Your Learning Preferences

learning-preferenceAs part of your preparation for learning you may want to consider how you learn best and what your preferred style and approach to learning might be.

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford are best known for their learning styles questionnaire. The questionnaire you can download is self-administered and determines people’s preferred learning styles. Knowing your own and your team members’ learning styles can accelerate learning. People undertake activities that best fit their preferred way of taking in and working with information. But there is also much to be gained from challenging yourself by trying out new styles.

To download the questionnaire, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Colour is Your Parachute 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers by Richard N. Bolles

No matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter sometimes needs to find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Including up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive CVs and cover letters, doing effective networking, confident interviewing, and negotiating your salary.

But it goes beyond that, in helping you to better know who you are, with its classic self-inventory called The Flower Exercise because the best answer to What shall I do? Flows from knowing who you are.

Managing Creativity and Innovation by Harvard Business School Press

Innovation is an undisputed catalyst for company growth, yet many managers across industries fail to create a climate that encourages and rewards innovation. Managing Creativity and Innovation explores the manager’s role in sparking organizational creativity and offers insight into what managers and leaders must do to increase successful innovation. Contents include: Generating new ideas and recognizing opportunities; Moving innovation to market; Removing mental blocks to creativity; Establishing a strategic direction for profitable product development; Brainstorming and fostering creative conflict within groups; Creating an innovation-friendly culture.

Resilience: Teach Yourself How to Survive and Thrive in Any Situation by Donald Robertson

Resilience: How to Thrive and Survive in Any Situation helps you to prepare for adversity by finding healthier ways of responding to stressful thoughts and feelings. You will learn a comprehensive toolkit of effective therapeutic strategies and techniques, drawing upon innovative “mindfulness and acceptance-based” approaches to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), combined with elements of established psychological approaches to stress prevention and management. The book also draws upon classical Stoic philosophy to provide a wider context for resilience-building. This book is a complete course in resilience training, covering everything from building long-term resilience by developing psychological flexibility, mindfulness and valued action, through specific behavioural skills such as applied relaxation, worry postponement, problem-solving, and assertiveness.

Strategic Thinking, A Step by Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership by Simon Wootton and Terry Home

A Step-by-Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership, now in it’s third edition, takes you step by step through sound strategic thinking by setting out the questions to ask. In the process of answering these questions and thinking through the important issues that they raise, you will learn how to formulate strategies and write clear and concise strategic plans.

With new online material to support each step and help strengthen your ability to predict future changes, as well as a new section covering key aspects of leadership and neuroscience, this practical book will enable you to: gain a deeper understanding of your market; forecast where your organization is heading; think critically about proposals; write an effective strategic plan

Why you need to focus on Attention

Daniel Goleman explains why attention is like a muscle and you need to exercise it. We have a wealth of information but a scarcity of attention. It’s becoming one of our scarcest resource yet it’s the secret to high performance and fulfilment. For more insights, read his latest book: Focus – the Hidden Driver of Excellence.

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