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Workplace stress – what should managers do?

Of all the management issues you will face in the workplace, a medical certificate signing an employee off with stress, anxiety, depression, or some other form of mental illness, is guaranteed to make your heart sink. A variety of questions spring to mind: how long will the person be away? Is the workplace somehow responsible for the problem? Could you have seen it coming and done something to prevent it? What are you going to say to the person when they do come back? What,…

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Added by Mara Thorne on January 17, 2018 at 10:57 — No Comments

What Have You Learned? Reflect On Another Year

As we come to the end of the year it’s time for some reflection. What have you learned as a result of everything you’ve experienced this past year? Now is the time of year that we typically look back on the goals we set at the start of the year to evaluate how we’ve done. Hopefully this time last year you set yourself SMART goals. If you did, hopefully you now know if you achieved them or not. Did you achieve all your goals (business…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on December 11, 2017 at 10:09 — No Comments

Marketing for professionals - how to write a marketing e mail that attracts customers

reetings fellow professionals,

December is here at last, so fun, frolics and laughter cannot be far behind.

So, there you are as business slows down in the approach to Christmas with your carefully cultivated prospect list, trying to write the killer marketing e mail to get 2018 off with a bang……………..but, where do you start?…

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Added by Colin Mico on December 1, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution-focused brief therapy is an approach to psychotherapy based on finding and building solutions, rather than in-depth analysing of problems. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it explores and focuses on an individual’s current resources and future hopes – the preferred future – helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.

As its name suggests, solution-focused brief therapy is considered a time-limited approach,…

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Added by Elaine Way on November 28, 2017 at 21:07 — No Comments

Marketing for professionals - Networking vs. Masterminding

Morning fellow professionals, 

My apologies for missing a week on my e mails (did anyone notice? J) but last Friday was all about the “transition process” following the announcement that we will be Aston Lark with effect from July 2018.  Exciting times! 

Anyway,…

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Added by Colin Mico on November 17, 2017 at 16:08 — No Comments

Becoming a People Manager - My Story

Thank you to all of you who’ve been reading my articles, but I thought it was time to take a step back and pose the question “Why should you care about the information I share with you? Why should you ‘listen’ to what I say? Why should you even contemplate working with me or referring me to others?” Well – the answer is simple – because I’ve been there. I know that it’s not as easy as it looks to be a great People Manager. So in this article I’m going to share my story.…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on November 15, 2017 at 13:46 — No Comments

It’s not unusual…

Following the revelations of sexual harassment and assault - and allegations of rape - by Harvey Weinstein that filled the news media a few weeks ago, I recently heard Sir Tom Jones on the radio admitting that something similar was attempted against him early in his career. There have been many scandals involving sexual harassment and abuse (including child abuse) in recent years; among the most notorious sexual predators here in the UK were Jimmy Saville and Cyril Smith, not to…

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Added by Mara Thorne on November 8, 2017 at 12:37 — No Comments

Marketing for professionals - Do you have a web site? What is its purpose?

reetings fellow professionals on this fine Autumn Friday morning.

So, we all have a website, don’t we?

Why do we have it?

What is its purpose?

Does your website look the same and say the same as everyone else in your industry?

I appreciate that…

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Added by Colin Mico on November 3, 2017 at 16:01 — No Comments

Marketing for Professionals - Asking Good Questions

Greetings one and all,

As I was sampling La Dolce Vita last week in Southern Italy, I was reminded by how “success” in its many forms is always preceded by asking good questions……………because good questions lead to good answers…..and good answers lead to good information

Whether it was asking the Concierge as to his recommendation of the best local…

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Added by Colin Mico on October 27, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Washing hands with cold water ‘as good as’ hot water

Washing hands with cold water ‘as good as’ hot water

Do you use hot or cold water when you wash your hands?

Well, new research suggests that cold water might be just as good as warm water!

US scientists studied a group of volunteers and found that washing with cold water (15C) instead of hot water (38C) didn’t make a big…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on October 26, 2017 at 11:54 — No Comments

If you have a cup on your desk at work turn away now and throw it in the bin!



Tips on office cleaning…

If you work in an office, then chances are you and/or your colleagues probably drink tea or coffee at your desk.

And with the likelihood of things getting lost or misplaced, many people tend to keep their own mug on their desk too – which is actually a terrible idea.

It could end up making you sick, and there’s a really disgusting reason for it.

Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on October 26, 2017 at 11:53 — No Comments

Marketing for Professionals - The Value of your 90 minutes

Greetings fellow professionals.

 

I appreciate that it is a bit early this week, but I am off to Sorrento tomorrow J

 …

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Added by Colin Mico on October 23, 2017 at 12:39 — No Comments

Bonfires and fireworks

Autumn has arrived, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. You may be preparing the garden for winter and arranging any rubbish for a seasonal bonfire. And, at this time of year, where there's a bonfire there could be fireworks.

Keep your distance

Bonfires and fireworks can be a good excuse to bring together family and friends to enjoy the autumn nights, but they do require a bit of caution as many people, including children, are at risk of injury.…

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Added by Mike Black on October 19, 2017 at 17:22 — No Comments

Broker/Customer Relationships and Predators and Sharks

I had a client who was looking to grow his Business. We discussed various options and decided that a loan over 5 years would be the way forward. 

I informed my customer that this would take time and I would keep him updated of the progress.

Having spent time putting the application together and addressing the Pros & Cons I submitted the application. 

I informed the customer that it had been submitted and that there would be a 48/72 hour answer back from the funder.…

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Added by Michael Bushby on October 18, 2017 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Motivate through Engagement

The benefits to having a motivated team are enormous. Someone who will go above and beyond might be particularly critical in a small company where you need everyone to contribute. Employees who put in extra effort for your company can make a huge difference to the success of your company. In addition, engaged employees are usually happier, healthier and more fulfilled, which means they’re likely to stay with your company longer. And while they’re working for you they’re likely to be off sick…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on October 17, 2017 at 9:44 — No Comments

Marketing - for Professionals - Knowing your customers

Greetings,

 

Welcome to the third weekly e mail instalment of Marketing for Professionals.

 

I hope that you are all still awake out…

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Added by Colin Mico on October 16, 2017 at 13:52 — No Comments

Showing Customers That You Understand Their Needs - the Power of Testimonials

Greetings,

 

Welcome to my second BLOG on the subject of marketing for professional companies.  I hope that you find it useful.

In my first BLOG, I talked about the…

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Added by Colin Mico on October 10, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Professionals - is there a "Secret Sauce" for your Marketing?

Before selling my business to Aston Scott in 2014, I spent the previous six years trying to fill in the gaps in my Sales and Marketing knowledge.

 

In Insurance industry terms, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and therefore at the apex…

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Added by Colin Mico on October 5, 2017 at 17:29 — No Comments

How to choose the best clinical hypnotherapist for you

So, you’ve decided to see a clinical hypnotherapist to get help with the problem that’s been bothering you for some time. It’s a big step…..in fact deciding to see a therapist is one of the most important steps you’ll take in fixing that…

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Added by Elaine Way on September 20, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Is your creativity or love of running your own business being stifled by ‘process’?

I was having lunch with a good friend at the weekend and we were discussing the virtues and pitfalls of running our own businesses. My friend, a successful, self-made woman, was sharing how some business owners in her industry (creative design) are falling out of love with their job due to an overwhelming and ever-increasing workload of operational matters that people have neither the time nor a clue, how to deal with.

I could see where she was coming from. I regularly speak with…

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Added by Stas Lawicki on September 19, 2017 at 19:53 — No Comments

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