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How to Stay "in the Loop" - Avoiding Nasty Surprises on Your Team
Feeling "out of the loop" in your team can lead to anxiety and frustration. Use these strategies to reconnect with your people and develop an open culture.



How to Be Ethical at Work - Making the Right Call For You and Your Team
Develop a precise and simple ethical code to ensure that you maintain your reputation, make good decisions, and set your team on the right course.



Newsletter 493: Don't Get Mad, Get Even-Tempered!
In this newsletter, learn how to recognize and deal with anger in the workplace.



Just in Time (JIT) - Reducing Inventory, Minimizing Waste, and Responding to Your Customers
What if you could have what you need without having to hold a huge inventory of parts and finished stock? Find out about Just In Time manufacturing.



What Is Anger? - Understanding a Strong Emotion
Discover how to recognize anger and limit its consequences, by learning practical strategies to manage yourself and others when emotions run high.



The CEDAR Feedback Model - Feeding Back, Collaboratively
The CEDAR Feedback Model can help you to create a more engaging, collaborative and positive culture of feedback in your organization.



Newsletter 492: Now's the Time for Letting Go!
In this newsletter, learn about the art of letting go and discover the beauty of Action Plans.



10 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness
Make someone's day with a random act of kindness. Watch this video to get 10 inspirational ideas.



Interpersonal Skills: Start Here - Building Highly Effective Working Relationships
Discover how to minimize conflict and to create a harmonious, productive team by enhancing your personal skills in four key areas.



Ibarra's Nine Strategies for Reinventing Your Career - Daring to Try Out New Identities
Use these nine unconventional strategies to find the right career for you. Take action, avoid over-analysis, and experiment with different roles.



Newsletter 491: Delegation? Don't Despair!
In this newsletter, discover how to manage delegated tasks effectively by prioritizing and knowing when to say "no."



How to Accept Delegation - Managing Confidently When You're Assigned an Extra Task
Perform delegated tasks with confidence and competence by communicating effectively, organizing your time, and asking the right questions.



What is Stage-Gate Innovation? - Making Sure Only Your Best Ideas Make It to Market
Maximize the success of your new products using Stage-Gate Innovation, a rigorous "Go/Kill" filtering process designed to ensure quality and to reduce risk.



Newsletter 490: Have Confidence in Your Hiring!
In this newsletter, save time, money and heartache with more effective recruitment.



6 Traits of a True Professional
What makes a true professional? In this video we explore the six key traits that professionals have and how you can develop them.



How to Run Competency Based Interviews - Measuring Skills for Specific Roles
Competency based interviews help you to accurately assess people's suitability for a role, by comparing their skills with your requirements.



Managing in Romania - Moving Ahead in a Country Where Tech is Thriving
Get the best from your team members in Romania and tap into a high-tech future by respecting the country's emphasis on hierarchy, tradition and formality.



Newsletter 489: How Safe Is Your Outsourcing?
In this newsletter, learn how to identify what tasks and functions you can outsource safely.



The Outsourcing Decision Matrix - Analyzing the Make-or-Buy Decision
The Outsourcing Decision Matrix helps organizations to identify which activities are safe to outsource, and which should stay in-house.



Newsletter 488: How to Build an Effective Team
In this newsletter, discover how to boost your team's effectiveness



ABCD Learning Objectives Model - Outlining Learning Essentials
Discover four elements that you need to consider when writing a learning objective.



7 Ways to Build Tomorrow's Leaders
How do you know who will make the best leaders in your team? Watch this video and discover seven ways to identify who your future leaders are.



Personal Preparation for Great Decision Making - Getting Into Shape to Make the Right Call
Get in the right frame of mind for making great decisions, by understanding your "fast" and "slow" thinking modes, and preparing yourself personally.



Newsletter 487: How to Be Firm, but Fair!
In this newsletter, find out how to be more assertive at work.



