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Creative thinking: 4 essential creative thinking skills

creative thinking skillsInitiative, innovation, and inspiration are essential factors that keep a company moving onwards and upward and they are also all components of creative thinking. Creative thinking is a way of looking at a situation or problem and coming up with unique ideas or solutions to improve or solve it. Creative thinking is becoming an increasingly in-demand skill spanning across industries and, contrary to popular belief, can be learned. Here are 4 creative thinking skills to help you come up with your next groundbreaking idea.  (more…)

Work holidays for managers: how to switch off from work

how to switch off from workIt’s holiday time! Whether you plan to head away somewhere warm with your loved ones or simply catch up on your sleep, holidays are a great way to step away from the daily grind of the workplace and detach from the stress. However, for many of us, particularly managers, it can be difficult to switch off and leave work behind. For those who struggle to resist the urge to open your inbox from the beach, we have 6 tips for managers to switch off from work and enjoy your holiday.  (more…)

Teamwork skills for managers: the role of a team leader

teamwork skillsThe role and responsibilities of a team leader are as varied as the members of your team themselves. Team leaders can get lost among all of their responsibilities, causing them to lose sight of the team’s greater goal. For Teamwork Tuesday, we break down the 10 main responsibilities of a team leader.  (more…)

Motivation for managers: how to motivate employees

how to motivate employeesAs a manager, you know that when your staff is motivated, workplace morale and productivity increases, both of which are great for business. But, when it comes to motivating a team of employees, knowing where to begin can prove difficult for many managers. We have you covered with 5 practical steps that you can take to enhance motivation within your staff members.  (more…)

Interpersonal skills: Definition and why they’re important

interpersonal skills definitionInterpersonal skills are becoming increasingly important and in higher demand, as we move towards the future workplace. More and more companies are starting to move focus away from hiring for and training in technical skills and shifting focus towards individuals with strong interpersonal skills. Let’s define interpersonal skills and find out why they are being held in such high regard by businesses everywhere. 

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Teamwork: The 4 most important teamwork skills

teamwork skillsIn most companies, employers expect workers to be able to work with or as part of a team. In fact, strong teamwork skills are a requirement for many roles and the soft skills that make a strong team member will become increasingly important to future-proofing a career. Let’s have a look at the 4 most important teamwork skills. (more…)

Goal setting: Smart goals to smash your weekly schedule

Goal settingDo you struggle with keeping up the motivation to achieve the goals you set? This lack of success may be down to the method you are using to set your goals. It’s a new week, a brand new month and a great time to set goals to achieve what you want to. Using SMART goals, you can organise and motivate yourself to make the most of your week every week. (more…)

Creative problem solving: 4 problem solving techniques

Creative problem solvingProblems and conflicts are an inevitable part of every employee’s professional and personal lives. Avoiding conflict is neither realistic or beneficial to individuals or businesses alike. Creative problem-solving, a very in-demand skill among hiring managers, means using techniques and skills to brainstorm and come up with unique solutions to the problems life throws at you. Let’s look at 4 problem-solving techniques to help you manage when conflict comes your way.  (more…)

Soft skills: The top 4 soft skills to put on your CV

soft skills cvSo, you’re looking for a job? No matter the position you’re applying for, your CV will likely be your potential future employer’s first impression of who you are and what you will bring to the position. Of course, it is important to list the technical skills that make you a suitable and relevant hire for the position, but many hiring managers and companies alike are beginning to switch focus and make hiring decisions based less on hard skills but more on the soft skills that make you who you are.  (more…)

Motivation skills for managers: 6 Steps to improve employees’ motivation

motivation skillsThere are many reasons employees might be lacking in motivation and it is up to managers not only to be motivated themselves but also use their leadership skills to motivate their employees. Motivation and inspiration do come and go naturally for everyone but there are a few steps managers can take to encourage and influence staff to remain inspired and motivated in both the short and long-term. (more…)