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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.

Microsoft PowerPoint Tip: Creating Themes

A great feature in Microsoft PowerPoint is the ability to design your own theme and layout. It allows the user to freely design their slides and deliver quality presentations that are suited to their business style.

 

To create your own personalized theme, simply open a new blank presentation and click on the View Tab. Now in the Master Views Group, select Slide Master.

 

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The Slide Master is the largest picture out of all the others in the slide thumbnail drop down. Other slide layouts are situated underneath the slide master.

 

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To allocate changes to the slide master/slide layouts, select the Slide Master tab, and try the following:

 

 

  •  Try a Microsoft PowerPoint: Theme optionscolorful theme and add special fonts and effects, or click Themes, and choose a theme from the gallery. Use the scroll-bar on the right to see more themes.

 

  • To change the background, select Background Styles, and choose a background from the drop down menu.

 

  • To add a placeholder (add’s  text,  pictures, chart, videos, sound, and other objects), select the Insert Placeholder option in the tool bar , now select the option you would like to add into the slide.

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Article: How Music can Boost Productivity

How many of us put a music on whilst we are working? I certainly do when I work in a kitchen, whether I do dishes or cook a feast for my friends and family. Music puts me in a better mood and as a result makes me so productive.

 

However, a cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Levitin has a different opinion, which is described in his book ‘This is Your Brain on Music’. He believes that listening to music whilst working making us less productive since it negatively affects our memory and attentional capacity. However, for repetitive or monotonous tasks it has a positive effect since music helps to get rid of boredom. Looks like he is right with my kitchen work there.

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Levitin explains that listening to music makes us less productive while working because we have fewer resources left for the task we are working on.

 

So what shall we do?

 

Levitin suggests listening to music for 10 to 15 minutes before we start working, like for studying or writing, and then work in a quiet environment with regular breaks. However for boring tasks, we should put the music on whilst we are working.

 

What is your experience with music whilst you are working? Leave us a comment and why not also let us know what type of music you listen when you work.

 

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Visual Basic Tip: Recycling Code

If you are new to Visual Basic, and want to start writing Macros for various MS application (most popular are Word and Excel), there are several ways in which you can utilize VB code without the need to spend time writing it from scratch. As with anything code and software related, while following our tips remember to test, test and test again to eliminate any problems, errors and to ensure quality and code is not causing any further problems or clashes when applied.

 

This is the No.1 tip I give whenever I conduct one of our Visual Basic Courses for Excel. Use code that has been written before and adapt it to your own uses. Google is great for such things, but you may spend a bit of time looking for the right code or website.

 

I always suggest checking out the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN.com) for ideas on code when conducting of one our VBA courses (MSDN). You can always use their forums or Facebook and Twitter pages for a few hints and tips and exchanging code. You can also use the MSDN’s extensive knowledge base, documentation and help pages on a variety of VB related stuff as well as further your own knowledge. A brilliant tool for developers and programmers at any stage of experience.

 

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Office 365 Tip: Creating Sites

Office 365 Sites are a good way of creating social pages for your business and creating spaces where various departments can share, interact and store information that only they can access. So here is how to create one.

 

 

To create a Site, Log on to your Office 365 account and if you are an administrator, find the Admin Tab.

 

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Under Admin, Click on SharePoint and under site collection a new Ribbon will appear.

 

 

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Click on New then Private Site Collection as per picture below and a pop up Site Wizard window will appear, fill out all the spaces. You will need to give your site a unique name. I would consider naming by Department or Function of the site to make it easy to find.

 

 

 

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Add a person as a Administrator to help control what happens on the site and allow for a person to be responsible for adding documents, other employees….etc to the site.

 

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Once you have created your Site, it will look something similar to this:

 

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Sites can be very useful especially if certain individuals are constantly moving or traveling, or want to access certain documents and contact other individuals without the need to access files remotely. Like much of Office 365, Sites can also be accessed via a tablet, smart phone or ay hand held device with Internet connectivity.

 

 

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Article: To Succeed With Great First Impressions

Competence and Trust are the key factors that people look for when they first meet you. According to Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy, people ask two questions when they meet you, they are:

 

  • Can I trust this person?
  • Can I respect this person?