How to Write a Business Case - Getting Approval and Funding for Your Project
Learn how to get clear authorization for your project to proceed, by setting out exactly what your project will and won't do, early in the project's lifecycle.



Gap Analysis - Reaching Your Ideal Future State
Use Gap Analysis to propel your project into a bright future by identifying objectives, analyzing the present situation and planning the journey.



Newsletter 486: Understand Your People Better!
In this newsletter, learn how to adapt your leadership style to suit different situations.



6 Ways to Ace an Interview Video
Say goodbye to interview anxiety! Watch this video for 6 practical tips on how to ace an interview.



Six Emotional Leadership Styles - Choosing the Right Style for the Situation
Six different styles of leadership (Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Commanding, and Pacesetting) stem from emotional intelligence.



Newsletter 485: Is Promotion the Right Reward?
In this newsletter, learn how to avoid promoting people beyond their level of competence.



How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the Peter Principle - Reducing the Risk of Failure in Your Organization
The Peter Principle states that people tend to be promoted to a level above their competence. Avoid this with effective training and hiring processes.



The Feedback Matrix - Using Feedback Constructively
The Feedback Matrix is a tool for overcoming the immediate emotional reaction to feedback, and for encouraging a positive response to good or bad feedback.



Newsletter 484: Write Compelling Cover Letters!
In this newsletter, find out how to write a great cover letter!



Mentoring - A Mutually Beneficial Partnership
How can a mentor help you develop your career? And why would anyone want to be a mentor? Find out in this article.



5 Ways to Avoid Burnout Video
Fatigued, frustrated, and fed up with work? Over time these feelings can lead to burnout. Watch this video to discover five ways you can avoid it.



How to Write a Compelling Cover Letter - Making First Impressions Count
A compelling cover letter will boost your chances of getting a job. Keep it brief, use an appropriate tone, and emphasize what you can bring to the role.



Making the Most of Employee Resource Groups - How Workplace Communities Can Drive Business Success
Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, staff-led groups that can turn special or minority interests into tangible benefits for the whole organization.



Newsletter 483: New Outlooks, Better Solutions!
In this newsletter, find out how to solve problems by looking at them from new perspectives.



Working With the Control Influence Accept Model - Giving Your Best When Problems Arise
Maximize your impact in difficult situations by focusing on what you can control or influence, and managing the elements that you have to accept.



How to Avoid Generosity Burnout - Protecting "Extra Milers" From Overdoing It
Being generous at work can make you feel good, but it can lead to overload. Avoid generosity burnout by protecting your time and prioritizing your tasks.



Degrees of Giving - Being a Generous Leader
Discover why generosity of spirit is a quality found only in the best leaders. Consider your degree of giving, and use our ideas to be a more effective leader.



The Reframing Matrix - Generating Different Perspectives
Use this simple tool to solve problems creatively, by looking at issues from several different viewpoints.



Newsletter 482: Turn Stress Into Serenity
In this newsletter, learn how to identify and manage the causes of stress.



What is Business Ethnography? - Redefine Your Customer Relationships
Business ethnography is the study of customer behavior, to find out what motivates people to buy your products, and how and why they use them.



How to Write a Design Brief - Getting Your Design Project Off to a Great Start
Working with designers can be fun and creative, but only if they understand your expectations. Achieve this by writing clear and detailed briefs for them.



Newsletter 481: Observe Better, Decide Better!
In this newsletter, find out how being more observant can help you to make better decisions.



Agile Project Management - Organizing Productive, Flexible Projects
Explore a project management approach that's ideal for constantly evolving projects.



Kano Model Analysis - Delivering Products That Will Delight
Kano Model Analysis is a powerful tool for creating profitable products or services that have exciting features or attributes your customers will love.



Sprint Retrospectives in Agile Project Management - Five Steps for a Successful Review Process
Sprint retrospectives are used in Agile project management to highlight any issues after a sprint, and to decide which lessons can be applied in future.



Newsletter 480: How to Be More Resilient!
In this newsletter, learn how to be resilient in the face of adversity.