Why boosting creativity is a no-brainer.

Are you one of those people who thinks they are simply not creative?

You don’t play an instrument. You can’t paint, draw, or make anything interesting. You’re certainly no writer. Instead, you like working with numbers, sciences or things that follow procedures and rules. You’re ok with that but are a bit nervous about the trend that whole companies need to be ‘creative’ and ‘innovative’. That’s not you.

The good news is, you’re wrong! You just don’t know it yet.

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How to understand workplace behaviour?

What comes to mind when you think of the term ‘psychology’?

Mental health issues? Relationship counselling? Maybe you have some sort of vague idea of what it’s all about but you aren’t really sure.

Psychology does encompass mental health and relationship issues but it is also much broader than that. It is the scientific study of the relationship between the mind and behaviour and is neither positive or negative.

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The 3 forms of intelligence you really need to succeed in life

How well did you do at school?

Were you a straight A student, did you struggle to get through or were you somewhere in between?

Many people believe that their academic achievements or the type of job they have are the main indicators of how smart they are — and therefore, how successful they’ll be.

In fact, your IQ score or academic results are only a part of your overall intelligence and they certainly aren’t the only ways of measuring your success. As a society, we are slowly learning that our ability to understand our thought processes, emotions and how we relate to others count far more towards how successful we are as people. What’s more, these are skills that can be learned and developed with practice.

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Top tips for finding your path as an entrepreneur at any age.

It’s no surprise that the struggle to find full time work with a good income is becoming increasingly challenging. The report The Dimensions of Insecure Work: A Factbook, published by the Centre for Future Work, shows that the majority of us rely on other forms of work, if we have work at all.

“The traditional employment relationship, based on permanent, full-time work with normal entitlements (such as paid leave and superannuation), has been chipped away on many sides. Today, for the first time in recorded statistics, less than half of employed Australians work in a permanent full-time paid job with leave entitlements.”

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How to use time to gain time in your day?

Do you ever get the feeling that you have so much to do that it’s all buzzing around in your head and you can’t focus on any of it?

If so, you are not alone. Most of us feel that way at some point. It seems to be a common symptom of modern life. You might have distractions coming at you all day through calls, emails and people around you or a list of things to do that’s a mile long. If you don’t have a plan to manage it all, it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of stress and anxiety that seems impossible to break.

“But, I don’t have time to plan. I’ve just got to get it done”, you say.

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How video directing skills can improve your business?

Have you ever fancied yourself as the next Stephen Spielberg or Baz Luhrmann? A great film director telling a great story?

Maybe yes, maybe no. The reality is that many of us have chosen different paths and developed different skill sets. However, creating quality videos is probably not one of them. Yet, there is a good chance you’ll need to start using videos soon to share your brand story and avoid being left behind by your competitors. Or, if you are using them, you’ll need to learn how to make them more effective.

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Why you need a tribe in business?

Why is it that we can feel isolated even when we are surrounded by people? We might have family and friends around us or live in the middle of a big city, yet we might find it hard to communicate with them or to find things in common.

It is the connections with others that we value the most and this is where our tribes come in. Our tribes are filled with people that we identify with and who share common interests. We can find them in all sorts of places if we care to look.

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Why wait for opportunities when you can create them?

When Sonia McDonald found herself alone as a single-mum in China, she had been working in a senior HR role which she loved. She then made the difficult decision to come home to Australia and to work remotely in the same role, however, that didn’t work out.

McDonald then struggled to find flexible work that suited her needs and experience. In her podcast interview on The Mentor List, she described how, when the opportunity came up to become a leadership development consultant, she exaggerated her experience to get the role. She soon found she had a passion for coaching others to become better leaders and set about learning everything she could on the subject.

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The value of business knowledge and where to find it

Many people believe that education stops once you finish school, but this is not the case. Your education stops the moment you believe you can’t learn anything new anymore. For most people, that means the moment they draw their last breath — so, you’ve still got time!

