October 2016

Dear Members,
Happy Halloween!! Here is the CPD Standards October membership update on our most recent networking events, the best books in neuroscience and an invitation to write a guest blog about your CPD accredited activities.

Update: The CPD Standards members’ events in Manchester and London
Over the last month and a half, the CPD Standards Office team have been on tour visiting our members around the UK. We hosted the events in the Central Library in Manchester on 26th September and the Institute of Civil Engineers in London on the 17th October.

The theme was ‘The Neuroscience behind Learning and Modern CPD methods’ and Amanda Rosewarne, Director of CPD Research and Accreditation, The CPD Standards Office provided an insightful presentation on the relationship between psychology, neuroscience and modern learning behaviours and how CPD can facilitate better learning opportunities at work.

The second session was themed, ‘The Mind of a Leader’ which touched upon the psychology of leaders and their behaviours. In Manchester, this session was presented by Hilarie Owen, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership who compared ‘growth’ and ‘fixed’ mindsets. Leaders have growth mindsets as they continue to invest in learning and developing their knowledge. Owen is the author of four books on the psychology of leadership and you can find out more on the IofL website.

In London, Suki Laniado Smith, Partner, Shirlaws Coaching presented on ‘The Mind of a Leader’ – how leaders make choices based on three elements: ‘Discern’, ‘Deliberate’ and ‘Decide’ and summed up the link and integration between emotional intelligence and business skills.

At our London event Professor Sunitha Narendran, Director of Research, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London provided an academic understanding on ‘How to create a modern learning culture with CPD’ and touched upon the psychology of decision making. If you would like a copy of her slides, please email The CPD Standards Events team: events@cpdstandards.com

Peter Middleton Managing Director of Online TV Group showcased some of his award winning work in his session: ‘Enriching the corporate learning experience’. He confirmed why short-form video is effective for CPD purposes, memory and a quick method to learn something new.

But whilst technology is changing the face of learning and development, face-to-face training is still highly valued. Google Digital Garage spoke about the digitalisation of skills in the workplace and modern learning methods. Google explained its business model delivers free training, online and at roadshows, which makes their CPD accredited course on digital skills accessible to the masses.

Books on Neuroscience and Psychology
If you would like to know more about neuroscience, psychology and behaviour change, then we recommend you read these interesting books:

  • The Brain. The Story of you. By David Eagleman. Find out more on Amazon here
  • The Brain that changes itself. By Norman Doidge. Find out more here
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. By Daniel J Levitin. Find out more here
  • You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice. by Tom Vanderbilt. Find out more here

Your time to shine!
We are looking to interview a couple of members who use and share case studies for CPD purposes to help delegates contextualise their learning. If you are interested in appearing in an article, then we would love to hear from you. Your name and company will be included into the final article and appear on the CPD Standards Office website and LinkedIn pages.

If you are interested, please email Lizzie Andrews, Marketing Assistant, The CPD Standards Office elizabeth.andrews@cpdstandards.com

Here is our guest blog by Darren Smith, Managing Director, Making Business Matter who has written an article “Running the 100 Metres Without a Stopwatch is Crazy!”

Finally, we have really enjoyed reading all your CPD comments on our website news page and gained a lot of inspiration. Please keep commenting!

That’s all from us. If you have any questions about your membership, CPD accreditation and assessment, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,
Sophie