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Why Excel is an Indispensable Business Tool

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 31, 2017

If you have a hand in business, whether it’s marketing and communications, purchasing promotional items, organizing events, or any involvement in financials or analytics, then Excel is a must-have business tool.  Here are three examples of how to use Excel for business to maximize your efficiency, but there are many ways in which a business owner or user could utilize this multi-functional tool

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Topics: Professional Development

Most Common Communication Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 19, 2017

There are many ways that people communicate throughout the world, including facial expressions, verbal cues, and body language. Since there are many ways to convey a message, it’s important to make sure one is clear in their intent when communicating. This is especially true in the workplace when you’re engaged with a team to finish an important task or project.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications

5 Traits that Differentiate Top Leaders

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 22, 2017

As a person moves up the corporate ladder, there may be a point when they are placed in a management role—and there are definitely clear differences between average managers and effective leaders. Honing in your leadership skills to keep a well-functioning team not only facilitates company loyalty but also helps retain your staff.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Get Your Employer to Pay for Your Professional Development

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 11, 2017

One of the biggest challenges facing employers and companies today is keeping employees happy, engaged, and productive. Recent data suggests that upwards of 71% of employees are not fully engaged at their jobs, and 26% are actively disengaged. There are many potential reasons for this, but one of the big factors is lack of professional training and development.

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Topics: Professional Development

10 Top Skills That Employers are Looking for In Employees (2017 Edition)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on July 19, 2017

If you’re a job seeker and you want to stand out from the crowd, it’s important to understand the types of skills employers are looking for in 2017. While there are always specific “hard skills” required for each unique job (typing speed, language proficiency, knowledge of software, etc.) these can be taught, but the “soft skills” that are important to employers can be more difficult to learn. The Balance describes soft skills as “…subjective skills that are much harder to quantify. Also known as "people skills" or "interpersonal skills," soft skills relate to the way you relate to and interact with other people.” Unlike hard skills, soft skills are more difficult to teach employees, and that’s why employers are placing more importance on them.

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Topics: Professional Development

How Your Emotional Intelligence Impacts Your Professional Success, and What You Can do About It

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 30, 2017

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is “the ability to manage one’s own emotions and perceive others’ feeling.” While many people put a great value on a high intellectual intelligence (IQ), the importance of emotional intelligence is being more widely supported. In fact, Daniel Goleman, the leading research specialist on EI has found that EI is just as important to career success as IQ. According to the University of Consulting Alliance, Goleman found 67% of all abilities associated with professional success are related to EI.

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Topics: Professional Development

The 6 Pillars to Building Trust in the Workplace

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 23, 2017

Building trust in the workplace and with customers is paramount to a business’ success. When employees, managers, and corporate leaders share the same values and have a mutual understanding of where they want the business to go, then it offers great potential for growth. To learn how to be a better leader in the workplace, take into consideration these six pillars to building trust in the workplace:

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

How to Increase Your Confidence {When Presenting Your Business Case}

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 21, 2017

Presenting under any circumstances can be a stressful experience, but even more so when presenting your business case. When you have a business case to share, it’s often something you’re passionate about and the culmination of a lot of hard work. When the stakes are high, it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous about presenting, but there are many things you can so beforehand to ensure it goes smoothly. Here are 6 ways to increase your confidence when presenting your business case:

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Topics: Professional Development

How Successful Project Managers Reflect on and Track the Outcomes of Projects

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 14, 2017

When a project comes to completion, it’s a time for celebration, especially for project managers. While recognizing hard work and celebrating is an important piece of project management, don’t forget to track and reflect on the outcomes before you cut the cake. Taking the time to understand what goals were attained and which ones weren’t help to determine the true value of everyone’s effort. Communicating the value of the time and money invested in a project is critical to project management.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management, Project Management

[White Paper] Towards Inclusivity: Diversity Best Practices

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 30, 2016

This is the summary of a paper written by Global Corporate College, a partner with CLIMB.

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Topics: Professional Development, Operations