Aspire Journeys

Rookie to Rockstar: Mastering Professional Effectiveness

  • 23 Courses | 10h 8m 37s
  • 16 Books | 2h 13m
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Joining an office-based working environment can be a big transition, regardless of if you are going into an office daily or dialing in from your home office. To become a rockstar in your new job, it will be important for you to understand how to contribute, how to interact with your work colleagues, and how to keep yourself on track. This onboarding journey can give you the foundational skills needed to be an effective co-worker and employee.

Be Professional

Your prior work experiences may have been much diferent than what you will experience in a professional office environment. You may find yourself working with a more diverse set of colleagues and under circumstances that are different than you have experienced previously. This Journey Track will give you the tools you need to interact and communicate professionally in the workplace.

  • 7 Courses | 2h 51m 18s
  • 4 Books | 36m

Be Ready

If there's one thing that can be relied upon, it's that change is inevitable. In a professional environment, having the right attitude about the challenges and opportunities you will face can support your overall professional development. This Journey Track will help you learn to Be Ready for all of the changes that might come your way.

  • 5 Courses | 1h 54m 17s
  • 4 Books | 26m

Be Productive

Working in a professional enivonment often means you will have more autonomy in completing your day to day tasks. Learning how to manage yourself and your time wisely in order to be productive is an imperative part of this shift. This Journey Track will help you learn techniques to be productive and hold yourself accountable.

  • 6 Courses | 3h 14m 1s
  • 4 Books | 31m

Be Authentic

In a professional environment, you no longer get to choose who you are surrounded by and who you collaborate with. It is important to be able to maintain your emotional well-being in a variety of professional settings and earn the trust of colleagues you work closely with. This Journey Track will help you bring your own authentic self to work.

  • 5 Courses | 2h 9m 1s
  • 4 Books | 40m

COURSES INCLUDED

Communicating with Confidence
Communicating with confidence is critical to your message being successfully received. Feeling confident in a high stakes situation is not always easy but with effort, confidence can be cultivated and improved. In this course, you'll learn about being an effective speaker. You'll discover ways to prepare, techniques to avoid being nervous and how to use your voice and body language to communicate with self-confidence.
7 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Be Liked and Respected in the Workplace
Eighty percent of your day is spent at work. Whether you commute to an office or work from home, to a huge degree your professional success depends on your likability. Think about all your professional interactions; you work on team projects, collaborate on conference calls, sit in meetings, talk to clients, etc. These and more are situations that require your ability to be liked. However, it's not a popularity contest. Being liked doesn't mean you give up your professional integrity. Although it's not possible to be liked by everyone, this course teaches you techniques to be likable and respected by your colleagues and boss. You will also learn how to ‘get over it' when someone in the workplace does not like you.
7 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Troublesome Words and Phrases: Usage Mistakes in Writing
The many nuances and conventions in the English language make it diverse and interesting; however, when it comes to writing well, they can also cause some difficulties. For better writing skills, you must familiarize yourself with some of the most common errors of usage. In this course, you'll learn how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. You'll explore often misused verbs - for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise - that can impede professional business writing. You'll also learn some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing and will put your communication skills to the test.
6 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge
Remaining Tactful and Diplomatic under Pressure
Over the course of a career, not everyone you work with will be easy to get along with. Sometimes this presents difficult situations. But whether it's your boss, a peer, direct report, client, or vendor, professionalism, and professional success, rely on overcoming challenging people and be able to work with even those you don't personally care for. It requires using tact. In this course, you'll learn to navigate challenging situations with tact and diplomacy. You'll learn how to get along with co-workers, give feedback to bosses and direct reports, compose tactful emails, and negotiate diplomatically.
6 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Creating a Solid Support Base through Peer Relationships
Developing and maintaining relationships with your peers at work can lead to success for both you as an individual, and for your organization. A supportive peer network can provide you with a wide variety of expertise and institutional knowledge and enable you to leverage other people's networks. The workplace of today poses some challenges with diversity in workforce and remote teams who are separated physically. In this course, you'll explore how to identify the different peers in your organization who may be important in meeting your goals or may form a support base for you. You'll also learn how to develop and maintain solid, mutually beneficial relationships with the different peers in any environment.
7 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge
Building a Circle of Connections for Networking Success
When you're serious about advancing your career, you need to build strong professional relationships and maintain an effective circle of connections. Whether it's for executive networking or general business networking, this course covers the essential communication and professional networking skills needed to establish a solid network. In this course, you'll learn about professional networking skills, including strategies for building rapport with new connections during networking opportunities and best practices for maintaining your network so that your connections can help you achieve professional success.
7 videos | 28m has Assessment available Badge
Building a Win-win Relationship with Your Manager
Your relationship with your manager has a huge impact on both of your careers. Frankly, you depend upon each other for success. Your manager's support, guidance, and direction help you do your job better. And your good work makes your manager look good. Effectively managing this relationship can increase your productivity, help you meet your personal career goals, and last but not least, make your time at work more enjoyable and rewarding. In this course, you will learn the importance of managing relationships, and ways to build great manager relationships by recognizing their agenda and management style. You will also learn strategies for building a strong professional relationship with your manager, and various ways you can become aligned with your manager. You will find that to work more effectively with your manager, you need to develop a rapport and make workplace interactions mutually beneficial (win-win).
7 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge

