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12 best textbooks for students

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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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Change your life by adjusting your body language

Conscious body language
This is a guest blog by Kurt Larsson.

The more you work with body language training the more you will become aware of how much information is available to observe and use. If you want to better read someone’s body language or if you are realizing how much unconscious information you are broadcasting, you will be happy to read that there really are very few secrets.

For instance, learning to read body language allows you to: (more…)

The pleasures and perils of brainstorming

Creativity at Work
This is a guest post by Alan Barker.

We’re paid to think.  We think when we want results that are better than they would be if we didn’t think.

So: let’s think about thinking.

We can imagine two types of thinking: having ideas, and making use of them.  Most of our thinking – at work, at home, in social situations – is a messy mixture of the two.  Our first response to an idea is often to judge it: to evaluate or criticise it.  But ideas are born drowning, and new ideas rarely survive harsh criticism. (more…)

12 Ways to Maintain Highly Functional Teams

Volunteering
This article is written by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

In these next couple of blogs we will chat about how to maintain highly functional and healthy teams. After a great team is built—it needs continued care and maintenance. (In case you missed it, you may want to check out our earlier post “12 Steps to Creating Great Volunteer Teams.”)

Just as a garden needs tending, so do teams. Even if we started well, understood the dynamics and made good choices, human nature can often take us down a slippery slope. This can happen quite quickly when projects start to go south due to some external issue. Or when one bad apple enters the fray. We need to be vigilant in our tending, i.e., our day in and day out attitude and active management. (more…)

13 tips to keep your computer safe from intruders

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Keep your computer safe with the “Good Digital Hygiene” ebook

The internet has certainly made our lives easier and more comfortable. Just think of web services, such as online takeaway ordering or online grocery purchases which can be carried out with one click and delivered to your doorstep. On the other hand most of us know how annoying it is when your device catches a virus and stops working, resulting in a loss of your data.

Data can also go missing through actual offline theft, how many of us have had their smartphone or laptop stolen in recent years? And even if we manage to keep our electronic devices safe they might still be vulnerable to hacking attacks or malware.

Bookboon author Dr Eduardo Gelbstein, Senior Fellow of the Diplo Foundation and faculty member at Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, has gathered the following 13 precaution measures to keep your computer save from malicious software in his ebook “Good Digital Hygiene”. Some of those guidelines might sound like common sense but let’s be honest, when was the last time you make a backup of your hard drive? Following these easy guidelines for digital hygiene will help to keep your device clean from malware and viruses and protect your data from being lost.

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The relationship between distractions and writing

How to Write Your First Novel
This is a guest article by Gay Walley.

On the surface, distractions and writing are mortal enemies.  Most writers think their best ideas or prose comes just as they’re walking out the door!    There is no question that writers need quiet, time alone, an expanse of time to get our work done.  There is no question that those moments when walking or listening to classical music can elucidate an idea that has been rambling around in our heads. (more…)

Communication: what can we learn from animals?

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

All living organisms communicate, in ways appropriate to each species, transferring information relating to food supplies or warning of impending dangers thus serving the survival of the group or colony.

The communication channels and media used include pheromones which are communication hormones or other types of chemical signalling, dancing, vocal expressions and body language among monkeys, felines and canines.

For humans the communication process involves more intricate verbal as well as non-verbal and written messages and relies less on pheromones, chemicals and body language as is the case in the lower rungs of the phylogenetic scale. (more…)

Find you inner motivation

Find your personal source for motivation!

What motivates you? It is one of the most difficult questions, we usually only get asked at job interviews. The common answer is: money, a promotion, perspectives to grow within the enterprise – to summarise it, the opportunity to develop ourselves or our budget, or both.

What helps me to motivate myself and avoid an unproductive day is to focus on a task I really enjoy and finish it. Once something has been accomplished it is usually easier to start working on not so exciting things. If you have troubles focusing on something, start with easy and monotonous tasks to get your mind in working mood.

However, work is not the only place where motivation is important.
Doing sports for example requires a lot of motivation when getting started. How many times this week have you promised yourself this week to go for a run or hit the gym after work? And what happens if we cannot meet over own expectations? We feel frustrated, out of control and might even get angry with ourselves.

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