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How to achieve a proactive learning culture

Shifting the culture of any company can be an overwhelming task. As a leader, your role is paramount to creating and achieving a proactive learning culture. (more…)

What is personal development?

Almost as if the clue is in the name, personal development is a very personal journey. The skills one individual would like to improve or develop won’t be the same as those of the next person.

Let’s look at some of the most common personal skills people look to develop. (more…)

9 Tips for Successful Time Management

If you struggle with time management then have no fear! You are not alone.

Many people find it difficult to accomplish tasks, set goals and remember important deadlines.

Would you like to boost your efficiency in the workplace? Check out Bookboon’s 9 tips to ace time management. 

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How to improve communication skills

Did you know that speech only accounts for 10% of your ability to communicate a message? There is a lot more to good communication skills than just words. In fact, the biggest and most crucial influence on how you are perceived comes from your non-verbal communication at almost 70 percent. So, how do you improve your communication skills?  (more…)

How to let introverted employees bloom

Did you know that roughly one third of the world’s population are classed as introverts? That’s a huge number! Quite simply, this means that a third of people tend to exhibit similar characteristics when it comes to social interaction. Introverts often think carefully before talking, prefer their own company to being in a large group, and tend not to speak up in meetings.

They will also avoid confrontation at all costs, and can have difficulty saying ‘no’ – particularly at work! However, when it comes to business, introverts have a unique range of strengths which are all too easy to overlook. (more…)

Presentation Skills: A Soft Skill that is Critical to Business Success

Strong presentation skills are one of the most important soft skills one can develop. Learning how to command a room will not only benefit a traditional presentation but also aid in a successful job interview, meeting and in everyday life.  (more…)

Why do people get fired? And how to do the firing

Getting fired, being sacked, getting the boot. However you phrase it, making someone redundant is a difficult job for a manager. Firing can be awkward, emotional or even embarrassing and there is almost never an easy way around it. 

There are many reasons one may be fired. Two of the most common are capability and conduct. From an employer’s perspective, to handle dismissals professionally, a manager must distinguish between the two. (more…)

Racism in the workplace: What can managers do?

According to a recent survey by business psychologists Pearn Kandola, over half of UK employees have witnessed racism in the workplace but a shocking third of them said they failed to report it to their employer.

 Less than a fifth reported the issue to HR and only 18 percent spoke to the victim, the survey found. Of the respondents who took no action, four in 10 said they did so out of fear of the consequences. A quarter said they did not consider the incident serious enough to report it, and a further 23 percent claimed that they were unsure of who to report it to.  (more…)

Goal setting: How to set goals and achieve them

When we think about our lives we tend to ask the same questions:  What do I want? Am I happy? What does success mean to me? The question we often forget to ask is: How am I going to achieve my goals? The answer is smart goal setting.  (more…)

Why you need to tailor L&D strategies to modern ways of thinking

It’s no secret that the modern brain works in a distinct way. On the whole, our attention spans are more limited, we’re short on time and we find bite-size pieces of information the easiest to digest.  

Employees now spend just “1% of their time on learning and development.” (1) So, efficiency is crucial. The most effective learning solutions are those which are tailored to the way modern brains work, and that’s why learning and development professionals really need to take the time to understand the best ways in which to share information with employees.  

It’s time to update traditional ways of learning. Here are five reasons to challenge the norm when it comes to learning strategies, in order to provide more effective learning solutions for the modern workforce.   (more…)