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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…)

6 Tips to Build and Grow Your LinkedIn Network

Networking on LinkedIn.
Networking on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest professional networks, which has more than 400 million members in 200 countries around the world. Its mission is networking and to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.

Upon joining, one can get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that will possibly help them be great at what they do. Just like other computer applications, this social media giant is about science and art. Its science lies in the process of navigating the application while its art lies in understanding how it works and leveraging that to your advantage.  (more…)

Mindfulness & The Brain: You’re Smarter than You Think!

Mindfulness calms the Mind.
Mindfulness calms the Mind.

Researchers from John Hopkins University recently published their findings suggesting that mindfulness can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety and pain, and improve sleeping patterns. In Britain, a recent report declared that Mindfulness-based therapy could offer a new choice for millions of people with recurring depression. Whilst Harvard researchers determined that mindfulness rebuilds the brain’s grey matter.

Mindfulness meditation re-grooves the brain and builds a new neurological network. Do it enough and like the studies show, you can train your brain like a muscle to stay calm and present.  (more…)

Problem Solving: Why This Soft Skill of Employees is Important for Companies

"Problem solving" is an important soft skill for employees.
“Problem solving” is an important soft skill for employees.

There are insufficient employees who really possess the soft skill problem solving which makes it challenging for business managers to retain these individuals. Personnel can move to the highest paying company with preferable benefits because they know they stand out.

Accomplished employers know that sourcing and hiring the best employees is a repetitive expense and drain on emotions, but retaining the finest that can bring solutions to problems rather than difficulties without resolutions, is a necessity if your business is to beat your competition. (more…)

8 Essential Time Management Strategies to Counter Procrastination

In order to reach your goal(s) and the fulfillment that comes with it, apply these helpful strategies to better manage your time and nip procrastination in the bud!
In order to reach your goal(s) and the fulfillment that comes with it, apply these helpful strategies to better manage your time and nip procrastination in the bud!

Do you ever feel like you are losing sight of your goals? Are you often distracted doing all kinds of things but nothing really important? You might be among the many people who tend to habitually postpone vital tasks. This phenomenon, also known as procrastination, is the biggest barrier to goal-setting. Luckily, all it takes to overcome procrastination is a little self-discipline.  (more…)

Commitment: Why This Soft Skill of Your Employees is Important for Your Business

About the importance of leadership and commitment.
About the importance of leadership and commitment.

There is a recognised shortage of employee soft skills across the workplace, at all levels. Business leaders are expressing concern that communication, adaptability and many others are being lost. A report released last year only reinforced this critical shortage. In order to produce the business leaders of the future, we need to inspire leadership skills such as commitment and initiative. There is a simple and effective solution to this problem.  (more…)

3 Essential Time Management Tips for a Successful Career and Life

Take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness.
Take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness.

Time management allows you to take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness – as well as free up time for planning and prioritizing. This in turn helps you to be more successful in your career.

You can learn time management skills the easy way or the hard way. Experience takes time. Gaining from credible professionals is faster. Taking advantage of training sessions and eBooks is in itself a time management strategy. (more…)

6 Simple Tips on How to Stop Procrastinating

How to reduce the tendency to delay priorities.
How to reduce the tendency to delay priorities.

Procrastination, the habitual postponement of tasks that should be done now, is as natural as the need to eat or sleep. Most people procrastinate. However, unlike eating or sleeping, it is seldom beneficial and will get in the way of achieving your personal and professional goals. (more…)

What is Mindfulness?

Uncovering Mindfulness
Uncovering Mindfulness

 
Welcome to this new series asking, ‘What Can Mindfulness Do For Me?’ and today we will find out exactly what Mindfulness is.  (more…)