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Common mistakes leaders make when communicating change

Common mistakes leaders make when communicating change When the majority of leadership experts are asked to identify the skills managers will need to give priority to the most over the course of the next five years, the answer is always change management. The reason for this is that no one can really predict how exactly the future will unfold other than the obvious fact that change is imminent. With new changes coming out daily, political unrest and a myriad of other reasons, the next five years can be very mercurial. This places a lot of pressure on leaders as the […]

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The new rules of learning that every professional should follow

The new rules of learning that every professional should follow In the recent past, life was basically divided into three distinct areas – learning, working and leisure or retirement. The idea behind this concept is that you spend your early life learning and mastering the skills needed to get you a job in a specific field and you spend your career life working in that field. Then, once you hit the mid-50s, you would retire and do all those things you missed out when you were working. This 3-stage model has worked pretty well as jobs were static and a […]

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6 important things you should do before making any negotiation

6 important things you should do before making any negotiation We know how stressful negotiations can be, particularly for people who don’t negotiate often. And to make things harder, people are don’t negotiate often are generally forced to negotiate with professional negotiators making their task even more difficult. For instance, when you buy a car, you have to negotiate and it could be the first time you’ve been put in the situation of negotiation after years. But for the salesperson, you could be the tenth negotiation they’ve already had for the day. The same applies in the professional world as […]

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Common mistakes people make with their body language

Common mistakes people make with their body language Did you know that 93% of language is non-verbal? This means that we can understand what people are saying based on their body language and according to a study, it’s about 7% of the world we use that make an impact; the remaining 93% is made up of our body language and tone of voice. This means that people will understand what you say regardless of your body language but the way they respond to you relies heavily on your body language. The point here is that body language matters- probably a […]

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Common mistakes organizations make when they survey their employees

Common mistakes organizations make when they survey their employees With companies becoming increasingly concerned about employee engagement, learning and development and HR, organization leaders are relying heavily on employee surveys to get insights in to the experience and minds of the workforce. This is a very good move as employee surveys are possibly the best way of getting real feedback from your staff as well as an excellent way to assess attitudes and strategy. But, there are some common mistakes these organizational surveys characteristically make: – Being too broad When you’re trying to measure staff attitude, you have to be […]

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How to measure the strength of your managers

How to measure the strength of your managers The main focus of learning and development leaders throughout the business world is their bosses and a great deal of money and time is spent in developing good managers. And this is the right course of action as impressive managers can go on to make a huge difference on the overall performance of the business and the effectiveness of employees. So while developing strong leader is certainly a huge goal, what does a good manager look like and how can you efficiently measure their effectiveness? This depends largely on your business goals […]

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Five traits of the most desirable companies to work for

Five traits of the most desirable companies to work for A list was released by LinkedIn that showed the companies professionals were most eager to apply to and the companies that best retained the professionals they hired. The list featured an eclectic mix of organizations- from Google to Unilever with Apple topping the list. Noticeably, the one factor these companies all shared was that they know how to build an employer brand. Beyond that, here are five traits all these companies have in common that make them attractive choices for professionals. 1.They are open on how demanding working at their […]

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Tips to perfect the correct business handshake

Tips to perfect the correct business handshake Shaking hands has been the norm of human interaction since the early Ancient Greeks. It originated as a sign of peace and indicated that neither person was holding a weapon against the other. Twenty-five centuries later and the handshake remains as the go-to greeting throughout the world, predominantly in business. In today’s era, a handshake can imply so many things and research proves this by stating that a strong handshake leads to more deals closed, more consequential conversation and even boost a job applicant’s chance of getting hired. And yet, many of us […]

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The best organizations build super stars – Not hire them

The best organizations build superstars – not hire them A study found that the best way forward for organizations is to build superstars instead of hiring them. After analyzing the performance of companies who hired superstars, the study reported that the majority of these star performers didn’t meet the expectations of their companies, didn’t stay long enough to make any real impact, decreased the morale of their teams and ultimately lowered the valuation of their companies drastically as well. On the other hand, the study also found that the most successful companies didn’t have the habit of hiring these super […]

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How new managers can assert their authority

How new managers can assert their authority For a newly pointed manager, the first week of work can feel rather paradoxical. On one hand, they must establish a good rapport with their team and must open up avenues of communication to be regarded as authentic and genuine. One the other hand, they also have to establish the same thing with their boss. So how do new managers establish their authority? Highlighted below are three tips that new mangers should do within their first month of the job and these tips will help them build a strong rapport with their team […]

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