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The Simplex Process

[ad_1] A Robust Creative Problem-Solving Process  When you're solving business problems, it's all-too-easy easy to skip over important steps in the problem-solving process, meaning that you can miss good solutions, or, worse still, fail to identify the problem correctly in the first place. One way to prevent this happening is by using the Simplex Process. This powerful step-by-step tool helps you identify and solve problems creatively and effectively. It guides you through each stage of the problem-solving process, from finding the problem to implementing a solution. This helps you to ensure that your solutions are creative, robust and well considered. In this article and in the video, below, we'll look at each step of the Simplex Process. We'll also review...

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How to Structure a Presentation – Choosing the Best Format for Your Audience

[ad_1] Choosing the Best Format for Your Audience © iStockphotojohnnyscriv Have you ever sat through a rambling, disorganized presentation? If so, you probably found it hard to follow what the speaker was saying. When presentations don't flow well, it's easy for audiences to get lost. This is why it's important to think carefully about the structure and organization of your presentation. In this article, we'll explore some common structures that you can use next time you speak in front of other people.  The Importance of Structure Without a defined structure, your audience may not be able to follow your presentation. When this happens, your opportunity is lost, the communication fails, and your reputation takes a hit. For example, if your...

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How Good is Your Goal Setting? – Are you Meeting Your Goals, or Missing out?

[ad_1] Are You Meeting Your Goals, or Missing Out? © iStockphotoCEFutcher Think back to a time when you set yourself a goal but didn't achieve it. Perhaps you planned to get fitter, or learn a new language. You probably felt frustrated when you realized that you'd failed. But did you reflect on what went wrong, and think about how you could improve next time? If you repeatedly miss the targets that you've set yourself at work, you may find that your career begins to stall. For example, if you keep failing to develop new skills, other team members might get promoted ahead of you. And if you become known as someone who sets goals but doesn't achieve them, this can...

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Time Management Mistakes

[ad_1] Avoiding Common Pitfalls  How well do you manage your time? If you're like many people, your answer may not be completely positive! Perhaps you feel overloaded, and you often have to work late to hit your deadlines. Or maybe your days seem to go from one crisis to another, and this is stressful and demoralizing. Many of us know that we could be managing our time more effectively; but it can be difficult to identify the mistakes that we're making, and to know how we could improve. When we do manage our time well, however, we're exceptionally productive at work, and our stress levels drop. We can devote time to the interesting, high-reward projects that can make a real difference to a career....

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Gap Analysis – Reaching Your Ideal Future State

[ad_1] Reaching Your Ideal Future State © GettyImagesportishead1Bridge the gap to drive your project forward You may be familiar with the proverb, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Wise words indeed. But, in a business setting, how can you be sure that the first steps you take with a project will take it to the right place? How do you get from where you are now, to where you want to be in six months or a year? One answer to this question is Gap Analysis. It's a useful technique that enables you to identify the gap between your current situation and the future state that you want to be in, along with the tasks...

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Team-Building Exercises – Communication – Fun Ways to Build Communication Skills

[ad_1] Six Ways to Improve Communication Skills © iStockphotoaxnjax"Build a bridge" is just one exercise you can use to get communication flowing. How well do your team members communicate with one another? Poor communication lies at the root of many problems. It can lead to mistakes, quality problems, conflict, missed deadlines, and lost opportunities. That's why it can often pay to help your people to develop their communication skills. One way of doing this is to use appropriate team-building activities. Not only can these boost people's communication skills, but they can also help them to build good relationships with one another. In this article, we'll look at six team-building exercises that can help your people to communicate better. You can...

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Bain's RAPID Framework – Assigning Roles to Avoid Stalemate

[ad_1] Assigning Roles to Avoid Stalemate © iStockphotopictorico Caroline works in the marketing department of a major auto manufacturer. Her team has been using focus groups to identify the features customers want in their next generation of car. After extensive market research, the team has finalized its list of essentials.   Unfortunately, Caroline's list is quite different from the one that the product development team has put together.  Both groups believe that they have the authority to decide which features should be included in the new model, but they can't agree on what those features should be. They've spent so much time arguing over this that progress on the car has stalled.   Does this scenario sound familiar to you?...

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Newsletter 486: Understand Your People Better!

[ad_1] Understand Your People Better! To be a successful leader, you have to understand what "makes your people tick," and be able to engage with them emotionally. But how do you use that knowledge to be a better leader?For a start, if you understand your people, you can adapt your leadership style to meet their needs and the situation you're in. You can learn how to do this with our article, Six Emotional Leadership Styles.You'll be able to this more successfully if you know how to "read" people, and understand how your own emotions and actions impact others. You can discover more about this in our articles, Empathy at Work...

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Running Successful Webinars – Bringing Online Learning to Life

[ad_1] Bringing Online Learning to Life © iStockphotobagi1998 Imagine that your boss has asked you to train your team on a new process that the organization is rolling out. Your team members are spread out all over the world, and resources aren't available to fly them in for a training session. One option is to create an online video, but you'd like everyone to participate in real time. The group work that you've planned will improve your team members' learning experience, and give people a chance to bond with one another. In the end, you decide to use a webinar because it's easy to set up, it's inexpensive, and it addresses all of your other concerns. Organizations often use webinars to...

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Team-Building Exercises

[ad_1] Planning Activities That Actually WorkYou've probably been involved in a team-building activity at some point. Perhaps it was a weekend retreat, or an afternoon at the climbing gym learning to rely on one another, or a day on the golf course getting to know everyone. But, whether or not you and your colleagues enjoyed the experience, what happened when your team members returned to the office? Did they go back to their usual behavior – perhaps arguing over small assignments, or refusing to cooperate with each other? The 'day of fun' may have been a nice break from business, but did your colleagues actually use any of the lessons that they learned once they were back in the workplace?...

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