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Soft skills: how to win The Apprentice

On the finale of the latest season of the BBC’s The Apprentice, business magnate Lord Alan Sugar made his decision on his newest business partner. Following the episode, the question entering many fans’ minds is: ‘How could I win this thing?’ A great idea and some luck will certainly help, but one thing that is guaranteed to get you through the harsh boardroom interrogations is a strong set of soft skills. Which ‘human’ skills might get you through the tough tasks, impress Lord Sugar and avoid hearing the dreaded ‘you’re fired’? (more…)

6 ways to be powerful

What is power? What does it mean to be powerful? To be effective at work and to maximise career potential, you need to develop your personal power. But do you know what makes you powerful? Would you like to find new sources of power and build on your existing strengths? Or perhaps you are just curious about how power works in organisations. The good news is that we are all powerful (even if you don’t feel that right now). The bad news is that this is a confusing and controversial area. (more…)

4 steps to career success

What does success mean to you? Perhaps it means something different to you today than it did when you were in your 20’s. Maybe you’re looking to make a career change or working towards a promotion at work or maybe you’re planning on opening the business of your dreams. Whatever the reason you’re reading this is, you are on the hunt for career success and we’ll teach you how to get there. (more…)

Cortisol: The stress hormone that is ruining your workday  

Stress is a reality that plagues most of us from time to time and some of us on a daily basis. With the number of tasks we are required to take on at a time on the rise, stress in the workplace is increasing, which, ironically, is stressful in itself.

59 percent of UK employees say their workload has increased over the past two years and 66 percent say the speed in which they are expected to complete their work has increased as well.    (more…)

Getting the most out of extroverted employees

All workplaces are full of many different types of personalities, with each bringing their own unique strengths and skill sets to the table. Most noticeably, you’ll often see a proportion of employees best described as ‘extroverts’, as well as many who you would call ‘introverts’ and ‘ambiverts’. Each personality type is crucial to the smooth running of any business, but today we’re going to focus on extroverts.  (more…)

Soft skills for managers: how to be a better leader

Learning & Development managers focus on communicating the importance of developing a wide arsenal of soft skills to their employees and teams. However, it is important L&D professionals don’t fall under the famous ‘If you can’t do, teach.’ stereotype. It is equally important that learning managers stay up-to-date on the soft skills that enable them to be passionate, inspiring leaders. Here are 5 soft skills for managers to help you become a better leader. (more…)

How to improve your memory today

Many of us are poor listeners. When we do listen we tend to forget about 75% of what we hear within two months and between a third and a half of what we hear within 8 hours. 

This is exacerbated by the digital age of speed where everything seems to be happening at once, and where so many of us repeat the self-defeating behavior of multitasking day in and day out. (more…)

Linkedin CEO says we need more training in soft skills

While comparing the vast number of profiles on his company’s website, Jeff Weiner noticed a pattern. Something was missing from the skill set of many professionals: a grasp on the importance of well-rounded soft skills.

 

 

 

 

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6 quick reads for online business success

The holidays are prime time for online businesses. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general Christmas fever rising every day, consumers are ready to spend and it’s important that digital businesses take advantage of this time. E-commerce businesses is a massive industry to attempt to break into and thrive in. But there are some key elements to take into consideration when building your digital brand. Is your online business ready for the holiday season? Get ready for those online shoppers with these six quick reads.  (more…)

How to get the most out of your eLearning experience

eLearning is a fantastic tool for the busy professional looking to improve soft or hard skills in within or outside of their role, learn a brand new skill or language or stay on top of industry trends. There is almost no limit to the knowledge one can acquire through eLearning on topics anywhere from mindfulness and mental health to time management and managing stress to cryptocurrency and speed reading.

 

Here are six ways to ensure your eLearning experience is as effective as it can be. (more…)