Learning Hacks

Just do it: say “No”

Just do it: say “No”

“No”: such a small word with so much power. When you get used to saying “yes” all the time, trying to say “no” may feel foreign to you. Some people say “yes” to everything and everyone because they want to please others. Truth is, they end up pleasing everyone but themselves! Saying “yes” to others means saying “no” to yourself. Although “yes” has a positive […]

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Having Difficult Conversations

Having Difficult Conversations

No one likes confrontation. When dealing with conflict, we adopt a fight or flight response: we stay or we go. However, another approach is to freeze or to avoid the situation altogether. This is not helpful for building relationships and working harmoniously with others. Moreover, when we hold onto words that need to be said, this can build resentment. Resentments can fester. Next thing we […]

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9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

Life is a journey that starts without a road map. Every choice we make, whether it is carefully planned or on the spur of the moment will affect the outcome of the journey. But the journey should not be defined by one change alone. Let’s face it, every day we make many decisions based on the facts at hand. These choices move us forward in life. At […]

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Polish Your People Skills

Polish Your People Skills

You prefer working with things rather than with people. You like to be alone in your corner doing your job. You work well autonomously. While you score points for these, you’ll get more points for the essential skill of relating to others or for your people skills. Did you know that 85% of your career success depends upon your people skills, while only 15% of […]

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Ace Your Next Job Interview

Ace Your Next Job Interview

Say this at the end of your next job interview when asked if you have any questions: “You’ve hired me and it’s been a year and you’re reviewing my performance. You rate my work very positively. What have I accomplished for you to give me such a stellar review?” What asking this direct question does: It gets the interviewer visualizing you for the job It […]

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Change = Transition = Adjustment = Stress

Change = Transition = Adjustment = Stress

Even positive change can feel stressful, very stressful. The Life Change Index lists significant life changes that we experience, along with a rating scale. You can check off life events to appreciate the degree of stress brought on by transition. I had happened to be living five such life events simultaneously just over a year ago—all due to to saying “Yes!” to the man I […]

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Make 2017 the Year You Net your Next Job

Make 2017 the Year You Net your Next Job

Out with the old, in with the new! A new year presents us with the opportunity for a do-over. And there is no better time for a job do-over than at the start of a new year. Whether you’re networking with friends and colleagues over the holidays or surfing the job boards online, besides your very best resume, it all starts with targeting the job […]

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Set Your SMART Goal for 2017!

Set Your SMART Goal for 2017!

Forget the pressure of making a list of New Year’s resolutions, which risk becoming a distant memory by the end of January. Instead, set SMART Goals. SMART is the acronym for: • Specific • Measurable • Attainable • Realistic • Time-Bound Each of these elements must be present for us to achieve any goal we set out to accomplish. When we set a goal without […]

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Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

When you think of intelligence what comes to mind, math, maybe science, an IQ test or perhaps something else.  The multiple intelligence theory has emerged from recent cognitive research.  According to Gardner (1991), students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways.  Try the survey and see in what areas you excel. Source: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment

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Is stuff taking up too much of your physical AND mental real estate?

Is stuff taking up too much of your physical AND mental real estate?

Imagine that you’re moving house…. you don’t want to pack up all that stuff you no longer use so you only take what you absolutely need, want, and love and turf the rest. Yes, you read that right. Unused, unloved and unwanted items should be discarded or donated because they often take up valuable physical AND mental real estate. That dusty souvenir from Aunty So-and-So […]

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