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Choosing the best communication tool for the job

As in every area of life there are phases and fads in business communication. Written communication has undergone a massive revolution over the past few decades, with speed being the order of the day – with the underlying assumption that the faster the mode of communication, the better. Remember the typing pool? For many years [...]

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What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity in a positive and productive way. Resilience as a topic originated in the study of psychology. More recently resilience has become a term used in other settings, for example in education, in the media and – increasingly – in the workplace. Responding to adversity We all know [...]

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Practical tips for adult learners

Adults learning Most adults I’ve spoken with are unanimous in saying that studying in later life makes them long for their schooldays!  Trying to juggle family and work commitments leaves very little time for anything, much less ‘hitting the books’. Of course these days it’s not so much hitting the books. Often it means spending [...]

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How to pick a a Leader

Some people are born leaders while others can turn into good leaders with the right training. However, in order to be a leader, there are several traits you need to develop so that you can be a motivating guide and a role model all turned into one. Good leaders are not only those people who [...]

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What are E-Classes Today?

With almost everything going online in today’s world, can education be far behind? Of course not! Modern students are no longer your typical school-going kids of yesteryears, lugging behind heavy school bags. The demography of students has changed with many professional adults expressing a desire to study niche subjects in order to further their career. [...]

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Are you a ‘diverger’ or a ‘converger’? Creativity and idea generation

Businesses need creative people. Understanding different thinking styles can help create the right culture for new ideas to emerge.  Idea generation and creative problem solving Widespread discussion of creativity and idea generation began with the publication in 1967 of a book called ‘Contrary Imaginations’. Its author Liam Hudson – later a distinguished professor of psychology [...]

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My three favourite examples of innovation in Engineering and Technology

In a fast changing business environment constant innovation is essential to keep ahead of the competition. Innovation can take many different forms, depending on the industry. Innovation in healthcare delivery might mean devising new systems for monitoring provision, producing a new range of inspiring training materials to motivate staff, or creating new ways of sharing [...]

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What does your body language say about you?

We all know that effective communication is an important element in business success. When we talk about communication what springs to mind?  For humans, it is almost overwhelmingly about words. Whether these words are spoken (in a presentation, in a meeting, on the ‘phone) or written (in an email, advertising copy, report or article), we [...]

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If Superman doesn’t delegate, why should you? (and the four rules of delegation that you MUST ignore)

Delegating – letting go of Superman (or Superwoman) I know an MD of a reasonably large company who personally replies to customer complaints by email. At first sight this may seem like a great idea, with ‘the personal touch’.  However these lengthy emails are often sent late on Sunday evenings. What does this say about [...]

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5 Ways for More Positive Thinking in The Workplace

Employee attitude has a profound effect on the success and productivity of your business. Positive or negative attitudes affect everybody; right from the top management to the junior workers. Obviously, every organisation aims to inculcate a positive and happy working environment that is so conducive for optimal productivity. Negative vibes inside the office affect the [...]

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5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence basically consists of 5 important parts – self-awareness, social skills, self-management, empathy and motivation. It is slowly gaining more importance than intelligence quotient. People are now going for emotional intelligence training, which teaches you how to know you, know others and manage emotions.  While environment, friends and family have a lot of affect [...]

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5 Signs Showing Passion at Work

Passion is what drives an organisation forward in today’s competitive world. Passionate employees are committed to the organisation and its business goals. They often connect their personal success to the growth of the company. Their business contributions will often drive the business enterprise on the road to success. They are a rare breed, and if [...]

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4 Basic Rules for Formal Meetings

Formal meetings are necessary for debating on internal issues and finalising important strategies. Whether your meetings are long and taxing or short and refreshing, you should remember that every participant in the meeting should follow some basic rules during formal office meetings. These rules are designed to promote a correct corporate culture and to make [...]

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Key benefits of an e-learning course

In today’s immensely competitive world, qualifications matter a great deal in order to get ahead. While on the one hand, a better education and grades help you climb the corporate ladder, there are also other important factors and skills to address in order to ensure you succeed at the workplace. Today’s highly digitised world has [...]

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5 Ways to Improve Workplace Efficiency

Productivity at the workplace is influenced by several factors such as the overall environment, work conditions, attitude of the management, pay structure and so on. However, even with good pay and other benefits, an organisation cannot always hope to achieve its desired level of productivity if the workers do not have the right attitude. Inculcating [...]

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5 signs of poor time management

In today’s fiercely competitive world, organisations have to differentiate themselves in order to survive. The four focal points of differentiation are: product, pricing, money and manpower. While product, pricing and money can be similar across industries working in the same sector, it is the manpower that truly differentiates an organisation. When employees are productive and [...]

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How positive thinking helps achieve goals faster

A positive attitude can go a long way in helping you to deal with life’s daily drudgeries more effectively and easily. Positive thinking brings in a whiff of optimism into your life and helps you to stay inspired and energised. It is natural for you to face failure and impediments; however, you can certainly overcome [...]

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Why Change Managers need a positive attitude

Every company has to undergo constant changes in procedures and basic structural set-ups in order to thrive and cope with the changing conditions. Sometimes, employees may be resistant to this change because it might affect their routine or make them feel threatened. Simple changes like changing office premises or serious ones like changing the organisational [...]

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4 Ways to stop wasting time in meetings

Most top managers say that about 40% of their time is spent in attending meetings. Unfortunately most meetings are simply used to decide when the next meeting will be held. In a typical organisation most employees feel that meetings are unnecessary, long, unfocused and have a negative impact on productivity. However, the good news is [...]

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Emotional Intelligence – does it matter in the workplace?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has now become one of the most important aspects of a human’s life. It directly affects business because the workforce consists of human beings, who either work for a business or run it. The importance of emotional intelligence has led to a lot of psychological research, framing ways to form an emotional [...]

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