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Taking Responsibility for Your Accountability
Accountability is a mindset - a way of thinking about how to take responsibility for your life and ownership of your decisions. Accountability tends to drive success; it is action-oriented and geared toward constant improvement. In this course, you will learn how to develop a framework for personal accountability. From the foundations of a framework to daily practices and sustained momentum, this course will help you take ownership of your goals and live your values.
7 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge
How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Achieve Success
What stands between you and success? People who are the best they can be are empowered by a belief that throughout their lives and careers, within their organizations and in their relationships, they can take action to improve their current state. They see themselves as responsible for their own happiness and success. In this course, you'll learn principles and characteristics shared by people who have broken through the barriers holding them back from true success. You'll discover how to identify those barriers - as well as your own personal triggers and mental blocks - and overcome them. You'll also learn strategies to jumpstart your work mindset and to advocate for yourself to get you out of your own way and on a path to success.
7 videos | 25m has Assessment available Badge
Contributing as a Virtual Team Member
Companies often opt to create virtual teams in place of on-site teams. This allows employees to work from home or remote locations. However, if not managed appropriately, remote working may cause breakdowns in communication, collaboration, and teamwork. In this course, you'll learn how to develop the skills you need to show team leadership and be an effective member of a virtual team. You'll explore personal traits that are useful when working on a team remotely. You'll also learn strategies to stay connected with other team members, and ways to manage your time and overcome the challenges associated with managing teams remotely.
5 videos | 17m has Assessment available Badge
Gaining a Positive Perspective on Feedback
Though it's invaluable, getting feedback can sometimes be a difficult process. Adopting a positive mindset can make all the difference. This course will teach you how receiving feedback differs from getting simple praise or criticism. You'll discover how listening to constructive feedback with a positive mindset can help you to manage your reactions and responses. You'll also learn how applying feedback can help your professional growth and self-development.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Receiving Feedback with an Open Mind
The word "feedback" might make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Many people think of feedback as a threat. Even positive feedback can seem like an attack. Our egos and self-esteem tell us to shut down and drown it out. But feedback is a necessary part of professional growth and development. With a positive mindset, you can stay calm, take feedback on board, and use it to improve your performance and further your career. In this course, you will explore how receiving feedback differs from receiving simple praise or criticism. You will learn how listening to genuinely constructive feedback with a positive mindset can influence your reactions and responses. You will also learn how applying feedback can catalyze your professional growth and self-development.
7 videos | 26m has Assessment available Badge

