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Human Resource Skills for People Managers

Have you heard the statement ‘people are the most important assets” when referring to an organisation? I’m sure you have, and even if you haven’t, it’s likely you believe this statement to be true. Whether you’re a human resource manager, a line manager, or even a team leader, you’re aware of the value people add to a business. They’re invaluable components that move the business forward. It’s safe to say that without good people, the organisation would certainly collapse.

“People can exist, indeed did exist for thousands of years, without companies. But companies cannot exist without people.” — Lazlo Bock

If people really are the most important asset, doesn’t it make sense that each person who finds themselves in a leadership role should understand basic HR practices? Understanding how to manage staff challenges, support hybrid workspaces, successfully drive employee motivation, retain key employees, and hire good people should not be left up to the HR department alone but instead should be a prerequisite for managers across the board.

The benefits of strengthening your HR skills as a people manager:

Before we emphasise the benefits of strengthening your HR skills, let’s first understand the general responsibilities of managing other people. You may notice that almost every managerial function involves the employees and teams that are being managed.

People-focused responsibilities that managers are called to perform include:

1 | Staff management: managers are required to interview, hire, and train new employees.
2 | Communication: managers act as the information-sharing vessel between top management and employees.
3 | Delegation: effective managers identify strengths within their team and allocate tasks accordingly.
4 | Motivation: a people manager is required to encourage and further motivate staff, increasing productivity and performance.
5 | Enforce company policy: managers enforce company policy, creating an environment built on accountability, responsibility and respect.
6 | Training: managers are required to devise training strategies and develop employees on new technologies or systems that being are introduced.
7 | Evaluate: managers evaluate employee performance and analyse data to ensure goals are being met.

Do you agree that the role of a manager requires a certain level of skill in human relations and people management? A manager does not perform their core responsibilities without interacting, managing, and involving the people they are working with.


How you will benefit from strengthening your HR skills:

  • Understand people and personalities to ensure your staff management strategies are optimised.
  • Learn effective recruitment and selection techniques to ensure you build high-performance teams that’ll accelerate growth.
  • Devise and develop winning training strategies to get the most value out of your team.
  • Understand performance evaluation techniques, and learn how to strengthen performance and rapidly improve employee motivation.
  • Deal with grievances and disciplinaries in line with legalities.

A good manager becomes an excellent manager when their HR skills are just as strong as their technical and conceptual skills. Through their basic understanding of HR, their team will be positively impacted, encouraging further growth of the department and the business as a whole.

Developing HR-related skills will advance your career in management:

“Having good people skills means maximising effective and productive human interaction to everyone’s benefit”, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. “People want to connect on a humane level in the office; the alternative is a sterile environment with low productivity. So, the more you demonstrate these abilities, the faster your career will advance.”

She goes on to say:

“Given the choice between a savvy job candidate or, similarly, an employee seeking promotion – the one with excellent people skills and less technical ability will usually win the prize versus the converse.” She adds that “having good people radar is harder to teach than technical skills, but is a requisite for long-term, effective leadership.”

Which MasterStart Course is Right for YOUR 2020 Comeback?

Now, we’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that your 2020 hasn’t exactly gone as you had expected. As they say – pandemics are what happen when you’re busy making other plans. 

Luckily, we offer world-class online courses, each of which has its own unique benefits to arm you with whatever skills, knowledge and strategies you need to turn 2020 into your year of success despite the odds…

1.    Project Management

Duration: 8 weeks

Weekly commitment: 6 hours

About the Course

Our Project Management Course will teach you all of the relevant PM theory, along with examples, exercises and case studies (all up to date and aligned with industry standards!). You will be guided through the development and execution of a project plan, with supervision from a mentor – through this, you will learn how to use a Gantt chart, set up a budget and evaluate the project’s success along the way. 

Why is This Course Important?

Thousands of businesses and industries have had to completely reset the way that they operate, and they are looking for innovative and well-equipped individuals to take on the challenges of managing projects in this unchartered territory. Our course will also allow you to amp up your qualifications by gaining essential portfolio evidence necessary for earning an official Project Manager designation from Project Management South Africa (PMSA).

