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Essential Skills for an Excellent Career!



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How to Be Flexible in the Workplace - Responding to Change Quickly and Positively
Flexibility can help you to respond to unexpected changes quickly, calmly and efficiently. Use these seven strategies to become more flexible at work.



How to Manage a Probationary Period Effectively - Helping People Get up to Speed
Probation allows a short time for an organization and a new hire to decide whether they are a "good fit." Follow these six steps to manage this trial period effectively.



Newsletter 512: Two Problems, One Solution!
In this newsletter, find out how to find solutions that leave everyone a winner!



Doblin's 10 Types of Innovation Video
Build an innovative and unique business by using Doblin's 10 Types of Innovation. Watch this video to learn more.



Deming's System of Organizational Knowledge - Understanding How Your Organization Works
Deming's System of Organizational Knowledge is a powerful model for maximizing value, increasing productivity, and reducing waste in your organization.



Newsletter 511: Build Workplaces That Really Work!
In this newsletter, discover how to make the most of your office environment.



How to Focus in an Open-Plan Office - Balancing Collaboration With Privacy
Open-plan offices boost collaboration and communication, but can be noisy and distracting. Use these six tips for maintaining focus and productivity.



How to Collaborate Successfully - Sharing Knowledge and Expertise to Drive Innovation
Collaboration can promote creativity, innovation and cross-skilling. Find out how to use it successfully with this 5-step strategy.






10 Ways to Boost Your Morale Video
It can hard to keep morale up sometimes. If you feel like you've lost your spark, watch this video for 10 tips on how to re-ignite it.



What Is Legacy Thinking? - Beginning With the End in Mind
Legacy thinking can help you to look past current demands and concerns, and decide on the changes that you need to make to create a lasting legacy.



Newsletter 509: How to Conquer a Career Break!
In this newsletter, learn how to get the most from a long-term absence from the workplace.



Making the Most of a Career Break - Using Time Off Work Productively
Substantial time away from the workplace, whether planned or unexpected, throws up many challenges and opportunities. Follow these tips for thriving on a career break.



Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) - How to Manage Your Suppliers Effectively
Good supplier relationships can save you money and add value to your business. Prioritize and manage them effectively using these four steps.



Newsletter 508: How to Tame the Internet!
In this newsletter, learn how to find what you want on the internet, fast!



The Blake Mouton Managerial Grid Video
Balancing team happiness with productivity can be tricky. Watch this video to find out how you can achieve it using the Blake Mouton Managerial Grid.



Coping with Change - How to Make the Best of a Stressful Situation
Change can be hard to accept, and dealing with change can be exhausting or frightening, so make it a chance to improve both your life and career.



Six Steps for Succeeding Without a Handover - Transitioning Blindly Into a New Role
Taking on a role without a handover is difficult! Use these six steps for success, including analyzing the situation and communicating clearly.



Seven Ways to Find What You Want on the Internet - Gathering What You Need, Discarding What You Don't
Discover the secrets of searching the internet efficiently and effectively, and pinpoint exactly what you're looking for the first time.



New Year Resolutions - Planning for a Year of Achievement
Follow these eight rules for making and committing to powerful New Year resolutions that will put success at the top of an achievable list of goals.






VRIO Analysis - Evaluating Resources
To build, maintain, and improve your market position, you need to identify, develop and protect your most valuable resources. Find out how to start doing this.



How to Reboot Your Career Video
Changing jobs can be scary at first, but it can also be a great adventure. Watch this video and discover 10 ways to reboot your career.



Ohmae's 3Cs Model - Bringing Together Different Aspects of Strategic Thinking
Strip down your business strategy to its essentials using Ohmae's 3Cs Model, and determine how to gain a competitive edge in your market.



Punctuation Basics - Part 1 - Using Periods, Commas, Colons, and Semicolons
In this punctuation guide, Improve your written communication by understanding why, when, where, and how to use periods, commas, colons, and semicolons.



8 Ways to Beat Loneliness in the Workplace - Preventing People From Feeling Isolated
Loneliness is a growing problem in workplaces, but you can prevent it by building a culture of community and connection using these 8 steps.



Running Effective Meetings - Establishing an Objective and Sticking to It
Learn how to organize and run effective and successful meetings. Includes a free agenda worksheet.



Newsletter 506: What Are You Worth at Work?
In this newsletter, find out how to boost your value at work!



8 Ways To Add Value to Meetings - Making a Strong Contribution
Make meetings more informative and engaging, and perform at your best, by learning practical approaches to adding value to meetings.



Cog's Ladder - Understanding and Accelerating Group Formation
Cog's Ladder describes the five stages of development that teams can experience: Polite Phase, "Why are we here" Phase, Power Phase, Cooperation Phase, and Esprit Phase.






Finding Time for Professional Development - Making Learning a Lifelong Activity
Find out how to create time in your schedule for long-term professional development.



How to Apologize Video
Knowing when and how to apologize can help to heal relationships and build trust. Watch this video to find out how to say "sorry" sincerely.



Five Ways to Boost Your Brain Power - How to Apply Neuroscience in the Workplace
Neuroscience shows that you can boost your brain power with exercise, meditation, stimulation, sleep, and nutrition. Apply this knowledge in the workplace.



Newsletter 504: Working With Irritating People!
In this newsletter, find out how to deal with irritating colleagues!



How to Work With Irritating People - Dealing With Minor but Persistent Annoying Behavior
Working with irritating people can damage your morale and performance. Use these strategies to tackle annoying behavior without harming your relationships.



Expectancy Theory - Linking Motivation, Effort and Outcome
Increase team motivation and effectiveness by linking and maintaining high effort, high performance, and proper reward, using Expectancy Theory.



Newsletter 503: Offering Support From a Distance
In this newsletter, find out how to support your virtual team members in sad times.



Leading by Example - Making Sure You "Walk the Talk"
The best leaders lead by example. Learn why this is important, and find out about the possible consequences if you don't lead by example.



7 Ways to Relax After a Hard Day Video
Had a hard day at work? Watch this video for seven tips on how to relax and de-stress.



Coping With Loss in a Virtual Team - Offering Compassion From a Distance
Discover how to manage your people compassionately if you lose a member of a remote-working team through illness, bereavement, or redundancy.



How to Be a Good Role Model - Setting a Positive Example at Work
People copy their leaders' behaviors, so be a good role model by being positive, professional, conscientious, empathic, authentic, and open to learning.



Newsletter 502: The Customer Can Be Wrong!
In this newsletter, find out how to deal with overly-demanding customers!



How to Deal With Unrealistic Customers - Managing Excessive Expectations
Customer expectations aren't always realistic. Use this three-step approach to help you manage and resolve tricky requests.



What is Causal Factor Charting? - Avoid Repeating Mistakes
Investigate mistakes and accidents and help to stop them happening again by using causal factor charting to inform your root cause analysis.






The Tannenbaum-Schmidt Leadership Continuum Video
Leadership styles range from rigid authority to full freedom. Find out where your fall on the Tannenbaum-Schmidt Leadership Continuum by watching this video.



Using Affirmations - Harnessing Positive Thinking
Use daily declarations of self-worth and strength to overcome negative thinking and self-doubt, and to drive positive change in your life and career.



Mentoring Agreements and Coaching Plans - Establishing Ground Rules for a Successful Partnership
Create and implement effective mentoring agreements and coaching plans for your team members, to enhance their performance, learning and engagement.



Newsletter 500: How to Be a Great Boss!
In this newsletter, find out how to be a great boss, and win membership of the Mid Tools Club, FREE!