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Solving Workplace Problems – The Slacker

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The post Solving Workplace Problems – The Slacker appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Scott Adams has given us the classic workplace slacker in Wally. Wally not only excels at dodging work, he flaunts it. Of course, we laugh at Wally’s “skill-set” because we all know and have worked with a slacker. There are two types of slackers in most organisations, those who are in over their heads when […]. You just finished reading Solving Workplace Problems - The Slacker !

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10 Tips for Communicating with Employees

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The post 10 Tips for Communicating with Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Effective communication is a key skill for supervisors. If a supervisor is unable to deliver a message clearly, it doesn’t matter how good or important the message is, it has no value. Communication is a continuous process, and good communication provides both quantitative and qualitative input. It serves as a yardstick whereby your employees can […].

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How to Build Effective Working Relationships

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The post How to Build Effective Working Relationships appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I came across these notes I had taken at some time. I’m not sure if they come from a book I was reading or a presentation I was attending. Leaders achieve results through the work of others. Interpersonal skills are crucial to the leader’s ability to persuade and motivate both internal and external stakeholders. Effective leaders know […].

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How to Empower Your Employees

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The post How to Empower Your Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Empowerment as a term is widely used and often misinterpreted; as a genuine action, it is difficult to put into practice. Empowerment is really about offering and receiving commitment so it is important to recognize that there are two kinds of commitment: external and internal. External commitment External commitment occurs when employees have little control over their […].

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A simple template for a farewell speech

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The post A simple template for a farewell speech appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of co-workers in our office are transferring to new opportunities in new regions. We had a luncheon today to say goodbye and make some presentations. I was asked to say goodbye to one of the employees who was leaving.

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7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination

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The post 7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I was planning to write this post last week, but I put it off. Okay, now that the obligatory bad joke is out of the way, we can look at another internal time waster, procrastination. We all put things off. We hope to avoid tasks that are boring, difficult, unpleasant, etc.

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Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules

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The post Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As a writer, I can be pretty sloppy or lazy, at times. However, I do look for ways to learn how to improve the quality of my writing. George Orwell had 6 questions and 6 rules he applied to ensure what he had to say was clear to the reader.

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Improve Hiring Success with Behavioural Interview Questions

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The post Improve Hiring Success with Behavioural Interview Questions appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Behavioural-descriptive interviewing is an approach that looks at past behaviour as a predictor of future performance. The goal of the interview process is to predict future job performance based on a candidates responses from previous specific behaviours, which illustrate desired competencies through careful probing.

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Download a free ebook from Gaping Void

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The post Download a free ebook from Gaping Void appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. The team over at Gaping Void has put together an ebook, available for free download – Leadership In The Time Of Coronavirus There are probably few people on the face of the earth today who are not aware of the crisis we are currently facing. Your social media feeds are likely full of responses, from […]. You just finished reading Download a free ebook from Gaping Void ! Consider leaving a comment!

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10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals

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The post 10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. When considering what type of visual representation to use for your data or ideas, there are some rules of thumb to consider: 1. Use visuals sparingly. One of the biggest problems in presentations is the overuse of visuals. A useful rule of thumb is one visual for every two minutes of presentation time.

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A Guide to Public Speaking

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The post A Guide to Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Delivering an effective presentation is difficult. With the Internet, listeners have access to more information that ever before and have higher expectations for content from speakers today. In addition, because most people are saturated with entertainment, audiences want a presentation that is entertaining.

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7 Things Great Leaders Do

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The post 7 Things Great Leaders Do appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Once in a while you meet a someone who stands out as a leader. They are more than just charismatic or likeable. You can quickly tell, they think and act and lead differently than most people. However, people don’t become outstanding leaders overnight. Truly outstanding leaders are made.

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How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation

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The post How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Think about the time invested in preparing a great speech: research, organization, practice, preparing a slide presentation, etc. Now, imagine neglecting the last preparation step by not allowing time to prepare the facility when you’ll give your speech. Your presentation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. You blast into the room —with the audience already there— […].

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

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The post 8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Effective teamwork is a critical aspect in all types of organizations. Team members should be completely comfortable working with each other in order to give the best to whatever they do. Generally, we would see a team to be comprised of team members and a team leader. The onus of success lies on the team, […]. You just finished reading 8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader !

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5 Tips for Efficient PowerPoint Presentations

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The post 5 Tips for Efficient PowerPoint Presentations appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Creating a PowerPoint presentation requires skill, knowledge and creativity. Here are five tips to help you create an engaging and fun PowerPoint presentation. Share a story. All PowerPoint presentations should tell a narrative which includes a beginning, middle and end part. The initial part of the presentation should give a brief introduction of the problem. […].

