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How to bridge the generation gap in the workplace

Much has been written about millennials in the workplace and the generation gap that exists in organisations between those that have grown up with digital technologies and those that haven’t. (more…)

“I hate my job”: How badly do you need a career change?

Why exactly are you thinking about changing your job? Is it because you often feel anxious when you are at work? Are you always secretly planning an escape? What makes you want to leave your current job? The important question is, why? (more…)

Making the change management process work

They say that the only constant is change, and in change the only constant is resistance! Resistance to change is perfectly natural, which is why change needs to be managed. (more…)

Soft skills key to innovation

In a recent study West Monroe polled more than 600 HR and recruiting professionals about the importance of soft skills for hiring technology employees and 650 business professionals on how they work with their technology teams.  

The results highlight how soft skills are still often not being nurtured sufficiently amongst IT professionals, leading to suboptimal business performance.  (more…)

Grow or die! Is the growth choice really that stark?

For many organisations, and certainly most businesses, ‘grow or die’ is a virtually unchallenged mantra. Growth is even the key objective of national economies and shrinkage in GDP two quarters in a row has its own negative descriptor, recession. Adrian Faiers questions whether this is right. (more…)

Jobs for over 50s: 10 steps to being “career fit”

One thing is clear: being fiftyish is not a time to slow up on career planning, rather it is a time to give it a specific focus. Given that you work, and are likely to go on working, in a dynamic environment. (more…)

The soft skills gap: ignoring stats for 100 years

In 2016 a group of researchers from Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center extrapolated statistics from “A Study of Engineering Education”, authored by Charles Riborg Mann and published in 1918. 

They concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge, i.e. hard skills.  (more…)

What is LinkedIn? And why should you use it?

Today there are many social media platforms – like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – all offering the chance to network. But only LinkedIn offers a purely business network where members can find out more about your professional situation. (more…)

Why do some insurance companies buy insurance from other insurance companies?

In our first eBook entitled “Principles of Insurance”, it is shown that the insurer will compensate the policyholder who experiences negative economic consequences from a specified insurable event such as fire to residential property, death of a life or diagnosis of a critical illness. For this protection, the policyholder pays a premium to the insurer.
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From problem-based learning to coaching and mentoring: An overview of experiential learning models

Experiential learning is learning acquired through action and practice. We learn by interacting with others engaged in meaningful tasks. Here’s an overview of the main experiential learning models. (more…)