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Management Training News: w/c 10th July 2011

Management Training Resources: w/c 10th July 2011

This week, we start off with a look at a management guru who has been dead for around 2500 years: Lao Tzu. Find out why he is regarded as one of the most influential management gurus of the 21st century in the first link below.

Other items in this week's "Management Training Resources" include a fascinating look at 2 ways of listening; the first part of our run-down of the most inspirational graduation speeches ever made; how to use the Kubler-Ross grief model to understand change; and our spotlight on the project management MTL SkillBooster, "Client Agreement".


Management Gurus: Lao Tzu (570-490 BC)

laotzu_142 Lao Tzu was master of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism and the author of its oldest existing book, the Tao Te-Ching. In this book, which you can download for free here, Lao Tzu strives to understand the inner nature of things, including people, and work with them rather than against them. The Taoist philosophy is one of yielding, flowing, and enabling. Today, as the developed world moves out of an industrial mode of work into an information and people-based mode of work, many management thinkers have come to see the relevance of Lao Tzu's thinking to a new way of working with others... more


Transform Your Communications with Active Listening Skills

activelistening_142 Active Listening is one of the most important skills you can learn. Contrary to what most people think, it is not a skill we are born with. It is rather a skill that has to be learnt and constantly practised. In this feature, you'll see the same father-and-son conversation repeated in two ways. The first is what happens in many, if not most, families with poor listening and inevitable conflict. The second is what can happen when one of the parties engages the other with active listening skills. When you see the difference, you'll be astonished... more


Give Yourself a Motivation Boost with the Best Graduation Speeches Ever Made

graduation_142 Around this time of year, universities around the world hold their graduation ceremonies as final-year students leave their studies and embark on life and a career. In most institutions, the highlight of these ceremonies is a speech from a notable guest who may be a politician, business person, or celebrity. Invariably, they impart some inspirational words of wisdom to the graduates. Here, courtesy of graduationwisdom.com, we present the first selection of the top 10 best speeches from American commencement ceremonies. You'll find them not just great presentations but also insightful and uplifting... more


Help Others Through the Emotions of Change with the Kubler-Ross Model

change_175 The Kubler-Ross model is a model of change named after Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss doctor who devoted her life to studying people with terminal illnesses. She identified 5 emotional states that people go through when they learn that they are dying. Her model has become the basis for the process that other people experience when they are given bad news or are required in some way to make major change. Understanding this process can be invaluable in helping other people come to terms with their own adjustment... more


Spotlight on the MTL SkillBooster, "Client Agreement"

231_142 The "Client Agreement" SkillBooster from ManageTrainLearn is the perfect way to boost your knowledge and skills in a key aspect of project management and so develop your competence in modern management skills. The attractively-designed one-page summary will show you why the keys to success in a project is a good understanding with your clients. It will also outline the steps in successful negotiation and successful agreements... more