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6 critical skills for new managers

new manager trainingWhether promoted internally or hired externally, employees transitioning to management are met with new challenges, new responsibilities, new relationships and, most importantly new skills. Although there is an unmistakable need for quality training, when it comes to developing the soft skills that are crucial for leaders, new managers are some of the most neglected individuals in business (1). Many companies are just not focused on training the individuals who are meant to be leading their teams. Lack of soft skills training means many managers are not set up for success in their roles with 60% of new managers underperforming in their first two years on the job (2). Investing in soft skills training of new managers is not just crucial to the success of these leaders but of their teams and the organisation as a whole. 

Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made and here are 6 essential soft skills that new managers should be trained on.   (more…)

8 vital steps for an easy to use eLearning platform

easy to use learning platformImagine for a moment trying to keep up with the daily tasks of the workplace whilst also investing in your personal development. You’ve set time aside to improve your time management skills using your company’s learning platform. It takes you nearly 10 minutes to figure out how to log in and access the system. Next, it takes you several minutes to find anything related to time management. Now you can’t seem to open the relevant content. Your excitement wavers and you give up.  (more…)

Motivation for managers: 5 reasons employees lack motivation

motivation skillsHaving an unmotivated employee can be bad for productivity, overall morale and communication. An important part of a manager’s job is to keep employees inspired and motivated. But before a manager can motivate an employee to their best level of performance, they must understand what the barriers are that are keeping them from performing at that level already. Here are 5 common reasons employees lack motivation. (more…)

How the Game of Thrones finale will kill workplace productivity and how to beat it

Employers everywhere: brace yourself, absence is coming. The series finale of HBO’s most popular series Game of Thrones airs Sunday night (or early Monday morning for some of us) and according to a new study, the global workforce will be hit with sick calls and late arrivals harder than The Hound hit The Mountain.  (more…)

Creative problem solving: The GROW model for problem solving in India

creative problem solvingCreated in the U.K. and frequently used in the ’80s and ’90s by corporate coaches, GROW is a simple, straightforward four-step model to problem-solving that is now growing in popularity in India.  In addition to corporate coaching, the GROW model has been found useful in any goal-directed business. GROW is an acronym for the four steps, which lead you in a linear fashion from clarifying the problem to the resolution of it. Think of this as a journey you’re embarking upon. (more…)

Interview skills for managers: The 5 most common interview questions

Interview skillsIf you have a job interview for a management position coming up, chances are you have one or two successful job interviews already under your belt. But, when it comes to an interview for a management position, the expectations can be higher. Here are the 5 most common questions and how you should answer them to secure your new position as manager.  (more…)

Teamwork skills: 4 signs of bad teamwork

teamwork skillsWe have all heard everybody’s favourite teamwork quote: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” However many of us don’t know the conclusion to author and leadership legend John C. Maxwell’s famous saying. The full quote goes “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” This means that the first step to successful teamwork is knowing what doesn’t work. Here are 4 signs you may be working with a bad team.  (more…)

Productivity: 4 ways to improve your productive efficiency

ProductivityDo you ever look at your extremely productive coworker and think ‘How do they do it all?’. When we see people who seem to have every part of their work and personal lives managed and under control we often wonder if they might not be human. Turns out, they have likely just mastered a few simple and effective steps to increase their productivity. Let’s have a look at these 4 ways to use productivity to take you from super-stressed to superhuman. 
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Creative problem-solving: the 4 principles of creative problem-solving

creative problem solvingCreative problem-solving takes imagination through to action through the mental process of searching for an innovative solution to a problem. Creative problem-solving is often most effective through teamwork and brainstorming making it fun, imaginative and collaborative. However, imagining new and innovative solutions isn’t always easy, but by following a few steps, your team will be more likely to reach success. Creative problem solving has four core principles. Let’s explore each one in more detail.  (more…)

Communication skills: the top 4 communication skills and how to improve them

communication skillsWhether consciously or not, we communicate in a variety of ways every day. In both our personal and professional lives, communication is arguably the most important interpersonal skill to develop and improve. There are many aspects that make up strong communication Let’s look at the top four communication skills and how to improve them.  (more…)