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2.     Operations Management

Duration: 8 weeks

Weekly commitment: 4 – 6 hours

About the Course

You will learn all you need to know about effective and efficient operations management, including how to streamline an organisation’s goals and practices to maximise success. We’ll teach you the fundamentals of supply chain management, inventory management, risk assessment and control, and project management protocols – all super useful and important skills if you want to market yourself as an asset for any business.

Why is This Course Important?

COVID has forced many businesses to look for ways to cut costs and maximise efficiency in order to maintain a good profit margin. Businesses are in need of effective operations management, and equipping yourself with the diverse range of skills and knowledge taught in this course will allow you to easily convince any interviewer of your value.

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3.    Business Management

Duration: 8 weeks

Weekly commitment: 6 hours

About the Course

This is a comprehensive course that will enable you to employ a variety of business management disciplines, and accurately assess business effectiveness. You will also be able to analyse and adapt a business’ marketing, financial management and budgeting. Along the way, you will learn to adopt the key values and attitudes necessary for success

Why is This Course Important?

Effective and diverse business management skills are essential for the current unstable and uncertain economy. 

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4.    Strategic Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly commitment: 6 hours

About the Course

We will teach you to tap into your own unique leadership style and grow your skills to become an effective, inspiring and efficient leader. You will also learn how to best develop the leaders in your company so that your business can operate as smoothly as possible.

Why is This Course Important?

Innovative and confident leaders are essential in taking businesses where they need to be in order to make it through the current economic climate. Furthermore, boosting morale and inspiring employees is essential to proper business operations.

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5.    Digital Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly commitment: 15 – 18 hours

About the Course

We will equip you with fundamental marketing theory and insights so that you can maximise your business’ success through the development of a bulletproof marketing strategy, as well as effective marketing in the digital age.

Why is This Course Important?

Marketing is absolutely vital in the current circumstances, particularly if your business has had to slow or close operations during lockdown. Knowing how to effectively connect with your customers, employ innovative strategies, and set your business apart from your competition will make the difference between success and failure.

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6.    Risk Management

Duration: 12 weeks

Weekly commitment: 8 hours

About the Course

This course will allow you to expand your skill-set and engage with legislation and reporting structures so that you can best assess and address the specific risks that your company is facing.  

Why is This Course Important?

Needless to say that today’s business world is filled with risks, and it is essential that you can predict and solve problems as efficiently and effectively as possible to keep your business going.

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7.     Human Resource Management

Duration: 10 weeks

Weekly commitment: 6 – 8 hours

About the Course

In this course we will teach you how to properly manage your business’ employees, as well as where to make improvements and changes, to promote efficiency and happiness in the workplace. You will also learn about labour relations and practices, as well as compulsory safety protocols.

Why is This Course Important?

Effectively managing your workforce is essential in ensuring that your employees and your clients feel safe placing themselves in your capable hands.

8.     Financial Analysis for Investment

Duration: 6 weeks

Weekly commitment: 6 hours

About the Course

This course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to help you advance your career and your business by teaching you how to work with capital budgeting, the analysis of financial statements and cash flow, and strategies for budget and project analysis. We will teach you about essential financial pillars and terminology so that you can identify weaknesses and optimise your business.

Why is This Course Important?

Equipping yourself with knowledge and skills in essential financial processes and practices is vital to ensure that you properly manage your business’ finances so that you can thrive, no matter the circumstances.  

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9.  Business and Systems Analysis

Duration: 9 weeks

Weekly commitment: 4 – 6 hours

About the Course

We will teach you the essential principles of business and business analysis so that you can effectively identify problems and implement solutions in your company’s systems to ensure long-term growth and success. You will also be able to more accurately evaluate your competition to ensure that you are ahead of the game. 

Why is This Course Important?

It’s the perfect way for any business and systems analyst to maximise business efficiency, productivity and profit.

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Why some of us don’t have just one true calling

Career coach Emily Wapnick explains

While most of you have your careers mapped out for the next 5 years there are a few of us that don’t. There are plenty of us that get bored and want to try something different every few years or even months.

What’s right for you.

