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Coping With Loss on 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!



Team Management - Start Here - Discover 115 Top Team Management Skills
Discover 115 top management tools and skills you need to be a great boss - including how to recruit, motivate and develop a highly effective team.



Lazarus and Folkman's Transactional Model of Stress and Coping - Coping in Stressful Situations
Don't let stressful situations get the better of you. Use Lazarus and Folkman's stress management model to manage your emotions and your actions.



Newsletter 499: Feel the Need to Speed Read!
In this newsletter, discover the advantages of being a faster, more efficient reader.



6 Ways to Energize Your Workplace Video
A fun and uplifting workplace can help to inspire and invigorate your people. Watch this video to discover six ways to energize your work environment.



8 Ways to Raise Your Team Members' Profiles - Creating Positive Narratives About Your People
Learn how to improve the visibility of your team members in the workplace, to raise their profiles and encourage them to reach their full potential.






Avoiding Groupthink - Avoiding Sometimes-Fatal Flaws in Group Decision Making
GroupThink can fatally undermine group decision making. This Mind Tools article helps you avoid it.



Pink's Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Framework - Encouraging Self-Motivation
Harness the power of intrinsic motivation by giving your people greater autonomy, enabling them to master skills they want to develop, and creating purpose.



Lean Manufacturing - Working More Efficiently by Tackling Waste
Follow the five steps of the lean manufacturing framework to reduce waste and boost your organization's efficiency and competitiveness.



Newsletter 497: Dust off That Job Description!
In this newsletter, learn how to use powerful job descriptions to fire people's passion for their roles.



How to Balance Pressure and Performance Using the Inverted-U Model
Watch this video to find out how you can use pressure to optimize team performance using the Inverted-U Model.



How to Use Job Descriptions - Being Clear about Roles and Goals
Develop job descriptions that show meaning and value as well as duties. Write a JD to instill passion in people, and include goals and success factors.



Managing a Team of Experts - Getting the Best From Specialists
Manage experts on your team successfully by following this seven-step strategy for helping them to feel engaged, respected and to achieve their potential.



Newsletter 496: How to Be Healthy at Work
In this newsletter, find out how to help your team to be happy and healthy at work!



Improving Physical Health and Well-Being at Work - Avoiding the Dangers of Sitting Down
Discover how encouraging health and fitness can improve the working lives of you and your team, and boost productivity and performance in your organization.



Understanding Your Locus of Control - Taking Responsibility for Your Own Success
By understanding your locus of control - the level of influence you have over your life - you can take back control of your career and make it a success.



Newsletter 495: Declare War on Procrastination!
In this newsletter, discover how to beat the terrible "time thief," procrastination!



Authenticity - How to Be True to Yourself
Find out why authenticity is so important, and learn how to start living authentically.



10 Ways to Become a Star Team Player Video
Get a reputation as an exceptional team member by watching this video and finding out 10 ways you can become a star in the making!



Achieving Economies of Scale - Understanding Why Bigger Can Be Better
Discover how companies achieve economies of scale and boost profits, by tapping into the cost-saving factors that are triggered by growth.






Newsletter 494: Is Your "Finger on the Pulse"?
In this newsletter, find out how to reconnect with your team at "ground level."



Breaking the Glass Ceiling - Reaching for the Top with Everyday Tools
Many of us can hit invisible barriers that seem to keep us from career success. You don't have to accept this fate. Learn how to smash through that glass ceiling!



How to Manage Your Career Video
Do you feel adrift in your career and frustrated it hasn't turned out the way you want? Watch this video for seven tips on how take back control and get the job you really want.



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.



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.



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



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.