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Article: International Woman’s day

To not too many people’s knowledge, today is International Women’s Day (8th March). It is a day to celebrate equality and feminism for women, dating all the way back to 1912. It is an annually celebrated event that involves everyone across the globe to join in and support.

 

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Not only does this day reflect the past of the women who fought for women’s rights but it celebrates the achievements in today’s society. Across the globe, millions of women are celebrating equality and the history that accompanies it.

 

Before the start of the First World War, women were forced to do jobs that men didn’t want to do and were paid a low wage for doing so. Most of the job roles required hard work, doing manual labouring jobs across long working days, since most men joined the army, most women became part of the homeland force. The homeland force turned women into factory workers that created equipment and weapons for the army. As well as working, they also had the job of providing for the family, taking care of children, and the household. Throughout this time women were not entitled to vote or have the right to be treated equally. Therefore an organisation named the ‘suffragettes’ decided to take action and stand up for women’s rights. They protested and organised demonstrations throughout the country, as well as challenging the law and the courts. If it wasn’t for these women, our lives and jobs today would be so different.

 

However, even in today’s society some women still feel as if they cannot do some job roles, as they are mainly male orientated, especially in business and IT. We believe that all women and men are equal and should be praised for doing any job whilst being paid the same wage. Each year, more and more women are joining the IT industry and big companies are inspiring those women to pursue and continue a career in this sector. So if you have a dream to work within the IT industry, but don’t feel confident in doing so, then remember to always push yourself to achieve your goals and strive forward when doing so. Being a women is empowering and should never hold you back.

 

For more information, see the International Women’s Day page

 

Article: Leadership Competencies pt.1 – Passion In Star Wars Leaders

“Passion is the genesis of genius.”
— Anthony Robbins

 

Surely you noticed that people who really succeed in their career or life have a strong passion for what they do. From the ancient time we were fascinated by the great leaders – from Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates – just a few of those who has had the passion and achieved their vision. I am sure you personally know ‘passionate’ people around you.

 

Passion is one of the competencies a great leader whether in professional career or personal life, and the first topic of discussion in our blog.

 

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All great achievements start with passion. Passion is an intense emotion that shapes the very core of who you  are and the choices you make, whether your inspirations are coming from spiritual, intellectual, political, economic, social, or technological reasons. When you wake up in the morning and all you think about is the thing you want to create, then you are passionate about it.

 

For a leader, passion is a key element; once they have this powerful feeling, they become unstoppable. And even when things turn bitter, and difficulties and challenges take over, this does not crush leaders because the love towards what they do takes over any negative emotions. This ‘fever’ lets them overcome any difficulties and move towards their ultimate goal.

 

In Star Wars, passion is perhaps the most controversial subject between the Jedi and Sith.

 

Sith believe that everything starts with passion – they embrace it, and their Code sums this up in the following verse.

 

“Peace is a lie. There is only passion.
Through Passion, I gain strength.
Through Strength, I gain Power.
Through Power, I gain Victory.
Through Victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall set me free.”

 

Jedi on the other side do not believe in passion. Here is what they think of it.

 

“There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force. ”

 

It seems like that fundamentally if you have a passion for something then you turn to the Dark side. Sorry the creators of the worlds of Star Wars – I do not agree. I could never understand the dilemma in the most culminating moment in the 1st Star Wars Trilogy – the battle between Luke and his father the Darth Vader. I could never understand why he could not fight back, as he believed that fighting back will make him turn to the Dark side and become like his father. It feels that Luke was driven by fear of not becoming the ‘baddy’. What about fighting in the name of love and friendship – to save his sister, to save his friends from an imminent death?

 

Perhaps humans are more complex than Siths or Jedis.

 

Perhaps we can embrace both sides. Mother Theresa was a passionate woman whose passion was to help those less fortunate, and she certainly did not turn to the Dark side. So as Gandhi, who practiced nonviolence whilst fighting for independent India. And that does not include only missionaries or political figures but also entrepreneurs. By 2013 Bill Gates donated $28 billion of this fortune to his charity to fight poverty and improve healthcare, and continues his donations. In our human world if you want to achieve the great, you certainly need some passion.

 

What are you passionate about? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Article: 5 Ways Classroom Training Is Better

IT Training Courses are a great way to enhance personal skills, productivity and personal knowledge. Once you have a Microsoft expert in the office, that person can share their knowledge with other and reduce time and effort spent figuring out and producing spreadsheets and documents. However, a lot of companies want to step away from sending employees to day courses, and think it’s better to do online courses or even ask employees to spend personal time watching YouTube videos or learn in their own time!

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Although there are some advantages to online based training, such as reduced travel costs and reduced time out of the office, classroom based training can actually be more effective and have a greater outcome on building knowledge! So we decided to present to you 5 reasons why classroom based training courses, such as the one we present here, are better for your company and better for individuals:

 

 

  • The office can be distracting!

Especially on a Monday, phone calls, emails, POs to sign, follow ups to send and more phone calls, being away from the office on a business-based training can be refreshing and useful. A classroom can be a great place to share ideas and come up with solutions to everyday problems at the work place and allows a trainer to teach employees in a safe, quiet, clean environment, away from the noise and pressures of the work area.

 

 

  • Can provide a great opportunity to interact with other companies and build business links and opportunities.

I often find that training sessions with a variety of individuals from various companies lead to new business opportunities for clients. It also creates an environment where business leads can be generated and new links within other industries can be easily established.

 

 

  • A Relationship between the Trainer and the Learner(s) can improve the experience.

