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3 small changes that’ll make you sound like a more confident leader

How you use language says a lot about your personality and leadership style. As well as having significant impact on the way other people perceive you, your choice of words can also affect how you see yourself. Although poor word choices can undermine your credibility, with awareness and practice you can eliminate weak vocabulary and replace words and phrases that diminish your confidence and authority with more decisive and assertive alternatives. In this article, Julia Bonner shares some ...
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3 science-backed ways to improve your performance

In today's world, the rapid pace of change and innovation leaves no room for complacency. Businesses have to continuously improve their products, services and processes to thrive. Athletes continuously improve their performance in pursuit of excellence. And to continue being successful, you also have to make an ongoing effort to improve your current level of proficiency and performance. Continuous improvement isn't optional. It's "a requirement rather than an aspiration," writes Sonia Thomp...
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The investment with the highest ROI is the one you make in yourself

An investment in yourself is the best kind you can ever make. Most of the time when people talk about investing they're referring to financial investment. There are other ways to invest in yourself however and, unlike other investments, they always pay off. When you spend time, effort, and money on improving your knowledge, learning a new skill, tapping into your creativity, or hiring a coach, there's always an opportunity for personal, professional or financia...
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How MBA students make the most of LinkedIn

As the world's largest social network for professionals, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professionals to gain attention from the companies they want to work for and a critical part of any recruitment strategy. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date isn't just for job seekers, however. As a platform for sharing knowledge, skills and advice, the more active you are on LinkedIn the more you can expand your network and build your personal brand. To help you maximise your LinkedIn presence, Janina...
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These are the specific conversations you need to have with your boss every month of the year

Employees often consider workplace meetings to be time-consuming, poorly run, ineffective, and something to be avoided whenever possible. The one meeting you shouldn't shy away from however is the regular one-on-one meeting with your manager. Done well, these meetings not only strengthen your working relationship they also give you an opportunity for feedback and coaching to help you meet your professional goals. Although the responsibility for these meetings rests mostly wit...
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Can microlearning help your business with career development?

Businesses that provide opportunities for professional or career growth and prioritize leadership development not only attract and retain top talent, they also tend to outperform their competitors in other key metrics. Traditional learning and development programs involving courses, workshops and seminars aren't always relevant or effective however, and are often seen as an unnecessary waste of a working day. This is where microlearning comes in. This article explores the advantages of...
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Why you should make an anti-resolution list (and what to put on it)

Many of us make New Year's resolutions with the intention of bettering ourselves in the coming year, yet between 80 and 92 per cent of resolutions are destined to fail. You have to put considerable effort into developing new habits and—with January being one of the worst times of year to start something new—instead of making a resolutions list this year, you might want to consider making an anti-resolution list instead. To help you get started, Stephanie Vozza shares here nine ideas fr...
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Self-assessment: 5 tips for writing your performance evaluation

Despite being a yearly rite of passage in many organizations, performance reviews are rarely popular. It's one of the tasks managers dislike the most and employees dread having to evaluate their own performance. However, apart from matching your accomplishments with business objectives, the review process can help you map your achievements against your career goals, plan your professional development and identify opportunities for learning and growth. To help you get the most out of your ne...
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42 ways to make sure people like you—and respect you

While you don't have to choose between being liked and respected at work, you do need to get the balance right. Wanting to be liked is part of human nature. It's also human nature to test each other's boundaries. Being agreeable, co-operative, supportive, and helpful are all excellent qualities that facilitate teamwork and create a pleasant working environment. If you're always being nice to people for the sake of being liked however you risk being seen as a pushover. Here, Erin Greenawald share...
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How to create a career bucket list

 Many people create a bucket list to remind them of all the places they want to see, things they want to do, and personal goals they want to achieve. Creating a bucket list helps you identify what's important to you and gives you a sense of purpose. As you cross each item off the list, the sense of accomplishment inspires you to continue pursuing your dreams and helps you create a fulfilling life. In much the same way, creating a bucket list for your career can help you identify y...
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