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Studies have shown that more than half the time taken up by meetings is actually wasted. Participants often are not engaged – many are doing other work, even dozing or daydreaming. And yet, the time spent in meetings has actually increased over the years. How can you get more out of your meetings? Here are… Read more »

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We are all aware of how our performance suffers under pressure and stressful situations. We freeze, and our minds don’t function as well as they normally do. There is an evolutionary reason for this, according to neuroscientists. For early humans facing danger, usually in the form of some large predator, higher order thought processes were… Read more »

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One of the important things employers look for among job candidates is enthusiasm and passion for their job. Most people believe that someone cannot be really good at their job if they do not love what they do. So it is important to show the passion and enthusiasm you have for your job at the… Read more »

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We are all constantly looking for ways to enhance our productivity and performance at work, how to become better at our jobs. Our focus is mostly on the technical aspect of work, the hard skills and knowledge needed. But just as important are the skills needed to work with others, what generally are referred to… Read more »

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Have you ever had trouble finishing a project or assignment on time? It’s a problem most of us have had. And that is because there are certain psychological factors involved that give us an exaggerated idea of what we can accomplish. We all too easily fall victim to what psychologists call The Planning Fallacy. It… Read more »

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Our outlook or mindset can have a tremendous influence on our attitudes and performance. So it is important to have a positive outlook if we want to achieve our goals. “The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven,” said the poet John Milton. We… Read more »

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Job candidates know that preparation is important to stand out in a job interview. You need to do your research on the company if you want to impress the hiring manager. The obvious place to look is the company website. But this is just the beginning. There are other places to check out as well… Read more »

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Traditionally, job applications have included resumes and cover letters. The resume is still expected when you apply for a job, but more recruiters are now questioning the need for a cover letter. In fact, a majority of recruiters responding to a recent survey said they did not believe a cover letter is an absolute necessity…. Read more »

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Your letter turning down a job offer will vary depending on your reasons for declining. In all cases, however, you want the letter to be polite and professional. You don’t want to needlessly damage your reputation or burn your bridges with the company. You never know, at some point in the future, you may want… Read more »

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People get a lot of email at work. When you send an email, it becomes one of many that clutter up a person’s inbox. But, naturally, you want your email to be seen and read, preferably in a timely manner. What can you do to make sure your email receives the attention it deserves? Setting… Read more »