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Simple Presentation Confidence Building Techniques

An old NY Times survey revealed those asked, felt speaking in front of colleagues followed by speaking in front of strangers were both more to fear that death itself! When it comes to your pounding heart, sweaty palms and shaky knees, when you present, the best solution still seems to be, “Practice makes perfect”. But is that enough? (more…)

Natural born leaders: fact or fiction?

The idea that some of us are predisposed to become great leaders from birth has long been touted as fact. However, the suggestion that a handful of us are ‘natural born leaders’, and the vast majority aren’t, glosses over the crucial roles of experience and training in making the world’s best leaders.  

Whilst it’s true that some natural character traits do make the journey to leadership easier for some, we would do well to remember the part that training plays, too.  

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Leadership skills: 6 powerful quotes from famous leaders

What makes a great leader? Above all, a leader is a role model. Great leaders are measured not by their wealth, success, or position but by their words and actions. The best tool a manager can possess is a solid set of communication skills. New York Times bestseller, John Maxwell, known for his many books on leadership, said: “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”. Managers “connect” with the people they lead.

 

Here are 5 more powerful quotes on how to be a successful leader (more…)

How to achieve a proactive learning culture

Shifting the culture of any company can be an overwhelming task. As a leader, your role is paramount to creating and achieving a proactive learning culture. (more…)

How to let introverted employees bloom

Did you know that roughly one third of the world’s population are classed as introverts? That’s a huge number! Quite simply, this means that a third of people tend to exhibit similar characteristics when it comes to social interaction. Introverts often think carefully before talking, prefer their own company to being in a large group, and tend not to speak up in meetings.

They will also avoid confrontation at all costs, and can have difficulty saying ‘no’ – particularly at work! However, when it comes to business, introverts have a unique range of strengths which are all too easy to overlook. (more…)

Why do people get fired? And how to do the firing

Getting fired, being sacked, getting the boot. However you phrase it, making someone redundant is a difficult job for a manager. Firing can be awkward, emotional or even embarrassing and there is almost never an easy way around it. 

There are many reasons one may be fired. Two of the most common are capability and conduct. From an employer’s perspective, to handle dismissals professionally, a manager must distinguish between the two. (more…)

Racism in the workplace: What can managers do?

According to a recent survey by business psychologists Pearn Kandola, over half of UK employees have witnessed racism in the workplace but a shocking third of them said they failed to report it to their employer.

 Less than a fifth reported the issue to HR and only 18 percent spoke to the victim, the survey found. Of the respondents who took no action, four in 10 said they did so out of fear of the consequences. A quarter said they did not consider the incident serious enough to report it, and a further 23 percent claimed that they were unsure of who to report it to.  (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 juggle kids and a career

Becoming a new parent comes with a lot of excitement a lot of change and a lot of questions. One common one being: What will happen to my career? (more…)

Corporate kindness: How not to be the toxic boss

Anyone who has experienced corporate life in any sector will likely know that kindness and compassion within organisations are often lacking at best. Unfortunately, according to Compassionate coaching in the corporate world by Julia Menaul, this stems from the very idea of compassion at work can be equated with being soft and weak. (more…)