I have had the pleasure of working closely with Laura and Woody over the last 6 months writing and developing a bespoke 5 part training programme for our internal Resourcing team. The planning and creative stage was fun, structured, relaxed and productive. I really have enjoyed sharing ideas with this inspiring duo. Dangle a thought process in front of Laura and immediately she is able to interpret your objective, translate this into a meaty, content rich day packed with a super combination of practical, topical and relevant material. Woody’s theory, psychological input, and L&D concepts have enriched our courses with intelligent thinking and some strong interpersonal analysis, helping us to work stronger as a team. The relationship between Woody and Laura is endearing. They work extremely well together in Facilitation; complete opposites in personality and style, but it’s really complimentary to the delivery. We are coming to the end of our programme and we will miss Laura and Woody, they have worked so closely with us, really immersing themselves in our culture here at Virgin Media, we feel like we are losing colleagues.
Michelle Elliott – Resourcing Manager - Virgin Media
Laura is an incredible resource! When I was at RetailMeNot Laura and I developed a European programme to support our new and upcoming managers with skills they would need to move to the next level. Called Management Express, Laura delivered a tailored event which enabled our managers to step out of the day to day, focus on what they needed for their next career step and, with that knowledge, go back to the day to day armed with new confidence, a toolkit of quick wins and an appetite for the challenges ahead. A few months later we worked on a series of Bite Size events, capturing the immediate needs and gaps we were facing to support our growing teams. It gave teams the flexibility to drop in on the events they needed support on, fitting around their schedules and their work priorities. Laura has also worked on specialist training for specific groups, helping them work on team dynamics, communication and responsibility. And did I mention she also delivered our events in French? I would highly recommend her approach, professionalism and style. Like I said, she is an incredible resource!
Thaisa Money, previously Senior HR Director – Europe, RetailMeNot
The 1-day Client Management training course tailored for SDI Media and presented by Kean L&D was a highly valued learning experience for the team and the individual. The training provided was informal, fast-moving style and highly participative; the training techniques applied enabled participants to be completely involved in group and individual exercises, case studies, role-plays and discussions. The course encouraged the participants to share their experiences with clients, an idea that we will continue to use to help our team develop the skills we have learned from the training course. The training itself has been well structured, superbly delivered and very effective. We really liked the informality, personal attention and relevance to our workplace practice. The small size of the group helped us to relax and participate more than we possibly would have done on a larger course.
Anna Kubasiak, HR Manager, SDI Media
I was introduced to Laura through an ex colleague. I had just joined a fast growing business that was increasing its headcount by 50% in a matter of months and I was struggling a find a suitable HR partner who could help us with some specific management training and team building requirements. Laura was a breath of fresh air. Commercial, straight forward and easy to get along with, she quickly built credibility with a demanding executive team and tailored her material so that it was relevant to our business challenges and values. She has delivered two very effective training programmes for us, that were pulled together quickly and without fuss, and more importantly delivered improvements in performance from individuals and teams. With an extended network of HR specialists in many areas, Laura is now our preferred HR partner and we will be working with her again very soon. I would strongly recommend her to any business looking to develop the capability and performance of the people in their business.
Jeremy Kraft, CFO, B2C Distribution
I have worked collaboratively with Laura for the past 10 years on numerous national projects and initiatives. Thoughtful, creative and highly responsive, she builds dynamic training programmes to meet client specifications. Her meticulously organised and structured approach to work has yielded the most outstanding and fulfilling results.
Dr Jude Smith Rachele, CEO, Abundant Sun
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Kean L&D was engaged via Worksphere to develop and deliver a number of bespoke training sessions for staff across the business in the areas of management and leadership skills and creating great personal impact. The workshops were very well received, with feedback highlighting that they were interactive, engaging and fun as well as highly informative. We would recommend working with Laura if you are seeking to develop personal and management skills within your organisation and we look forward to working with her again soon.
Trish O’Connor, Managing Director, Sutton