EXPERT INSIGHTS
Expert Insights are short articles designed to provide readers with a professional “tune-up” no matter what your job might be…

Self-Improvement

Delegation: Leveraging Your Creative Edge: 99 tips, ideas, and activities to get your mind racing!

Author : Sally Fagan
Bio : Sally Fagan has extensive experience in business and management development both in the United Kingdom and overseas. As someone who never used to consider herself as creative, and who used to hate having to write imaginative English essays at school, she firmly believes that creativity is a skill that can be learned (or re-learned!). Constant practice and being around creative people have definitely helped, as well as learning how to ask good questions. Sally has written one pantomime, six plays, and several e-books; has ghost-written a book on leadership; and contributes as an author and subject expert for various magazines and learning websites.
ISBN : 9781631578380
Publish Date : 2017/7/31
Page Count : 26
Description :
As well as being for those who would like some fresh ideas on pushing their creativity, this article is for those who perhaps feel that they are not creative at all—doing the exercises here, following some tips, and examining your self-belief will help to dispel that feeling for good and put you on a path to self-discovery and a new creative you!

Changing the Way Female Entrepreneurs Perceive Stress

Author : Nicola Yassin
Bio : Nicola Yassin is a therapeutic stress and anxiety coach, CBT therapist, EFT therapist, havening practitioner, trainer, and professional speaker. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and has also obtained postgraduate certificate in education, besides diplomas in careers advice and information and in cognitive behavioral therapy; certificates in Level 2 emotional freedom technique, havening techniques, and coaching; and an advanced certificate in substance misuse practitioner skills. She specializes in working with people suffering with stress and anxiety. She helps people understand how their thoughts impact their feelings and how they can be free of stress and anxiety. She takes people from feelings of stress, anxiety, lack of motivation, being overlooked to a place where they are motivated, inspired, and confident to succeed in life.
ISBN : 9781631579530
Publish Date : 2017/6/13
Page Count : 6
Description :
Everybody experiences stress; for some it is short lived and for others it lasts for a prolonged period of time, having a negative impact on both their work and personal lives. Statistically, women are reported to have experienced more episodes of stress throughout their lives, with the numbers increasing as more pressures and expectations are being placed upon them. Many female entrepreneurs have a multitude of pressures placed on them, and they can sometimes perceive this as stressful. This article aims to take a look at how these women can stop the negative impacts of stress and start to view it as something that is there to help them.

Understanding Basic Neuroscience for Better Communication and Persuasion Skills

Author : Paola Ricca
Bio : Paola Ricca is certified coach and professional trainer with 16 years’ marketing management experience, including, at the age of 36, the coordination of marketing strategies among 20 countries. She is a specialist in metacognition and mind maps and the creator of the FreeNauta’s method, which is aimed at enhancing and maximizing the learning processes.
ISBN : 9781631578014
Publish Date : 2017/6/26
Page Count : 16
Description :
This article is intended to help you better understand how your mind works so that you can effectively use it to your advantage. If you still don’t know anything about the Triune Brain theory and metacognition, this article will give you the awareness you need to activate both your brain hemispheres, to enhance your memory, and to make the most of your mind’s potential. You can use the tips and the working model contained in this article every time you study, when you want to persuade other people, and when you speak in front of an audience. By doing this, you will highlight your skills, being able to achieve personal satisfaction at work and in life.

Becoming a Resilient Warrior

Author : Vanda North
Bio : Vanda North’s passion, purpose, and everything she has done, and is doing, is under the role as a “joy enhancer.” Finding practical, easy-to-do, brain compatible, lasting, and highly effective processes to share is her goal. From running the NASA canteen in Grand Canary to being president of the International Society for Accelerated Learning & Teaching; from Unilever, UK, to Florida Power & Light, USA; from running a 5000 strong school volunteer program to a “Happiness & Wellness” TV show; and from teaching people how to use their brains effectively to helping them develop their resilience—all done so people may enhance their joy quotient in simple yet highly effective, practical ways. Building resilience is her most recent way of increasing people’s enJOYment of life. After experiencing the pandemic of stress and the lack of coping strategies and time, she created a unique (yet based on proven psychological processes and brain research) “8 steps in 8 minutes” routine, has authored Mind Chi Rewire Your Brain in 8 Minutes a Day, and has conducted sessions all over the world.
ISBN : 9781631579806
Publish Date : 2017/6/13
Page Count : 14
Description :
Build your own tool kit of coping strategies to manage the strain of stress and build your resilience. These include awareness, which can shift your own thinking and therefore behavior, and specific simple and powerful habits, which can make a lasting difference. Stop suffering from tiredness and apathy; develop your energy, motivation, and joy for life. Build your ability to be a resilient warrior.

