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Day 8 | 30-Day Blogging Challenge

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Round-up of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge (Week 1)

What a first week(ish) it’s been!  I eagerly signed up for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge whilst away on holiday, thinking it would be a great way to hit the ground running after a fantastic (and much needed) three week break.  It’s been tougher than I thought and trying to fit in writing whilst running a business (particularly as mine involves a LOT of travelling)  has challenged me, but in a good way.  Overall, it’s been a week of fantastic learning experiences.

Here’s a round-up of the best blog posts from The Extraordinary Training Company this week…

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Day 1 | 6 Connections Between Great Leadership and Gardening

Get out your watering can and start showering your team with praise…then, stand back and watch them grow!

In the first blog post this week, we looked at five ways that Leadership is so much like gardening.  While the purposes may be different, the steps gardeners take to care for their gardens are very similar to those that leaders take to care for their people.

Here are six connections between growing plants and growing people: Day 1

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Day 2 | 4 Quick Tips for Being More Productive

Getting up early is the tool-of-choice if you want to be more productive.

Whether it’s The 4-Hour Work Week, The 12 Week Year or What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, the message is pretty consistent.  The key to greater productivity is getting up early.

Accordingly to several experts, to get a head-start there’s few things to do before going to bed.  It starts with taking control of the 30 minutes just before going to sleep which, supposedly, is relatively easy.

Find our more about what the panel of experts suggests: Day 2


Day 3 | How to Hire a High-Performing Rock-Star, Not A Diva! (Part 1)

What should we be looking for in a new team member?

It’s a question I get asked a lot, particularly when I’m working with clients who are trying to build a small, but perfectly formed team.  However, I think there’s a more important question to consider first: What does it take to become your most valued employee?  The one that makes all the difference.  And what exactly does a rock-star employee look like?

Here’s the first 5 in this Top Ten: Day 3

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Day 4 | How to Hire a High-Performing Rock-Star, Not A Diva! (Part 2)

So how do you make sure you hire a rock-star and don’t end up with a diva?

We all want that elusive rock-star who can come in and hit the ground running. But finding the right person to fill the right position is a minefield at the best of times and recruiting within an SME often makes the process even more pressurised.  You just can’t afford to have – nor do you need – a diva on your team!

So as rock-stars don’t walk through your door every day, how do you attract the top talent that will fit in and be a proactive and productive asset to your team?

Let’s continue counting down to the Number One spot! Day 4

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Day 5 | Branding Learning

Are you coffee or are you a Starbucks? Interesting question isn’t it?

Until I received two emails on the same day, both featuring Jayzen Patria, I had no idea who he was.  So when I googled him, I was interesting to read that he’s a bit of an expert when it comes to branding learning.

But the main reason my curiosity was aroused, is that he describes himself as ‘helping transform organizations through the power of their people’, which is very much aligned to our company’s own purpose – unlocking potential through extraordinary training.

So, I watched a short Vimeo clip and I read his expertise page where he explains it like this: Day 5

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Day 6 | 8 Ways To Be A Better Learner

What is learning agility?

Today, there is no such thing as a job for a life so it’s up to each of us individually to continuously update our knowledge, skills and productivity to become an independent, lifelong learner.

It’s not easy; there is a plethora of learning opportunities out there from e-books to executive coaching, from podcasts to productivity workshops, so wouldn’t it be nice to have a headstart?

Here’s a few simple things we can all do everyday to become better learners: Day 6

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Day 7 |Squirrels at a Rave

On Day 7 of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge, the topic was all about creating curiosity in your blog title or headline.

This was a blog I first published back in May which – I think – meets the criteria.

The idea came from a funny quote I’d seen on Facebook, and as we were preparing for our  work-session, Is That The Time? , it gave me chance to explore whether a time-management course was still relevant.

You can read more about the squirrels here: Day 7

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Author: Jane Rennie

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