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How to Stay Productive While Traveling – Being Efficient on the Road

[ad_1] Being Efficient on the Road © iStockphotoErikKhalitovHave you packed everything you need to stay productive? Travel is often one of the perks of working with team members or customers around the world. Doing business with people face-to-face is often more effective and productive than doing it over the phone or via email, and working with colleagues in different countries can be exciting and rewarding. But how can you stay productive while you're on the move? Irregular work schedules, limited resources, disrupted sleep, lack of exercise, and separation from friends and family can all take their toll. You may feel tired, and accomplish less than you'd planned as a result. In this article, we'll explore how you can be happy and effective...

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Newsletter 482: Turn Stress Into Serenity

[ad_1] Turn Stress Into Serenity Chances are, your life at work can often feel challenging, demanding and stressful.We've all experienced short-term stress from time to time, when an important deadline is approaching, for example. But knowing how to pinpoint causes of stress can prevent it from becoming a serious, long-term problem. Our articles, Stress Diaries and Managing Stress, can help you to do this. We can also feel stress when work demands overwhelm other important areas of our lives. Read our article, The Wheel of Life, to find out how to bring things back into balance. Download Your FREE Resilience Toolkit!One of the most important ways that you can proof...

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How to Run an Accelerated Recruitment Drive – Successfully Hiring on a Mass Scale

[ad_1] Successful Hiring on a Mass Scale © iStockphotoandresrStart your new members off on the same foot. Recruitment can be tricky, even at the best of times. You have to consider many factors – for instance, are candidates suitably qualified? Do they have the knowledge, skills and attitude to do a great job? Will they fit in with the corporate culture? Are they truly interested in the role?  But imagine recruiting people into a number of different roles within your organization, all at the same time, while still maintaining the "quality" of those new hires. This process is known as "accelerated recruitment." In this article, we'll look at the unique challenges and opportunities that hiring managers face when planning these events.  What Is Accelerated Recruitment? Accelerated recruitment...

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The Cynefin Framework – Using the Most Appropriate Problem-Solving Process

[ad_1] Using the Most Appropriate Problem-Solving Process © iStockphotoJaap2Make the best move with the Cynefin framework. The most effective leaders understand that problem solving is not a "one-size-fits-all" process. They know that their actions depend on the situation, and they make better decisions by adapting their approach to changing circumstances. But how do you know which approach you should use in a particular situation? And how can you avoid making the wrong decision? In this article we'll look at the Cynefin framework, a tool that helps you make better decisions by assessing the situation you find yourself in. About the Tool Cynefin, pronounced "ku-nev-in," is a Welsh word that translates as "place" or "habitat." However, it can also be used...

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Team-Building Exercises – Leadership – Developing Leaders for the Future

[ad_1] Developing Leaders for the Future © iStockphotorglinskyLead your team from the front. What do a marshmallow, dry spaghetti, some string, and a yard of tape have to do with team building and leadership? Nothing, you might think, until you listen to a TED talk by Tom Wujec, a designer who developed the Marshmallow Challenge team-building exercise. This, and other team-building activities, may seem silly at first blush, and often people put them down as nothing but a pointless bit of fun. However, when they are correctly thought through and facilitated, they can help your team build important leadership skills, and allow you to identify future leaders. In this article, we'll explore how to run three team-building exercises that focus...

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10 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep – Find out how to get Some Good-Quality Sleep

[ad_1] © iStockphotojohnrichA nap during the day can help recharge your batteries. Many of us don't get enough sleep. In the morning, we're up early getting the kids ready for school, or we're at the gym, squeezing in a workout before heading to the office. In the evening, we have commitments after work, such as attending corporate functions, or we're catching up with personal admin, so we turn into bed late. And, when our heads finally hit the pillow, we're so busy thinking about what's coming up the next day, we can't even drop off! Rather than thinking about good sleep as a "nice to have," getting a proper night's sleep should be one of our top priorities. Not having...

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Moving Into Your First Management Role – Learning to be a Successful Manager

[ad_1] Learning to Be a Successful Manager © iStockphotoTomAlongKornA good manager leads by example. If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you've recently landed a new role, and you're about to become a manager for the very first time. Congratulations!  As a new manager, it's possible that you'll be faced with some unfamiliar challenges, like developing processes, setting goals and priorities for your team, and making sure that everyone is working to their full potential.  You may be feeling anxious about others' expectations of you. Will your boss expect you to "hit the ground running"? Are your team's goals too ambitious? What kind of guidance and support will you receive?  Whether you're a seasoned professional who's making the transition from...

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Beware the Mid-Career Slump – Bouncing Back From a Career Plateau

[ad_1] Bouncing Back From a Career Plateau © iStockphotosloboBounce back from a mid-career slump. Stop and think about how you felt at the start of your career. Chances are, you were excited about the possibilities that lay ahead, and keen to develop your skills and expertise. You were full of ideas, and you probably set ambitious goals to keep yourself moving forward. Towards the end of your working life, there's a good chance that you'll feel satisfied and rewarded by how far you've come. You'll hopefully have had ample opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills and, as a result, you'll be respected and consulted on key projects. You might also be nearing retirement and looking forward to the next stage of your life....

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Team-Building Exercises – Strategy and Planning – Engaging Ways to Build Core Skills

[ad_1] Engaging Ways to Build Core Skills © iStockphotovgajicBuilding strategy skills helps teams to set their own path. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.– Reid Hoffman. How does your company approach strategic planning? Traditionally, strategy is developed by an executive team and rolled out to the rest of the company for implementation. But today's rapidly changing commercial environment, coupled with the growing popularity of agile business practices, means that many organizations are now moving away from a formal, top-down approach. Our current climate calls for a more flexible method that allows teams to shape their own path (while following organizational goals and guidelines). So, it's important...

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Managing in Poland – Achieving Success in a Changing Culture

[ad_1] Achieving Success in a Changing Culture © iStockphotovisual7Find out how to manage successfully in Poland. Like many countries in Europe, Poland experienced dramatic changes over the past century, most notably during World War II and in the 1990s after the fall of communism. These events greatly influenced its people, their values and ideologies, and the country itself – its borders have been redrawn numerous times. Poland has thrived despite these challenges, and many of its traditions have remained. For example, the country has a long history of supporting the arts, including music, painting and literature. As a result, its society and culture are interesting and sophisticated. Poland has also managed to preserve many of its heritage sites, which serve...

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