For those few, online short courses are perfect. They are great career enhancers. It allows you the time to work while building on your knowledge and skills in your new venture. Whether you are looking for that quick win when you approach your manager and go; “I want to start assisting the company project manager. Here is my certificate and this is what I’ve learnt.” Or just feel like a career change needs to happen soon, taking an online short course is one way of doing that.
It is rarely a waste of time to pursue something you’re drawn to, even if you end up quitting. You might apply that knowledge in a different field entirely, in a way that you couldn’t have anticipated. 

Be Inspired & Challenged

The below TED Talk by Emilie Wapnick has been viewed over 6 million times. It delves into those individuals that have multiple interests and creative pursuits. She’s even provided us with a name for them, multipotentialites.

Emilie explains three multipotentialite super powers.

  • Idea Synthesis – Combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection.
  • Rapid Learning – Multipotentialites are less afraid of trying new things and are always used to being beginners. Many of their skills are also transferable across disciplines.
  • Adaptability – The ability to morph into whatever you need to be.

Who is Emilie Wapnick?

Emilie Wapnick is an award-winning author, artist, career coach and community builder. Her work with multipotentialites has resulted in her published book Renaissance Business.  She is the founder and creative director at, where she helps people with many passions and creative pursuits integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University.

She’s been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, BBC, and Lifehacker. Her book How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up was published by HarperCollins in 2017 and won a Nautilus Book Award.

What are the five leadership styles?

top leadership styles

Not all leaders are created equal. Each business has different requirements and effective business management need varying leadership qualities to ensure success.

There are five different leadership styles that entrepreneurs and managers usually use. It is important for any aspiring leader to know the different styles in order to identify their own, or to be able to adapt should the business require it.

The five leadership styles

1. Participative
2. Autocratic
3. Laissez-Faire
4. Transformational
5. Servant

what is your leadership style

What is a participative leader?

This leadership style involves input from all employees, resulting in a decision that reflects the majority’s views. For example, if there is a company-wide problem, managers will inform the staff and a majority vote will determine the solution.

Why this works

It’s a lengthy decision-making process, but it has its benefits. It improves employee morale as they are given a voice and feel like their opinion matters. With participative leadership, employees will start taking an active role within the company and are more willing to accept workplace policies.

Famous participative leaders include Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America. When Toyota vehicles were recalled, Lentz appeared on a website Q&A to field any questions customers had.

The downside is that if a decision needs to be made fast, the participative style might not work as the participation process takes time.

What is an autocratic leader?

Autocratic leaders will inform everyone of a clear goal and will tell you how to get there. Everyone understands what role they play and are provided with guidelines if they need. Unlike participative leadership, if a new strategy is implemented, there is no input from subordinates. All goals, procedures, and tasks are decided by the leader and will be delegated amongst everyone. The team faces dire consequences if goals are not met.

Why this works

Firstly, if decisions need to be made quickly, autocratic leaders can make decisions without any pressure or stress. If there is a clear chain of command in the workplace, tasks get done more efficiently. This leadership style is also beneficial if you have employees who need extra guidance and rigid processes. The disadvantage of an autocratic leader is that there is often a divide between employee and employer in the workplace. This often leads to a hostile work environment and high staff turnover.

Famous autocratic leaders include businesswoman Martha Stewart, who was once described as a “scrupulous and meticulous boss”. However, Stewart has built a global empire using this leadership style. Director Ridley Scott is also considered an autocratic leader. He is known to be a perfectionist and expects his actors to know their positions and lines. This has worked well for him considering his box office success.

What is a Laissez-Faire leader?

‘Laissez-Faire’ is French and loosely translated it means ‘do as you will’. In terms of leadership style, it’s more laid back. This approach allows teams to explore creative strategies and drives innovation. You will usually find this kind of leader in a creative environment, where deadlines are not crucial and team members manage themselves. Employees are given the resources they need and what they do with it is up to them. The leader will provide the information and trusts the team to achieve a great result.

Why this works

In a creative working environment, independence is valued. Teams are highly motivated and usually meet requirements and deadlines without any guidance. A hands-off approach makes employees feel that they are trusted and in return, feel confident in their ability to perform the task.

