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The Top 10 Mind Tools L&D Blogs of 2019!

Andy Stannage 

December 18, 2019

Every week, we’ve been busy adding new posts to our L&D blog – and thousands of L&D and HR professionals have stopped by to have a read. So, as we turn the page to 2020, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the 10 most-visited blogs from our 2019 collection.

I hope you enjoy discovering which posts have earned a place at the top table, and catch up on any you may have missed this year. And, judging by some of the entries that made the cut, our readers certainly do enjoy a top 10!

1: Confident or Arrogant? How to Tell the Difference and Why It Matters

Confidently – but without a hint of arrogance – sitting at the top of our chart is a thought-provoking post from expert coach, Bruna Martinuzzi.

Teams are cauldrons of emotion. And Bruna (who makes a few appearances in this top 10!) says, whatever you do, don’t allow one or two arrogant individuals to contaminate the mood of others.

She advises L&D or HR professionals to pay attention to emotional contagion, and to create an environment where team members can thrive. Read her full blog here.

2: 10 Things Managers Should Never Say… and What to Say Instead

For managers, off-the-cuff comments to their people can cause irreparable damage. From demotivation to resentment, guilt to open conflict, one ill-thought-out remark could even damage your entire organization.

And coming in a close second in our top 10 is this blog from contributor Faye Bradshaw, who highlights 10 communication faux pas, and how to rephrase them professionally.

This list of horror stories clearly hit a chord with our readers. Have you heard any of them around your workplace? Read Faye’s post here.

3: Recommended Reading – 10 Books to Boost Your L&D This Fall

Taking bronze was our peek at the world of Mind Tools’ Book Insights, with excerpts from resources normally available only to corporate clients and Premium Club members.

The list includes books ranging from “8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness,” to “Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business.” They’re all designed to invigorate your career and help you to navigate the modern work environment. You can read the full post here.

4: 10 Good Reasons to Keep Learning

At number four is (you guessed it!) another top 10, this time based on reasons to keep learning. Here we provide 10 good answers you can give to people who question the value of investing in continual learning.

For a start, it boosts happiness, improves productivity, and reduces costs. Who wouldn’t want to sign up for that?

This post also includes a handy infographic, which you can download and use to convince the skeptics within your organization! The full post is here.

5: How to Build Your People’s Resilience

At Mind Tools, you’ll find many resources on stress management. And posts on that subject also made it into our top 10 list.

Stress reduces resilience. Organizations need to ensure that their people are not forced to cope with unnecessary strain, be it from excessive workloads or poor management styles

Here, Bruna Martinuzzi looks at the causes and impact of workplace stress, and explores how it can undermine attempts to boost people’s resilience. Read her post here.

6: Favoritism: The Hidden Cause of Underperformance

In at number six is Bruna’s exploration of favoritism and nepotism – and the damage they both do to workplace culture.

And it’s not just anecdotal, either. A 2011 Georgetown University study found that a whopping 92 percent of senior business executives had witnessed favoritism in employee promotions.

Bruna advocates a workplace culture where fairness is valued, regardless of whether a superior has taken a liking to someone. You can read her blog here.

7: The Top 6 Learning Methods to Try This Month

October was National Learning and Development Month. We treated our readers to the lowdown on six powerful learning methods.

From classroom training to online learning, Mind Tools’ Natalie Benfell walked through a variety of approaches, considering the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Her conclusion? If you want to appeal to a range of learner types, use a combination of methods to deliver a perfect, blended approach. Read Natalie’s post here.

8: Progress Not Perfection

At number eight, Bruna Martinuzzi warns us against pursuing perfection. As an approach, she says, it’s unrealistic and unattainable. Instead, it’s a fast track to failure and unhappiness.

Bruna explains how having high expectations can prevent you from getting things done. And there’s guidance on what to do if you, or someone in your team, is a perfectionist.

It turns out that cutting yourself some slack can actually help you to achieve more! Read the post here.

9: 6 Things the Best Firms Are Doing to Give Learning Impact!

Back in July, we hosted one of our most popular webinars this year with Dani Johnson from RedThread Research.

Dani talked attendees through the company’s latest research, which highlighted practices that leading organizations are using to deliver the greatest learning impact for their people.

This blog gives readers a rundown of the highlights from that webinar, and a chance to listen back. You’ll find it here.

10: Actionable Insights: Is Your Data Giving You Insight or Just Information?

The last entry on our list is from resident Mind Tools data guru, James Wilson. He posted a number of data-related blogs throughout the year – and, now that the numbers are in, this turned out to be the most popular.

With so much information available, James spells out the kind of data you should be looking for: numbers that deliver “actionable insights.”

Other top tips include, “Don’t get lost in the data,” “Measure your project against the original desired outcomes,” and, “Stay commercially aware.” After all, who needs an analysis of old news? You can read his post here.

So, there you have it folks, the most popular Mind Tools L&D blog posts from 2019. If you’d like to be one of the first to hear when we publish new posts, join our mailing list and get the latest from Mind Tools straight to your inbox.

Happy holidays!

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