There is a quiet revolution going on in many educational institutions that may not be known by workplace employees wanting to get qualifications or update old ones. Traditionally, tertiary education has been delivered in the main in face to face classes or distance learning – with text books and course material arriving through the mail. Yet for many years now, new courses have been developed and existing ones redeveloped for online learning – for certificate,

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I shouldn't be surprised at some of the things I hear but I still am, even after fifteen years as a personal management trainer. The one issue that gets me, every time, is hearing managers who have inherited poor performers with a known, longstanding history of poor performance. The core issue, which is startling, is knowing that a long line of managers have chosen not to deal with a serious problem and ignored it in the hope it will go away or miraculously right itself.

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Some women and men seem to have a natural flair and style in their dress sense. It seems they could go out in a sack cloth and ashes and still manage to look fantastic. Yet, there are the rest of us poor creatures who struggle with colour, style, coordination and overall look, and never quite get the look we want for ourselves. For those of us who do struggle, it is an unpleasant feeling if our roles require us to look smart and professional and we're uncertain if we are on the right track.

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How much time have you spent thinking about your working life? I don't mean the daily thoughts about whether it was a good day or not, but quality time spent reflecting on the roles you've had; the things you really enjoy doing; the tasks that don't interest you or want to be doing any more; the ideal conditions that enable you to be your very best; the things you're passionate about? If you haven't done this for a while,

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An interesting looking book for those who feel their days are filled with drudgery and not great work, is "Find Your Great Work – napkin sized solutions to stop the busywork and start the work that matters". The author is Michael Bungay Stanier and if you go to you'll get a sense of the key points within the book.

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