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“How to”: a simple lateral thinking technique

Creativity at Work
This is an article by regular contributor Alan Barker.

“How to” is the simplest creative technique I know. Here’s how you use it.

State the problem as a phrase beginning with the words “How to”.

That’s it. No other rules apply.   (more…)

Give Yourself a Boost

Soar with Confidence
This is an article by Bookboon author Midgie Thompson.

We could all benefit from a boost of confidence from time to time, regardless of how much confidence we normally have in our lives. Even though we may normally feel quite confident in many aspects of our lives, setbacks, stress and negative feedback can have an impact that make us wobble a bit.

In this first in a series of blog posts, I will present some bite-sized strategies to help give yourself a boost of confidence. (more…)

Managers, Leaders and… Charisma

Fundamentals of communication, P.R. and leadership
This is an article written by Georgios Piperopoulos.

The concept of management draws from and is an object of study in philosophy, history, political science, sociology, psychology, military science and theology while the concept of leadership is also an area of interest and study for most of these fields.

A broad discussion has emerged concerning similarities and differences between leaders and managers as persons, and of leadership and management as a process revealed by observable behaviour of such persons. (more…)

7 Steps to Create Volunteering Work Plans That Work (Part II)

Volunteering
This is an article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

Organization is essential to keep your volunteer effort on task. Part of planning effectively is creating volunteering plans that work. Doing so will ensure that your teammates always know where a project stands and what still needs to be accomplished. Furthermore, written volunteering plans will provide you with a record of all that you have done, which you can use to demonstrate your accomplishments, generate reports, or showcase your work to potential donors. There are many other reasons to keep this type of documentation.

In our last post,  “7 Steps to Create Volunteering Work Plans That Work (Part I),” we introduced you to the first three of seven steps to create volunteering plans that work. As a reminder, they are: (more…)

Want to be heard – or stay one of the herd?

This article is written by regular contributor Peter Rose.

 

In an era of 24/7 rolling news coverage and always-on social media, it’s difficult to get press releases noticed: To make them distinctive enough for people to want to read them.

So it’s puzzling that so many PR people create press releases that look and read just like everybody else’s. People who wouldn’t be seen dead in any kind of uniform morph into avid conformists once they connect to their keyboards. The worst culprits are those PR people who write for large businesses and official organisations; filling their stories with hackneyed words and phrases that make their writing formulaic and leaden. (more…)

7 Steps for Executing Great Volunteer Work

Volunteering
This is an article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

Do you want to ensure that your organization runs smoothly? That you complete tasks in a timely manner? That your teammates stay informed? If you answered “yes,” then you need to create volunteering work plans that work.

In previous posts, we’ve covered topics such as creating great volunteer teams and achieving team success. In this post and the next one we will show you how to take your teams to the next level. We will walk you through the steps necessary to clarify your goals, communicate your goals with others, keep you on task and within budget, and assess your outcomes. Once you master the process, leading you to become more organized and efficient, volunteering can become even more rewarding. (more…)

So what is lateral thinking, anyway?

Creativity at Work
This article is written by Bookboon author Alan Barker.

We’ve all heard of it.  It’s even found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.  But what is lateral thinking, exactly?

What thinking isn’t

We can answer that question – exactly.  But, before we do so, let’s dispel a few myths about thinking.  (more…)

12 best free textbooks for students

Don’t get stressed! Find a list of free eBooks here!

Studying is not an easy job especially during exam times it can get really hectic. To make your life easier we have compiled four lists of textbooks with basis textbooks as well as advanced and specific topics. Find the 3 best books for Economics Studies Science Studies Engineering Studies und Law Studies in this blog. Good luck with your exams!

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12 More Ways to Maintain Highly Functional Teams – Part 2

Volunteering
This is an article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

In our previous blog post on Team Maintenance – Part 1, we began our discussion of how to maintain healthy teams. In this post, we explore further strategies for strengthening your teams’ dynamics to keep your organization running smoothly and efficiently, and to keep you and the other volunteers giving up your time for your volunteer organization. Remember, teams need tending just like gardens! Organizations that fail to manage and require healthy behaviors risk losing good people and thus, the delivery of good services rather quickly. On the other hand, keeping the team motivated and healthy by practicing these steps can lead to successes and enjoyment for everyone involved. The work, while important, becomes secondary to the team at hand. A happy and functional team tends to perform good work. We argue that following the motto “People first, work second” brings more successes and winning seasons. (more…)

Norwegian School of Economics: Top European quality for free!

Norwegian School of Economics – Check out the website here!

NHH – Norwegian School of Economics

After a two hours flight from London, you arrive in Bergen. Here you will find Norway’s leading business school, NHH. The school is ranked among the top 50 business schools in Europe, and is the first choice for Norwegian students and for the Norwegian business community.

 
No application, admission or tuition fees.

In Norway the best education is free. The core Norwegian cultural values of fairness and equality combined with the benefit of the wealth provided by North Sea oil, has led to the state in Norway funding a high quality higher education sector. The Norwegian government sets high standards for educational institutions to follow in return for covering their costs.

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