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The New Office Worker’s Survival Guide

Starting your first office job? Not sure how to behave at a meeting? Getting overwhelmed by email? Here’s a collection that will help you with the essential skills regardless of where you work. Pick one or add them all to your queue.

9 courses

Courses in this collection:

  • 1

    Why People Fail

    Four significant obstacles to success and how you can overcome them

    Mastering failure is surely a vital step in achieving your aims, hopes, and dreams. After all, success is often just a moment—a goal fulfilled, soon to be replaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person’s constant companion, often dogging us for months, years, or even decades. We need to understand and conquer failure if we are ever to master success. You’d never know it from our education system. At school we’re taught geography, history, mathematical formulas, and obscure facts never to be used for the rest of our lives, yet how many of us, in all our years of formal learning, were ever taught how to overcome obstacles to any goal?

    In this course, we explore four main causes of failure, in any field, and reveal solutions for overcoming them and creating a successful, happy life.

    The most important message in this course is that failure leads to success. Even if you have experienced countless failures in your life, it doesn’t mean you are destined to have success pass you by.

    This course, published in collaboration with Wiley, is based on the book Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds

  • 2

    First-Time Leader

    The BRAVE framework for effective leadership

    Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail within their first 18 months? 

    And, did you know that most leadership failures are completely avoidable?

    In fact, every new leader is perfectly capable of inspiring people to achieve successes and improve performance beyond what they thought possible. Best of all, leadership excellence is easy if you recognize a few key leadership truths. In First-Time Leader, transformational leadership experts George Bradt and Gillian Davis tell you what you need to know to ensure that your first time at the helm makes—rather than breaks—your career.

    Drawing on the insights of proven leaders from around the world, as well as from their own experience as leaders and consultants, the authors of First-Time Leader have distilled the most essential lessons on leadership into a coherent approach that can be applied anywhere. With the BRAVE leadership framework (Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, Environment), you’ll learn how to work your new role from every relevant angle, resulting in confident leadership that will inspire and enable your team.

  • 3

    Craft Your Job to Suit You Better

    Job crafting: the secret to being engaged at work

    Have you ever thought about how engaged you are at work?

    If you haven’t, it’s about time you did. Research shows that when we’re engaged at work, we’re more likely to have better mental and physical health, act according to our values, feel physically energized and focused, have a positive attitude and feel like we are in control over events that affect our life.

    So it’s not just in the interest a company to have engaged employees; it’s a win/win scenario, really.

    Let’s start by admitting that, as employees, we’re not passive actors in our own work life. We care about our own well-being at work, because work is such a large part of our life.

    In this course, we’ll dig into the secret ingredient of work engagement: job crafting.

    Job crafting enables us to fit our jobs to our skills, our abilities and our knowledge, as well as our preferences and needs. It’s what keeps us engaged, creative and productive.

    We’ll teach you the ins and outs of job crafting and how to turn the job you have into a job you want (and even like).


    Course photo by Victoria Bilsborough via Unsplash

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    Increase Your Productivity at Work

    Accomplish more at your workplace in less time

    Are you a working professional employed in an office job that can relate to one of the situations below: 


    • "I worked so hard the whole day but didn't finish what I wanted.”

    • "I just can't seem to get started on project X. I am not sure what is holding me back."

    • "I wish I could find the motivation when I need it the most.”

    In this course, I will share the tools and techniques you can use to overcome these challenges so that you can accomplish more in your job which can lead to more opportunities and responsibilities.

    This course will teach you how to:


    1. set the right goals so that your efforts pay off the most

    2. track whether or not you are being productive

    3. identify what is killing your productivity

    4. schedule your time to ensure you do the right things at the right time

  • 5

    The Psychological Safety of Teams

    What Google learned about effective teams

    In 2012, Google’s People Analytics team embarked on what seemed to be an impossible mission: to find out the one ingredient that highly effective teams have in common. 

    They named this quest Project Aristotle, and turned to what Google does best in order to uncover the answer - they looked at the data. What Google found was that all top performing teams had one thing in common: a high degree of psychological safety. 

    In this course, we start from that finding and dig deeper into the latest research on what makes a safe work environment and how to foster one for your team. We’ll tell you what you need to know about psychological safety, from the symptoms of an unsafe team to the impact of that safety has on the bottom line.

    Whether you’re a team manager or the member of a team, you’ll find out practical ways to make your team more effective and your time spent at work more enjoyable.

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    What our users say:

    "As a manager, you rarely have time for courses or to rethink how you run your team. This content in this format was really helpful and I love the fact that it focuses on ONE aspect instead of a handful."

  • 6

    Psyched for Work

    The psychology of happiness at work

    Just like people, some workplaces are fun while others are boring. The one thing that happy workplaces have in common is employees who are engaged in meaningful assignments. They are efficient, productive and enjoy the challenges that come with the job. Happiness at work leads to employees who are successful in their professions and proud of their employer. 


    With this course, I hope to put job satisfaction on the agenda of corporate life, and get managers and individual employees alike to stop and think about what they can do to bring joy to their job. You will learn about all the advantages of workplaces characterized by joy, as well as see what you, your employer and your coworkers can do to create such a workplace. 


    The advice and suggestions that will be presented are based on recent research as well as my own experiences as an organizational consultant. 

  • 7

    Email for a reason

    Hands-on tips for writing email that serves its purpose

    Learn the tricks of reaching the recipient through the email noise, by straight, simple and purposeful communication.

  • 8

    Assertive Communication

    How to express your ideas and stand up for your opinion

    This is a free course for you who want to:


    • Learn how to say no without guilt


    • Express your ideas


    • Or who just want to stand up for yourself in life, relationships and on the job


    Some people have a passive style of communication, some an aggressive and some might even have a passive-aggressive style. The most functional of styles is definitely the assertive way.

    This course won’t turn you into the most assertive person in the world, but it’s one small step to learning this way of communication. Sign up using your email and you are on your way!

  • 9

    Shorter, Fewer and Better Meetings

    Simple tips and methods for more effective and productive meetings

    –Meeting? Again? Am I really going to sit through this hogwash once more? I’m assuming the same two people will take over the meeting, as always. Was there, by the way, something I should have done before the meeting? Yikes, now I’m getting nervous…

    Does that feel familiar?

    Sign up to learn how to contribute to more effective and productive meetings for everyone!

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    Said about the course:

    "Pro tip: make sure your entire team takes this course – your calendar will thank you for it!"

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