How to Hire Emotionally Intelligent Talent

Author : Andy Smith
Bio : Andy Smith is an international emotional intelligence consultant, NLP trainer, and appreciative inquiry facilitator. He has been assisting individuals and groups with change for 20 years. He is accredited to use the ESCI 360º emotional intelligence assessment and is the author of several books about emotional intelligence and personal development.
ISBN : 9781631578656
Publish Date : 2017/8/17
Page Count : 16
Description :
At the executive and key professional levels, emotional intelligence is known to make the difference between average and star performers. This article gives you the interview questions you need to hire emotionally intelligent people.

Businessmen Don’t Cry – Or Do They?

Author : Keith Grinsted
Bio : Keith has been made redundant six times in the past eighteen years! Yes, he picked a few duff companies to work for. Though, in his defense, some of these were in the dot-com boom and- bust years! POP, they went! Keith knows and understands the issues individuals face when they must start their careers over again and often, perhaps, reinvent who they are. Equally, they often need to learn about a completely new sector. He has worked with many people facing life after redundancy, or simply looking for a new start having reached a crossroads. The single most important thing he works on is uncovering what it is they are passionate about. Keith believes that we are all capable of great things but we tend not to try new directions. Unless we release our emotions and uncover our passion, we will find setting a new course for the future very difficult. Keith strongly believes everyone should continue to learn and relate that learning to the work environment.
ISBN : 9781631578878
Publish Date : 2017/4/4
Page Count : 6
Description :
This article looks at the subject of emotion in the world of business and asks the question whether it is OK for businessmen to cry. It is widely agreed that people buy from people and emotion has a big influence on what we do and buy, so is it right that emotions should be hidden in business?

What To Do When Expectations Aren’t Met

Author : Nancy Radford
Bio : Nancy Radford is a specialist in early conflict resolution, accredited as a civil and commercial mediator, and qualified as a trainer, business coach, and personal coach. Her varied career includes nursing, midwifery, business ownership, management, and training. All her roles involve helping others make life easier for themselves. She works with family businesses, schools, and third sector organizations, resolving conflict through training, coaching, and mediation.
ISBN : 9781631579394
Publish Date : 2017/9/15
Page Count : 10
Description :
What should you do when expectations aren’t met? Life rarely turns out as we expect. New managers and supervisors are usually taught the disciplinary procedures to use when expectations are not met, but rarely taught how to manage the emotions and the people while implementing them. In this article, we will look at why unmet expectations can trigger negative emotions and unhelpful behavior. I highlight the attitudes and soft skills that are crucial for effective interventions and behavior change. I also provide tips on how to set clear standards and avoid misunderstandings.

How to Better Your Well-Being to Achieve More

Author : Jasmine Dumasia
Bio : Jasmine Dumasia has worked variously in banking and as a public servant in the UK and in India and now part-owns and runs two companies. One provides training and consultancy services to the financial industry as well as individuals and the other invests in property. She is also a sought-after freelance coach, trainer, and speaker on topics such as well-being, mental health, productivity, parenting, finance, peak performance, and strategy for individuals as well as companies. Her educational background is in finance and psychology and she has a dual Masters, one being an MBA and the other an MSc (Cross-Cultural Psychology). She lives in London with her husband, two sons, and her Labrador, Tara. She loves travelling, reading, writing, and meeting people.
ISBN : 9781631578069
Publish Date : 2017/4/11
Page Count : 14
Description :
People don’t think about well-being until they lose it and get ill. This guide shows you why it should be the top priority for everyone, right now and always. It reveals that better well-being translates to higher achievements and more happiness. Furthermore, it unpacks the components of better well-being (i.e., physical health, mental and emotional health, and social health), while giving clear, easy, step-by-step ways to achieve all three, with minimum cost and little effort.

Heads or Tails? Turning Negatives Into Positives

Author : Keith Grinstedt
Bio : Keith has worked with many start-up businesses over the years and has seen the things they have done right and the things they have done wrong! He has been made redundant six times in the past 18 years! Yes, he picked a few duff companies to work for. Though, in his defense, some of these were in the dot-com boom-and-bust years! He knows and understands the issues businesses face and how they must constantly review and in some cases, reinvent. Keith’s main message? DO IT! If you think you can stand still and do nothing, you will certainly get left behind ultimately fail.
ISBN : 9781631578915
Publish Date : 2017/7/31
Page Count : 8
Description :
Heads or tails considers how the outcomes of something as simple as a coin toss are totally within our own power to respond positively or negatively. It looks at techniques we can adopt to help us develop a positive outlook and how we can change negative situations into positive outcomes.

