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By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, October 1, 2015

Conflict, Control & Commitment: Q&A with Fred Kofman

Fred Kofman

Leadership coach Fred Kofman has a way of making profound, game-changing concepts sound so simple that you wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself.

“I’m just reminding people of what they already know,” says Kofman, who’s worked with execs from Google to Microsoft to GM. “That’s why they feel at home with the ideas—like with an old friend.”

Author of the book Conscious Business and vice president of LinkedIn, he shares his world-class listening, negotiation and relationship-building tips in the new Lynda.com course Fred Kofman on Managing Conflict.

With a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley and a Teacher of the Year award from MIT, Kofman helps organizations incorporate honesty, integrity and respect into their business decisions and corporate cultures.

Here he tells us about the two biggest mistakes he sees businesspeople make—and the time he struggled to follow his own advice …

By Fred Kofman | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Secret to Managing Conflict? Listen


It is precisely when listening is most important … that you want to listen the least.

In my brand new Lynda.com course Managing Conflict, I show you how to approach personal and professional conflicts in a way that helps both sides find a satisfying resolution.

But the first step toward resolving any conflict is listening.

By Mike Wong | Thursday, September 24, 2015

3 Alternatives to Using Charts in Excel

There are times when a full-fledged chart in Excel is overkill and you just want to create a quick visual representation of your data.

For those times, here are three in-cell alternatives for using charts in Excel.

By Gini Courter | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Best Practices for Creating a Template in Word

In Microsoft Word, it’s wicked easy to create powerful templates that you can personally reuse or share with other members of your team. The key to creating a template in Word is thinking about how it will be used and handling page and paragraph formatting as part of your template design.

By Mike Wong | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Build an Irresistible Business Presentation


Creating and delivering an effective business presentation can be nerve-wracking for many people. Breaking the presentation-building process into logical chunks provides the structure you need to successfully create and present your next project at work.

Follow these tips to get started in the right direction.

By Stacey Gordon | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Find a New Career — While Stuck in Your Current Job

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I live by two creeds:

  • Choose a job you love and you’ll never “work” a day in your life.
  • Luck favors the prepared.

As a career strategist, I believe the two go hand in hand. A job you love will not just fall into your lap; you have to choose what you want—and that requires preparation.

We’ll show you how to find a new career you’ll love by prepping with these five steps.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Five Must-Know Tips for Word 2016

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Whether you’re new to Microsoft Word or use it daily, here are some must-know tips for getting the most out of your new software.

We’ve got brand new in-depth training in Word 2016 — but these tips also work for previous versions of Word, so you’ll benefit even if you haven’t upgraded yet.

By Mike Wong | Saturday, September 19, 2015

Five Excel Tips You'll Actually Use

There are thousands of Excel tips out there—many of which you’ll rarely need to use.

But you can use these five little-known tips every day to make the time you spend in Excel more efficient and productive.

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