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Philip Andrews
I was 16 and in my first job, washing dishes at a Beefeater pub, when I first encountered assertive women at work. The place had two assistant managers, Jo and Emma. And heaven help you – well, me actually – if those steak knives weren’t shiny enough.

As a cocky (and rather lazy) teenager, I certainly found my two female managers abrasive – and plenty of other words to that effect. Being bossed around b...
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Aug 05, 2016
Would you describe yourself as a nascent entrepreneur? Do you dream of running your own business? Remember that, even the best ideas, will not take off without a detailed business plan. Being aware of finance, marketing and business management is a must, but also, communication, self-motivation, leadership and time management are just as important as those hard skills.

Building start-ups is not easy at all. May...
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Apr 08, 2016
Is It Really Possible to Appraise Yourself?

Do you see yourself as others do? You may think your real skill is with people management for example – but your team, if given the opportunity, might explain that they feel demotivated and unclear on their objectives. That’s why third party feedback can be a useful tool for managers wanting to capitalise on their strengths and address their we...
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Oct 09, 2013
Why Do You Need To Update?

Businesses are often scared of being left behind. They think that by ‘standing still’ they’re somehow failing to be progressive. In doing so they neglect to ask the questions that matter the most and proceed to invest in expensive – and, ultimately, unnecessary – software programs that damage their company in the long-term (sometimes irreparably).

Here are some of the diff...
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Oct 03, 2013
Do You Have A System?

Have you ever sat at your desk and wondered why the person next you seems to be getting better results? This, despite the fact they spend comparatively less time on the phone than you do (which makes no sense – because, surely, sales is a numbers game. The more calls you make the greater the chance of success).

That’s not to say you’re doing badly. You’re generating leads, but yo...
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Sep 26, 2013
A couple of years ago I worked in a marketing department for a successful warehousing company. Although my role was not to sell directly to customers, the other people in my department did exactly that. I knew from conversations I’d had with the sales manager that they wanted to take on another telesales executive to join their three-strong team – but they’d had trouble filling the position (the previous c...
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Sep 19, 2013
Start At The Level That’s Right For You

We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people wanting to learn Microsoft Project – and it’s easy to see why. Whether you want to learn the 2003, 2007 or 2010 version of the software we’ll have a course especially designed to meet your needs. Regardless of the level you want to start at, you’ll be able to learn at a pace that’s right for you – as our M...
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Sep 12, 2013
Sorry, But It’s Not All About You

That’s not to say your priorities don’t matter. You have key tasks that you need to perform on a daily basis – and to ensure they’re completed on time, and in line with each given brief, you’ll to need to define a daily structure and follow it as closely as possible.

Knowing what needs to be done, rating each item according to its urgency/importance, and working o...
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Sep 05, 2013
The Absolute Basics

If you own a copy of MS office, then there’s a chance you already have this software program installed on your computer. That said, the name’s probably not familiar to you – which is why you’ve not yet felt the inclination to open Visio and explore its benefits in more detail.

What might surprise you is that Visio has been around for some time, with its latest version having been c...
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Aug 20, 2013
The Resounding Answer Is Yes!

In some cases people are lucky enough to work for a company willing to invest in their training for them. But this form of developmental help is often formulaic and only prepares them for the role they were hired to perform – rather than helping them to achieve the goals they aspire to. That’s why employees often decide to pay for their own training, safe in the knowledge it’...
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Aug 07, 2013

Bane or Boon?
There’s no doubt that the landscape of language is changing. Communication is becoming increasingly reductive – with text messaging and social media applications like Twitter ...
by Philip Andrews, Jul 30, 2013

The Issue Of Trust Is Key
Although it is no longer unusual for people to work remotely, their physical disconnection from a business environment makes it harder for employer’s to directly ass ...
by Philip Andrews, Jul 25, 2013

While in junior school, I had a pretty traumatic experience giving a presentation, or what used to be called "an oral".
Throughout high school, I worked on ensuring that this never happened aga ...
by Philip Andrews, Jul 03, 2013

Coaches Need To Be Coached
This is the first – and without a doubt the most important point – that needs to be made. In many cases, employees with no prior experience of teaching find thems ...
by Philip Andrews, Jun 27, 2013

Does This Scenario Feel All Too Familiar?
You sit back down in your chair, having delivered a strong twenty minute presentation that details your department’s achievements for the last month. ...
by Philip Andrews, Jun 18, 2013

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