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6 Secrets of Intentional Learning

NLP - Skills for Learning
This is a guest post by Bookboon author Peter Freeth

Learning is something that we all do, every day. We learn new facts in the news, we learn new jokes from friends and we learn from our mistakes, and because of this, it’s easy to take learning for granted and just think that by sitting through a lecture, or reading a book, you’ll learn something. You certainly will, but it may not be quite what you intended. (more…)

5 things managers should do (but probably aren’t)

Working with Humans
This is a guest article by Bookboon author Piers Bishop

Bosses want more, every manager wants more – and of course the team wants more too. These wants get expressed as a call for more output, accuracy, loyalty or whatever on one side, and more money or other benefits on the other.

There’s a limit to how far you can go with this, as some companies in the tech zones are starting to find out – if you give staff all the benefits they want you end up without much working time left in the week.  (more…)

Do you have what it takes to be unique?

Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset
This is a guest article by Bookboon author Roger Cowdrey

Writing on any subject for public consumption is always hazardous as there is a danger that your audience knows more than you. That is why I have chosen a subject where I have intimate knowledge because I am truly unique.

Saying I am unique normally elicits one of two responses. Either people assume that I am conceited or else they feel sorry for me for being different to everyone else. (more…)

How we reached 1 million Facebook fans

1 million Facebook fans! WOW!

We’ve made it: We reached our long time goal, an incredible 1 million Facebook fans. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the people who support us in our mission of offering free education to every student in the world. (more…)

Ten tips for a successful coaching-style leader

This is a guest post by Bookboon authors Lesley Sage and Lynne Walley

1. Be aware of the balance between Task, Individual and Team. This perspective is conceptualised by John Adair’s Action Centred Leadership model, which helps think about how best to develop your style for any situation.

 

2. Recognise the difference between, and draw on, the experiences and knowledge of your employees/team members. (more…)

Study in Northern Sweden’s largest city Umeå

Why you should consider studyingin Northern Sweden’s largest city Umeå

Umeå University has a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, we are alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas.

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. It is among the best young universities in the world according to recent, highly-respected rankings tables. The university has around 36 000 students. (more…)

3 how-to-talk-to-your-boss tips

This article is based on the eBook “Your Boss: Sorted!”.

Hierarchies can be difficult. As Dwight Morrow said: “The world is divided into people who do things – and people who get the credit.”

The hierarchies in organisations have to mean something. Current trends may be towards flatter organisation structures and more informal styles, but senior people are, well, senior. In this article we gathered some basic tips on what to keep in mind when chatting with your boss. Don’t miss this communication advice. (more…)

What it takes to be a 21st century leader

Supportive Leadership
This is a guest post by Bookboon author Günther Schust

1. The new dimension of leadership

Motivating staff is one of the classical management tasks. But “HOW” is undergoing change. Manager behaviour patterns of “prescribing” tasks are still very widespread. The effects of this are pointed out in most recent studies: in the long term this behaviour is demotivating and even makes people ill. However, a new self-confident generation of staff is growing up who need to be led effectively into the 21st century. This gives leadership a new dimension as it no longer lays down, restricts and checks numbers / results but initiates, offers situational support, identifies room to manoeuvre and promotes visions. This is called supportive leadership management. (more…)

Why you should follow these 6 rules of networking

This article is based on the eBook “Authentic Networking”.

When you’re networking, you’re showing two things. You’re showing the In, your personality and professional qualities. You’re convincing people that you’re a worthwhile person to talk to, work with, connect to. You’re doing this using the Out, your communication skills. You’re using techniques that are as old as humanity to optimise how you come across. Smiling, being interested, active listening…

In this article we will take a closer look at some practical tips and laws of networking.  (more…)

Why you are more creative than you might think

This article is based on the eBook “Creative Problem Solving”

Creativity is the process of having an idea. But how do we have ideas in the first place? What is the best way to express them? How do I decide if they are any good and how to make sense of them?

This article will show you the ultimate way to generating new ideas and releasing your creativity. (more…)