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How to Be a Great Leader – Mind Tools Expert Voices

Imagine this. You’re driving for work late one evening when your car breaks down on a lonely road. You call the office for advice, and it’s your boss who picks up the phone. What happens next? A Lesson in Leadership l was in that exact situation about thirty years ago, shortly after starting my first real...

New Shoots From Old: Growth After Cuts and Setbacks – Join Our #MTTALK

Sonia D. Harris Please join us! What: #MTtalkWhere: TwitterWhen: October 22, @1 p.m. ET (5 p.m. GMT / 10:30 p.m. IST)Topic: New Shoots From Old – Your Stories of Growth After Cuts and SetbacksHost: @Mind_Tools About This Week’s Chat “There is no such thing as a linear life.”― Brittany Burgunder, American writer The...

Why Listening Should Be Top of Our Lists

I have a friend called Sameena, Sam for short. She’s what you might call a “pillar of the community.” She teaches literacy to young offenders. She chairs the committee running her local community center. In fact, she’s been the treasurer for this, and the secretary for that, across a whole bunch of initiatives and organizations, throughout her...

What Bugs You About Recruitment Adverts?

Deciding to look for a new job can be difficult, especially if you enjoy your role and like the people you work with. Being comfortable where you are has its perks. But, for many of us, striving for that next step on the career ladder often means we must look elsewhere. And that means dealing with recruitment adverts. We’re living...

What’s Your Superpower? – Join Our #MTtalk

My love affair with reading and books began when I was very young. Our family’s weekly visits to the city library became my highlight of the week soon after I learned to read. I clearly remember my mom sending me to bed with a stern warning that I had to sleep, not read.  Of course, all I wanted to do was to read so I often resorted to “undercover...

The Future Is All in Your Mind: My Expert Interview With April Rinne

I first heard of futurology about 10 years ago. It sounded like something out of science fiction. So I was surprised to discover that this discipline stretches back at least 2,000 years – albeit with a variety of names. This made me wonder, what did those early futurists get right? But, when I spoke to real-life futurist April Rinne, I learned...

Starting a New Job – MT Minutes Video

Congratulations – you got the job! Now you’ve got to make a good first impression on your team, and prove to them that you’re up to it! Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Particularly if it’s your first job, or in a different industry to your previous role. What if you don’t fit in, or your new teammates aren’t...

Tricky Interview Questions Part 3: What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses? – MT Minutes Video

So you’re in a job interview, everything’s ticking along nicely. You’re doing well, batting away at those tricky interview questions. And then the big one lands… the dreaded one that, let’s face it, everyone hates: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Whenever I’m asked this question, I have to forcibly hold in that inward sigh, “Not this...

Take Charge of Your Time – Mind Tools Expert Voices

I’m a repeat victim of Parkinson’s Law. It’s the principle that, like gas in a container, work expands to fill the time available. And it gets me again and again. Take the article I wrote yesterday. It should have taken me three hours or so. But I had all day to do it – and guess what? It took me all day to do it! A bit longer, in fact, as...

Hybrid Working: Your Fears and Solutions – Join Our #MTtalk

­It’s safe to say that hybrid working is now a thing. And OK, we don’t really know exactly what that ‘thing’ looks like yet. But it seems pretty clear that, post-pandemic, most of us are not going back to 100 percent office-based working. As with all change, some of us are happy about it and others aren’t. Many of us have worries....

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