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Management Training News: w/c 6th December 2010

Management Training News: w/c 6th December 2010

This week, we have some great new feature items for you, starting with an occasional series on workplace humour. It's sure to lighten your mood if you're in the northern hemisphere and experiencing the dark cold winter nights. In fact, if you're reading this at work, you might have to stifle a few laughs and chuckles, though you could always pass the feature on and get everyone's mood lighter!

Other items in this week's "Management Training News" include something unusual for Christmas; a review of a truly remarkable management training website; a prize-winning quiz based on our new and highly addictive numbers-and-knowledge game; and the spotlight on one of the top life-changing management and personal development books of the last 20 years that is still going strong.

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Laugh Yourself Silly at Work

laugh_142 Humour always goes down well in any training session or presentation. According to Goran Ekvall, professor of organisational psychology at the University of Lund in Sweden, humour is one of the keys to creativity. When Ekvall carried out research at a Swedish newspaper, he found that the team that performed consistently better than all other departments was the women's pages team. Why? Because they had a creative sense of humour not possessed by the others. There should also be a place for humour in the training room. We recently asked a select group of trainers to tell us which piece of training room humour always made them laugh. And here is their list, the top 3 funny jokes and anecdotes of the training room. See if you agree with them.

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Great Offers for Christmas 2010!

icandoithay_142 If you're looking for that "something-different" Christmas present this year, then why not give someone a gift that won't be discarded, used, or eaten by the New Year? I mean a learning and development gift. A ManageTrainLearn product, such as an annual subscription to our online courses, is a gift that will last all year and probably longer. And if we haven't got what you're looking for, (hard to believe, but possible!), then why not browse through the following Christmas offers from our management training product partners.

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Website of the Week: Changingminds

changingminds_142 I am full of admiration for the author of changingminds.org, David Straker. He’s compiled a huge resource of interconnected websites covering the whole gamut of management learning models and theories. In David’s own words, he is first a learning junkie, hooked on the thrill of discovery; second, an engineer who needs to connect theory to practice, and thirdly a management training enthusiast who loves to pass on what he knows.

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Win a Prize in our Numbers-and-Knowledge Game, Quizzitch

quizjpg_142_01 Quizzitch is a highly original and very addictive quiz game that you'll just love, especially in the run-up to and during the festive season. We give you a random selection of 10 questions based on 10 numbers between 1 and 1000. The number is in the quiz question. All you have to do is pick the right answer. Quizzitch is currently looking for a publisher to put it to market, so if you're in that business, then here's a great opportunity for fun and profit. Anyhow, have a go and see how you score. 20 MTL SkillBoosters of their choice for the first top score out of the hat.

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Spotlight on...The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

covey_142 "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is one of THE classics of management and personal development. It's been a regular best-seller all over the world since its first release back in 1989. Author Stephen Covey seemed to hit on something that resonated with people just at the moment in history when people were starting to understand their own potential and take responsibility for developing it. Recently Stephen Covey published a sequel to the book called "The 8th Habit". So we thought it was time to put the spotlight on the original and take another look.

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