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Finding Time for Professional Development – Making Learning a Lifelong Activity

[ad_1] © VeerHans-Joachim SchneiderIt's important to make time for professional development. We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. – Pete Drucker, management consultant and writer. How often do you set aside time to learn new skills? Chances are, not as often as you'd like! If you're like many people, you're keen to learn, but you struggle to find the time. So, how can you make this time, develop your knowledge, and increase your value, both to your organization and to future employers? Why Make Time for Professional Development? If you're a manager, you'll know how important it is to ensure that...

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Newsletter 505: Take a Fresh Look at Problems

[ad_1] Taking a Fresh Look at Problems "If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." ~ anonChances are, you've stared at a problem and just gone round in circles as you look for a solution. Often, adopting a new perspective is all that's needed.You can explore powerful strategies for looking at a problem through a "fresh pair of eyes" with our articles, The Reframing Matrix and Six Thinking Hats.Also, see our article, Brainstorming, to find out how you can use this powerful tool to generate creative solutions and ideas most effectively, on your own or in a group.Enjoy this newsletter! ...

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Five Ways to Boost Your Brain Power – How to Apply Neuroscience in the Workplace

[ad_1] © GettyImagesMonsitjDiscover how to keep your brain in tip-top condition. We all want a bigger, better brain, right? In recent years, everything from harmless (but mostly ineffective) brain-training apps to fanciful "real-time dream recording" have become available to help us to achieve that goal. But there have been genuine developments in neuroscience that have enabled scientists to track physical changes in our brains, and their causes, ever more accurately. Some of this new research can be applied in the workplace, and it may help you to perform better, to lower your stress levels, to learn faster, and to feel healthier. In this article, we review some of the latest evidence-based research and explore five practical ways in which you...

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Newsletter 504: Working With Irritating People!

[ad_1] Working With Irritating People! Positive relationships at work are great for morale and productivity. But what can you do if you're being "driven to distraction" by a colleague's trivial, but incredibly irritating, habits?If you've developed a nervous tic because the team member sitting next you keeps cracking his knuckles, then see our article for tips on How to Work With Irritating People. You can also learn how to get on with people better with our article, Building Great Work Relationships.Some behaviors go beyond being an annoyance, and you can learn how to handle them with our article, Five Ways to Deal With Rudeness in the Workplace.Enjoy this newsletter! ...

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How to Work With Irritating People – Dealing With Minor but Persistent Annoying Behavior

[ad_1] © GettyImagesRCKellerIs someone's irritating behavior a "thorn in your side"? Greg grits his teeth and takes a deep breath. "Be calm," he tells himself. "Don't let it get to you. It's just Carl being Carl." But Greg has been gritting his teeth for months now, and he's finding Carl's irritating behavior increasingly disruptive and distracting. There's the frequent cursing, the "reply all" to emails, the smelly sandwiches, and the black hole of scattered papers that is his desk. Greg doesn't know what to do. Should he continue to ignore it and pretend everything's fine? Confront Carl? Talk to his supervisor? Go to HR? Or maybe even look for a job in another department? In this article, we look at...

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Expectancy Theory – Linking Motivation, Effort and Outcome

[ad_1] © GettyImagesFloortjeLinking effort to outcome can be a great motivator for making something special. What drives you to go the extra mile to bring in a project on time? Or to deliver the highest-quality customer service? Chances are, it's the belief that you'll be rewarded for your effort. The harder you work, the higher your performance level, and the greater your reward. This simple chain of perceived cause and effect is the basis of Expectancy Theory. It advocates creating and maintaining strong links between high effort, high performance, and proper reward. In this article, we'll explore how you can put the theory into practice, to motivate your team. ... Access the Full Article This article is only available in...

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Leading by Example – Making Sure You "Walk the Talk"

[ad_1] © VeerGreg EppersonLead your people by example to success. There's the boss who tells everyone to stay late, and then leaves promptly at 5:00pm to go golfing. There's the supervisor who criticizes everyone for spending time on the Internet, but is discovered buying groceries online in the middle of the afternoon. And the CFO who recommends layoffs to stop "unnecessary spending," but then buys herself brand-new luxury office furniture. Do you know any of these people? There's hardly anything worse for company morale than leaders who practice the "Do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. When this happens, you can almost see the loss of enthusiasm and goodwill among the staff. It's like watching the air go...

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Newsletter 503: Offering Support From a Distance

[ad_1] Mind Tools will treat your email address with complete respect and will not circulate it to any third party. (Click here to view our Privacy Policy.) If you have enjoyed this issue, please do email it on to your friends and co-workers. To find out about new resources on the Mind Tools site as soon as they're uploaded, click here to subscribe to the Mind Tools RSS feed (you'll need an RSS newsreader installed). You can also use Mind Tools in your organization. Our corporate division provides solutions from 25 to 10,000+ users and we connect seamlessly with leading LMS/Portals, so you can put our unique toolkit directly into the hands of your workforce. Find out more here. ...

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How to Be a Good Role Model – Setting a Positive Example at Work

[ad_1] © VeerAlexanderShalamovWho looks up to you? Have you ever worked with someone you really looked up to? Perhaps you worked under a leader who always kept her cool, even when she was facing enormous pressure. Or maybe you looked up to one of your employees, who always managed to stay positive, even when he was faced with a series of tough challenges. All of us have probably worked with people like this. But, have you ever thought about your own actions and behavior? Are you a good role model for those around you? In this article, we'll explore the benefits of being a good role model, and we'll highlight what you can work on to become a better role model...

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Newsletter 502: The Customer Can Be Wrong!

[ad_1] The Customer Can Be Wrong! Your customers are the lifeblood of your business but, chances are, they have sometimes been the source of great frustration!For example, you might have experienced customers who make "champagne demands" but only have beer money to pay for them. You can explore strategies for handling such situations with our article, How to Deal With Unrealistic Customers.Also, our article, Creating a Value Proposition, reveals how you can persuade your customers that your products or services meet their wants and values. And read How to Handle Brinkmanship for strategies to use if their demands end with, "Or else!"Enjoy this newsletter! ...

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