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Mark Rose

I am the Director and Founder of Creativedge Training and Development which was established in 2001, following a very successful career in the retail sector covering both operational management and senior training and development roles. Since forming Creativedge, I have continued to follow my belief to make learning more accessible, to keep things simple (less is so often more) and to offer companies and staff flexibility and choice in how they learn. My favourite personal business maxims are: • Enthusiasm is contagious - so is a lack of it - so choose to work with like-minded people. • Be professional yes - but stop taking yourself so seriously. • Creativity always comes when you least expect it - or need it most. • Get out of the way and let your people perform. • As a leader, work on your business - not in it. • You can talk a good game all day - but others will judge you by what you DO
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May 31, 2015

Why Blended Learning Still Ticks My Boxes

Mobile learning is not designed to be an educational tool that works in silo, but as a tool that complements other training measures such as classroom style training and virtual classes. By developing learning strategies that incorporate a wide variety of learning activities such as classroom instruction, virtual training, or mobile learning, companies can give staff greater, more flexible learning and improved performance support.
April 24, 2015

Workplace Training Now Needs To Be More Flexible And Adaptive Than Ever

When I read that there is a “significant gap” between the skills and capabilities Learning and Development practitioners know they need compared to what they actually have, (according to latest research from the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and research organization Towards Maturity), it came as very little surprise. [1] Workplace training needs to be more flexible, adaptive and innovative as staff are taking the lead on their training requirements not the Learning and Development department.
February 4, 2015

Why Soft Skills Are Key To EVERYONE’s Employability And Career Progression

The message about ‘soft skills’ has been garnering a lot of support in the press: highly qualified graduates with a string of A*s but who are uncomfortable in face-to-face meetings and making calls. Business is all about building relationships and those relationships just don’t develop via email – people need to go out there and talk to other people and they need soft skills to do it. Mark Rose explains how it can be done.
January 19, 2015

Are MOOCs and eLearning Just Fads?

The Massive Open Online Course, aka MOOC, is an online course designed for unlimited participation and open access via the web. MOOCs have made a mark because the history of learning has now changed. Anyone with an Internet connection can take MOOCs, at no cost, from a top university. MOOCs, just like eLearning and Virtual Training, show how the nature of learning - be it in the education sector or Learning and Development in the business world - is changing. But just like the principle of MOOCs, which some will dismiss as a fad, the principle of eLearning is that it’s cost effective, efficient and can deliver great results. It’s all a matter of how you use it.
December 17, 2014

How The 70:20:10 Model Can Takeoff

The 70:20:10 model has a growing fan-base, but Learning and Development Departments will still need to have more concrete evidence for the value of the 70:20:10 model and how it will add value to the company as a whole, so as to be a worthwhile financial investment. A lack of empirical data supporting the 70:20:10 model as well as a lack of concrete certainty about its origin, impact on its uptake which is why traditional learning still stands its ground. Well, at least for the time being.
December 7, 2014

Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training

When delivered well, eLearning gives great results to companies and their staff by reducing both training costs and increasing performance. A traditional classroom environment for training remains trusted and popular - and certainly adds to staff knowledge and performance - it’s generally a one-time session for a single group of people who assemble together for it. Compare this to eLearning which is designed for a far larger number, regardless of their location: it's convenient and cost-effective.