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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…)

Mentoring: 5 steps to lead your Mentee to success

mentoringTeamwork doesn’t always refer to a large group of people working towards accomplishing an organisation’s common goal. Sometimes a team can be as small as two members, a mentor and a mentee, working towards an individual goal. Here are 5 steps to lead your mentee to success.  (more…)

Why these 4 top companies swear by mindfulness at work

mindfulnessAs a manager, encouraging employees to take a moment away from the fast-paced speed of the modern workplace to slow down and feel present can seem paradoxical to most companies’ goals. However, once the 2500-year-old Eastern practice of mindfulness became a popular tool for self-help, it quickly gained credibility with businesses and has had a positive impact on employees’ focus, productivity, decision-making, and overall well-being.

According to the Harvard Business Review, Mindfulness as a leadership strategy can help employees to be more effective by directing focus, managing stress and developing emotional intelligence. This is why many top companies swear by practicing mindfulness at work. Let’s look at a few of them.  (more…)

The 7 steps of receiving feedback

receiving feedbackA large part of being a good manager is being able to accept criticism and feedback. In a previous article, we discussed how to give feedback but often receiving feedback, especially when it is negative, can put managers in an even more difficult position than the one they are in when they give feedback. Here are the 7 steps for managers to receive feedback from an employee, coworker or upper management.  (more…)

Thinking skills: 4 ways to be a thoughtful leader

leadership skillsOne may have been convinced by films’ depiction of managers that thoughtfulness and leadership do not go hand-in-hand but this is not the case. Thoughtful leadership is a widely successful leadership model throughout many industries. A thoughtful leader is, as the name may suggest, someone who thinks more than your average leader. Thoughtful leaders think about how an employee may be feeling, how their own decisions may impact their team members and how to best represent their team and their organisation. Let’s look at 4 ways to be a more thoughtful leader.  (more…)