Archive for Jul, 2015

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By Aja Frost

As someone who reads (and writes) a lot of career advice, I often get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you can do to improve your career.

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By Damian Pros

“Productivity is being able to do things that you weren’t able to do before.” – Franz Kafka

Without productivity, you can’t accomplish anythingOr your results will be very lower than your true potential.

Productivity is the quality of creating something. Productivity is measured by the positive outcome of the energy you devote in a project.

The higher it is the more you can achieve. When your productivity is sky-high you can distribute your work and finish it in the best way possible, thereby achieving more goals and getting bigger rewards for your work.

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Positive business group working hard in the office in a company

By Ruth Zive

Those of you who have been reading my column know that I recently started my own freelance writing business, so, in fact, I no longer answer to a “boss.”

But, for nearly two decades, I did—and I had bosses that intimidated me to the core, I held positions in which I questioned my skills almost daily, and I took on responsibilities that I was certain would expose me as a neophyte.

And even now, as a brand-new entrepreneur with new clients, prospecting targets, and niche markets that are altogether unfamiliar, I still sometimes deal with feelings of inadequacy and a lack of confidence on the job.

And I know I’m not so unusual: For many women, feeling insecure at work is a constant struggle. But, it’s also a major obstacle to achieving our professional dreams and realizing our full potential. So, ladies, we’ve got to get over it.

The good news is, it’s possible. If you need a confidence boost in your day-to-day routine, check out these tried-and-true tips. They are 9 Ways to Boost Your Confidence at Work. You’ll bolster your sense of assurance, come off more poised, and kick some butt in the workplace, too.

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By Jessica Millis

The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining new knowledge is practically as important as its volume. Who wouldn’t love to remember tons of information as quickly as possible? If you want to start learning faster, you need a new approach towards the process which would enable you to comprehend the essence of the matter and relate it with new concepts you encounter. Here are 10 Ways To Become A Faster Learner.

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by Kerry Petsinger

Have you ever wondered what the secret to success is? For most people, it’s not one specific thing. Rather, it’s the result of many daily habits that are repeated over and over. Here are 15 small things you can do every day to ensure that you’re being intentional with your time and spending it on your priorities. Incorporate these tips into your daily routine and watch your success soar!

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By Bernard Marr

Job searching can be a tedious, depressing, and long-term project if you don’t know some of the shortcuts that the smartest job seekers take to decrease the number of applications they make and the length of their job search.

Apply these tips to your job hunt and you’re likely to see excellent results:

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The Maltina Teacher of the Year is an initiative designed to recognize, celebrate and motivate teachers of Public Secondary Schools in Nigeria.

Everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in training, coaching and determining the quality of education and this is critical to sustainable national development.

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By Jo Miller

There’s never been a better time to develop your leadership skills. According to Deloitte’s 2014 Millennial Survey, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025.

Think about that statistic for a moment, because the implications are huge: Within 10 years, Baby Boomers will have all but completed the handoff of leadership responsibilities to members of Generations X and Y. If you’re interested in moving into management, now is the ideal time to raise your hand and take the lead.

Why now?

In anticipation of this global demographic shift, many companies are developing high-potential programs to accelerate the development of their up-and-coming leaders. Deloitte, for example, has a program called NextGen, which aims to cultivate future leaders.

I turned to Monica O’Reilly, a principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Chief Talent Officer for the firm’s advisory practice, to learn more about NextGen and who makes a great candidate for the program.

O’Reilly, who is a NextGen graduate herself, explains five ways to stand out and be recognized as high-potential. Even if your company doesn’t have a program like NextGen, incorporating these tips into your work life will demonstrate your abilities to the people who can take your career to the next level.

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by Kathy Caprino

In my line of work, I hear from hundreds of people a month, and connect with professionals in a more public, open way than ever before. Through this experience, I’ve seen scores of toxic behaviors that push people away (including me). And I’ve witnessed the damage these behaviors cause – to relationships, professional success, and to the well-being of both the individual behaving negatively, and to everyone around him or her.

Let’s be real – we’ve all acted in toxic, damaging ways at one time or another (none of us are immune to it), but many people are more evolved, balanced, and aware, and it happens only rarely in their lives.

Whether your toxic behavior is a common occurrence, or once in a blue moon, it’s critical for your happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re behaving badly, and shift it when it emerges.

The 6 toxic behaviors I see every day are:

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This competition is aimed at full-time students of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree of all specializations, in their penultimate year of study. Students should not have acquired considerable professional experience yet (except for internships, apprenticeships and summer job experiences).

 

About Unilever Africa Idea Trophy

Unilever Africa Idea Trophy is a student business competition for penultimate year University students across Africa.

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