Monthly Archive for May, 2021

Managing Organisational Goals

The goals of an organisation are vitally important. They are the objectives established by that company to define expected outcomes and to guide employees’ efforts. Organisational goals help define a company’s purpose, assist its business growth and help achieve its financial objectives. The setting specific organizational goals will, by definition, help a company to measure the progress of the organisation.

Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable and timely. Goal setting, when done well, has many benefits:

  • Motivates Employees
  • Aids the Prioritising of Work
  • Facilitates Decision Making
  • Enhances Teamwork
  • Provides a Metric to Measure Success
  • Helps Guides Employees
  • Enhances Time Management

Considering the importance of goal setting, we should perhaps spend more time on it than we do.

Managing Organisational Goals Course

As a manager, you are responsible for setting the goals for your team and for managing their work. Organisational goals can often get lost in layers of management and not get communicated to the individual contributors. In the absence of goals, employees can feel unmotivated or can even set their own goals for achievement, which will result in poor and conflicting team performance. In this course, you will develop skills needed to establish tactical goals for your team based on organisational directives and general goals from your manager and create and manage action plans to achieve these goals.

Delivery Method

Instructor led, group-paced, online or classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Target Students

This course is intended for the professional employee who is a team leader.


Prior to taking this course, the student should have knowledge of corporate goals. Other courses that may be helpful are:

– What Good Managers Do – The First 100 Days

– Negotiating Skills

– Delegating

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Refine goals for your team.
  • Develop action plans and contingency plans for achieving your team goals.
  • Manage your team and work with stakeholders in your organisation to achieve the action plan.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Establishing Team Goals

Topic 1A: Clarify General Team Goals

Topic 1B: Create a Goal Map

Topic 1C: Translate General Goals into Tactical Goals

Lesson 2: Developing a Team Plan

Topic 2A: Create Action Plans for Achieving Goals

Topic 2B: Develop a Contingency Plan

Lesson 3: Achieving the Team Plan

Topic 3A: Implement the Action Plan

Topic 3B: Evaluate Success

To find our more about this course and many other business courses, contact us here at Infero.

What’s Happening in June?

It’s a long road out of the social restrictions that we have had in place for months now, but in February, the Prime Minister announced a four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown, which could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June, as long as strict conditions are met. The government hopes to re-open the final closed areas of the economy

That being the case, and as long as good progress continues to be made, life could go back to something like normal in June. Here are some of the events that we, hopefully, will be able to enjoy:

30 May – 5th JuneBike Week

This year’s theme is health and wellbeing. Cycling is a great way to keep fit and is a good way to boost immunity, Bike week this year promises to launch with the World’s Biggest Bike Ride. 

5th JuneWorld Environment Day

Considered by many to be the most important event on the environmental calendar, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration, which can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, or even changing diets.

 5th June – Sausage Roll Day

There are options for Vegans too.

5th-12th JuneFestival of Nature

Join the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world and make your walks a little wilder and take action for nature.

11th-21th JuneMoray Walking & Outdoor Festival

A midsummer walking festival that stages events across Moray including walking challenges, gentle ambles and other outdoor events. Great for enjoying long summer days exploring walks in on the coast, over hills, in forests, by rivers and through towns. 

 20th June – Fathers Day

.21 June – Summer Solstice – Longest day of the year

If all goes well, people will be able to gather again this year, at Stonehenge overnight to celebrate the Summer Solstice and watch the sun rise over the stones. The event usually brings together New Age Tribes, ordinary families, tourists, travellers and party people. English Heritage are expected to be providing “Managed Open Access” for around 20,000 people to Stonehenge this year. 

If all goes well, these are just some of the things that we can hopefully be looking forward to in June.

10 Top Tips for PowerPoint Presentations

With PowerPoint, it’s important to note that the best presentations should not be remembered. They should be part of the background, because they are there to support you and the message you’re trying to get across.

Bad PowerPoint presentations are a distraction. Too much text, poor design and amateur looking photos all detract from the message you’re trying to get across and undermine your professional credibility.

Here are 10 powerful and potent 10 tips below to make your presentation great.

1. Keep Text Short and To the Point

Remember, remember that PowerPoint is a tool to support your presentation. Don’t put the literal text onto your slides. Use bullet-points and keep it to the point. Your audience should focus on you, not the presentation.

2. Silence the Sound Effects

Sound effects are distracting and outdated. In most cases avoid them. You can add audio or music to highlight an important point, but unless it is really effective, leave it out.

3. Get the Font Right

If you pick the wrong font it can cause your text to be unreadable for your audience. Verdana, Calibri and Helvetica are safe choices. And make sure the font is the right size. Not too small or large.

4. Don’t Use Flashy Slide Transitions

Subtle, consistent animations within slides are far more effective than over-the-top transitions between slides.

5. Contrast

It is important to take contrast into account, as well as the font that you use. When placing text on a photo, or other background. Change the text colour so it can be seen, or use a border or shadow around the writing.

6. Use High Quality Images

Make sure any images that you use are good quality and relevant to your material. There are a number of sites that provide great quality photos for free; on a variety of subjects. Our favourite is Unsplash.

7. Use Accurate and Relevant Charts

Make sure your information design is simple and that your audience can see exactly what the chart is showing instantly. And make sure the data is relevant to what you are saying and supports your presentation.

8. Visualize Data with Infographics

Use visuals to convey dense data instead of text. Graphs might give you the results you are looking for. Donut-graphs are a simple and effective way to do this, but PowerPoint offers other powerful tools such as WordArt.

9. Keep Your Tables Simple

If there is a lot of information in a table, first get rid of any of it that you can and keep only what you really need. Then delete unnecessary outlines, colours and borders. With tables ‘less is more’ should be your watchword.

10. Use Presenter View

You are the presentation. You are the presenter. Not PowerPoint. If it is possible and you are working with more than one screen, use Presenter view to show the information relevant to you on a private screen, along with any notes that you have made.

If you make your PowerPoint presentations effective, it will be your message that will be remembered and not another bad set of slides.

Great Outdoors Month

“When the world in which you live in
Gets a bit too much to bear
When you need someone to lean on
When you look, there’s no one there
You’re going to find me out in the country
Come on and find me out in the country”

In The Country’ – The Farmers Boys

After being confined indoors for too long over the last year and with summer almost here, it is time to get out and about. June is Great Outdoors Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage children in the importance of outside play.

Not only is a day outdoors something that can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it is often a free or cheap day out for families. It’s a great way to learn about nature, the environment, history and geography; it can also form the basis of school projects and is, as a bonus, a lot of fun.

“Discover incredible landscapes, wildlife, lifestyles and adventures. Find yourself.”

“Conservation, enhancement, sustainability, enjoyment – four words that sit at the heart of all National Parks.”

“Stunning natural beauty, beautiful wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage make these living and working landscapes truly unique.”

National Parks Website

As well, as stunning countryside in every corner, the UK has 15 National Parks, each one of which has been designated as a protected landscape. There are 10 National Parks in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland, they are:

  • England –  Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.
  • Wales – Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia
  • Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.

All National Parks in the UK have been designated a protected landscape because of their special qualities. National Parks are administered their own authority and have an incredible diversity of wildlife. They hosted over 330 conservation projects in 2019/20. Added to this there are thousands of kilometres of public rights of way and 1,300km of these have been designated suitable for those with accessibility issues

National Parks are funded by central government and have specific purposes that are enshrined in law. In England and Wales, they are:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
  • Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public.

Take part in Great Outdoors Month and get involved by exercising or taking part in volunteer programmes. Take some time to enjoy the incredible beauty of the countryside in the UK.