 

Unfortunately, most of the time in the business world, we focus our energies on Competence. In her Book “Presence”, Cuddy says that most of us want to be seen as able to do the job at hand. After all, to move up in a business environment, you have to prove that you are smart and talented enough to do the job.

 

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However, according to Cuddy, trust or warmth should the most important factors we focus on. We base a lot of our decisions on whether or not we can trust someone enough for them to the job at hand, and this is no different in the business sector.

 

 

Although competence is important, focusing too much on showing how strong you are can lead people to mistrusting you. “If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion because you come across as manipulative,” Cuddy says. “A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve established trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

 

 

There are ways to establish Credibility at business meetings and presentations. In our Effective Presentation Course, we focus on persuasive techniques and how to establish credibility. Positive attitude and effectiveness are just two easy ways to establish trust, warmth and credibility. However, explaining your background and emphasizing similarities between yourself and the client you are meeting or even at a job interview could help establish a connection with the person or people you are meeting.

 

 

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News: Valentine’s Day Offer

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and here at Infero, we are feeling the love. We got a heart felt offer that no one can refuse. We want everyone to enjoy Valentines Day so why not treat yourself or your colleagues and receive a free gift!

 

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Throughout the whole of February we are offering a free box of specialized chocolates when you book on any of our courses. Just call us to book a course and quote ‘Valentine’s day’ to receive a box of special chocolates. What is a better way to learn than in a love-filled environment? So don’t miss out on a fantastic offer and book today.

 

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Microsoft Access Tip: Creating Relationships

A great tool in Access is Relationship; which is used to combine information between two or more tables. You need more than one table to do this. So the first step would be to create two or more tables relative to your database.

 

To start, you need to Select the Database Tools tab in the Ribbon, in the Relationships command group and click Relationships.

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t yet defined any relationships between your tables, the Show Table dialog box will appear automatically. To find Show Table dialog box however, all you have to do is click on the Design contextual tab, in the Relationships group click Show Table.

 

 

 

Once the Show Table dialog box appears, it will display all of the tables and queries in the database. To see only tables, click Tables tab.

 

 

 

Select one or more tables, and then click Add. For this example, we are looking at creating a relationship between Customers and Employees tables. Click Close when you are done.

 

 

 

 

Drag a field (typically the primary key) from one table to the common field (the foreign key) in the other table. You can drag multiple fields by pressing the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click each field you want, and then drag them. You can do this between Multiple Tables to any field required.

 

Dragging from one field to the other is the easiest way of creating instant relationships.

 

 

 

The Edit Relationships dialog box appears.

 

 

Verify that the field names shown are the common fields for the relationship. If you want to edit it or if a field name is incorrect or you have changed your mind, simply click on the field name and select the appropriate field from the list.

 

To enforce referential integrity for this relationship, select the Enforce Referential Integrity box. Note that Relationship Type appears at the bottom. Click Create New button to create more relationship and add the details in the Create New dialog box

 

 

And if can set the Join Type by click the relevant button:

 

 

 

When you are finished in the Relationships window, click Save to save your relationship layout changes.

 

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News: Infero Is Approved By Skills Funding Agency

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The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is a UK government funded scheme that funds skills training for further education (FE) in England. The scheme supports over 1,000 colleges, private training providers , and employers with £3.7 billion funding each year.

 

 

The scheme is renowned for its selective properties and many SMEs struggle to become approved as it is such a prestige list. To quote SFA “Organisations that passed the due diligence questions at the Register refresh are listed on the Register. We look to deliver excellent business performance through our people”.

 

 

Here at Infero we are proud to state that we are a SFA registered training provider. The scheme is aimed at organisations that provide exceptional quality training and have a top priority of delivering an outstanding service, these are aspects in which we pride ourselves on. We were first approved in 2015 and now again re-approved in January as a SFA Training Provider.

 

 

We see the register as a guideline to ensure our customers receive outstanding services. This is also a testament to our company’s quality standards and our 100% Money Back Guarantee. We will continue to work hard to deliver to the standards of SFA and we would like to thank our customers for their feedback to help improve our services and courses.

 

 

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