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How to make Excel files compatible with older MS Office versions

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When newer versions of Office programs come out, there is new functionality which is not available in the older versions.   Specifically, if you are working with someone who is still using Office 2003 then you will have issues because the file format changed with Office 2007 which is the release that followed 2003.   In later versions, new features keep being added so it becomes necessary to save the workbook in a 2003 friendly way.   This is called Compatibility Mode.


Become the leader you are

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I recently had the opportunity to make a micro-presentation on my coaching approach to a group of internationally-based leaders. One of the points I emphasised was my belief that we all deliver our best by being who we are – and for most of us that means learning how to become who we are.

My belief comes from long experience of working with leaders who struggle to meet the models that other people expect them to conform to, and who feel liberated when they experience the ease – and for many, a personal peace – that comes with accepting and embracing that they are who they are. They invariably experience a parallel energy, even exhilaration, and a focus that mean that they leverage their strengths with courage and assertiveness, communicate powerfully on what matters to them, and – fascinatingly – empower their teams to deliver authentically on the vision they’ve communicated.


Why should I share my contacts?

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Yes, why, indeed, now that I have achieved a favorable position by having attractive and important contacts in my networking portfolio. The most logical scenario would be to keep those cards close to your chest.

Some time ago, I had a meeting with an employee in a big organization. He was to arrange an important event for the greatest contributor to the organization. To make the event successful, he had to ask for help from colleagues who had some of the most important contacts. But when he invited them, he found they were reluctant to cooperate with him and back the arrangement.


How to keep following your goals

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Let’s say you have achieved a few things, such as completed your education, and after a few graduate jobs settled into your career. Are you sometimes worried that you will get too comfortable and let your dreams slip away? This article will show you how to keep track of your goals and how you can make sure you don’t get lost on the way.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

― Vince Lombardi


How to use masters in Power Point 2013

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What are masters?

Slide masters exist to help you create great looking presentations with minimal effort. They sit behind the presentation and govern the way it looks and behaves. You can add a logo, customise the background, and create your own colours and font combinations for the whole presentation. This means that whenever you add new slides to the presentation the formatting is taken care of and you can focus on the content.

If you want to change the look of the whole presentation, you can simply edit the Slide Master and hey presto everything will change.


How to assign shortcuts in Excel 2013

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Have you ever wondered if there is an easier way to use Excel? Yes, there is, by using shortcuts. Excel 2013 has its build in keyboard shortcuts, but you can also create your own keyboard shortcut, which is much more exciting. Find out how in this blog article…

Mediation: A 4-Step-Approach to Solving Any Conflict – Part 3

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Learn why a successful leader needs to have excellent mediation skills

In this third and final part of the article, we look at ways in which the mediator can bring the parties to move beyond reciprocal understanding, and actually formalize an agreement based on mutually agreed parameters.


How to add value to workbooks in Excel

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Workbook Properties allow you to add information about the Workbooks.  You can easily add an author, a title or tag the workbook so that it can be found easily. Adding an author can for example be very practical, if more than one person is working with the document.

Check out our helpful tips to use Excel workbooks more efficiently. Just sit down and open Excel 2013. We will guide you through the steps, simply read on.


Remarkable features of the quick access toolbar in Excel 2013

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Each of the Office packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook has an amazing feature called Quick Access Toolbar. This feature holds the frequently used shortcuts in each program. It can be found on the uppermost left corner of the screen, just above the File menu. In Excel, the Quick Access Toolbar looks like the image below. (more…)

New Swedish eBook – develop your leadership skills

ny-som-ledare (1)A new Swedish eBook has arrived on Bookboon! We and our author Ylva Ekdahl hope you will find it interesting. This book is perfect for leaders.

Embrace the pressure – Pia Sundhage (former coach of US women’s soccer team, leading them to two Olympic gold medals)

Embrace the pressure – what a great quote to introduce Ylva Ekdahl and her new Swedish business eBook Ny som ledare (New as a leader) to Bookboon! (more…)