Famous examples of Laissez-Faire leadership include Warren Buffet, who rarely intervened in the workplace and allowed employees to perform tasks without his help.

The leadership style does have its disadvantages, especially in an environment where deadlines need to be adhered to. With the leader uninvolved in many of the procedures, employees could often mistake this as disinterest, which could result in a poor performance.

What is a transformational leader?

Transformational leadership is someone who actively communicates any changes to employees and is always motivational. Team leads are good examples of this. Once they receive a task from management, they communicate what is needed and inspire the team to achieve this goal and maximise productivity. They also offer support to individuals in a team and encourage an open communication space.

Why this works

These leaders tend to be supportive and loyal. As a result, team members will mirror this attitude. No matter the workload, tackling this project and achieving the desired outcome will be the main priority of the team. This also results in a high retention rate, as employees feel that they have an ally within the company.

Sir Richard Branson is a famous transformational leader. His approach to management is that the key to success is to ensure that all employees are motivated: “If you can motivate your people, use their creative potential, you can get through the bad times and enjoy the good times together… if your employees are happy and smiling and enjoying their work, they will perform well.”

While it is the most common style used by management, this approach could backfire. The leader needs to be sure of the decisions made. If not, the team is put in the line of fire, not the leader. Employees are also increasingly motivated to achieve their goals and will work long hours and burn out while doing so.

What is a servant leader?

Servant leadership puts the spotlight on the employees, while management is usually working behind the scenes. Like participative leadership, decisions are made by a group instead of one person. Servant leadership toes the line between leader and servant. In a nutshell, they lead with the others in mind. You’ll find this approach at non-profit organisations, where the mission is key.

Why this works

A servant leader values diverse opinions and everyone’s contribution is taken into consideration. People working under this leadership will feel that they are contributing to something meaningful and always feel encouraged in the workplace.

Famous servant leaders include Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and Mahatma Gandhi – people who put the needs of others before their own.

This type of leadership is rare in a business environment and may not work, especially with deadlines. However, certain characteristics of this style can be used when motivating a team.

How do you find your leadership style?

Leadership style depends on personality type and playing to your strengths. You can also combine the above styles or switch between, depending on what the goals are. Online courses in management can also help you focus on finding your leadership approach.

Embrace online education and earn while you learn

study while you work

Keep earning while you learn and you could take your career to the next level within a few short weeks. When you earn while you learn, you have the distinct advantage of gaining new skills without having to take any leave. This means that you can stay on top of your busy workday while learning new things.

It is more than possible to earn while you learn these days with the advent of the internet and online courses.

The fact that people change careers so often means that there is a need to keep yourself relevant in today’s modern age. Research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that today’s average employee has gone through ten different jobs before the age of forty.

Further investigation suggests that within modern society, the youngest people entering the workplace are expected to have been in twelve to fifteen various roles in their lifetime. This evidence proves that you need to continuously upskill yourself so that you can remain ahead of the curve.

We aren’t talking about apprenticeships, we’re talking real money

The modern world is a new playground where people learn new things all the time. Why shouldn’t your education be the same? Our research here at MasterStart has revealed some interesting facts about the South African workforce.

If you want to get promoted and reach new heights in your career you have to stay current and up to date, constantly upskilling yourself to cement your skills and understanding as the expectations of your job evolve.

Online courses can give you the edge in the market. There is a huge demand to stay relevant in a world that is constantly evolving with technology. Online courses are flexible and can be adapted to suit your schedule, which means you don’t need to take time off from work. They also empower you and help you stay relevant in the modern workforce.

Keep going with MasterStart

You can keep your job and learn at the same time with an online course; boosting your skills and helping you achieve your goals in your career. MasterStart in partnership with various business schools has online courses that you can easily fit into your day so that you can earn while you learn.

Make your boss a believer

There is nothing that can beat education, except for free education online. MasterStart has a unique corporate offering tailored for businesses, to help employees earn while you learn. Empowerdex (one of the largest ratings agencies in South Africa) has issued an opinion classifying MasterStart’s online short courses as category B in the B-BBEE skills development matrix.

