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The PDW experience through the eyes of a delegate

PDW Group have recently co-developed and delivered a Development Programme for Openfield, a leading supplier/partner to the UK farming industry. We spoke to Kit Dickinson of Openfield about his experience on the ‘Openfield Development Programme’...

PDW Team
June 21st, 2017

Practise, practise, practise. Build your confidence and capability as a manager with a PDW Workshop.

I’m sure that we’ve all had that feeling… when it’s Monday morning and that ‘performance chat’ you should have had last week is still sitting on your to-do list from Friday. Maybe if you avoid ‘the chat’ and the problem will go away...

PDW Team
June 7th, 2017

PDW Training Really Does Work

James was one of our employees who never allowed anyone to make him a cup of tea. Despite this he thoroughly enjoyed his time working here at PDW. Have a read of his experience and what he thought of us.

PDW Team
September 27th, 2016

Workplace Behaviour - How Not To Do It

Have a look at our video portrayal of some of the bad habits and poor behaviours that we regularly encounter in the workplace.

PDW Productions
September 20th, 2016

Accept what you can’t change, change what you can’t accept

As another birthday comes to a close, I reflect on the year gone by and the wonderful opportunities I have had to help people change their lives for the better. It’s over a year now since I got off the hamster wheel after 23 years in the same organisation and took a leap of faith to a role that feels like I am doing a hobby and getting paid for it.

Career Change
August 23rd, 2016

PDW Group New Website

Yes, that's right, we have a brand new sparkly website, www.pdwgroup.co.uk and have added some new features that we think you will love. We have created the new website to make it easier for all users to navigate around and really understand what we do. If you like it let us know in the comments box below.

New Website Launch
July 18th, 2016

Our New Service - SBS

We are excited to announce that we have created a new service we will be offer, we have called it Strategy & Business Support, or SBS for short. It is designed to help businesses with strategic planning and key business support tools in line with our proven process of ‘Define – Assess – Develop’.

July 1st, 2016

So why should we use the “F" word more in business?

Now if this title has got your attention you may be thinking 'woh there PDW’, there is no need to encourage swearing in the workplace, that's not very politically correct!! In reading this title you may be thinking the “F" word meant something negative, and your perception is what is taking you down that route...and that's part of the way most of us are wired.

Giving Feedback
June 14th, 2016

The Law - An interview with Jim Thomas

An extract from 'The Law' a publication by Armstrong Watson. It is an interview with Jim Thomas, Managing Director at PDW Group, specialists in all aspects of business performance improvement.

The Law Article
May 3rd, 2016

Presenting – Seeing the wood through the trees

Hands up everyone who would love to give a presentation? ……………….What? ……………No one?!

For a lot of people making a presentation is up there close to the top of their list of worst nightmares. But just stop and think, we are all presenting in some shape or form every time we interact with people, whether that be one on one, in small groups or (‘help get me out of here’!) to a room full of people.

Giving A Presentation
April 1st, 2016

PDW Does Mini Golf

As I’m sure a lot of you are aware, Top Gear have a celebrity lap time leaderboard, where a celebrity comes onto the show and does a lap in a reasonably priced car.

Well now so do we, well kind of anyway, we are starting a Mini Golf challenge where you have to get 5 balls into the hole as quickly as you can.

Golf Course
March 24th, 2016

Improving the self awareness, behaviour and competency of your people

If you want to improve or change the behaviours and habits of your people in any role, they’ll need a more progressive solution than just traditional training. Our scenario based, experiential workshop approach is unique and highly effective, and will ensure your people have ‘lightbulb moments’ that maximise the likelihood of them improving their self-awareness, skills and behaviours, driving their own performance and the results of the business.

PDW Behaviour Video
March 22nd, 2016

Measuring and improving employee engagement

Engaged employees help drive great business performance. We can help you and your organisation to measure and improve employee engagement, in turn helping improve the performance of your business.

PDW Employee Engagement Video
March 11th, 2016

8 tips on how to create a better presentation

Before I get onto the 8 tips on how to create a better presentation, I will start with this little story.

On one of the Academy workshops we run, I was asked to sit in on some presentations that our delegates were undertaking and was asked to take notes about them, in particular, the layout, look and feel of it.

Presentation Layout
March 1st, 2016

Company Video

We've been busy over the past few months developing our new company videos to help explain what we’re all about and why we’re unique. So click play and let us know what you think of once you’ve watched it.

PDW Main Video >
February 2nd, 2016

What's New in 2016

With 2015 behind us and another record breaking year what does 2016 look like for PDW and the team? Below are a few of the new and exciting things that we will be doing in 2016.

Looking Into The Future
January 27th, 2016

New Year - New You?

As the last renditions of ‘old lang syne’ echo in our ears and your thoughts turn to 2016, do you have any New Years resolutions? ‘I must eat more healthily this year’, ‘I must get to the gym more often’, ‘ I must make more of an effort to spend time with family & friends this year’. Sound familiar?

January 7th, 2016

In vino veritas – 'in wine, truth'

With the festivities taking place and many works teams celebrating the close of one year and the start of the next, it’s that time of year to look back and think how things could maybe be better next year. As you return from your works Christmas outing, as a leader, what are your reflections? Were there any surprises? What feedback have you been given? Was it a great team bonding session? After a large dose of Dutch courage, did your team tell you some home truths?

Champagne Flutes
December 17th, 2015

Top 10 areas to consider when booking a meeting room

The following are our top 10 areas to take into consideration when booking a meeting room for your corporate training, meeting or event. These areas cover the equipment required, costs, of the venue has a cancellation policy, who has used the venue before you and what they thought about it.

PDW Meeting Room
February 5th, 2015

Top 5 tips for successful 360 Feedback

When running 360 feedback, we have seen such a diverse range of ways of performing the process with some hugely more successful than others! Below are my top 5 tips for your 360 process, which I hope greatly help to improve your 360 experience and your return on investment.

Champagne Flutes
January 21st, 2015

Achieving World Class Client Engagement

"Client centric" is a phrase I hear frequently in my work, and professional services has its fair share of service providers who claim to be "client centric" or at the very least say that have an aspiration to be so.

Jim Thomas Presenting
October 10th, 2014

Top 5 Tips for purchasing an Online Appraisal System

When purchasing an online appraisal/performance management system, there are so many things to consider that may not initially occur to you. I have put together some tips below that I hope you find useful if you are considering moving from a paper based process to an online system.

PDW Appraisal System
August 29th, 2014

Why So Much Training Doesn't Work

"The latest survey results are in! Err, OK, we've been marked down on 'training & development opportunities...so we should probably do some 'training' then yeah?"

People Sitting Down
June 4th, 2014

PDW Client Feedback System

A bespoke PDW Client Feedback System in practice. Our client, (a mid tier firm of accountants and business advisers) had not had any formal feedback mechanism prior to speaking with us and were very aware of significant missed opportunities across their client base as a result.

PDW Client Feedback System
June 2nd, 2014

Hunting, Farming and World Class Sales Teams

Hunting for new business, farming your existing customers, and harvesting commercial opportunity... all phrases synonymous with the agricultural sector for obvious reasons, but equally known as mainstream sales development and customer management terms, the world over.

People Sitting In A Group
June 1st, 2014

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