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10 keys to creating a good network of contacts

10 keys to creating a good network of contacts

Having a good network of contacts is one of the best tools for finding work. So much so, that it is estimated that only about 25% of vacant positions are publicly advertised; the rest are filled by contacts, friends or people who have been recommended. This is why the ability to generate contacts and to maintain them is a fundamental skill for anyone who is looking for work (or wants to be promoted, or is …

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How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of timeWhat percentage of the meetings that you go to is a waste of time? When I ask this question in workshops, the answer is usually that 50% of meetings are completely unnecessary. (This is the normal answer- obviously, not all companies are the same.) However, when I ask people who work in multinationals or big corporations, the figure can be as high as 80%. That’s a pretty …

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The right mental diet for having a healthy brain

The right mental diet for having a healthy brain

The brain runs on biochemical energy. If we know how it works, we will be able to make better use of it. However, like any other muscle in our body, we need to train it. This can only be done through having the right “mental diet”, made up of a range of activities which are not always present in our daily lives. David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, and Daniel J. Siegel, describe …

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How to give good feedback

How to give good feedback

Imagine that you need to tell someone that you don’t like something that they’ve done. It could be a remark of theirs, a gesture, an act, etc. To use a term taken from the world of work, you want to give them feedback. Not all feedback is about negative things. However, there’s no doubt that this is the most difficult type of feedback to give. For this reason, we’re going to look at some key …

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The Wrestler, or how we need support in times of change

Without the support of those around us, all of our best intentions to change can come to nothing. If we don’t have the backing of those closest to us, it’s all too easy to relapse into the old ways. You can probably think of examples of this both in your work and in your personal life. And I’ve just come across a striking example of this in a fantastic film I recently saw on DVD, The Wrestler, starring a Mickey Rourke back to his very best form, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his performance

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