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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS NOT A DESTINATION – IT IS A JOURNEY

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS NOT A DESTINATION – IT IS A JOURNEY The question- ‘What did you learn today’ will seem familiar to you if you are a parent of a school-age child. But this question is just as important for developing leaders to ask themselves as they make their way through their leadership role. After you’ve made your way to the top of the corporate ladder or reached a certain level of your career, it’s very easy to just sit back and operate on autopilot. However, settling for the status quo and never taking risks or learning new things will […]

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HOW TO SELL YOUR VISION AND IDEAS USING THE ELEVATOR PITCH

HOW TO SELL YOUR VISION AND IDEAS USING THE ELEVATOR PITCH Being an executive, manager or an employee, working with innovation means you always have something to sell. However, during the development of your revenue-generator, it is your vision and ideas that you have to sell first to internal and external stakeholders. In this article, we are going to take a look at how you can sell your vision and ideas by using the elevator pitch. An elevator pitch or elevator speech is an idea for a service, product or project. The term reflects the fact that an elevator pitch […]

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HOW OPEN-MINDED ARE YOU?

HOW OPEN-MINDED ARE YOU? Open mindedness is the readiness and enthusiasm to listen and consider contradictory or opposing views. People who are open minded are often receptive to fresh, novel ideas, even if those ideas challenge their deeply-rooted beliefs. Moreover, open minded people are more willing to admit that they can be wrong. On the other hand, those with closed minds do not contemplate ideas that contradict their strong beliefs. Instead, they reject and oppose anything that challenges their viewpoint of things and only gather input that supports it. Most people believe that they are open-minded but that in itself […]

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5 WAYS TO DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL MENTORING PROGRAM

  5 WAYS TO DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL MENTORING PROGRAM Starting a mentoring program for your company is always a good idea as it helps you to motivate, retain and expand the talents of your existing employees. A mentoring program also appeals largely to workers of all ages, regardless of whether they want immediate feedback or prolonged coaching to enhance their skills. However, many corporate mentoring programs continue to fail and the reason for this is the lack of understanding regarding the concept of mentoring. This is why it’s important to master five key steps to ensure a successful and long-lasting […]

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How to look more confident during a presentation

How to look more confident during a presentation Most of us know the anxiety of delivering a presentation in front of an audience but what is interesting to note is that the body language of the presenter can actually define their level of confidence and effectiveness of the overall presentation. There are people who practically shake on the inside but are able to expose a confident aura through positive body language. This also includes maintaining eye contact with audience, using gestures and smiling while delivering the presentation. A sure-fire way of having points reduced from your presentation is when you […]

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How to know if you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile

How to know if you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile First off, you have to understand that LinkedIn is mainly a reputation and relationship building platform and not a sales vehicle. LinkedIn is used in the sense that one would sell oneself in an interview as opposed to selling one’s services or products. Using LinkedIn as a sales megaphone to advertise your services is a sure fire way of driving away prospective clients. Just as a website is the central point of a business’s marketing procedure, a LinkedIn profile is the foundation of your personal brand. Are […]

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HR’S FUNDAMENTAL ROLE IN HOW EMPLOYEES USE UP THEIR TIME, ENERGY AND TALENT

HR’S FUNDAMENTAL ROLE IN HOW EMPLOYEES USE UP THEIR TIME, ENERGY AND TALENT HR’s value and efficiency has always been a favourite topic of debate in business. Complaints about HR usually include things like weak and reactive business partnering, inadequate talent recruitment, unintelligible communication and time wasting processes. Defects in HR can be bad for a company but it also has a vital role to play in helping an organization make the best use of its human workforce capital. Human capital, not financial capital, is today’s scarcest resource. It can be calculated in the three ways listed below: Time – […]

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The psychology of motivating employees by training and development

The psychology of motivating employees by training and development Having low self-belief can cause poor moods and this leads to people falling short of achieving their potential. At the same time, being overly self-confident can also be harmful as it leads to an inability to learn from mistakes and failures. In the business world, however, managing the complete spectrum of self-belief is a skill in its own right and team leaders and managers can use the resources available at their disposal to strike a productive balance of self-confidence among their employees. The ethics of employee development Before you make the […]

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Balancing hard skills with soft skills training

Balancing hard skills with soft skills training Those who run a human resource management or business will understand that helping employees improve their skills is going to be incredibly helpful for the business or company in the long run. However, one factor that is misinterpreted is when the managers focus solely on training their hard skills that include technical and software skills and completely overlook soft skills which are equally important. The reason for this is that most companies around the world focus on honing the soft skills of staff that are at a level of authority within the company […]

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How to improve your strategic thinking skills

How to improve your strategic thinking skills If you’ve ever received feedback that you need to be more strategic, you know how frustrating it can be and you’re never given concrete guidance on how to go on being more strategic. So let’s discuss what specific steps you can take to be more strategic in your current career role. One of the first tings you’ve got to do is to change your mindset. If you believe that strategic thinking is only reserved for senior members, think again. It can and should happen at every level of an organization and it’s one […]

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