Author Archives: Marlene Hopkins

Why job interviews are a two-way street

Printable version of Post Job interviews are about marketing and selling The beginnings of this Post lie in some discussions that I had with several colleagues a while ago on the subject of our experiences at job interviews.  A common thread in all of these was some rather poor behaviour on the part of an … Continue reading »

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Teamwork and Leadership – it’s all about the planning!

Printable version of Post Let me begin by adding something to the title: Teamwork and Leadership – it’s all about the planning and the execution! At the Adelaide Clipsal 500 I spent a weekend recently at the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars motor race in Adelaide (South Australia).  The Clipsal is Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event, … Continue reading »

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Unlearning – the new survival skill

Printable version of Post What is ‘unlearning’? Unlearning – what a counterintuitive term!  It just sounds “wrong” – right? Well, even if it sounds weird, we will find it in the dictionary (Macmillan, Oxford, etc.) – it means “to change the way that you have learned to think or do things, usually because that way … Continue reading »

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Motivation – why do we do what we do?

Printable version of Post Motivation affects us all Let me start with a story: Once upon a time there was a small team.  The people in this team were all highly motivated – they had a passion for what they did, and they always gave 100+% effort.  They were very collaborative with each other, and … Continue reading »

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How to use learning styles to make a connection

Printable version of Post Alternate Title: How learning styles can improve our communication skills ‘Learning styles’ are about how people prefer to receive information.  Research shows that each person has their own unique preference for how they receive and process information.  But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that learning styles are exclusively bound … Continue reading »

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Why Note-taking is a Survival Skill

Printable version of Post Note-taking is (mostly) about remembering Why do I say that note-taking is a ‘survival skill’? Essentially, note-taking (aka note taking, or notetaking) helps us to remember things: Firstly, because our short-term (or working) memory has only limited capacity, we do not need to ‘hold that thought’ once we have made a note … Continue reading »

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Building the New You – it’s about personal development

Printable version of Post The New You is about your new Brand – sometimes this is called Brand You. Successful brands each have their own personality, just as you and I have our own personalities. Our personality is who we are.  It is formed by a combination of many things that lead to the way … Continue reading »

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Employee Engagement and Workplace Politics

Printable version of Post Two recent events have lead to this Post topic: reading press reports about a Gallup Study into global workplace engagement, and a colleague expressing their dislike for the ‘politics’ that happen in most workplaces. I often hear comments about a dislike for ‘politics at work’.  My colleague’s comment came at the … Continue reading »

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Brand You – it’s about personal branding

Printable version of Post Brand You is important for one very powerful reason – YOU! Brand You – i.e. your ‘personal brand’ – is about how You want to be seen by the world. ’Personal branding’ is what we use to show that we are different to others – it is what makes us stand … Continue reading »

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People Styles – what are they and how do they work?

Printable version of Post People Styles – what they are We are all similar, but we are also all different.  ‘People Styles’ allow us to predict, usually with a high degree of accuracy, how a person will react in a particular situation.  Let me give you an illustration: Recently I was asked by a colleague … Continue reading »

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