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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.

Thicker than water: Family Enterprise Management

A family business can be anything from a single mom-and-pop store to a global corporation like Red Bull, BMW or Mittal Steel. What marks them out from other businesses is the family dynamics going on within the company and in the boardroom, which can sometimes lead to quirky management styles and unique cultures and procedures. All this is very old-school, but today’s family-run companies include some of the most innovative and successful business around. Wal-Mart, anyone? Ford? Toyota? The Tata Group? Samsung? All multi-generational family-run businesses.

Top skills employers desire most in 2019

LinkedIn Learning have published a list of the skills companies need most in 2019 and how to learn them. We’ll get to the list and provide course suggestions, but first it’s worth knowing that LinkedIn Learning is in fact the old Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired back in 2015 and re-skinned as LinkedIn Learning.

Don’t just do something, stand there – mindfulness at work

“I don’t have time for mindfulness and meditation!” says everyone with a job ever. “I’ve got too much to do!”

This is ironic. A mindful mind is more alert, efficient and productive than a non-mindful one, and this creates more ... guess what ... time in which to get things done. Plus an uncluttered mind doesn’t get stressed, feels better, listens better, and does better.

Soft skills for hard business – the kernel of success

What skills do employers value most? The ones that fill a hot current skills gap, like blockchain or cybersecurity? Sure, you can snap up a job right now in one of those areas if you’re skilled up, and probably a well-paid one too. But if you start out now on the learning path hoping for a slice of the action, maybe by the time you’ve acquired the skills – which could take years – the market might be flooded with prospectors who’ve had the same idea and the opportunity could have flown the roost.

Fifty Shades of Gray – running a Residential Assisted Living business

Sometimes simple demographics can lead to a genuine business opportunity. In 2010, there were 17 million Americans between the ages of 75 and 85. By 2050 that number will reach 30 million, according to the National Institute on Aging. Right now it’s the last of the Silent Generation and the first of the Baby Boomers who are beginning to enter that age group, and by 2050 it will be Generation X (the “Baby Busters”). This age shift, known as the Graying of America, means there will be more and more demand for residential assisted living as time goes on.