Tips on Working Intelligently

Career Advice Database

Advice on addressing problems and managing oneself

Solving problems

What is Problem Solving? Ruth Hill, MindTools

How Good is Your Problem Solving? Ruth Hill, MindTools

SWOT Analysis – Discover New Opportunities, Manage and Eliminate Threats, James Manktelow, MindTools

Tree Diagrams – Simplifying Complexity, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Brainstorming – Generating Many Radical, Creative Ideas, Liz Cook, MindTools

5 Whys – Getting to the Root of a Problem Quickly, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Root Cause Analysis – Tracing a Problem to its Origins, Ruth Hill, MindTools

The Simplex Process – A Robust Creative Problem-Solving Process, Ruth Hill, MindTools

8D Problem Solving Process – Solving Major Problems in a Disciplined Way, Ruth Hill, MindTools

The Straw Man Concept – Build it Up, Knock it Down, and Create a Solid Final Solution, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model – Solving Problems Creatively, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Making decisions objectively

How to Make Decisions – Making the Best Possible Choices, Ruth Hill, MindTools

How Good is Your Decision-Making? Ruth Hill, MindTools

Decision Matrix Analysis – Making a Decision by Weighing Up Different Factors, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Decision Trees – Choosing by Projecting “Expected Outcomes,” Ruth Hill, MindTools

Paired Comparison Analysis – Working out Relative Importances, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making – How to Make Objective Decisions, Ruth Hill, MindTools

The Ladder of Inference – Avoiding “Jumping to Conclusions,” Ruth Hill, MindTools

ORAPAPA – A Checklist for Making Better Decisions, Ruth Hill, MindTools

Planning your work

Golden Rules of Goal Setting – Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Effective Scheduling – Planning to Make the Best Use of Your Time, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Action Plans – Small Scale Planning, Caroline Smith, MindTools

How Good Are Your Project Management Skills? Caroline Smith, MindTools

Business Requirements Analysis – Clearly Agreeing What You’re Going to Deliver, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Managing your time

What is Time Management? – Working Smarter to Enhance Productivity, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

10 Common Time Management Mistakes, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Leverage – Achieving Much More with the Same Effort, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Prioritization – Making Best Use of Your Time and Resources, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Principle – Using Time Effectively, Not Just Efficiently, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Overcoming Procrastination – Manage Your Time. Get It All Done. Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Coping with pressure

So you’re starting your MA in economics [or starting your MPP or MPP], Stephen Topp, Policy Options, 8 September 2015

What is Stress? Caroline Smith, MindTools

Managing Stress – Create Calm in Your Career, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Centering – Maintaining Focus in Stressful Situations, Caroline Smith, MindTools

How to be Patient – Staying Calm Under Pressure, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Declining a Work Assignment, With Finesse, Rob Walker, The Workologist, New York Times, 21 August 2014

Albrecht’s Four Types of Stress – Managing Common Pressures, Caroline Smith, MindTools

The Breaking Point, Bruna Martinuzzi, MindTools

Having fun

Thought Awareness, Rational Thinking, and Positive Thinking, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Optimism – The Hidden Asset, Bruna Martinuzzi, MindTools

The Flow Model – Balancing Challenge and Skills, Sarah Pavey, MindTools

Using Affirmations – Harnessing Positive Thinking, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Finding balance

Work-Life Balance Quiz, Canadian Mental Health Association

Work/Life Balance, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

A Fine Balance – A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Well-Being, Canadian Centre of Management Development, 2002

Reducing Work-Life Conflict: What Works? What Doesn’t? Health Canada, January 2008


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