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Fantastic presentations in 2011!
December 23, 2010

My New Year's Resolution...

Should be to be more reliable on getting the MFTROU newsletter out on time (ahem)! No, this year my New Year's resolution is to develop my technical skills and get a bit more whizzy with my online communication.

I am reliably informed that "infographics" are what people want... After I'd looked up what that meant, I realised that my inner Picasso could have a lot of fun in "work" time by learning how to make groovy graphs and dastardly diagrams.

My first foray was to create my very own chalkboard presentation in powerpoint. You've seen the ads with the hand written notes and "back of an envelope" style diagrams - you can too with just 10 minutes application.

Tell me your New Year's resolution and win a free download bundle help you achieve it

Take this 2 minute survey to tell me your New Year's resolutions. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter.

And if you need help, here's an article on how to keep New Years resolutions, with 5 goal setting tips.

The highs and lows of being a manager

Last month, you told me what are the best parts of being a manager. Most of you like developing your team, and over half of you like the responsibility and accountability, getting results and learning new skills. Only a third of you like the status and only 1 in 5 liked being stretched.

What you didn't like about being a manager wasn't so clear cut. 60% of you don't like being badly managed. Almost half don't like formal disciplinary procedures and 2 in 5 don't like giving negative feedback. Almost a third have trouble achieving a work life balance.

Help is at hand my management friends! Here are a few articles that may help with the 'dark' side of being a manager.

- Within the Effective Management section are the articles 'How to deal with a difficult boss: Solutions to 7 types of bad management styles' and 'How to be more assertive: Discipline made easy'

- Within the Giving Feedback section is the article 'How to give negative feedback well'.

Until next year!

Warm Regards

Lyndsay's Signature

PS If you participate in the survey I'll let you in on the results next month :o)

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1. How to create a chalkboard presentation: tutorial with example
Here's how to create a chalkboard presentation with an example prepared by my own fair hands! After going through the tutorial, you can set up the basic power-point presentation in 5 minutes.

2. How To Keep New Years Resolutions: 5 Goal Setting Tips
"What am I doing? Where am I going? There's got to be more to life than this!..." New Years resolutions spring up from our attempts to answer such tricky questions.

3. How to Deal with a Difficult Boss: Solutions to 7 Types of Bad Management Styles
Work sucks when you don't know how to deal with a difficult boss. It's often said, people don't quit a job, they quit a boss. Here to help you recognise and deal with a difficult boss, are solutions to 7 different types of management style.

4. How to Be More Assertive: Discipline Made Easy
I learned the hard way how to be more assertive at work. After spending a couple of turbulent years hiring, firing and bringing factory workers into line, I figured out the best way to be firm but fair.

5. How to Give Negative Feedback Well
No matter how much you twist and turn to avoid it, giving negative feedback may be the kindest way to change behaviour. And believe it or not, there are ways of delivering it that make it less painful for all parties involved.

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