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In this issue we look at how to avoid mistakes in your management techniques; we consider how to improve your copywriting skills and how to study faster and more effectively with speed reading.

Welcome to the latest edition of Business Bites. I was recently reading an interesting article in a training journal where managers were discussing the seven skills that they felt a perfect employee should have. Here’s a summary of the list – see what you think:

1. Problem solving skills – they should be able to analyse and deal with problems and work on their own initiative.

2. Basic IT skills – plus the ability to master new media and keep up to date with what’s going on in the digital world.

3. Good written communication – their letters, reports etc. should be clear, concise and jargon-free.

4. The ability to give confident presentations to clients, colleagues and superiors.

5. As well as using their own initiative, they should be able to work as part of a team.

6. The ability to deal with any business situation and understand how to behave in a business environment.

7. Leadership ability.

I’ve left Number 7 very short as I’m not sure I agree with this. Can you really expect employees to show leadership ability? In my opinion that’s management’s responsibility! But managers aren’t infallible and our main article in this issue will be looking at 10 common leadership and management mistakes. Read and learn! Analyse your own behaviour and see whether you need to make any adjustments to improve your standing with your workers.

And if you’re not yet a manager why not enrol on our Business English with Spoken English Diploma course to brush up on your written and verbal communication skills, and your understanding of the business world?

So enjoy the rest of the newsletter – and don’t forget to visit the Business Training Blog each week to pick up interesting business knowledge and invaluable tips.

European Association for Distance Learning Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

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