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Meirc’s blogs are meant to be fat-free write-ups on topics which are of interest to our clients and web-site visitors. These blogs are useful when you wish to get an update on a field you follow or when you are looking for a bite-sized article that you would like to refer to or learn from. The blogs are reviewed and updated based on your feedback so please go through the blogs below and click on the one you wish to access and then let us know what you think. We would love to get your feedback. As always, we can be reached on meirc@meirc.com

Managing change: Losing an existing condition or trying a new idea. The challenges ahead

  November 09 2016

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

By Chaouki Eid; Deputy Managing Director - Meirc Training & Consulting I recently enjoyed reading an article titled “When's the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?” by William C. Taylor. My thinking then took me in another direction and I started thinking “When was the last time I lost something that meant something to...;

Education, Training and Development

  October 26 2016

# Communication and Writing Skills

Last week I was asked an interesting question by one of my participants. The question was: “what are the key differences and similarities between training, development and education?” I had to take a moment before I answer and my thinking took me to an article that I read recently by Thomas N. Garavan, (1997),"Training, development, education and learning: di...;

Line Managers’ Role in Human Resources

  July 25 2016

# Human Resources and Training

Introduction: Two aspects are critical for human resources success: The presence of well thought-out human resources practices The effectiveness of the implementation of those HR practices which are, in fact, part of the duties of line managers. I...;

Malware: “Oh what a tangled web we weave…”

  June 16 2016

# IT Management

As I began to write this blog article, it dawned on me that this is the 30th anniversary of my IT career. My career in the wacky world of IT began in 1986 when the first mass-market of PCs and Macs were in full bloom. Microsoft DOS was the most popular operating system, running on x86 XT and AT computers. MS Windows 1.0 had just been released, Lotus Note...;

Train to the End-Goal of Pragmatics

  June 02 2016

# IT Management

I was in the company of two seasoned security professionals last month who had just completed CISSP training – and I found their opinions and comments very interesting indeed. The fist point of interest here was, both individuals were of the same opinion insofar as, they saw the CISSP training as a badge which could ...;

Why have an Information Technology (IT) Disaster Recovery Plan?

  May 25 2016

# IT Management

Are you taking information communication technology seriously enough? 47% of UK organisations do not haveaplanintheeventofadisaster, according to a survey carried out in 2013 by the Chartered Management Institute, identifying that some of the most experienced causes of disruption during 2012 were loss of IT (40%) and loss of Telecommunications (27%) The need for planning is supported by The ...;

The Wastes Management Hierarchy and The Circular Economy

  May 25 2016

# Health, Safety and Environment

For many in business, wastes that are produced are simply an overhead that must be accounted for and are a drain on profits; there is a fundamental acceptance that waste is inevitable! However with the right approach, the amount of waste produced and the related cost for disposal can be significantly reduced such that profitability can increase without increasing product...;

The Patient Excellence Metrics for a Hospital Supply Chain

  May 25 2016

# Healthcare Management

Preface Within today’s complex healthcare supply chains we can find tens and tens of performance indicators that claim to facilitate all manner of operational, financial and strategic metrics.. Seldom, do we come across matrices that are focused on the community that matters the most, that is the patient and the clinical staff providing the care… Supply chain...;

Technology & Supply Chain In Healthcare

  May 25 2016

# Healthcare Management

Preface According to The Beryl Institute research, the patient experience is one of the top three priorities of hospital leaders over the next three years. It is clearly time to refocus on the person at the center of care. Many organizations are struggling to understand what patient-centered care truly means, and what it really looks like. Every caregiver has...;

Achieving Patient Excellence through Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare

  May 22 2016

# Healthcare Management

Introduction Why do hospitals need lean principles or methodologies? We all come to work to do our very best - to achieve what we are capable of and to add real value for our patients and ensure clinical expertise is supported by process excellence to enable processes to flow at the rate of patient demand. Healthcare caregiver teams are dedicated and skilled ...;