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9 Tips for Successful Time Management

Would you like to boost your efficiency in the workplace? Would you like to boost your efficiency in the workplace?

Many people are having trouble managing themselves with respect to time – they are disorganised and usually lack clear-cut goals.

Procrastination can reign freely with these individuals, who hop from one job to another and get interrupted constantly so they postpone all tasks until they become a crisis.  (more…)

Goal Setting: How to Plan For a Successful Future

Imagine living the life you really want, getting up each morning feeling excited about the day ahead... Imagine living the life you really want, getting up each morning feeling excited about the day ahead…

Personal goal setting is not that easy as we can’t predict our future. Even the greatest scientist or the most successful businessman can never tell what’s going to happen the next day or years after. The future is something that most of us is either afraid or excited of. Some are too stressed to work on it, some are too tranquil to worry about it. Either way, the future will surely come. Its quality depends on how we are working on it now. 

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3 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastinating and Start Working!

These 3 steps will help you increase your productivity.  These 3 steps will help you increase your productivity.

If you are having trouble beginning tasks immediately or staying focused on one, get distracted easily and often do other things before finally getting to work, such as getting a coffee, checking your inbox or straightening your desk, procrastination and disorganisation have taken over. These two often go hand in hand, as one tends to encourage the other.  (more…)

Bookboon on CNBC: Tackling the education crisis in Africa

Watch the interview on YouTube! Watch the interview on YouTube!

CNBC recently aired a news segment on how Bookboon is making a real difference for millions of students across Africa who are unable to afford the costs of tuition and study materials.  (more…)

Flexibility is the Key to a Productive Workforce!

The importance of flexibility in business. The importance of flexibility in business.

One buzzword became widespread after the economic downturn of 2008: downsizing. Redundancies meant that employees were asked to do the same amount of work as before, but with fewer colleagues. Because of this, employees with specific soft skills became even more vital to the employer.

Arguably, soft skills became more important than any technical skill or qualification. One we value today more than ever before is flexibility. Some employees may lack the initiative or confidence to learn new skills and become flexible in their work. That’s why there is a virtual solution to encouraging employee development.  (more…)

Mindfulness & Our Children: Educating For the Future!

Consider the real value of happiness as part of this transformation and we must invest early in the lives of our children. Consider the real value of happiness as part of this transformation and we must invest early in the lives of our children.

In Chapter five of my eBook Uncovering Mindfulness I go into the area of mindfulness and education. This blog is also based on my recent work in the field with head teachers and introducing mindfulness into their schools. 

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7 Useful Tips to Find Your Job on LinkedIn

LinkedIn can help you to fin the right job! LinkedIn can help you to find the right job!

LinkedIn has been used by many for several purposes. Numerous individuals have developed a network to broaden the connections necessary for their career. It has also been a platform to demonstrate expertise through status updates and group discussions. Many research companies and educational establishments have also used LinkedIn for their profession. But most important, individuals used this social media platform to post their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and apply for jobs online.  (more…)

Leadership Skills: How to Use Leadership Theory to Your Advantage

Do you want to create a stronger and more competent workforce? Do you want to create a stronger and more competent workforce?

As an employer, you know how important it is to hire workers with strong leadership skills. But many employers and hiring managers are not clear about exactly what makes a good leader in the workplace. You have probably heard that effective leaders possess personal characteristics and behavioral traits that contribute to their effectiveness. As you interview prospective employees, you may look for character traits such as maturity, confidence, and drive.

However, current leadership theory reveals that many distinguished leaders often lack the qualities most often associated with leadership. It turns out that good employees without some of these traits can learn to become strong, effective leaders.  (more…)

Soft Skill Education: Don’t Be so Hard-Headed and Get a Softer Brain

Soft skills versus hard skills. Soft skills versus hard skills.

In this high-tech, digital-crazed culture, schools seem to be emphasizing the hard skills to the detriment of the essential basic soft skills, like time management. For example, as reported in a Toronto Star article, a 2015 study showed “a staggering 83% of educational institutions believe their grads are equipped for the workforce, whereas a mere 34% of employers agreed, and just 44% of students themselves.”

Many of the soft skills can be gained from experience, but it’s a costly way to do so. Students have to get jobs first in order to get experience while employers are looking for experience before hiring. And once employed, they get experience first and then the lesson. It makes more sense to get the lesson first. (more…)