to your organization and its people. Successful Employee Communications explores how to help organizations work with purpose, be better listeners and connect with employees who have higher expectations and new ways of working. Easy-to-follow frameworks and checklists will help you conduct an internal communication audit, develop and measure a communication plan, work with difficult news and behaviour change, and support leaders to be more effective communicators.Written by leading PR and internal communications experts and packed with new case studies and updated content, this second edition of Successful Employee Communications blends theory and practice, sharing insights and lessons from global organizations including AB InBev, Cambridge University, Reckitt and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is essential reading for anyone responsible for internal communication, employee engagement, organizational culture or employee experience in the new world of work.
The updated third edition of Employment Law is a clear and practical guide to understanding the complex, important system that regulates the relationship between employers and employees in the UK.Understanding and applying the law effectively at work is essential for organizations. Employment Law offers a complete overview of the core components that form the interactions between an organization, its employees and the HR function. The third edition includes the latest developments and changes in law and HR perspectives, with new material on the changeability of the law, equal pay and parental leave.Featuring practical tools, checklists, case studies and real-life examples, Employment Law builds legal knowledge in key areas including recruitment, contracts, discrimination, equal pay, health and safety and managing the end of the employment relationship. It is supported by case studies on topics such as early conciliation, implied rights and diversity and inclusion and online resources including person specification templates and appraisal forms and additional references.HR Fundamentals is a series of succinct, practical guides featuring exercises, examples and case studies. They are ideal for students and those in the early stages of their HR careers.
Disruption is back with a vengeance. If ever there was a time to learn how to adapt, grab opportunities and bounce back - it's now. Learn how to keep your business relevant, meet new customer expectations and leverage technology.Bestselling author and business influencer Tom Goodwin is back with this entirely revised new edition of Digital Darwinism. This book guides you through the unrelenting pace of change and uncertainty facing business leaders today. Currently in a hybrid world where digital and real-world experiences collide and are expected to seamlessly blend into one another, never has the need to be on top of your digital transformation been felt more strongly. With new expectations from customers and employees alike, how will your business grow and survive the future? Learn how to become truly customer-centric, drive digital transformation through a culture of real innovation and challenge assumptions of how things have been done before. The survival of your business depends on it.
WINNER: Business Book Awards 2018 - 'Selling The Dream' category (1st edition)In an increasingly competitive professional services sector, it is vital that firms have an effective tendering strategy. The advantages gained from winning and retaining clients can be transformative, and the cost of losing key tenders can be catastrophic. Strategic Tendering for Professional Services provides end-to-end best practice guidance, from the crucial decision of which request-for-proposals to respond to, right through to the all important face-to-face presentation and post-pitch follow-up. Now in its second edition, this practical book captures insights from both sides of the market through interviews with both proposal professionals and decision makers from the client side. Focusing on key considerations, including the need for diversity and inclusion, providing evidence of global citizenship and how public sector pitching differs from the private sector, this book is packed with features and tools to help professionals turn guidance into practice. Strategic Tendering for Professional Services is the essential guide to improving your pitches, honing your tendering skills and boosting your win rate.
Many coaching tools and techniques are now well established, but how do they actually work? The third edition of Neuroscience for Coaches answers this question to help coaches and managers deliver greater value to clients and employees.Based on extensive research, Neuroscience for Coaches provides a clear explanation of the aspects of neuroscience that are relevant to coaching so coaches can describe to clients why particular techniques work and the benefits to be gained from using them. It also features interviews with Marshall Goldsmith, Susan Grandfield, Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Kim Morgan on topics including mindfulness and behaviour change in coaching.This fully updated third edition covers the latest neuroscientific research on key brain areas and their functions, such as the Prefrontal cortex and Amygdala which affect attention, processing and emotional regulation. With tips and insights throughout, it crucially demonstrates the ways in which coaches and managers who coach can use this information effectively and practically in their everyday work. Neuroscience for Coaches is a vital resource for improving coaching practice with the latest scientific developments, tools and techniques.