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By Meredith Fineman | Thursday, May 28, 2015

The New Professionalism: What’s OK, What’s Over the Line?

is this the new professionalism?

It’s no secret that professionalism is on the decline. In fact, you could argue that in 2015, we don’t even have a solid definition of professionalism.

In its most literal sense, professionalism means “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.”

But does that definition still apply in the current office climate of beer taps and yoga mats?

We live in a new kind of job economy: a world of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Jacks & Janes of all trades. Gone is the traditional 9-to-5—and many of the codes of conduct that went with it.

How do we know what’s “professional” in a world where you drink with your coworkers, text your boss, and wear casual clothing every day of the week?

A lot of it starts with you.

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways to Know If You'd Make a Great Project Manager

project manager

Project management is a transferrable skill. If you can manage one project, you can manage any project, because they all have the same underlying structure:

  • Make sure everyone agrees on what the project is
  • Estimate times and costs for the tasks are involved
  • Create your Gantt chart
  • Assess risks
  • Monitor progress and costs
  • Have a review at the end

It’s often well paid, always in demand, and never dull. And you get closure when projects end. What’s not to like?

Well … there’s stress. Often you’re not the line manager of the people on your project; you’re just borrowing them for the duration of the project. Then there are usually suppliers and subcontractors involved, and frequently there’s a customer who wants an impossible combination of great quality, short delivery time, and low price.

If you deliver everything, people will think it was easy. And if you don’t, then it will be considered your fault!

So what type of person makes a good project manager—and are you that type?

Project managers need to have the following five qualities. If you have them all, you should certainly consider a career in this area:

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Friday, May 22, 2015

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

improve your technical writing

People in technical fields are often asked to write about technology—and the task can be daunting. After all, you’re not likely to have trained as a writer, learning the fine points or grammar or crafting an elegant sentence, because your focus has been to learn the ins and outs of a technical profession.

The good news is that you can make your technical writing easier for anyone to understand—whether or not your readers have a technical background—by mastering a few simple tips:

  • be concise
  • avoid jargon
  • use the active voice
  • be specific

By Jeff Toister | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Onboarding: Create the Ultimate New Hire Checklist

create the ultimate new hire checklist

Onboarding new employees can be a time-consuming process: paperwork, workstation set-up, training…

And the whole process can come to a screeching halt if you forget something important—like ordering a new computer before an employee’s first day.

One way to streamline things is to create a new hire checklist. It’s a simple tool to help you track progress and make sure nothing’s missed. A checklist also makes it easy to repeat the process the next time you hire someone new.

Here’s how to create the ultimate new hire checklist.

By Mike Figliuolo | Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pricing Strategies: Get Your Numbers Right


Getting your pricing wrong is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes you can make in business.

Avoid it by following this smart pricing strategy:

By Jeff Bloomfield | Monday, March 30, 2015

Want to Grow Your Business? Know Your 'Why'

Know your

There have been a myriad of books written and talks given on how to grow your business, improve your marketing, close more deals, etc. Some of those lessons are good; some are useless.

But successful organizations have proven that the guaranteed way to get results is to change your company focus from what you do to why you do it.

It’s a strategy that boils down to just three simple elements …

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Great Business Relationships Are Key to Small-Business Success


I don’t care if you’re the smartest small-business owner on the planet, with the best products or services, and cutting-edge technology. I don’t even care if you’ve got a foolproof business model.

You can have all the brainpower and the very best tools and still not compete effectively. That’s because all of those things—products, technologies, and business models—are about potential. They aren’t worth much until they’re used within great business relationships

By Rudolph Rosenberg | Monday, March 23, 2015

Productivity Tips: Take Control of Your Day in 5 Simple Steps

productivity tips for your to-do list

Ever wondered how some people stay calm in the face of a massive amount of work and conflicting priorities?

They know how to select from that long list of priorities the very few things that really need doing right away.

Well, I’m not one of those lucky people. There are some days when I feel I just have too much on my plate—too many important-seeming things that require my attention.

When that happens, I use a very simple technique to sort through my true priorities and identify what I should focus on.

Let me show you the simple productivity tips that help me get things done:

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