Listening

Author : Len Horridge
Bio : Len Horridge worked at Philips and 3M before joining a start-up consultancy and then left to form his own company, The Skills Exchange. Here, he is involved in training and consultancy with specialism in interpersonal skills, such as communication, presentation, public speaking, time management, meetings, sales, and management.
ISBN : 9781631579332
Publish Date : 2017/5/30
Page Count : 14
Description :
Almost everybody in our world needs to listen, to gain information, to sense danger, to understand others yet we are not very good at it. Maybe the simple reason is that we were never taught to listen, we were just told to do so. Maybe, to be cynical, the modern world has so many distractions that it is increasingly difficult to listen actively. There are three questions: Why is listening so inaccurate? How can we improve our listening? Is it important?

Handling Emotions in Conflict

Author : Nancy Radford
Bio : Nancy is a specialist in early conflict resolution, accredited as a civil and commercial mediator, and qualified as a trainer, business coach, and personal coach. Her varied career included nursing, midwifery, research, business ownership, management, and training. All her roles involved helping others achieve their potential.
ISBN : 9781631579387
Publish Date : 2017/5/30
Page Count : 14
Description :
When conflict or disagreement occurs, evolution hardwires us to revert to primitive thinking. The flight or fight instinct that served us well in prehistoric times often sabotages success in modern times. Discover why we still react like cavemen, the dangers of letting our “inner caveman” take over and how to manage emotions. Practical, research-based exercises to regulate your feelings help you to react appropriately, resulting in more productive and fulfilling behavior.

Launchpad: Reigniting Your Colleagues and Your Career by Following Your Passion

Author : Keith Grinsted
Bio : Keith has been made redundant six times in the past 18 years! Yes, he picked a few duff companies to work for. Though, in his defense, some of these were in the dot com boom and bust years! POP, they went! He knows and understands the issues individuals face when they must start their careers over again and often, perhaps, reinvent who they are. Equally, they often need to learn about a completely new sector. Keith believes that we are all capable of great things but we tend not to try new directions. He strongly believes everyone should continue to learn and relate that learning to the work environment.
ISBN : 9781631578588
Publish Date : 2017/3/21
Page Count : 8
Description :
Launchpad can help to reignite your career. It demonstrates how to take a fresh look at your knowledge and experience to date, and follow your passion from the personal development of the individual through to entire business teams. It will provide you with the tools you need to set your focus for the future

Memory: And How to Improve It

Author : Len Horridge
Bio : Len worked at Philips and 3M before joining a start-up consultancy and then left to form his own company, The Skills Exchange
ISBN : 9781631577154
Publish Date : 2017/2/28
Page Count : 10
Description :
Most people have had the experience of finding themselves halfway up the stairs and thinking, what was I going upstairs to do? This is often thought to be the problem of age but it actually isn’t. This article looks at the problems involved including what memory is, how it works, why we forget, short- and long-term memory and how to improve our memory, remember names with hints, and tips on retention.

Networking and Personal Brand Skills

Author : White, Heather
Bio : Networking & Personal Brand Expert
ISBN : 9781631576423
Publish Date : 2016/12/13
Page Count : 18
Description :
Following qualification the majority of MBA students either change industry, move country or gain promotion so networking and developing their personal brand are vital to their continued success. Whilst all universities offer career support, invite key people to speak and make various introductions, in today’s world the student has to be able to establish and make connections themselves. This book will explain how to network using a step by step approach which will cover both creating and executing a networking plan.

The Confidence Code, Part One

Author : David Laing
Bio : Clinical Hypnotic Consultant and Licensed NLP Master Practitioner Mersey Hypnosis
ISBN : 9781631578243
Publish Date : 2017/3/7
Page Count : 10
Description :
This article is a concise, practical, step by step guide to developing and boosting your confidence when interacting with others. With our growing use of virtual interaction via the Internet many people are simply not adept in this most basic skill requirement.

Work Related Learning: It’s Never Too Late to Learn

Author : Keith Grinsted
Bio : Keith has been made redundant six times in the past 18 years! Yes, he picked a few duff companies to work for. Though, in his defense, some of these were in the dot com boom and bust years! POP, they went! He knows and understands the issues individuals face when they must start their careers over again and often, perhaps, reinvent who they are. Equally, they often need to learn about a completely new sector. Keith believes that we are all capable of great things but we tend not to try new directions. He strongly believes everyone should continue to learn and relate that learning to the work environment.
ISBN : 9781631578571
Publish Date : 2017/3/21
Page Count : 8
Description :
This book considers how important work-related learning is for all ages in a rapidly changing business environment. It does not matter what age you are; there are always opportunities to acquire new knowledge, new skills. We are all capable of great things but too many of us give up too soon. There are opportunities for everyone prepared to make the extra effort.