COURSES INCLUDED

Organizing emails in Outlook 365
To be more productive, you can keep your Outlook emails well organized in different ways, for example deleting old emails. This course lets you discover how to use folders to manage your inbox and search for emails. You will also learn how to handle junk email, archive emails and create email rules.
9 videos | 33m has Assessment available Badge
Maximize Your Productivity by Managing Time and Tasks
The amount of time available to you is constant - you can't buy more and you can't save it for later. However, by managing your time, you can increase your productivity. And the better you understand your own personal productivity, the easier it will be to manage your time effectively. In this course, you'll learn about how you can use task management to maximize your productivity. You'll discover the benefits of using time management and assessing the value of your tasks. You'll learn about benefits of setting goals and how productivity is tied to your ability to assess time and set priorities. And you'll also learn about the process of "chunking" your time and how to use different types of to-do lists effectively.
7 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Sharpening Your Focus to Stay on Track
Even when you know your priorities and have an organized time management routine, you'll still be challenged every day by distractions, temptations, interruptions, and procrastination. To avoid causing internal time management detours, you have to develop ways to stay focused, and this often means using personal and interpersonal skills in very specific ways. In this course, you'll learn strategies to manage challenges to your personal focus, techniques to help you shut out distractions and manage time conflicts, and ways to regain focus and develop mental resilience when faced with change.
6 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge
Leveraging the Power of Analogical Thinking
When struggling with a difficult problem, it's easy to become hemmed in by traditional habitual thinking. Learning to leverage the power of analogical thinking allows you to think creatively and gain fresh insights through the exploration of unexpected similarities. In this course, you'll learn what analogical thinking is, when it's best used, and how to use it. You'll also learn under what situations it can fail, and how to avoid superficial analogies so you can make better strategic choices.
6 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge
Using private messaging & call tools in Microsoft Teams 2021
Apart from conversing in channels, Microsoft Teams allows you to communicate privately with your colleagues in multiple ways. In this course, you will see how to send private messages to one or several people, as a group. All these messages and conversations can be easily managed. Along with messages, you will also see how to make audio and video calls. During these calls, you will be able to share content, use subtitles and even change your background. Finally, if your colleague is not available, learn how to leave a voicemail message.
12 videos | 46m has Assessment available Badge
Creating, joining, and managing meetings in Microsoft Teams 2021
Microsoft Teams is an excellent tool for organizing meetings with your colleagues all over the world. In this course, you will see how to create, schedule, and join meetings. Being the creator of the meeting, you can always edit its details, make it recurrent and manage its participants. If you have a large number of attendees, learn how to use breakout rooms in order to make teamwork more efficient. Collaboration is easy during meetings: use the whiteboard, share content, take notes, and record the meeting for further reference.
12 videos | 52m has Assessment available Badge

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Morra Aarons-Mele on Managing Your Emotional Well-being During the Workday
Anxiety can be short-lived and situational or it can last for years and just be part of who you are. In this expert insights course featuring author and host of the podcast, The Anxious Achiever, Morra Aarons-Mele, outlines ways to lead with both authority and strength when you're feeling anxious.
10 videos | 24m
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Developing emotional intelligence is a key to successful leadership. Leaders with a strong mixture of emotional awareness, self-management, and social skills are able to relate better to those around them. Emotionally intelligent leaders navigate relationships more effectively and are more likely to be successful in their personal and professional lives. This course provides an understanding of why emotionally intelligent leadership is important. It also provides practical, positive techniques for promoting and improving emotional intelligence as a leader within your business environment.
6 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Optimizing Your Workplace Well-being
Especially in times of disruption and change, your health and wellness - both physical and mental - can sometimes take a backburner to urgent and pressing needs. Prioritizing your wellness can be life-changing on a personal level, with the added benefits to employers of increased productivity, employee engagement, and retention. In this course, you'll learn to identify the elements of well-being at work and understand how common work and home factors can cause wellness to go out of balance. You'll also learn how to recognize signs of stress in yourself and in others, and what strategies help build resilience and promote wellness in all of life's dimensions: at work and at home; in mind, body, and human connections.
6 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge
Psychological Safety: Building a Culture of Inclusion and Innovation
Psychological safety involves the feeling of being accepted and respected-believing you can present your true self at work without fear of negative consequences to your self-image, status, or career. But it also goes beyond that to trusting that your team and your workplace is safe for interpersonal risk taking, which is crucial to being in an energized workplace of learners and problem solvers. When there's a high level of psychological safety, there is a culture of inclusion. People feel safe to speak up, to offer ideas, and to ask questions. At the very core of psychological safety is a mindset that welcomes diversity of thought, whether it brings good news, bad news, or a puzzle. In this course, you'll learn what psychological safety is and the big impact it has in the workplace, and how to nurture a mindset of psychological safety and build a skillset that supports it. And you'll learn what challenges might inhibit a culture of psychological safety, solutions for overcoming each challenge, and techniques to measure and sustain high levels of psychological safety in your workplace.
8 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge
Earning and Offering Trust at Work
"Who can I trust around here?" This is a more common workplace question than most of us might like to admit. Building relationships and trust within professional networks is done like a mason building a wall - one stone at a time. Trust is a core ingredient in positive relationships. Without it, the mason's wall takes on a whole new analogy - a barrier, with no gate for entry. In this course, you'll explore trust - what makes you and others trustworthy, how to demonstrate trustworthiness through your own professional accountability, and how to fix a trust deficit after trust has been broken.
7 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge

