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  • How to make hard decisions easier

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    A wise person once said: “All the decisions we have to make are hard, because the easy ones have already been taken,’ or words to that effect. Nowhere does this ring true more than in the business world, where livelihoods and huge sums of money are at stake. For some, decision-making is an easy process they barely have to stop and think about, whereas for others it causes a ...

  • Why continuous learning is so important for your career

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    In a rapidly evolving workplace, where technology and best practice can change at breakneck speed, it’s essential that your knowledge and skills are kept fresh and current. By demonstrating that you are across the latest industry trends, are aware of key insights and can apply these to your work ethic, you will set yourself apart from the competition. If you can demonstrate ...

  • Behaviours that could damage your career

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    How you behave at work can significantly impact how you are perceived by your colleagues and employers. Are you self-aware enough to know how you’re seen by others and able to gauge what they think of you? Most of us have little or no idea about the facial expressions we display or the body language we use yet are acutely aware of other people’s. It’s little wonder, then, th...

  • Key tips for new managers

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    Be honest: did you get your promotion because of your technical skills or because of your leadership ability? Good managers ideally need to have a complementary blend of both these key qualities, so if your strengths lie more in one area than the other, then you’ve got some catching up to do in order to strike the perfect balance. The good news is there are plenty of ways to...

  • 11 ways to cut your stress levels at work

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    Stress is a fact of modern life: a direct result of more technology and less time. Before the computer, the mobile phone, the instant access to information and rapid exchange of emails, life was slower and more predictable. So how do we manage in this always-on world we’re living in, what strategies should we adopt to make sure that far from drowning under the pressure we’re...

  • 11 things you shouldn’t say in a job interview

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    We’re the first to admit that suggesting there are things you shouldn’t say in an interview at first just seems obvious, right? Wrong, you can never legislate for what some people think of as a killer answer or for how they might chose to describe their current role. Obviously, the interviewing process is designed to highlight all aspects of a candidate’s character and caree...

  • 13 habits damaging your productivity

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    We’ve all had days when nothing has been achieved. It seems like you barely made a phone call or answered and email, well-meaning colleagues with their endless requests have tripped you up and left you wondering why your stuff seems to be less important that everyone else’s. Hopefully, these kinds of days are few and far between. But what if they become more frequent? What i...

  • What's the best way to incentivise your team?

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    Being a good manager is a complex job, knowing how to balance the need to chase and meet targets for your boss while keeping a team happy, motivated and productive is something that takes effort and skill. The best managers understand what makes their people tick, what rewards work with which individuals and, crucially, when to use them. One thing is for sure, one size does ...

  • What should you do to prepare yourself for a job interview?

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    So you’re over the first major hurdle: you’ve got an interview. Now the work really begins. Don’t be tempted to wing it on the day. The more thought you give the interview ahead of time, the stronger your performance will be. Here are our 7 top tips to help give you the edge: Do your homework Knowing the company’s plans for the year ahead, the chief exec’s name, their expans...

  • Sack the internet to land your next job

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    Remember that thing that sits on your desk hiding behind a pile of paper? It’s a telephone, and back in the 20th century people used it to communicate with each other. Instead of firing off strings of emails, we talked directly to each other, and discussed issues and problems. We even solved some of them instantly. That might be an exaggeration, but in an age where we’ve com...