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Management Training News: w/c 17th July 2011

Management Training Resources: w/c 17th July 2011

This week, we have one of our all-time favourite self-development books to share with you for free. It's "To Bee or Not to Bee" by John Penberthy. If you don't know it already, it's a magical modern-day fairy story that will change the way you look at your life. We love it.

Other items in this week's "Management Training Resources" include an anecdotal case study on why humour and informality help creativity; part 2 in our selection of the most inspirational graduation speeches ever made; our spotlight on the MTL One-day Course Plan on Project Management, with free sampler included; and our top ten tips on being assertive.


Free E-Book: "To Bee or Not to Bee" by John Penberthy

tobeeornottobee_142 "To Bee or Not to Bee" is a simple but profound fable on the meaning of life. Written by American MBA marketeer-turned spiritual explorer, John Penberthy, it tells of a young bee called Buzz who becomes tired of the endless tedium and chaos of his honeybee hive. Against his own will, he is dragged kicking and screaming into a journey that is part spiritual and part self-discovery. Although the story takes place in a world of bees, this magical book, like many other modern fables such as "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull", is really all about us... more


A Problem of Ice, Bears, and Honey Pots

pylons_142 In studies of the most creative work groups, there are nearly always 3 things present. The first is a team that works well together. The second is laughter, proving the connection between humour and creativity. And the third is a level of informality. All three of these are present in one of the most creative brainstorming sessions ever held by a major utility company, Pacific, Power and Light of Canada. Read how a flash of insight on a brainstorming session solved one of the organisation's most costly, difficult, and intractable problems... more


What are the Best Graduation Speeches Ever Made?

graduation_142 Last week, we brought you the bottom half of the best ten speeches ever made to graduating students in America, courtesy of graduationwisdom.com. Well, this week, we round off this wonderful selection  with the top 5. You'll find it hard to disagree with this list for here are the most memorable presentations ever made to students leaving college and embarking on careers and lives on their own. Take a look at these speeches for their humanity, humour, and wisdom. Use their style if you ever coach or manage others. And dip into them whenever you need a motivational boost... more


Spotlight on the MTL 1DayCoursePlan, "Project Management"

61._project_management_142 With more customers than ever putting value-for-money at the top of their want list, more and more of us are managing projects as part of our working lives. That's why your staff need to learn the skills of managing projects and bringing them in on time, cost and target. In this unique One-day Course Plan from ManageTrainLearn, your staff will learn how to manage projects successfully and develop successful project teams. With all the key skills covered, this is an indispensable guide for both new project managers and those seeking an up-to-date refresher. Find out more at the link that follows and download a free sampler of the whole programme... more


Top Ten Tips on Assertiveness

assertiveness_142 When we run training courses on assertiveness, most people are astonished to learn that they are each inherently assertive. It is not a state that they must work towards but a state that is naturally already theirs. It is the state they are born into; the state they are in until their early years; and a state that they can re-discover instantly. To do that, they only need to learn a few tricks of the trade and practise them every day. Then they will become the confident, spontaneous, and happy person they were always meant to be... more