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Carry On Appraising!

3C Performance Management Specialists have created an interactive workshop that takes managers through ‘a year in a day’ of managing performance!

Why do we like a good novel? Or soap opera? What is it that keeps us coming back for more? The plot, perhaps, a juicy murder or sordid affair? More than anything else, it’s having characters you care about. And that’s part of the secret of the success of 3C’s latest management skills workshop, Carry On Appraising, which uses a series of video clips, email trails and assorted collateral to immerse delegates in the world of Alex – a chap trying to do his job – and his colleague, Sam.

It’s their relationship, and the fall out from it, that forms the basis of the ‘Carry On’, and what starts out as a minor issue between them develops, from scene to scene, into a major performance challenge. At every stage, delegates are invited to intervene, and to try addressing the performance issues.  And the longer they leave it the worse it gets! The day culminates in delegates giving both team members an appraisal.

One of the key aims of the workshop is to draw delegates into the reality of managing performance all year round, not just at appraisal time. Other learning includes dealing with performance issues before they become a major challenge, understanding the difference between coaching and performance conversations and operational 1-2-1s, as well as effective questioning, listening and feedback skills.

We were delighted to be asked by 3C to provide the video element for the workshop, and given a tight timeframe undertook a complete production service, including casting, location, direction, filming and editing. And what’s been interesting from the early workshops is how much participants care about the characters. It’s that emotional investment in the story they see unfold that makes the workshop so effective and unique. Because if delegates know a Sam or Alex in real life, it’s far easier for them to transfer learning from workshop to workplace.

David Hancox, CFO at Structa LLP, says of Carry On Appraising “Even in the early days of the programme, 3C have had a big impact on how we think about and manage performance.  The interactive development sessions for all managers and introduction of core competencies have really opened our eyes to how we can keep our highly skilled workforce engaged and motivated.”

If you would like to talk to 3C Associates about Carry On Appraising, you can email or phone +44 (0)1491 411544.

Wilde About Arts



Just as we at CentreStage believe in the importance of creative thinking in the work place, we’re also strong believers in the power of the Arts more broadly in improving lives and broadening horizons. And for no one is access to the Arts more important than vulnerable young people. That’s why we’re supporting Wilde About Arts, part of an incredible programme of workshops run by South Hill Park Arts Centre for young people.

Wilde About Arts is a fantastic class for  young carers, young people who are in care or who are considered ‘at risk’. It is a life-line for many who have been forced to grow up sooner than they should. In the weekly two-hour class, art is used as a means of escapism. Participants are free to explore their creativity and self-expression in a safe environment and under the watchful eye of two professional tutors. And it’s a life-line that was put in jeopardy last year by the announcement of local council funding cuts.

It’s a time when all public services are feeling the funding squeeze, and the Arts are no different. But we believe Wilde About Arts, and other programmes like it, are too important to be lost to austerity. Accessible to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or social-economic background, the youth programme run by South Hill Park is a voice for diversity and a step towards the provision of equal opportunities to young people.

Annually, Creative Learning at South Hill Park works with over 2, 000 young people through the courses, classes and opportunities they have on offer. The arts centre runs the most successful Summer and Easter school in the region and has a dedicated team of individuals aged 14-21 called ‘Missed Out’, who work as a team to create events for other young people in the area, including band nights, quiz nights and a festival for primary school children which attracts in excess of 400 students annually.



Eleven Nineteen is another of the workshops on offer at South Hill Park. An open access club for young people, participants pay just £1 per week to take part in a professionally led activities such as Chinese Lion Dancing, spray paining, sword fighting, yoga, street dance, musical theatre, outdoor survival and much more. Because of the low price, the session is accessible to everyone with inclusivity, togetherness and discovery lying at the heart of the group.

All of this is only made possible by donations. Without that support, life for young people at South Hill Park would be a very different experience. Asked to indicate which skills and abilities they had improved by participating in a course or class at South Hill Park, 90.1% said they had increased their confidence, 85.9% said they were better at working in a team and 83.1% said they were better at Social Integration and making new friends. But in addition to this, access to and participation in the Arts can, in the long term, be an alternative to depression, social exclusion and anti-social behaviour.

For now, Wilde About Arts and other youth programmes continue to improve young lives in and around Bracknell, but they depend on outside support. If you would like to support the youth programme at South Hill Park, email Mark Hooper –

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