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MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS UNDER PRESSURE

MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS UNDER PRESSURE   Let’s face it – successful business is built on successful relationships. Your career success depends on how other people feel about you and how well they support you. The problem is that you only need to fly off the handle once...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH ABSENTEEISM

HOW TO DEAL WITH ABSENTEEISM   10% of employees account for 50 per cent or more of total absenteeism. Employees who continuously let the team down by not turning up for work can cause real problems for management – they are high-maintenance employees.  Here’s how to...

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HOW TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM

HOW TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM Some common problems people face regarding self-esteem and confidence It is an unfortunate fact that people suffering from low self-esteem may display some or all of the following behaviours: Shooting from the hip – in...

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FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS Take your power back from those who have hurt you. It is your birthright to be happy and to have inner peace.  You may think that you want and are justified to hate or feel intense anger toward someone who has hurt you deeply enough to create these...

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EMPATHY

EMPATHY   Empathy is the ability to be aware of, understand and to appreciate the feelings and thoughts of others.  Empathy is the ability to be sensitive to what, how and why people feel and think the way they do.  Being ‘empathic’ is the ability to ‘read’ other...

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EIGHT STEPS TO ACQUIRING YOUR GOALS

EIGHT STEPS TO ACQUIRING YOUR GOALS   For any personal development plan to succeed, it is necessary that you incorporate the following eight steps to ensure the successful implementation of your goals. Write your goal as a significant future event or behaviour.  Say...

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DECISION MAKING

DECISION-MAKING   “You can assess the quality of your decision by the quality of life resulting from the decision” (Anon)   No one makes the right decision every time, but by developing your decision-making skills, you can increase your success rate.  We use our...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH IMPOSSIBLE PEOPLE

HOW TO DEAL WITH IMPOSSIBLE PEOPLE I was emotionally affected by an impossible person this morning so I decided to write the following tips in how to deal with impossible people. RESIST THE URGE TO BE DEFENSIVE. You cannot win an argument with an aggressive or...

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PROFESSIONALISM WHEN INTERVIEWING FOR JOBS

PROFESSIONALISM WHEN INTERVIEWING FOR JOBS   I would like to discuss your behaviour when interviewed, today - not your CV or your qualifications and experience. Your behaviour (everything you say and do, including your body language) will be scrutinised from the...

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HOW TO MANAGE UP

HOW TO MANAGE UP   Do you know how to ‘manage’ your boss? It is so important to know how and when to discuss important issues that affect you, your career, your glide-path, or anything else that requires your manager’s input, consideration or permission. There are two...

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INFLUENCING OTHERS

INFLUENCING OTHERS Having influence over people means that you have the ability to gain support for your opinions, views, ideas, thoughts, beliefs, goals and objectives by using language to persuade people to buy into your way of thinking. If you make an effort to...

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GOSSIP

GOSSIP Gossip can be defined as idle, malicious, slanderous or destructive talking or writing about another person or situation with the intention to hurt them, regardless of fact. Gossip can be true or false, but it is still gossip.  It is by far the most common...

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COMMUNICATE WITH INTEGRITY

COMMUNICATE WITH INTEGRITY How do you respond when there is conflict or a stressful situation? Do you avoid the subject or person?  Do you get angry?  Do you go into denial? Communicating with integrity means to show more compassion and respect toward our conversation...

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AUTHENTICITY

AUTHENTICITY The dictionary defines authentic as: ‘genuine,’ ‘real,’ ‘trustworthy’ and ‘undisputedly credible.’ Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be viewed as genuine and real and therefore trustworthy and undisputedly credible? Being your authentic self means that you are...

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YOUR IMAGE

YOUR IMAGE When we first meet people we judge them within seconds of meeting them - from how successful, capable, creative and intelligent they are to how much money they earn and what car they must be driving.   Your mind is practically made up - and those favourable...

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UNEXPRESSED EXPECTATIONS

We often don’t express our expectations to others and yet we expect them to deliver on our unexpressed expectations. These unexpressed expectations cause…

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TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

The ‘toxicity’ referred to in the term ‘toxic relationship’ refers to, not only the behaviours such as name-calling, physical, emotional, sexual and…

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SELF-SABOTAGE

SELF-SABOTAGE ‘Before you can empower the reality of being fulfilled and complete, you have to stop empowering the reality that you are not …’ (Anonymous) If you have the desire, skill and knowledge to achieve something but you are not achieving it, you are probably...

