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A starter on how to get the most out of meetings

Do you dread business meetings? Whether they’re one on one with your manager or they involve the entire team, business meetings can often feel like a waste of an hour. An hour you could be spending more productively working towards targets. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Common company culture myths

Company culture is what defines a business and its values. It often isn’t one of the first things that are thought about when starting up a company, but it really should be because it affects lots of aspects of that company.

How do I survive office politics?

There’s one part of working in an office environment that’s inevitable – office politics. From gossiping around the water cooler to people stepping on their co-workers to secure a promotion, it’s something that’s hard to avoid.

How to admit your mistakes and apologise properly

We may like to think that we’re always right, but every now and again something happens where the blame genuinely falls on you. When this happens, you need to resist the urge to go on the offensive or retreat into your shell. Yes, it’s time to admit to your mistakes and make a genuine apology for them. This isn’t easy for a lot of us, so here are a few tips to help you through it. Remember everyone has a different view of the world, and interactions – your view may not necessarily be right. You may have wittingly, or unwittingly, caused offence or distress so take ownership of it. This is a major source of self- growth.

How do I avoid overthinking?

I don’t know about you, but I for one am prone to overthinking. Whether it’s lying in bed at night obsessing over trivial things, or doubting yourself on major decisions because you’re overthinking them, overthinking can lead to increased anxiety and destroy your productivity and decisiveness.

It’s safe to say that it’s usually a bad thing if you are attaching to your thoughts. Sometimes it’s best to let them pass and not overanalyse. Sleep on things and let your brain process what’s happening overnight. So, let’s look at a few ways you can avoid overthinking.

What are the benefits of having a coach?

Coaching is a big industry, but have you ever utilised the services of a business or life coach? You may think you’re doing just fine without a coach, so why would you need one? But, there are lots of surprising benefits of having a coach, as well as the more obvious ones.

Let’s look at a few key benefits of hiring a coach.

What are the priorities for your team?

When you’ve got a million and one things to do, it can be hard to prioritise effectively. We tend to put off big tasks because they are so overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a plan of attack. So, we work on the smaller, more manageable goals but still have that big project looming over us.

How do I become more confident at work?

Often, the only thing holding us back from achieving our goals and reaching our full potential at work is our confidence in ourselves or lack of it. Even if you have all the necessary skills and experience to go after that promotion or apply for a new job, failing to believe that about yourself can stop you from taking that step.

How do I handle conflict at work?

With a new year of work before us, it’s a great time to look ahead to the various challenges and opportunities we might face this year. So, I thought I’d share some advice for a challenge that we commonly face in the workplace – conflict, and how to deal with it in a professional manner.