Handling a Difficult Employee

difficult employee

If you are a manager, you will have to deal with all kinds of employees in your job, including handling difficult employees. It is an unfortunate reality that every organization has a number of these characters. It is also true that most managers don’t like handling a difficult employee; they will much rather ignore the issue or skirt around it because this is much easier to do. But remember, if you are a manager or a supervisor and you don’t know how to handle a difficult employee, then you become the difficult employee yourself

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Free Webinar – Turn Your Dreams into Reality – The Journey of Entrepreneurship

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MDi Pakistan hosted a FREE webinar for students, youth and aspiring entrepreneurs on Tuesday 29 December 2020, 2.30 – 4.30 pm.

This was a conversation about entrepreneurship with Salman Farooq, a high-energy, result-oriented and successful entrepreneur with both domestic and international experience in technology, education, energy and other industries. Salman has been involved with successful business ventures in the US, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The webinar is in the form of a conversation with Salman Farooq who responded to questions from a panel of moderators that included Asad Zaidi, CEO of MDi Pakistan and Uzera Nishat, CEO of the Institute of Empowerment. We used both English and Urdu to ensure maximum participation. The webinar focused on what entrepreneurship is, what it isn’t, what works in the Pakistan context, and what types of businesses can be particularly feasible for those looking to start out with a small venture. There was also an opportunity for a Q&A for participants at the end of the session.

Please click here for the recorded webinar.

Goal Setting – From SMART to FAST

Goal Setting

It was in the early 1950’s when the concept of “management by objectives” was introduced by Peter Drucker. The idea was that the boss would agree a set of goals for the year with each subordinate and then review the performance against these goals. Managers also learned about the acronym SMART for goal setting meaning goals had to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. This methodology of goal setting has become so established that few managers have actually questioned if this approach works.

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MDi Announces Full Interactive Online Training


MDi is one of the pioneers of e-learning in Pakistan offering e-learning courses on a variety of skills for over a decade. Similar to our face-to-face public and in-house training programs, the MDi e-learning programs have always brought great value for our learners.

The current circumstances related to COVID-19 are however not conducive for holding public and in-house training programs for some time. MDi has therefore decided to offer fully interactive online training at reduced fees over the next few months to ensure our clients can continue with their essential capacity building programs.

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Advantages of Online Learning

advantages of online learning

The idea of online learning can be overwhelming at first but once you get to experience it and learn and develop new skills, only then you realize it is one of the most important things we have to adapt to in this fast-paced and challenging world. Adjusting to an online learning model can be a challenge at first, but once you get used to the format, there are numerous benefits to be realized.

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Less is More – The 80:20 Rule

less is more

One of the most important ideas that you should be aware of that has the potential to change your life is the concept of Less is More and the 80:20 rule. The 80:20 rule is also referred to as the Pareto Principle after the name of the famous 19th century Italian economist and philosopher called Vilfredo Pareto. There are two wonderful books I highly recommend that are devoted to this subject called the 80:20 Principle by Richard Koch (see https://richardkoch.net/2012/11/the-8020-principle-2/ ) and The One Thing by Gary Keller and co-author Jay Papasan ( https://www.the1thing.com/ ) that go into detail about the power of this principle. This article provides an overview of the key elements of the principle.

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MDi Partners with eThink USA

eThink USA

eThink Education is the largest Moodle partner in the world and provides a fully-managed eLearning solution including cloud hosting, implementation, integration, consultation, and management services for open-source Moodle and Totara.

eThink Education, a world-class LMS solutions provider, announces a new partnership with Management Development Institute (MDi) Pakistan, a leading firm in Pakistan offering training, consulting, and e-Learning services to its clients in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors.

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Become an Amazing Communicator – 3 Secrets

amazing communicator secrets

No matter who you are, where you work and what you do, it is possible to become an amazing communicator in a short period of time using three simple secrets. These are proven techniques that can significantly enhance the impact you have on others but it is important to a) remember to start using these techniques consciously and consistently and b) to use these in a particular sequence. Try these techniques and you will be blown away by the effect these have on your day-to-day interactions with people.

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