Monthly Archives: January 2015

33 LinkedIn tips in 140 characters or less

33 LinkedIn Tips Ethos3

LinkedIn launched back in 2003, and since then has grown to become the world’s largest professional network, with a staggering 332 million users.

With so many of us using it to network, check out potential employees and establish relationships with future business partners, it really is important to make sure that your profile is looking its absolute best.

3 ways to breathe life into weekly meetings

Online Meeting or Face to face meeting

What’s more fun than a weekly meeting? Pretty much anything. Each week, you and your co-workers go down the same list of initiatives, in that same dry tone. Perhaps it’s just inevitable that weekly meetings become predictable, repetitive and sleep-inducing. Seriously, if you suffer from insomnia, just attend one bad weekly meeting and you’ll be cured.

Revisiting 2014’s key trends for learning

Training in the workplace

There is absolutely nothing wrong with following trends, but they don’t always pan out for all of us. Take, for example, the baggy-jeans trend in the nineties — that was an absolute no-no for me. (I’m sure you’ve committed your own fashion faux pas over the years!)

But what about the trends in L&D? Are they something for us to adopt wholeheartedly, cautiously dip a toe in the water or avoid completely?

How to avoid digital overload in an iEverything world

Digital overload

Living in the digital age is a double-edged sword: The tools available to us can be wonderful servants, but they can also be terrible masters.

An avalanche of emails, texts and social media alerts threaten productivity in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. The challenge for us, then, is to use this technology to boost our productivity while still fending off distractions.

How could a four-day week change your life?

4 day working week

So many of us talk of working a four-day week, but is it just wishful thinking, or could it truly be a reality one day? Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark are closest to achieving this dream, so what’s the possibility of other countries including the UK following suit?

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You’re hired! Now what?

You're hired. Now how do you keep that job?

So the tenth season of The Apprentice has drawn to a close and Lord Sugar has a new business partner in the form of Aussie Machiavelli Mark Smith.

Every year, the programme has me squealing with something between delight and pain at the faux pas and heat of the moment mistakes that the astonishing characters gracing the programme make. How the producers manage to find this combination of egomaniacs, maverick creatives and deluded Generation Y’s is beyond me, yet somehow they form a potent mix and make addictive viewing.

5 ways to start as we mean to go on in 2015

2015 goals

Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions, such as keeping on top of our ‘to do’ lists, but very often they fall by the wayside when our old habits begin to creep back in. How lovely would it be if we could rewire our brains to a new, productive and efficient way of working, so that we can truly take control over the way we work, rather than letting our work take control of us?