7 Ways to Get More Done

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The post 7 Ways to Get More Done appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Work with a clean desk – A study on productivity found that, “The average desk worker has 36 hours worth of work on their desk and wastes up to 3 hours a week just ‘looking’ for STUFF!” Clean your desk to work more effectively. Keep a time log – It is a good idea to analyze your use … Continue reading 7 Ways to Get More Done → You just finished reading 7 Ways to Get More Done ! Consider leaving a comment!

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7 Free or Almost Free Things to Do as a Family

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The post 7 Free or Almost Free Things to Do as a Family appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Today’s post is perhaps a sidebar to leadership development. However, work-life balance is a key factor in being able to give strong leadership to others. Right now, we are finding our way difficult circumstances as we work to contain the virus outbreak. Schools and businesses are closed. People are working from home, or e-learning. Maybe […].

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How to Motivate and Inspire Others

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The post How to Motivate and Inspire Others appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. The Green Bay Packers were a lacklustre team prior to the arrival of Vince Lombardi. The now legendary coach turned the Packers into the dominant NFL team of the 1960s. Why such a turnaround? Frank Gifford says it wasn’t Lombardi’s knowledge that made the difference, it was his ability to motivate the players. “He He could get that extra […]. You just finished reading How to Motivate and Inspire Others !

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7 Ways to Develop Your Employees

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The post 7 Ways to Develop Your Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One of the ongoing challenges of operating a business or running an organization is that of employee recruitment and retention. One strategy that can improve recruitment and retention is training. Investing in staff training and development can alleviate skill shortages by improving your current staffs abilities to handle increased or new challenges. Training may sound […].

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Put Things in Their Place to Get Organized

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The post Put Things in Their Place to Get Organized appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One of the oldest organizing adages is often attributed to Ben Franklin, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Whether Ben was the first to say it is debatable, the truth of the saying is not. The single-most important step you can take when organizing is ensuring you have a place to put […]. You just finished reading Put Things in Their Place to Get Organized !

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4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat

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The post 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A while ago, I got a new desk for my office. I figured that making room for new furniture was a good opportunity, to not only clean out my desk, but to go through everything in my office. It seems I am more of a pack rat than I realized. I found documents going back 8+ … Continue reading 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat → You just finished reading 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat !

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7 Steps Towards a More Satisfying Life

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The post 7 Steps Towards a More Satisfying Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, of the University of California, has conducted considerable research in the area of personal satisfaction. The following seven points summarize her findings. There’s a lot of common sense wrapped up in these steps. Unfortunately, our calendars and to-do lists often get in the way of common sense. If you find you “can’t […].

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Learn to Say “No”

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The post Learn to Say “No” appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. There was a time when I would say yes to everything. Not because I thought I had the ability to do it all, but because I felt I looked lazy if I wasn’t doing something all the time. I had to learn to say no. There was also an issue of how to handle things … Continue reading Learn to Say “No” → You just finished reading Learn to Say "No" ! Consider leaving a comment!

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How to Make Your Public Speaking More Effective

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The post How to Make Your Public Speaking More Effective appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. From the Office of Educational Development at UC Berkeley: Analyze Your Audience Remember that the members of the audience are beneficiaries of your communication. Don’t make assumptions about your audience. Figure out the basics. Who are these people? demographics (age, ethnicity, gender mix, etc.). predispositions (hopes, fears, positives/negatives, level of interest).

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7 Keys to a Successful Life

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The post 7 Keys to a Successful Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A successful life doesn’t happen by accident. A successful life is the result of deliberate focus of your time, energy and thoughts towards what you want to accomplish. Rather than accepting what comes along as unavoidable use these seven keys to create a successful life today. Simplicity Simplify your life. Having “too much” takes energy from productive actions.

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8 Common Time Wasters

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The post 8 Common Time Wasters appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Over the years, I’ve posted some thoughts on behaviours and practices that can get in the way of our productivity. To help bring some of these forwarded, this post will link to past articles, as well as adding some new material on common time-wasters. I’ve broken these time-wasters into two groups.

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Places You can Promote Yourself with Public Speaking

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The post Places You can Promote Yourself with Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. So, you’ve decided to start giving speeches to promote your product or yourself. You know your subject and you have material ready. Where can you go to speak? Guess what? There are loads of places looking for someone to speak. The weekly e-mail newsletter from my professional association periodically carries the tagline, “We’re looking for […].

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Shape Thinking with Experiences that Make You Proud

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The post Shape Thinking with Experiences that Make You Proud appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Do our thoughts shape our lives? Albert Einstein believed so. He said, “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” James Lane Allen, author of the book “As a Man Thinketh” states, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be […].

