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5 misconceptions about networking

The biggest obstacle to building and using networks more effectively isn't lack of skill, says organisational behaviour professor Herminia Ibarra, it's your mindset. Networking provides valuable opportunities for connecting with a wide range of people to exchange information, ideas and support, making it one of the most important resources for business, career, professional and personal growth. And it's your attitude towards—and beliefs about—networking that determine how muc...
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Wharton's Adam Grant: How to receive criticism without being left crushed and unmotivated

While positive feedback feels good, it's constructive criticism that's vital for our personal and professional growth. Learning relies in large part on recognizing, analyzing, and fixing our mistakes, which may have to be pointed out to us. And yet because of our brain's negativity bias, we may feel offended by criticism and react defensively. "If you never get criticized, then you never really get challenged to improve," says organizational psychologist, author and top-rated Wharton professor A...
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4 steps to successful career mapping

Career mapping once meant planning your rise up the corporate ladder. Nowadays however, your career may take a more meandering course. As more and more people opt for freelancing or working in the gig economy, developing new skill sets, seeking new opportunities and adapting to new technologies are taking the place of the traditional linear career path. Nevertheless there's "still something to be said for strategic career mapping," says Elise Mitchell. Here, she shares how to avoi...
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How to excel as a mentor or mentee

Whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or looking to advance your career, having a trusted mentor who's willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience can boost your personal and professional growth. And there are benefits for the mentor too. Apart from gaining a sense of satisfaction from knowing you're helping someone to achieve their goals, being a mentor also gives you an opportunity to enhance your own leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Here, John C. Maxwell sha...
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8 ways to cultivate better work relationships in 2018

The quality of your relationships with co-workers is a good indicator of career success. Apart from making your work more enjoyable and helping you to be more productive, building positive relationships at work is essential for career growth. "If we don't have positive work relationships it's harder to build a professional network of resources and advocates that know your value and want you to succeed," says career coach Jenn DeWall. Here Amy Elisa Jackson explores the role of effective interper...
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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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Editor’s letter: Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

Most of us start a new year full of optimism and enthusiasm as we strive to fulfil our potential and become the best possible version of ourselves. To fulfil your potential however, you need to focus on exploring your own interests and talents and this can put you in a difficult position when you have to juggle competing priorities. Although it may seem selfish to prioritise your needs over others, if you selflessly devote your time and energy to other people's needs you'll struggle to meet your...
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Forget run-of-the-mill networking -- here's how to make real meaningful professional connections

The structure of your network can be a strong predictor of career success. While a closed network limits your opportunities for professional growth, an open network helps you create value for others and access a wider pool of potential resources and mentors. A more diverse network also exposes you to new ideas and information, a broader range of perspectives and fresh opportunities to market your skills or services. Being aware of these crucial benefits doesn't make expanding your network any le...
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Top 10 professional life hacks

Time is our most valuable resource and we all get the same 24 hours in each day. If there never seems to be enough time to complete everything on your to-do list, you need to consider how wisely you're using your time. Effective time management helps to reduce work-related stress by giving you greater control over your activities and boosting your productivity. It also gives you more time for nurturing business relationships and acting on opportunities that will help you achieve your person...
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Why and how you should diversify your network

Networking isn't just essential for success as an entrepreneur or business owner, it's also important for career success. Networking gives you access to a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as career and business opportunities. And when you have a strong network, you have a support team of people you can turn to for guidance, advice or assistance. Your network should be based on authentic and mutually beneficial relationships—and it needs to include people from a wide rang...
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