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.
After an extended few weeks of fun and frivolity, it’s easy to feel a bit blue when it’s time to return to the office. Add to that the few pounds you might have gained from over indulging, the dreary British weather and an empty social calendar, and you really will be feeling a bit ‘bleurgh’!
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?
Are you thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? This week’s round-up might be a good place to start; here are some recent stories about good and bad workplace habits to adopt to help make your day more productive and your work mindset better.
10 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity
How To Break Your Bad Work Habits
Six Healthy And Easy Ways To Boost Your Productivity At Work
How To Work Toward Healthier Habits
We’re getting closer to finding out who will be named this year’s winner of the prestigious partnership with Lord Sugar himself, and we think this might just have been the best season of The Apprentice yet. There’ve been the usual personality clashes, the hilarious soundbites and the fist-bitingly awful gaffes, but that’s precisely what makes the programme such an addictive watch.
The theme for this week’s round-up is giving presentations & public speaking – a topic we discuss a lot on this blog and that is certainly a popular one in general.
From tips to improve your speaking style to ways to make your presentation more engaging, see below for some of the best recent articles on presentations.
Secret Santa is meant to be a little bit of light-hearted fun, to help spread some festive cheer around the office. It’s a nice way of making sure that everyone receives a gift, with no one being excluded. Nowadays most companies advise on a budget of around £5, and while that doesn’t buy an awful lot, with some thought and preparation it can be enough to cause a giggle or two.
We’ve all got one. That buzzword or phrase that just makes us cringe. Whether it’s set off by an email, a meeting or by watching an episode of The Apprentice, those business clichés can crop up literally anywhere.
We all know the symptoms of Death by PowerPoint: badly designed slides, bullet point after bullet point, endless text.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
When was the last time you did something different at lunch?
Instead of sitting at your desk and working through yet another lunch hour, why not try and break a world record? Apparently it’s possible. Check out this infographic from the team over at Chair Office and try spicing up your lunch break with a few record breaking attempts (and if you’re successful, please let us know!).
Increased productivity is something I constantly strive for, but sometimes I find it very hard to say no to things. When you take on multiple projects and realise you may have bitten off more than you can chew, it’s crucial to find ways to turbo-charge your productivity.
Many people believe that it takes a big commitment to make progress in their professional careers. While this may be true when it comes to developing specialised skills, it isn’t the case when it comes to changing one’s mindset—the very thing that can make the difference between getting by and excelling at work.
For elite performance, you have to think like an elite performer first. And in this post, we’re going to look at modelling the mindset that fuels outstanding success.
Key 1: The Thinker
Life follows thought; so be careful what you think. Where your thinking goes, your energy flows. There’s no point in setting goals and outcomes and then having uncontrolled thoughts about not achieving them. Make sure your thinking supports the outcomes you desire. Make this a daily practice and activate the positive thinker behind the thoughts.