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How to Give a Demonstration Speech Like a Food Network Star

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The post How to Give a Demonstration Speech Like a Food Network Star appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Most of my YouTube or television watching centres around cooking; not shows like Food Network challenges, Top Chef or Guy’s Grocery Games. Rather, I enjoy the shows where the hosts demonstrate the preparation of specific dishes. I want to watch Tyler Florence prepare Chicken Paillard or Micheal Smith make no-knead bread and then try the recipe myself.

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Free Google Tools for Your Non-Profit

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The post Free Google Tools for Your Non-Profit appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Did you know that Google offers a suite of tools to qualified non-profits? These are premium, licensed Google products , but at no cost. These products can help your organization reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your non-profit’s story.

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7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer

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The post 7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Non-profit organizations face the same challenges and costs, when it comes to operating their facilities. Rent, taxes, insurance, utilities are all part of the cost of doing business. Some of these costs are out of the control of the organization.

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10 Tips for Giving Effective Instructions

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The post 10 Tips for Giving Effective Instructions appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Somewhere along the line, you are going to have to tell another person how to perform a task. Whether teaching your kids how to use the dishwasher or training new staff at work, your ability to give good instructions will affect the speed at which they learn.

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The A-B-C’s of Personal Knowledge Management

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The post The A-B-C’s of Personal Knowledge Management appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. The key question in filing or storing material is not, “Where do I put it?” but rather, “Where do I find it?” You can have the most sophisticated storage systems available, but if you don’t know where to find what’s inside, you’re no better off than having stacks of stuff all over the place.

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6 Steps for Recruiting Volunteers

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The post 6 Steps for Recruiting Volunteers appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Volunteers play a critical role in the operations of non-profit organizations and NGOs. For many organizations, volunteers can make the difference between successfully delivering services or program or falling short of their goals. However, it is becoming more difficult to recruit volunteers. More people are expressing a lack of time are a reason they don’t volunteer.

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Quotes and Questions – Ignorance

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The post Quotes and Questions – Ignorance appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Two quotes: “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” Benjamin Franklin “The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” Elbert Hubbard Two questions: Are you hanging on to opinions and ideas that you haven’t tested and proved?

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Oprah’s three questions for running effective meetings

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The post Oprah’s three questions for running effective meetings appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Meetings, meetings, meetings! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. It’s estimated that on any given day in the USA, there are 11,000,000 formal meetings held. That works out to well over 200 million meetings per month. Around half of those meetings are 30 to 90 minutes in length.

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Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees

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The post Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Everyone likes to be appreciated! This sounds like it should be common sense, but it doesn’t always translate to common sense. This is especially true in non-profit organizations. There is something of an assumption that using rewards to show employee appreciation costs money. And money is generally in short supply in a non-profit.

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How to delegate effectively in the non-profit sector

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The post How to delegate effectively in the non-profit sector appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One would think, given the human-centric focus of most nonprofit organizations, they would be great examples of post-industrial leadership styles. Rather than a top-down management style they would exhibit the best traits of current, collaborative leadership. Unfortunately, that is not often the case.

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There’s More to Productivity Than Time Management

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The post There’s More to Productivity Than Time Management appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. What does it mean to be productive? That’s the question Dustin Wax asks in his Lifehack.org post, There’s More to Productivity Than Time Management – Lifehack.org.He suggests the typical answer might be, “Getting the most done in the least possible time.”

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The desk is still messy.

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The post The desk is still messy. appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It is almost four years since I last posted anything here. Now , it’s time to reactivate. Over the next while, I will add new content. The layout is somewhat old-school blog, and needs updating. My web-design skills are rusty and haven’t really kept up with changes over the past few years. Welcome back. Hopefully, you will find content that is useful. You just finished reading The desk is still messy. !

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How to get the most from your journaling habit

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The post How to get the most from your journaling habit appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I didn’t start keeping a journal until I was in my thirties. I’d grown up thinking only girls wrote in diaries. However, once I overcame that misconception and got started, I quickly discovered the benefit and pleasure that came from keeping a journal.

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How to Communicate With Confidence

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The post How to Communicate With Confidence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Listening well, speaking clearly and asking the right questions—these skills are vital to your success as a communicator. The good news is that by using a few simple strategies, you can boost your own communication confidence. The way to avoid ineffective communication patterns is to practice being authentic. This means explaining how you really feel and asking for what you really need.

Theme and Variations

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The post Theme and Variations appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As I reactivate things here at Ian’s Messy Desk, there is going to be a bit of a shift in content. While still focusing on personal development, leadership and management skills, productivity, and related tools, the overarching theme will be the not-for-profit/NGO environment. NGO leaders face many challenges – both at a personal and organisational level.

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