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Networking is a state of mind

Networking is a state of mind

Networking can be defined as the activity of building and maintaining relationships with others which are supportive, and a resource to draw on, in the development of your career/business.  If you have any doubt about the merits of networking remember that people do business (or offer jobs) to people that they know and like. It is for this reason that…
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Motivate yourself to try something new

Motivate yourself to try something new

We traditionally regard the New Year as the time for 'resolutions'. Personally, I have found that the best resolutions are often made at the end of the summer, coinciding with the start of the academic year. If you find yourself lacking in motivation to consider a new course of study (or any new beginning for that matter) think about the…
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Trust at work

Trust at work

The theme explored in this article is the importance of trust and the extent to which it exists between management and staff in the workplace. Trust in business is a hot topic these days because of the number of high profile breaches of trust by leaders and leadership teams. This is not altogether surprising as breaches of trust are more likely…
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Leadership v Management

Leadership v Management

Traditional management consists of setting targets and managing to achieve those targets, and making ongoing adjustments to keep plans on track. A manager's skill set will include man management,  problem solving, process management, tracking and monitoring, testing and validation skills as well as a functional expertise. Every organization needs good managers to ensure that business objectives are met and risks…
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Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership

There have been numerous studies into the style, characteristics and traits of great leaders in order to determine what it takes to be a leader. While we have lots of insights from this research no magic formula has emerged, simply because everybody is different, with their own unique leadership approach. So if you want to excel as a leader you…
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Motivation in the workplace

Motivation in the workplace

How motivated are you, and those that work for you or with you? A committed workforce is essential to the achievement of organizational goals. Individuals must be motivated in order to succeed. As job performance is the product of ability and motivation, it follows  that if an individual's motivation is low job performance will inevitability suffer regardless of the individuals…
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Test your assumptions

Test your assumptions

We could not function if we did not make assumptions - things we assume to be true and which form the basis for our decision making. However, when we make a mistake it is because one of our assumptions is incorrect. The assumption may never have been accurate or it was true at one time but not now. It is…
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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

You may be (or aspire to be ) in a leadership role but do you have what it takes ? Test yourself against the following leadership checklist : 1. Do you set your own targets, with a high performance bar ? 2. Is passion for what you do your key driver (not the potential for external rewards)? 3. Do you seek out…
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Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Those who are  high in emotional intelligence* are in touch, on a real time basis, with their emotional triggers and have the capacity to choose responses to events which deliver optimal results. They are highly motivated to succeed and have a 'functional' relationship with themselves (self awareness, self regulation ) and others (empathy, social skills). They also have the capacity…
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Mistakes

Mistakes

The dictionary definition of a mistake includes errors of judgement, poor decisions, misconceptions, and misunderstandings. Mistakes come from lack of something - awareness, knowledge, caring, understanding etc Making progess is only possible if mistakes are recognized.  In any situation where there is an impasse it is wise to look for a 'mistake', some incorrect interpretation of events, incorrect assumptions or…
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