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all sorts of stuff! - management is now at my work blog, see www.chriscroft.co.uk/blog
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  • 09/05/11--02:05: Optimism about training
  • Pessimists never get disappointed, and they are perhaps more likely to make contingency plans, but even so, I just can’t BE one!   Every day must be so depressing for them… Here’s an example – my views on training, my livelihood:   As the world falls apart economically (allegedly), people say that “Training is always the [...]

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  • 09/06/11--08:02: Why do a Management Diploma?
  • I often get asked about whether it’s worth doing a Diploma, so I thought I’d get my thoughts organised and get it all down in one place: Advantages to the Company You can show that your managers are professionally trained You get better managers – the course fills in all the gaps, including subjects they [...]

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    I was remembering back to 1979 and thought I’d recall the key moments: When one of your team falls off the plan into the imaginary crocodile swamp: “We never liked him much anyway, did we team?” When being quizzed about geography in front of a huge map of the world: “Fair enough, I don’t know [...]

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  • 09/17/11--10:42: Will Money make you happy?
  • I think we all know the answer… Forget all thoughts of trying to get more money or getting material things of any kind in order to be happier.  Time spent on this will just be wasted, and may just make you less happy.  For example: Celebrities – often rich, often deeply unhappy People who win [...]

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    If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard this! But seriously, if you are thinking of becoming a trainer, what advice would I give? Are you structured enough to have a plan (it’s very unforgiving if you turn up late or with the wrong materials!) but also free-wheeling enough to cope with different [...]

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  • 10/20/11--02:39: Our kids’ careers
  • Is the world changing, or was it always like this and I’m just looking at it from a different (older!) angle?  That’s what we all wonder as we look at increasing crime (or not?), unsafe streets for our children to play in (or not?), kids spend their whole time playing violent computer games these days [...]

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    Everyone gets nervous, and if you weren’t then you might perform less well, and the interviewers might think you didn’t care   But clearly excessive nerves would be a problem, especially if the interview is for a job requiring confidence! I hope the following ideas help! 1 – self talk: say to yourself every day [...]

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  • 08/13/12--09:38: The Olympics – POD or POA?
  • Were you inspired by the Olympics? They certainly were brilliant – the organisation, the crowds, the stunning opening ceremony, and of course the performance of the athletes – what amazing people they are, yet also strangely ordinary people – just people like us, who are somehow doing amazing things. So many thoughts swirling in my [...]

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    It’s a free country, but still, things like the Lottery are bad for the people and this is why: It builds false hopes which lead to frustration – “Why isn’t my life better?” It’s based on a lie – that you might win. You won’t! It relies on the fact that we exchange £1 for [...]

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    I often get asked “Can I upgrade my level 7 Diploma to an MBA at some future point? “ MBAs are level 8. (By the way, there is no level 6!) Only Universities can award MBAs. A part time MBA usually consists of three years, the first year being effectively a CMS, and the first [...]

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  • 04/16/13--15:55: Managing Upwards
  • I would divide this into two parts: general good practice when dealing with bosses, and dealing with problem bosses. First there’s communication style - Ideally you would tailor your communication style so that they find you easy to deal with, perhaps even like you! Are they in a hurry and wanting a quick summary or [...]

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  • 05/12/13--05:51: Top 15 Tips for Success
  • 1) Be yourself. This may require courage & honesty. Believe in yourself. You can do anything you put your mind to. Strengthen this belief by saying to yourself “I can do it”. Instead of thinking “Why me?” – try the more empowering version “Why not me?” 2) You reap what you sow – make an […]

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  • 08/26/13--08:33: Possible life plans
  • Hi everyone I’ve been thinking about whether I would advise my kids to have a career like I had, or to go self employed like I am now, or something else. And looking at what my various friends have done with their lives, there seem to be certain patterns or shapes to people’s lives, as […]

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  • 02/03/14--13:25: CV writing – my top tips
  • …and these are the same for on-line or paper CVs… No typos – use spell check and get a friend to check it Make it look clean and clear – all paragraphs lined up, with decent margins, easy on the eye, not jumbled, or you’ll look like a jumbled disorganised thinker. Don’t fold it – […]

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    1 – Effect on you . a – What happens to you – if you expect bad things they tend to happen, and if you expect good things they tend to happen.  We attract what we envisage.  I don’t know why this is, but it’s definitely true.  People who are unlucky then expect to be unlucky again, and their expectations […]

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    If you’re going on a course, try not to do any of these!  and – enjoy!     When the first thing someone asks you is “When do we finish?”.  They may have a good reason but it gives the impression that they are already wishing it was over, that they want to get the […]

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