If your organisation is large enough, it is their duty to spend money upskilling employees, as it forms part of their skills development spend. Your boss will be so impressed with our unique packages that you could end up with a free online course to help you earn while you learn and reach new heights, securing that long-awaited promotion.

Keep checking in with us here for more exciting career prospects this year.

Technology in the classroom is essential today


Technology has become an essential part of our daily existence. We look to the palm of our hand to inform our daily routine. So, it should come as no surprise that technology in the classroom is essential for teaching in a world that keeps demanding constant change. Technology in the classroom holds major benefits for both students and teachers alike. Educational technology benefits the new dynamic online learning space, as the world keeps leaning towards teaching with technology as it makes our lives easier and the content we engage with, far more exciting.

Technology in the classroom has made learning more interactive

Technology has made learning more engaging and interactive than ever before. The traditional pen and paper was far mightier than the sword way back when, however, the world has changed rapidly over the past ten years. The new-age world is swamped with content. Whether it be Facebook or YouTube we constantly engage with online content and this is why technology in the classroom is so important.

Technology in the classroom keeps learning fun and fresh, adding new angles to content daily for more interactive learning experiences, which allows students to have fun while learning. The technology for teachers allows for a better classroom experience and with new educational apps, learning material can be accessed on demand and on the go, giving the world access to learning material quickly and easily.

Teaching with technology prepares students for the future

We are living in the future. The advent of the digital world has consumed us and as technology evolves and adapts, we constantly race towards the future at dizzying speeds. Technology in the classroom is crucial, as teaching with technology prepares students for the future.

Just think how scared older generations are of technology, some can not even muster the courage to turn a computer on. By infusing technology in the classroom we automatically prepare future generations for the next generational leap in human advancements.   

Technology in the classroom has improved learning results

One of the biggest educational technology benefits is the improved retention rate amongst students. Not only are students engaging with learning material, they understand it and so they remember it, committing it to their long-term memory.

The online learning edge

The world is constantly online. Huge leaps in technology allow companies to communicate across continents in real time with unique tools like Skype. The online world has given power back to the people. We can access a vast array of information on demand, quicker than ever before. A multiplicity of devices can connect to the internet and this has changed the learning environment.

Technology in the classroom, is not just in the classroom. New-age tech allows us to take the classroom with us at all times. This allows for minimal downtime from the workplace and cuts out annoying commutes to traditional learning establishments. Teaching with technology has also allowed people to learn very specifically focused skill-sets, which can be incorporated into a current role or used to tackle an entirely different job within an organisation.

Take time for an online course

Studying online short courses is easier than ever before. If you’re on the lookout for quality education that can propel your skills and your career to new heights in 2019, then MasterStart has a vast array of top online short courses.

Our unique packages offer course participants the opportunity to learn practical, real time working knowledge that can be implemented on the job, almost immediately.  

Keep checking back on our blog page for more informative Ed-Tech news that will inspire you to reach new heights in your professional life.

Importance of e-learning in organisations

importance of elearning

Only a mere 8% of companies currently make use of online learning platforms but that number is expected to almost double in the next year. The importance of e-learning can no longer be swept under the rug, it offers the kinds of benefits that traditional establishments just can’t keep up with.

The importance of e-learning in organisations is essential for growth and development. Companies have a responsibility to upskill staff and help them remain relevant in a world that is constantly shifting through dynamic, digital change. Companies are starting to recognise the importance of e-learning for the longevity of the organisation as a whole.

Can the workplace really transform into a classroom?

Thanks to technological advances, the importance of e-learning can be recognised and implemented into the workplace seamlessly. The workplace can be transformed into a classroom effectively to teach and upskill all sizes of staff compliments.

Traditionally, training needed to be outsourced entirely. This meant that a training area had to be hired and a lecturer needed to be present to teach people the learning material. Different types of tools of e-learning have this covered and truly transform the workplace into a classroom. All the course material is presented online and at the most appropriate time. Large groups can learn the same content at the same time, in the same space and interact with the material in real time. 

