By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, January 07, 2015
It’s ironic that one of the most important life skills—communication—receives so little attention in most educational systems and in the training and development practices inside organizations. We know that higher-quality communication skills are a huge catalyst for higher productivity, yet we don’t seem to invest in this idea properly.
But I have good news: Even if you’ve had little formal education or training in what great communication looks like, you can learn it. In this week’s Management Tips, I’ll show you how to improve your communication skills with great low-cost or free resources, from books to blogs to coaches and beyond.
Plus I’ll share three vital tips you can put to use right now.
By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, January 06, 2015
If you’re one of the millions of people who hope to work from home in 2015, we’ve got some tips for you.
Last week, we showed you how to set up your home workspace for maximum efficiency. Today in the second article of our Work From Home series, we’ll help you figure out how to structure your day.
Establishing routines will make all the difference between crazy days in which you get little done and productive days in which you accomplish a lot with few interruptions. Even a company that’s skeptical of work-from-homers has to appreciate productive workdays!
These are the three questions you should ask yourself when setting up your workday routines:
By David Allen | Saturday, January 03, 2015
You can only feel good about what you’re not doing when you know what you’re not doing.
From my experience, a majority of the stress people feel comes not from too much to do, but from broken agreements with themselves. You can fool all the people all the time—but you can’t fool yourself for one second.
When you tell yourself you ought to do something, and you don’t do it, then you suffer the slings and arrows of self-doubt, frustration, depression, and the fatigue of overwhelm.
If that’s true, how do you get rid of the stress?
By Jolie Miller | Friday, January 02, 2015
Working from home … we’ve all dreamed of it. The idea of avoiding the daily commute, the frequent interruptions, and—let’s face it—the constricting office attire is a fantasy most working folks entertain from time to time.
Well, the more technology advances, the more this fantasy becomes a reality. In fact, more employees work from home now than ever before. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you’ll need to do to set yourself up for success.
lynda.com can help.
Later this week, we’ll show you how to establish routines for maximum productivity and work-life balance, and how to manage your team remotely.
But first, here’s how to set up your space at home—both your surroundings and your headspace—to eliminate distractions and get things done.
By Brad Batesole | Thursday, January 01, 2015
If the details of your New Year’s Eve party are still a little foggy, you might want to double check your social media feed. An oversharing friend may have posted one too many photos.
In fact, with the New Year underway, it’s the perfect time to make sure nothing inappropriate or polarizing landed on your social media profile last year. A stray privacy setting, a rushed status update, or even an accidental mobile upload can create more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to your career.
Employers—the ones you work for now and the ones you may want to work for someday—spend more time than they want to admit snooping around profiles. So start this year off by taking a trip down memory lane.
Fire up your social media account, grab a cup of coffee, and work through this top-priority checklist I’ve put together that shows how to clean up your social media profile on various platforms. I’ll even share some common pitfalls and helpful tips to speed up the process.
By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, December 31, 2014
If you’re like most people, then right about now you’re looking at the year ahead and wondering, “How can I get more done?”
You can get started today—in your pajamas, even—by hopscotching through the productivity courses at lynda.com. From time management tips to home gadget recommendations, we’ve got the expertise to launch you into an efficient and productive 2015.
By Lisa Gates | Monday, December 29, 2014
You’ve had a fantastic year, a great review and you’re ready to ask for a raise and/or a promotion Excellent goal.
First, let’s define “ready.” If you’ve taken stock of your accomplishments, prepped a story or two that frames your undeniable value, investigated the health of your company, and researched your market value, then you’ve done your preparation (see yesterday’s article to tackle those steps).
Yesterday we showed you how to plan and research your ask. Today’s article is all about strategy.
Follow these five steps and see how to get promoted and get that raise:
By Lisa Gates | Sunday, December 28, 2014
With 2015 days away, it’s a great time to take a look at what you accomplished this year:
You’ve worked hard, produced results, added value to projects that may have been outside your prescribed expectations, deepened your experience and capacity, and repeatedly demonstrated your current and future potential.
Yep, you’re all that. So it’s time to negotiate for that raise and/or promotion.
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