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Punctuation Basics – Part 1 – Using Periods, Commas, Colons, and Semicolons

[ad_1] © GettyImagesLdFKey in the correct punctuation for clear commmunication Callum stares in horror at the email from his manager, Lynne. He worked hard on the newsletter, and it should have been great… but. "The punctuation is appalling," Lynne has written. "It looks unprofessional. We need to talk." Lynne has covered his final draft with corrections, many of which he doesn't even understand. What was the difference between a colon and a semicolon? The problem Callum faces is a common one. Many people find punctuation tough and, if it isn't your strong point, you risk producing substandard written work. In this article, we look at periods, commas, colons, and semicolons – punctuation that adds pauses and which helps you to...

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8 Ways to Beat Loneliness in the Workplace – Preventing People From Feeling Isolated

[ad_1] © GettyImageslechatnoirDon't allow loneliness to get the better of you. Beat it with these eight steps. Lara sits at her desk, watching the office fill up. Groups of people chat excitedly about their weekends and exchange news over coffee as they settle down to work. Suddenly, she feels that familiar pain rising in her chest. She'd love to be a part of these conversations, but she just doesn't feel able to approach the group. She's not part of the "in crowd." As the day goes on, Lara works diligently and tries to ignore the growing feeling of isolation. But she knows that she's not working to her best. By the end of the day, she feels unhappy, anxious and...

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Newsletter 506: What Are You Worth at Work?

[ad_1] What Are You Worth at Work? Every asset in your organization has a value - including you! But unlike many inanimate assets, you have the potential to soar in value! So, how can you boost your worth at work?Doing even the little things well can help to "raise your stock." For example, you can enhance your reputation as a "doer" with our article, 8 Ways to Add Value to Meetings.Understanding and using your unique strengths and talents are key to highlighting your value to your organization. Find out how to identify and make the most of your skills with our articles, Core Competencies Analysis and Personal SWOT Analysis. Enjoy...

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Running Effective Meetings – Establishing an Objective and Sticking to It

[ad_1] © iStockphotoRawpixelEfficient and successful meetings. There are good meetings and there are bad meetings. Bad meetings drone on forever, you never seem to get to the point, and you leave wondering why you were even present. Effective ones leave you energized and feeling that you've really accomplished something. So, what makes a meeting effective? This really boils down to three things: They achieve the meeting's objective. They take up a minimum amount of time. They leave participants feeling that a sensible process has been followed. If you structure your meeting planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up around these three basic criteria, the result will be an effective meeting. 1. The Meeting's Objective An effective meeting serves a useful purpose. This...

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8 Ways To Add Value to Meetings – Making a Strong Contribution

[ad_1] © GettyImagesscyther5Add value to that meeting and watch the ideas begin to flow. Have you ever come out of a meeting feeling that you didn't perform at your best? Maybe you forgot to bring data to backup a colleague, or felt that you didn't get your point across, or just sat in silence for long periods. Meetings don't have to be like this and, with the right approach, it's possible to make valuable contributions to meetings, and so get more from them. In this article, we'll explore eight practical ways that you can do this. Why Adding Value Matters Bringing value to meetings can benefit you and your colleagues. On a personal level, it can help to position you...

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Cog's Ladder – Understanding and Accelerating Group Formation

[ad_1] © GettyImagesGannet77Get your team pulling in the same direction. Imagine the scenario: you've been put in charge of an important project, and its success hinges on your ability to coordinate the efforts of a large and talented group. But, at the outset, people are only interacting tentatively, and they don't seem focused on the job. Fast forward a little, and certain personalities are beginning to clash. Will the team ever reach a stage where everyone is working together effectively enough to deliver the project? Right now, things aren't looking too promising. Managing a new group and its relationships can seem difficult, chaotic or doomed to end in disappointment. But there's a pattern to the chaos, and understanding that pattern...

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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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