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BOOKS INCLUDED

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Key Skills for Professionals: How to Succeed in Professional Services
Key Skills for Professionals provides a framework for developing the skills required for a profitable professional services business. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 11m book Authors By Alan Pannett, Andrew Day, Andrew Dines, Shalini Sequeira

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Nobodies to Somebodies: How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start
Nobodies to Somebodies offers young people who are just starting out in their careers, a guide delineating how those who have gone before them succeeded in their quest for success. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 4m book Authors By Peter Han

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Personal Branding for Dummies, 2nd Edition
In Personal Branding for Dummies, 2nd Edition, author Susan Chritton examines the importance of embracing authenticity and your true self-and how to develop them into the cornerstones for personal branding. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 12m book Authors By Susan Chritton

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100 Ways to Overcome Shyness: Go From Self-Conscious to Self-Confident
100 Ways to Overcome Shyness describes how shy people can find ways to overcome fear and anxiety when interacting with friends, colleagues, and even strangers. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 9m book Authors By Barton Goldsmith, Marlena Hunter
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The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do
Drawing from stories of personal change, both historical and present-day, The Wisom of Oz attacks the culture of blame that rears its head when things go awry. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 5m book Authors By Roger Connors, Tom Smith

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Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Great by Choice provides an in-depth look at what successful companies do differently in order to keep on winning, even in extreme conditions. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 5m book Authors By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons for Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People gives readers step-by-step guidance to living an ethical, moral existence. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 7m book Authors By Stephen R. Covey

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The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks
The Resiliency Advantage discusses a five-level progression any person can follow to gain resiliency and the actions they would take to attain each level. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 9m book Authors By Al Siebert
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Organise Yourself, Third Edition
In Organise Yourself,author John Caunt explores useful ways to take control of your life amidst the many pressures you face every day. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 9m book Authors By John Caunt

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Singletasking: Get More Done - One Thing at a Time
In Singletasking, author Devora Zack arms you with the tools needed to restore your focus, manage distractions, and learn to finish what you start. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 8m book Authors By Devora Zack

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How to Write Effective Business English: Excel at E-Mail, Social Media and All Your Professional Communications
How to Write Effective Business English provides a breakdown of potential pitfalls in today's different forms of written communication and outlines the best ways to avoid them. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 10m book Authors By Fiona Talbot

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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
In Focus, author Daniel Goleman takes us through an understanding of our selves, others, and the world around us to improve our focus skills and equip us with the tools to make us better leaders. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 4m book Authors By Daniel Goleman
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The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self
The Art of Authenticity provides instruction and practical advice in the form of workshops aimed at helping leaders become more authentic without compromising on effectiveness. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 11m book Authors By Karissa Thacker

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Mindfulness at Work: How to Avoid Stress, Achieve More, and Enjoy Life!
Mindfulness at Work explains how you can employ some simple mindfulness techniques to make your work life much more relaxed, enjoyable, and meaningful. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 10m book Authors By Stephen McKenzie

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Emotional Intelligence at Work
Emotional Intelligence at Work explores the advantages of developing greater self-awareness and recognition of behavioral traits aimed at mastering the emotions so you can communicate effectively with others. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 11m book Authors By Hendrie Weisinger

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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
For anyone looking to communicate more effectively, at work and in their personal lives, Atlas of the Heart is a vital resource for the language and strategies we need to make meaningful connections with one another and with ourselves. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 8m book Authors By Brené Brown
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