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A way to develop great networking skills

"Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time." (Alan Collins).

..... "But it's easier than you think" (Mark Miller).

The task of building a great network can be somewhat daunting. "Who do I contact? What reasons can I give?, What do I say?" It can all feel rather clumsy and perhaps even a bit mercenary.

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Delivering great personal development reviews

This is the time of year where you can't look anywhere without seeing Christmas themed isles full of enticing goodies! I recall seeing the first lot of Christmas treats back in late August - now that IS planning well for Christmas!

It got me thinking about how well in advance we plan for our own Personal Development Review conversations (PDR's or appraisals).  At this time of year, as business leaders, we encourage employee development plans which can help keep your talent pipeline full, whilst also providing your company with a valuable retention strategy. Reflecting and refining your internal development strategy for your employees will ensure they start the new year with a clear pathway that shows them how to increase their knowledge with a more expanded skill set, enabling your business to be a step ahead of your competitors.

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We can all deliver fantastic negotiations

"If you can train yourself to keep your mouth shut most of the time, it's easy to be a great listener, and a great negotiator." (Ed Brodow).

Most of the time I think we respond to what people say they want without identifying what they really want. And that’s because we are usually not that good at listening.

"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari has been a bestseller for some time, and is an amazing mind journey about how we became the humans we are today. A client told me I should read it as he couldn't put it down. I obeyed, and was very glad that I did. 

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Integrating Millennials: how can we make it work?

“The difficult people who we encounter can be our greatest teachers."  (Eileen Anglin).

There is no doubt that the Millennial generation bring challenges to the established generation. They are different, and differences inevitably produce difficulties and challenges.

In a previous blog I briefly covered one difference which could be a major gain to our organisations. In this blog I'll offer some thoughts on a major difference which could demand attention, effort, and support from our organisations.

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