The classroom environment provides the important “human touch,” which is often missing in technology-based training. It makes way for a lot of interaction, team-building, social skills and may lead to increased learning opportunities as well as finding a place to practice any new skills acquired. Besides, a Trainer is hand to answer any questions that may come up on the spot!

 

 

  • Group interaction enhances learning.

Employees learn from one another as well as from the trainer. Sharing experiences from the office and work can help the Trainer understand why a learner wants to learn the software and helps others in the classroom understand possible wider application of it. After all, sharing is caring.

 

 

  • It can be the ideal Team building exercise.

The group setting also teaches employees how to interact with one another in a professional, productive, cooperative way, which is something that other forms of training often do not provide.

 

There are more positives to classroom led training, to experience those and see what Infero Training can offer you, check out our Training Courses can offer here, or simply sign up to our mailing list for more articles as well as hints and tips here.

Microsoft Word Tip: New Years Resolutions

With a New Year lurking around the corner, it’s around that time when people start to make New Years Resolutions, So here’s how you can use Microsoft Word to assist your goals.

 

 

Microsoft has features so that you can bullet point everything that you would like to accomplish, you can also highlight and underscore important sentences. By using Word you can also print out your document so you can tick things off and have it as a reminder to yourself.

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To be able to create bullet points, select the text you would like to change and just simply click Home and then click the 3 dots to access the bullet point tool.

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We hope you found this helpful and that you have a wonderful New Year.

Microsoft Word Tips : Table of Contents

TImagine you’re working with a really long document in Microsoft Word, like an academic paper or a big report. Depending on the project, it might be dozens or even hundreds of pages long! When a document is this large, it can be difficult to remember which page has what information. Fortunately, Word allows you to insert a table of contents, making it easy to organize and navigate your document.

A table of contents is just like the list of chapters at the beginning of a book. It lists each section in the document and the page number where that section begins.

You could create a table of contents manually—typing the section names and page numbers—but it would take a lot of work. And if you ever decide to rearrange your sections or add more information, you’ll have to update everything all over again. However, with the right formatting, Word can create and update a table of contents automatically.

We’ll use Word 2013 to show you how to create a table of contents, but you can use the exact same method in Word 2010 or Word 2007.

Article: Time Management

The Most Important Time Management Technique

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Ever looked at your list of tasks wondering what to do first? Well, you are not alone.

 

 

The Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923) suggested that the results and the causes of those results are unequally distributed in the ratio of 80:20. The Pareto Principle, more commonly referred as the 80/20 Rule, states that:

 

  • 20% of your activities will generate 80% of your success, or
  • 20% of a well time managed effort will generate 80% of the desired results.

 

Although the ratio 80/20 is not always this precise, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much can be gained with time management. It is not a surprise that identifying the critical 20% is the key factor to success.

 

A simple Time Management course can certainly help you to learn some tips and tricks and teach you using yourtime efficiently. But what can we do NOW to minimise our time wastage?

 

The key in identifying those critical 20% is by prioritising your tasks. You may use the Eisenhower Method to help you with that. It said that former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower used this method in prioritising his daily tasks.

 

To determine your priorities you will need to use a matrix, where you evaluate each task according to its Importance and Urgency. If you use this matrix then you will need to focus on Important tasks. If your tasks are:

  • Important and Urgent, then do them immediately
  • Important but Not Urgent, then enter them into your calendar to keep track of them
  • Urgent and Not Important, then delegate them to a competent person
  • Not Urgent and Not Important are time wasters, so minimise them

 

This is common sense but you would be surprised how much this method will positively affect your productivity. For more info, read our future blog articles, or come to our Effective Time Management Courses.

Introducing Sway!

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In August 2015, Microsoft released a brand new software called, Sway – an online package to create and share your amazing stories, presentations and more!

 

It is a part of the Microsoft Office Online package; similar to Excel, PowerPoint, and Word Online. Sway can be used to create presentation style websites which are great for for telling stories or documenting an event. So how about having a go and documenting your fantastic Christmas and making it a one that no one will forget.

 

In a nutshell, Sway is an updated version of PowerPoint that is more user friendly. At a glance its easy to follow and if you wish to import media into your project then you don’t even need to leave the app.

 

Sway is currently available on Windows 10 and IOS, However it must be a downloaded app. alternatively it can be accessed through Office Online.

 

With Christmas just around the corner most families like to document the celebrations by videoing the special occasion, but using Sway takes it to another level. You can upload videos, pictures, and add text to a family friendly user face and share it directly to social media like Facebook and Twitter.

 

So check it out, and show us your results!

Funding Opportunity: 50% off Training

We regularly review opportunities for our clients to get the best out of training and we came across the following funding, which helps companies to up-skill their IT force.

 

The objective and purpose of this funding is to increase the investment in IT training, which stimulates business growth and competitiveness. This, in return, will create a highly skilled force and therefore attract more business and investment which will boost UK economy.

 

Funded Courses
Funding is available for employers wanting to invest in the following strategic skills area:

  • Cyber Security, eg: CompTIA Security +
  • Network training, eg: CCNA, CompTIA Network +
  • IT infrastructure, eg: Microsoft Server
  • Data Management, eg: Microsoft Dynamics, SQL Server
  • Other courses, eg: Exchange, SharePoint, VBA and more CompTIA courses

Employers may apply for up to 50% of the costs of training, up to a maximum of £500 per learner for each course applied for.

 

Eligibility
The main eligibility criterion of employers is as follows:

  • The business is based in England and the training is delivered in England
  • The training would not have taken place without the support of the fund, and has not already started.

 

For more details about the funding and eligible courses, please contact us on 0115 958 6699 or email info@inferotraining.com