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Presentation Tip 1: Practice out loud

Presenting your ideas effectively in the workplace is important, especially when delivering your views in a meeting. There are a number of steps you can take to build your...

Quote of the Day: Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.

In the business world, very little is done by one person alone. As Steve Jobs once observed:    Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team...

The fundamental role of the team leader

When you take charge of a team, it is of paramount importance to understand member capabilities in relation to the project or team objectives. Once this is understood, its the...

Quote of the Day: We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better

There is no use waiting for a magic wand to solve problems as this power rests in ourselves. This view was shared by J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, in her...

Quote of the Day: The trick is to listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all.

Listening to your instincts is not the same as being impulsive. When you are weighing an opportunity, follow your gut and follow through. This strategy is in keeping with Helen...

Quote of the Day: Believe you can and you’re halfway there

The first half of a task is to weigh its feasibility to determine that it can be done. For, as Theodore Roosevelt observes:   Believe you can and you’re halfway there....

Effective communication is a two way process

Many pitfalls can be avoided simply through improved communication between colleagues and stakeholders.  A clear understanding of roles and expectations can help prevent...

Career Quotes: You might be tempted to leave the numbers stuff to the bean counters upstairs. But no matter where you sit in your firm’s org chart, you’ll get a boost by understanding what keeps the company in the black

It's easy to get intimidated by unfamiliar figures and financial reports, but learning the basics is always easier than it seems.  Try watching a few introductory YouTube videos...

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Microsoft Word Tip 1: Format Brush

Microsoft Word has a leading share of the market for word processing software, and the odds are that you will use it at some point if you are not already. You may even use to prepare your resume for your next job. With this in mind, Contemporaries, Inc. is doing a...

Tip 10 for Being a Better Leader: Don’t Stop Learning and Improving

Our final tip for being a better leader is to never stop learning and improving. It can be tempting to stick with approaches and systems that work but even with smoothly running motor there are often ways to improve performance and efficiency. This may be as simple as...

Tip 9 for Being a Better Leader: Avoid the Same Mistakes

You will make mistakes. You will choose the wrong approach at times. BUT that happens with any role in which you must make decisions and leadership roles are full of those.  Once a mistake is made however, our next tip is that you take the time to apply the lessons...

Tip 8 for Being a Better Leader: Mind the do-it-all Pitfall

Good leadership involves both how you respond in the moment with your team and how your team responds without you around. You cannot and should not make every decision, even if you are an elite micro-manager. What you can do through anticipatory leadership is to...

Tip 7 for Being a Better Leader: Emotional Intelligence

The desire to keep your personal life separate from work should not prevent you from feelings empathy or performing acts of compassion. While there is often a stigma against public displays of emotion in the workplace as Carly Okle counters, “business is ultimately...

Tip 6 for Being a Better Leader: Finding Mentors

All leaders have something to improve and can do so by working on the tips outlined in this series on ‘being a better leader,’ including this, our 6th tip to find mentors.  A mentor is simply someone that you trust to advise you in an area that they have experience....

Tip 5 for Being a Better Leader: Know and Communicate Expectations

Leaders are responsible for establishing and maintaining the conditions for the success of their team and this includes making their requirements and expectations are understood.  If you are uncertain of what approach to the job you require of your team, how are they...

Quote of the Day: The perfect is the enemy of good

It is easy to get stuck trying to deliver a 'perfect' product, but often being really good at your job requires delivering the 'right' product instead. The right product has quality and meets the limitations of time, cost and desired product scope. In project...

Tip 4 for Being a Better Leader: Chair Productive Meetings

The next tip for being a better leader is to keep meetings productive. Team meetings are a great place to brainstorm and ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to project changes and developments. However, unnecessary or unnecessarily long meetings can...

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