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Hi, Russell Stratton from Bluegem Learning, working with organizations just like yours to transform average bosses into exceptional leaders. So one of the things that clients often ask me is about how do we make our leadership workshops as impactful as possible, and how do we get the best return on investment that we can?

What I talk to them about is saying, well, it's great to have a workshop that people enjoy. It's great to have a workshop where they're going to learn something new, or enhance some existing skills, but the real key to this is how do we make sure that people can transfer what they've learned in the classroom into what they can do in the workplace.

Now we all obviously been on workshops where we've been really enjoying it, we've been really excited, and we walk out of the door and by the time we get into the workplace the next day, it's as if somebody has magically taken 75% of what we learned out of our heads, and the other 25% disappears the minute we look at our in-box.

So what we do at Bluegem to ensure that that doesn't happen is that we make our workshops as experiential as possible. What I mean by that is we focus really on four key things. We make sure that we provide our participants with up-to-date top quality knowledge that will help them do their job better. Secondly, we give them a chance to hone their skills, to learn something new or to enhance their existing skills in the particular topic area.

The third thing we do is make sure that people are excited about their learning, and they really want to take it back to the workplace and try something new. Finally, the key to it all is about making sure that we focus on behavior, not just behavior in the workshop but the change of behavior that they will have when they go back to work.

So, what our workshops really key in on is making sure they're in a safe environment, we allow people to practice the new skills that they have and the new knowledge that they've learned there and then. Because I always say you don't know it until you show it. We need to allow people the chance to actually do it in as close to reality as possible, so that when they go back to their workplace, all they're really doing is just learned muscle memory and it's coming straight into action.

So that's really what we focus on. Making sure we have great knowledge, making sure we get people a chance to practice their skills, get them excited about what they're doing, but then provide that as close to reality experience for them so they can demonstrate their behaviors in the workshop, and then this carries them on when they go back into the workplace.

Now, if what I've said here sounds like it's something that you'd be interested in doing with your managers in your organization, why not pick up the phone and give me a call, or comment in the box below. I'd love to hear from you.

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"Bluegem Learning & Development and Corporate Culture Shift have presented two very effective and interactive workshops with our organization. Their comedic and engaging presentation style in the ‘Managing the Unmanageable’ workshop has left a lasting impression on our staff. I highly recommend this workshop if you are looking for a valuable, cost effective customer service training option."

- Jeff Gerestein, City of Brooks

"Russell produced a highly engaging HR programme that reflected our organisational issues. He is without doubt an outstanding training deliverer, challenging managers to address what can be difficult HR issues. I highly recommend Russell, and would always seek to engage Russell on future learning development opportunities."

- Sharon Gartland, DSG Consultancy Services

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Russell Stratton

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RUSSELL STRATTON is an international Leadership Expert, Professionally Certified Trainer and Coach, with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. He is co-author of the book 'I Need to F@#king Talk To You - The Art Of Navigating Difficult Workplace Conversations'.


He is a Master Facilitator for Bluegem Learning's ground breaking "Leadership Success" workshop series - providing a practical toolkit for building engagement and improving individual and team performance. Using live actors in a stop/start forum theatre approach and a combination of dynamic experiential learning techniques, participants come away with a greater ability to actually perform better as employees and leaders in your organization.


He is an accomplished management education, learning & development professional with a proven track record of working with clients in the public, voluntary and private sectors to achieve lasting, measurable step changes in business performance.


Russell works internationally with a wide range of organizational cultures and with all levels from front line customer facing staff to executive management boards. Having worked as both a Personnel Manager and Operational Manager he works at both strategic and tactical levels.

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