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PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE

PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE ‘PROFESSIONALISM’ is the term used to describe the internationally accepted standards or expectations that society has of people’s conduct and levels of competence in the workplace. These standards of conduct are set by society,...

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CODE OF DRESS

CODE OF DRESS For specific functions, there are specific dress codes one should adhere to in order to remain totally professional at all times. The dress code will be defined by the type of function taking place, but if you are uncertain about what is appropriate for...

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GOOD MANNERS

GOOD MANNERS Having good manners is a prerequisite of professionalism. Your conduct is a reflection of your upbringing, education, values and principles, the organisation you work for and the company you keep. Always be true to yourself—if you can’t be true to...

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CONFLICT SEEKERS

CONFLICT SEEKERS Do you work, live, or interact with someone who seems determined to engage you in some kind of conflict? Do you find yourself getting hooked into their drama and before you know it you are in a no-win situation? How does this happen and why? The...

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LISTENING

LISTENING Most people spend about 70% of their waking hours in some form of verbal communication. Yet, how many of us have ever had any formal training in the art of listening? Real listening is an active process that has three basic steps. Hearing Hearing just means...

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CARING AND COMPASSION

CARING AND COMPASSION People who are placed in positions of authority—especially people in management positions in organisations—may sometimes show a lack of compassion toward other people, because they may be experiencing a subconscious feeling of superiority and...

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BUILDING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

BUILDING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS Building lasting, successful relationships is one of the most important roles of anyone’s life. Every organisation and all business depends on relationships—internal (with the people you work with) and external (with customers, service...

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BODY LANGUAGE

BODY LANGUAGE We constantly communicate with each other—even non-verbally (without talking). In fact 60 to 80 per cent of our communication is non-verbal; only seven to ten per cent is attributable to the actual words of a conversation. Your mood, emotion, energy...

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ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT

ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT People frequently don’t ask for what they want. Fear of rejection is often the reason for this. Believing that it is wrong to ask for anything or that we’re asking for too much can also prevent us from obtaining what we really need or want. A...

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AFFIRMATIONS

AFFIRMATIONS Affirmations were used successfully by Dr Emil Coué around the 1880’s to help alcoholics and drug abusers to overcome their destructive habits. Affirmations are widely used to help people to form new positive beliefs about themselves and to achieve...

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ACTIVE LISTENING

ACTIVE LISTENING Before expressing your feelings or point of view, be willing to listen—actively—to what another person is saying. Active listening means focusing on what your conversation partner is saying before stating your own position, opinion or needs. It...

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RESOLVING CONFLICT

RESOLVING CONFLICT Resolving conflict depends, more than anything, on communication. We want to be heard by someone else firstly because we believe that we can make that person understand and accept our point of view, and we believe that they will come to the same...

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PROCRASTINATION

PROCRASTINATION If you feel deeply passionate about achieving a certain goal then nothing should be able to stop you from reaching it. How many of us actually complete projects? Why do we put things off until tomorrow? I know someone who was still sewing her wedding...

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NETWORKING

NETWORKING Networking is an important way of marketing yourself, or your organisation and its products or services. Getting to know the right people and having the right contacts is essential for doing good business. There seems to be truth in the old saying: ‘it’s...

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FEEDBACK

FEEDBACK   Feedback is reporting on the development or progress of work flow, decisions, requests, problems, deliveries, meetings, answers, queries, outstanding work, movements of people or products, and so on. There is, in general, a serious lack of communication...

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SEVEN HABITS OF BORN ENTREPRENEURS

SEVEN HABITS OF BORN ENTREPRENEURS   Some people are natural-born entrepreneurs. Find out if you are one of them. Some people are born to be entrepreneurs. There are many people who start their own businesses young and become successful early in life. Such people are...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A TOXIC PERSON

HOW TO DEAL WITH A TOXIC PERSON What Is Toxic Behaviour? A toxic person is an angry, hurt (and often bitter) individual who has low emotional intelligence and doesn’t know how to, or doesn’t want to, take responsibility for their pain, feelings, needs, expectations,...

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A NEW YOU

A NEW YOU     It is that time of year again… We start thinking about New Year’s resolutions but we don’t really believe that we can achieve them because good things happen to other people…   Take Deliberate Action   The fact is that you can make your dreams come true....

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Elsabe Manning

Cell: 084 371 9105

Email: elsabe@successfactory.co.za

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