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Engaging Leadership: A Shift in How Managers and Leaders Work with Their People

You may well have heard managers say words to this effect: “It’s impossible to get these people motivated. What’s up with them? Don’t they get it we’re all in it together?” The answer depends on your perspective, your needs, your requirements, your values and drive. In the past year, turmoil has become even more common, the plates are heavier and even more difficult to spin; the easy option would be to opt-out – to do nothing.  (more…)

Altering Old Habits with Change Management

In life, the only constant is constant change. If a business does not adapt to the changes going on around it, it fails. Yet there is a disconnect in that humans are creatures of habit. We resist change even when we identify the changes are for the better. Being adaptable and embracing change management is an important soft skill in the modern workplace and perhaps one of the hardest to impart.  (more…)

How to Resolve Disputes: All it Takes is One Simple Skill (OK, Strike “Simple”)

Disputes within a company, either between two individuals or between rival teams or departments, can quickly turn into internal fights that are bad for everyone involved. If you want to help resolve them, you need to do something that is much harder than it sounds: You need to listen actively.  (more…)

Why are Some Web Developers Successful and Others Not?

Have you ever wondered why some developers make it and others don’t? This article discusses the behaviours and skills needed to be a successful developer with some practical tips one could do to increase the chances of success.  (more…)

Mentoring at Work: How to Up Your Game and Create a Win-Win Situation

Mentoring takes you on a valuable and exciting journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. It can help you maintain a good work-life balance whilst achieving ambitious objectives and goals.

Mentoring will improve your professional skills and you will learn how to fulfil your potential. You’ll find it’s a great way to build confidence, find new skills and make the most of your natural talents. With fresh insights and increased emotional intelligence, you’ll soon be climbing that career ladder and achieving your ambitions! Here are your first steps… 
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3 Important Lessons While Monitoring & Controlling Processes

As your plan progresses you will be consistently monitoring how the original plan compares with your ongoing project. An action plan to correct, change and update the plan, will be necessary. How you simplify the collection of data, manage your deviations and decide how you will manage the updates, is vital to the overall result.
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Memory: A Necessary Soft Skill for a Busy Workplace

The workplace has fundamentally changed in the last decade. It is the expectation that employees at all levels multitask and do more than ever before. With greater responsibility and more tasks to carry out on a daily basis, employees need a greater range of soft skills to get by. Memory is one of those new soft skills for the daily routine. If your employees regularly forget steps in complex tasks, or simply forget to carry out a task altogether, perhaps they could benefit from Bookboon’s effective solution to boost memory?  (more…)

Change – We Want It And Resist It

Everything is changing all of the time – for better and for worst. Change happens continuously and consistently in each and everyone’s life, at work and at home and yet, most of us resist change. Why?  (more…)

7 Steps to a Successful HR M&A Due Diligence

The HR M&A due diligence is a major contributor during the three phases of a merger, i.e. due diligence, the first 100 days of the M&A process, and the remaining part of the merger until completion. This article is based on “M&A Due Diligence Checklist for Human Resources”, an eBook tackling HR M&A due diligence in support of business leaders, HR professionals and HR consultants.  (more…)

3 Reasons Why Most Leaders Goof Up When Dealing With Conflicts

All conflicts originate from a difference of opinions. A different opinion needs not be a provocation, or become a conflict, yet we often feel personally attacked and tend to react in one of three classical ways: we find faults in the other opinion, we display a defensive/aggressive behavior or we insist on explaining our logic. In all three cases, we let our pre-conscious biases hijack our behavior. Not surprisingly, this seldom produces constructive outcomes, and a simple disagreement easily escalates into an unproductive conflict. But there is an alternative: we can learn to transform disagreements and conflicts in open dialogue, mutual learning and positive change.  (more…)