E-learning as an individual

Online learning is far more practical than attending traditional land-based establishments. The importance of e-learning particularly as an individual is highlighted by the reduction in costs incurred from studying, less downtime at the office resulting in higher productivity rates and the right tools to keep yourself updated in today’s digital age.

MasterStart recognises the importance of e-learning as an individual. Our unique courses are packaged and tailored around the users needs, providing you with on demand learning that is flexible and practical based. Our array of exciting online short courses will develop your skills and help you grow as an individual, allowing for career progression effortlessly.

Importance of e-learning as an organisation

Every organisation has a responsibility towards its’ employees when it comes to learning and development. MasterStart’s online learning platform for business allows any organisation to upskill multiple employees effortlessly.

We have an array of exciting packages that we can tailor towards your specific needs and goals as an organisation. We are dedicated to see the importance of e-learning grow to help Africa reach its full potential, with transformed, forward-thinking future leaders.

Getting to know MasterStart

MasterStart has a forward thinking online learning platform, which is easily accessible and effortless to use as an individual or business entity. We have devoted professionals who recognise the importance of e-learning and the benefit it holds, particularly on the African continent.

Our online short courses allow for flexible online learning that provides course participants with practical working skills that can be implemented on the job almost instantly. We cater for individuals as well as organisations, providing you with tools of e-learning that equip you or your business for the digital future.

Contact us now to learn more or keep checking back on our blog page for more exciting online learning news.

How to save money and avoid holiday debt

saving money on holiday

It’s the silly season and with every family member on the gifts galore train, you may be asking yourself how to save money and how to manage debt this festive season. There are no easy ways to save money on a tight budget, but it is possible. If you stick to a savings plan and a goal, you can save money and avoid debt this year. Follow us as we take a closer look at how to save money and how to manage, or how to get out of debt this festive season 2018.

Stick to your budget

One of the biggest problems in the holidays is sticking to a rigid budget. The year has gotten long in the tooth for many and all you want to do is unwind and have a little fun. If you are looking at how to save money and how to manage debt this silly season then you need to set a budget and stick to it religiously.

How to save money by doing research

Retailers are at their peak, their crafty tactics make everything on the shelf look like the bargain of a lifetime and you feel this overwhelming compulsion to spend your hard earned money. People often tend to even put the item on a credit card and pay it off the following year.

You need to learn how to save money by doing your research thoroughly. Remember not every deal is a bargain. Hold back on your impulse and consider shopping around before purchasing what you want.

These essential money saving tips can start to give you an idea of how to save money and how to manage your debt this festive season. The choice is entirely up to you. Prepare a budget and stick to it. Make wise decisions and you too could save money on a tight budget.  

How to save money by cutting down on daily fun

The kids are screaming, the wife may be pleading and all you can think about is to dish out your hard earned cash, just for some peace and quiet around the house. You can learn how to save money by cutting down on activities that cost too much and send you straight over your budget. If you’re still repaying last seasons debt then you may be looking at how to get out of debt or avoid debt completely, this festive season 2018.

Cut down on activities that require spending money you may not have. A day at the beach or a picnic in the park is never overrated. You may even be surprised at the results. Spending quality time with your family can teach you how to save money and bring you even closer and make your bond stronger over the holidays, resulting in less spending overall.

How to save money by using the right tools

These money saving tips aren’t exactly easy. People are far more excitable and tend to get carried away over the holidays. If you are in search of ways on how to get out of debt then keep reading. Using the right tools can prepare you and extend your savings, making your money go further this holiday 2018.

Some banks may offer you a linked savings pocket. Other institutions afford you with the opportunity to lock your money for a certain period of time. Do some research on interest earned on these options. It may be wise to save money in one of these options throughout the year to secure a better festive season. These are great methods to help you save money and avoid holiday debt in 2018.

Keep checking back on our blog page for informative money saving tips and other useful insights that can help you reach your goals in 2019.

