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International business – The basics

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International business is a phenomenon which affects almost every aspect of your life, including the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the people you meet. Regardless of where you live or to what part of the world your career takes you, knowledge of international business is a vital key to success. (more…)

6 Ways to Stop Your Employees from Being Too Engaged

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Talking about employee engagement: Isn’t it annoying when your direct reports keep coming up with ideas of how to improve things and just can’t stop finding details that don’t work well in your processes? If you are a good manager, this is the moment where you say: “No, it isn’t.”  (more…)

Christmas Traditions Around the World – Part 2

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Christmas and the time leading up to it is a period full of all kinds of festivities. Although it was originally a religious holiday, many secular customs all over the world have shaped the way that Christmas is celebrated today. The roots may be the same, yet every country has developed their own special traditions. Read on for a glimpse of how other countries celebrate that most beloved time of the year!  (more…)

The Soft Skill Mentoring: How to Help Junior Employees

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It seems that the office has become a stressful place for everyone. Now, more than ever, a business needs all of its employees to pull together to ensure the success of the company. The dog-eat-dog world of yesteryear is now counterproductive to growing your business. In its place is the soft skill mentoring. Senior and more experienced employees need to step out of the bubble of their own tasks and help others around them. (more…)

European Bartender School launches its largest awareness campaign to date

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“We Make the World Taste Better“ is the title of the European Bartender School’s latest multichannel campaign that seeks to increase the awareness of high-quality cocktail making, targeting prospective students across universities and major cities in the UK.  (more…)

3 Essential Steps for Successful Recruitment You Can’t Afford to Skip

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When employee turnover climbs to an excessive rate, many companies ask themselves, “Where did we go wrong?” A good idea is to look at the starting point to see the importance of being engaged in all steps of recruitment from forming a strategy to making an offer, in order to select the right people for the job. The cost and time put into replacing an employee far outweighs doing it right the first time. (more…)

Christmas Traditions Around the World – Part 1

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Christmas: for many of us, it is the most important holiday of the year and we like to spend it with family. While for all of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the days grow shorter and colder, there is more reason than ever to light candles, enjoy home-made Christmas cookies, pastries and hot drinks, put up decorations, and sing Christmas carols. And look forward to exchanging presents and feasting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! However, traditions vary widely from country to country. Find out how Christmas is celebrated in Sweden, Spain and the UK!  (more…)

Presentation Skills: A Soft Skill that is Critical to Business Success

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You might think that presentation skills are low on the list of soft skills. Yet, it is not just an important soft skill for those pitching to decision-makers or for academics applying for project funding (amongst others). A good presentation can make or break a deal. From one perspective, we all need this soft skill. In most cases, your employees will probably be ill prepared to present anything to anyone. But in this fast-paced world of business, it is increasingly necessary to be able to handle a presentation well. Bookboon provides help to improve the soft skills of your employees. (more…)

The Paradigm Change: 5 Rules to Understand “New Leadership” for the Disruptive Future – Part 1

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It’s particularly apparent that human beings are very resistant to learning and changing. They only learn and change when the pressure becomes too heavy and/or they have no other choice left. Executives also use their positions in order to no longer have to learn. Thus less and less new knowledge is “produced” which the company urgently needs(more…)

Business Meetings: Make Them Work For You, Not Against You!

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Are you one of those people who sighs and says: “Oh no, another meeting. When will I have time to work?”

There is something about work-meetings, that make people either hate them or love them. Too often, it’s the former. All too many meetings lead to confusion, frustration and boredom. Take these facts for instance, from a survey company in Sweden: (more…)