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Prophet and loss: a master’s degree in Foresight

Much of business forecasting involves analysts crunching numbers and extrapolating scenarios from current reality, relying on their market knowledge and a number of reasonable assumptions. But what about when things get unreasonable? Companies have been wiped out by things coming at them from left field that their bean counters failed to predict.

The management mentor who actually speaks plain English

Management trainers often tread a fine line between academia and practical reality. If they have studied management at university, it’s all too tempting to dazzle their students with clever-sounding terms. But being dazzled is the last thing budding managers need as they seek to perform better and advance their careers. Many would rather point their telescopes away from the sun and see the path ahead clearly.

The formula for success: Excel training

Most office workers know a few Excel functions to get them through the day. But that’s like driving a Ferrari at walking pace. Excel is a massively powerful piece of software that can do almost anything that’s asked of it – if only you know how. Excel has arguably saved more hours of work than any other piece of software, but it needs to be programmed to do so. This means there is a substantial market for Excel training.

The pros and cons of working from home

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, professionals across various industries are conforming to the new normal of working from home. Zoom calls have replaced face to face meetings, daily commute has reduced to a few steps, and a flexible schedule stands in for a 9-to-5 routine.

But what does it all mean for productivity?