Plan for success in 2019 now

plan for success

In just a few simple steps you can cement your plan for success in 2019. The past year may have come and gone swiftly, and you may feel like you are stagnating in life, doing the same thing over and over again just to make ends meet and ensure your daily existence. There is good news though; we have a plan for success in 2019 that you can start implementing now for your best year ever.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill

We have created a world where we are in a constant comfort zone. The process of change is difficult because humans fear the unknown and comfortability is better than the uncertainty that lies beyond doing something different. If you want to plan for success, you need to start thinking about your future, writing about your future plans and start taking action for your future goals to succeed. We have uncovered a winning recipe for the ultimate plan for success in 2019. Follow us as we unearth the hidden potential that lies within you for a better life and career.

Take notes and develop a strategic plan

There are a few things that separate successful people from everyday somebodies that pass you by on the street. In today’s day and age, it’s simply not enough to work hard. If you want to plan for success you need to learn the art of setting goals and then take action accordingly to implement a plan to achieve your goals.

Everyone is motivated by different things, whether it be fortune, status or even mindfulness, your plan for success needs to be uniquely specific to what drives you. Take notes on your thoughts and ideas, create a long term plan and structure it with short term goals. Achieving your goals, no matter how small, will drive you and keep you doing something different every day.

Plan your time to plan for success

Everyone has a busy schedule and as much as we wish we could split ourselves into five beings daily, it’s just not possible. If you want something in this life you have to take it. If you want to plan for success then you need to make the time to make sure you are constantly on track with your goals.

Successful people make the time to find ways how to achieve goals. Start capitalising on essential hours of the day where you can monitor your personal progress. Whether it be in the car on the way to work, at lunchtime or even before bed. Develop discipline for a step by step plan that will ultimately help you plan for success in 2019 now.  

Keep records and reflect

Take notes constantly to keep a record of your journey. This will ensure that you are on a path that allows you to plan for success rather than constant disappointment. It’s about doing something different and implementing the plan and taking action.

Reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Take notes and monitor your performance. Successful people know how to achieve goals because they get a plan, monitor their progress and constantly take action to ensure they are exactly where they need to be. If you start doing the same you can plan for success in 2019 effortlessly.

Effective decision making as a business manager

effective decision making

The good the bad and the ugly of effective decision making.

As a business manager, you will be faced with difficult decisions every day. Effective decision making is vital to the business’s objectives. You need to learn good decision-making skills, which can be difficult to implement at the best of times, as you are constantly under pressure at work.

There are many examples of difficult decisions in the workplace, as a business manager you need to overcome challenges and take the personal aspect out of your decision-making process, to do what’s best for the business’s needs.

Take a step back look at all the angles

Effective decision making, especially in a business environment can only be achieved with a clear head. Sometimes you need to back away from the situation at hand and place it in context for yourself. The decision-making process needs to be rationalised from a cool and collected stand point. Take a back seat, breathe and analyse the problem in order to communicate an effective solution, resulting in good decision making.

Don’t just rely on your intuition to make important decisions

As a business manager, you need to look at your world holistically. No one is born with good decision-making skills, this is a unique tool that must be honed and perfected over time. What have you learnt from your mistakes in life? If they have taught you anything you would know that evidence should guide you for effective decision making.

E.B.M or the evidence-based management approach is an essential part of decisions in business management. People tend to lean towards their gut feeling and make impulsive decisions based on what they see at first sight, rather than digging deeper to uncover the real facts. Use scientific evidence and data within the business strategies for an overall effective decision-making process.

Use outsiders perspectives to challenge the status quo

You must trust your own judgement and have the courage of your convictions for effective decision making in the business world. That being said; getting an outsider’s perspective can help you challenge your thoughts and create an objective standpoint to which you can reason with and challenge for a proficient decision-making process.

This will challenge your own status quo and will help you think outside of the box, developing a problem solving mindset that can help you in many areas of an organisation as a top business manager.

Mitigate risk for effective decision making

There are numerous examples of difficult decisions in the workplace, yet as a business manager, one aspect of running an organisation that you can never over-plan for is your business risk. These can always be learnt from some of the greatest entrepreneurs.

You need to establish clear plans and mitigate risk effectively in your decision-making process. This is one of the most difficult parts of effective decision making as you need to play the devil’s advocate all the time. You constantly need to be on the lookout for what can go wrong and you need a contingency plan should the potential threat strike unexpectedly.