Formal education is just one step in the learning process, yet there are many more and you can take as many steps as you like.

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10 steps for building a positive company culture

It doesn’t matter if you are the leader of a large organisation or you have just hired your first employee, you’ll want your team to function efficiently and harmoniously. That’s a given. Yet, this doesn’t always eventuate and you may not even know why.

When you created your business plan, no doubt you looked at sales projections, target markets, key personnel, systems and processes and much more. But, how much time did you spend planning how the people would work together?

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How to keep your two brains healthy

Did you know that we each have two brains? That’s right, the brain in our heads and the ‘brain’ that lives mainly in our gut.

This brain is called the microbiome and it is made up of many millions of tiny bacteria cells (called microbiota) that have lived happily within your body since you were born. Together, they have around the same number of cells as the rest of your body combined and weigh up to 2 kilograms.

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How to grow from adversity

In 2014, Rosie Batty became a household name in Australia following the tragic and brutal death of her son at the hands of his own father. Since then, she has championed the domestic violence cause with dignity and courage. Rosie mourns her son everyday yet she continues to speak out and fight for tougher laws and reviews around this once taboo issue.

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Why working for yourself gives you greater job security

David Meerman Scott makes a living by writing international bestsellers, presenting his acclaimed sales and marketing strategies to audiences of the most respected organisations and associations in 40 countries, advising exciting start-ups, and much more. He doesn’t need to worry about money.

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How to maintain your humanity while immersed in technology

The distinctions between human beings and the technologies around us are becoming increasingly blurred as our devices get smarter.

Our phones are smarter. Our cars are smarter. Even our fridges and washing machines are smarter. Now, the clothes and accessories we wear are getting smarter, too.

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Joining the dots of success

“Careers and businesses don’t develop along a straight line. If you plot their milestones or turning points most would resemble a child’s join-the-dot picture with scattered points and no clear pattern. The picture doesn’t begin to emerge until you start making connections between the points.

These connections can take many real-life forms. They could include personal and business networks or linking ideas and industry fields. Sometimes the connections don’t make sense at first or they may lead to dead-ends. However, they can also lead toward rich and innovative creations.”

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Are you fluent in body language?

We are all good at communication. With all the video calls, text messages, social media comments, emails and more, we certainly get a lot of practice. So, we’d have to be good at it by now, wouldn’t we?

Well, maybe not. While technology does give us more communication options, it doesn’t stop us misinterpreting each other’s messages or unintentionally causing offence. So, maybe it’s time we stop to consider how communication works.

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Why market research is the key to brand loyalty

Your business is customer-focused, right? Everything you do is for the customer. So, why are you struggling to get them to remain loyal to your brand? The answer is simple.

If you want customers to come back, you have to give them a great experience at every level, every time.

Let’s say that again. Say it out loud if you want to.

If you want customers to come back, you have to give them a great experience at every level, every time.

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Success comes with risks: Are you willing to take them?

Have you ever stopped to reflect on what success looks like to you? Most of us have a dream of becoming ‘successful’, but our dreams can look very different. They could include a nice house and car, having a life-long partner and kids, becoming a CEO, joining a rock band or simply having the time and space to do what we want. Sometimes, we define our success by someone else’s standards. Whether this is done consciously or unconsciously, we end up living life by default and not design. Social norms can dictate what we ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be doing with our lives and we can end up fearing the consequences of not fitting in.

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Why self-improvement needs to begin on the inside

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Matthew 7:12 NCV, see also Luke 6:31

This fundamental moral principle has appeared in many religions and cultures over thousands of years and it continues to be relevant today.

It’s a simple philosophy that we all genuinely believe we follow, but some of us are much better at it than others. This is especially true of the leaders around us and in the media. It’s not hard to see that some have become too self-absorbed to notice how their behaviour affects others. Some may never have known and others simply might not care. Yet, how leaders treat others will often determine their success.

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