Category Archives for "Professional Skills"

I Didn’t Get Killed or Crash the Jet, but Blindly Following the Checklist…

Professional Skills

I didn’t get killed or crash the jet, but blindly following the checklist without considering the context created my most embarrassing moment. It was a typical summer afternoon at the US Air Force base in Arizona where as a lieutenant I was learning to fly a twin-engine jet. A “typical summer day” for Arizona means […]

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The Best Excel Checklist

Excel , Professional Skills

This Excel checklist template has a lot of features. It’s easy to create and modify and it could save you from serious mistakes. If you or your co-workers do important, repetitive tasks where a missed step could cause injury, failure, or serious problems, then you need to use a checklist. Download the Best Excel Checklist […]

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Top 17 Business and Personal Productivity Tips

Productivity , Professional Skills

Last week’s newsletter contained the Top 25 Excel Dashboard Tips by page views from 2015 articles in Critical to Success. This week’s list has the 17 Most Popular Personal Productivity and Business Performance Tips from 2015. A few of these productivity and performance tips are in both lists, because they use Excel charting, like the Steven Covey […]

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How to Think and Write More Clearly using Four Word and PowerPoint Shortcut Keys and One Menu Choice

Professional Skills

After 27 books and a bazillion PowerPoint slides I’ve learned the best way for me to write is just to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible, reorganize them, then let the stuff simmer over night. The next morning is the best time for me to give it a strong edit, cutting as much […]

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How to Build a Super-Memory for Business

Professional Skills

I was a noob, not long out of the Air Force holding a newly-minted MBA. He was the wise and experienced CEO of one of the world’s largest computer chip companies. Somehow, I’d been selected to escort him through the world’s largest computer convention and brief him on competitors in one of the markets we […]

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Speed Reading Non-Fiction Books and Remembering What is Critical to Success

Productivity , Professional Skills

If you are like most business professionals you have little time or energy after work for reading non-fiction, all those books you know would help your career, your life, your future. But, there is a way to read, and enjoy it, and even remember what you have read when you need it. I still remember […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Professional Skills

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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Time and Project Management with an Even More Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Excel , Professional Skills

This advanced Gantt Chart in Excel has the basic scrolling Gantt Chart and custom weekends and holidays, but it also includes alerts for percent complete, email links to task leads, Work Breakdown Structure numbering (WBS), and filters to show only the tasks and date ranges you want. If you are managing personal tasks or small […]

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Time and Project Management with an Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Excel , Professional Skills

This tutorial shows you how to take the basic Excel Gantt Chart and add conditional formatting so the Gantt chart shows today’s date, custom holidays, and custom weekends. Changing the WORKDAYS.INTL function will also adjust the end date to account for non-working custom weekends and holidays. A Gantt Chart in Excel is a powerful way […]

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How to Build a Gantt Chart in Excel

Excel , Professional Skills

Gantt charts help you track the progress of tasks in a project. This and the following tutorials will show you how to create a Gantt chart in Excel and then enhance it with robust features. The tutorial starts with a simple Gantt chart using conditional formatting and a few functions and evolves into a project […]

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