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The 5 communication styles

communication stylesWe generally have a prevailing communication style. In normal day to day situations this communication style works for you, you feel comfortable with your interactions, and people are used to you and the way you communicate with them. No one style is right or wrong and each style provides a benefit to both you and the person you are communicating with. We can summarise the five communication styles as follows: (more…)

Thinking skills: EQ vs. IQ in the workplace

emotional intelligenceOn the topic of intelligence, there is much debate about whether it is emotional intelligence (EQ) or cognitive intelligence (IQ) is more important. When it comes to the workplace, technical skills associated with IQ can get you so far but the social skills that come with high EQ can make all the difference. When attending school and studying at university, intelligence levels are often determined by how quickly students retain technical information and perform in exams rather than by measuring skill levels such as how well students manage their time, function as part of a team or display strong leadership.  Let’s delve into the world of intelligence and compare the two. 

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How to make your learning platform feel like a consumer product

netflix of elearning Many L&D professionals struggle to ensure that employees are engaged in their eLearning programmes. In fact, this is often the reason that so many eLearning initiatives end up failing shortly after onboarding [1]. Learners’ lack of engagement in their own training is often caused by the platform through which their organisation provides training tools.

HR and L&D managers can learn from consumer products and provide their learners with training materials with a look and feel they are familiar with, which not only engages but encourages retention and proactive learning. (more…)

Teambuilding: 5 ways for managers to build team trust

teambuildingWhen it comes to leading a team, managers must be willing to work to gain the confidence and trust of their team members. To ensure a bond of trust is developed, there are a few steps a manager can take. Adopting these 5 habits will improve your management skills and increase the likelihood of successful team building. Before you know it, you’ll be leading a dream team!  (more…)

Creative thinking: 3 exercises for creativity at work

Creative thinkingGetting creative juices flowing can be difficult, especially today’s busy workplace. The ever-demanding yet, somehow, increasingly mundane reality of for many modern workers can stifle creativity, limit motivation, and induce the universally-feared writer’s block. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many creatives experience these gaps in inspiration but, thankfully, there are plenty of solutions to strengthen your creative thinking and activate your imagination. Here are three ways to kick start your motivation, creative problem-solving and innovation.  (more…)

3 ways managers can motivate staff

motivationWhen you hear the word ‘motivators’ what comes to mind? Many people may answer ‘money’, ‘success’ or ‘happiness’. While these are great reasons for self-determination, as a manager there are other ways to motivate your staff. Relatedness, Autonomy, and Competence are part of an alternate model for motivation for managers to use to engage and inspire staff in the workplace.  (more…)

6 ways Bookboon makes L&D managers’ lives easier

landdmanagerWhen my brother and I started Bookboon, we had a vision to make learning more accessible, practical and effective, giving people the right personal development content and tools to keep growing throughout their professional careers. This is still at the core of everything we do at Bookboon and everything we plan on doing.  

To empower professionals to succeed, we need to make it easy for L&D teams to bring that content and those tools to their co-workers. That’s why we developed our corporate eLibrary – with currently over 1,700 eBooks on soft skills and personal development – in a way that not just focuses on the usability for end users but also making it effortless for L&D managers to implement and maintain.   (more…)

Managing conflict: 5 steps for managers

conflict managementConflict, whether large or small, is an inevitable part of any team environment. When conflict arrives within a group of individuals, it can often fall on the manager’s shoulders to address and solve the problem. Here are Bookboon’s 5 steps to conflict resolution for managers.  (more…)

Emotional intelligence: 4 traits of Emotional Intelligence

emotional intelligenceWhen it comes to success in both your professional and personal life, there is one skill that will allow you to navigate any environment with ease: Emotional Intelligence. And the word is out among organisations. Many companies who were once largely focused on where new hires studied have learned that technical skills and a degree alone don’t equate to a successful employee. The way an employee conducts themself, expresses themself, and interacts with others are becoming increasingly important when it comes to hiring. We’ll look into 4 traits that make up an emotionally intelligent person.  (more…)

Work-life balance: 4 tips for managers

worklife balanceAs managers, we tend to put a significant amount of pressure on maintaining our employees’ work-life balance. We want to be good managers. The types of managers who let their employees have a life outside of work. But spending all our energy on ensuring others maintain balance can throw our own balance off. Managers and other leaders often have some of the worst work-life balance rates among workers. Here are 4 ways for managers to find the balance between work and life. (more…)