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Spotlight on Managing Time Effectively

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“Managing Time Effectively” is one of our most popular programmes.  In only a single day, you can learn and practise techniques for streamlining work for yourself and others, for making every minute count, for stripping out unnecessary activities and cutting down the time you spend on low priority tasks.

Managing time poorly can be a major cause of stress, and many organisations choose to combine our “Managing Time Effectively” day with a second day on “Managing Stress Effectively” – the two go hand in hand!

If your training finances are squeezed, and you want to be sure you are making the best use of the budget you have, investing in either or both of these one day programmes can give your people invaluable self-management skills, and make an immediate positive impact on your bottom line.

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Would you rather work for a man or woman?

menvswomenAn article from the Huffington Post (19th April 2013) suggests that “Feminine Values are the Operating Systems of the 21st century”. At MLR, this got us thinking – do men and women really have different management styles, or is this a myth?

In a review of the book “The Athena Doctrine:  How Women (and the Men who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future” (John Gerzema and Michael d’Antonio), the articles asks whether traditional macho approaches to management (dominant, strong arrogant, ambitious) are outdated, and no longer effective in the modern business world.  In other words “The Apprentice” may be entertaining but would not be a realistic model for today’s young managers.

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How to prepare for appraisals

How to prepare for Appraisals

How to prepare for Appraisals

Perhaps, in a short while, you are due to have your annual appraisal. Probably you will be asked to prepare, so that you can participate actively and constructively in the discussion. Or perhaps you are a line manager, and need to prepare soon for the appraisals you will be conducting with members of your team.

Either way, there are four simple steps you can follow, in order to plan in advance for a useful exchange, for a sensible and objective “writing up” of the appraisal afterwards, and for a forward-looking set of practical actions to serve as a guidelines for the next performance period. Continue reading

Margot’s trip to China to deliver Selling Skills training course

MLR Director, Margot McCleary, undertook a couple of trips to Shanghai, China earlier this year to train local trainers in delivering a three-day Selling Skills course for a key client.

Margot and four of the client’s bilingual facilitators worked with 24 participants to train them in the required sales techniques. The main sessions were delivered by Margot in English but with simultaneous translation in place. This was a new experience for Margot and, although challenging at times, this type of work deems very rewarding. Many of the exercises and activities were set up and conducted by the facilitators.
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Margot’s trip to India for AB Mauri Training Course

MLR Director, Margot McCleary, has this week travelled to Bangalore, India to deliver a tailored three-day Selling Skills course for one of our key client in the baking ingredients industry.

This course has already proven successful in China, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, France, USA, Australia, South America and the UK.
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MLR Business Consultants Appoints New Office Manager

We are pleased to announce that we have recently appointed Nicola Stanaway as our new Office Manager to help run the operational hub of the business.  With an increase in new contracts this year, we need to maintain good, solid foundations within our processes and Nicola has been bought on board to ensure we are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Continue reading