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4 Tools to help you keep your ear to the ground

Growing businesses face a range of challenges. Personal development – for you and your team – can help to overcome them.

Monique Verduyn, 15 January 2016  Share  0 comments  Print

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All the answers to your unique business lifestage questions

Starting a business is never easy, but watching it grow can be just as daunting. To keep up with the market in a world where change is the only constant, learning and ongoing skills development can mean the difference between success and failure.

Here are four indispensable online tools to help you grow skills in your organisation:


This is a leadership enhancement tool that turns ideas from top business books into conversations and action plans for you and your team.

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Together, you can explore top theories on time management, communication, innovation, finance and more, all in your own time.

Applying concepts from the best business writers, you can develop your team’s professional skills, strengthen relationships internally, and grow strong teams that are highly productive and committed to the same goals.


This is the go-to site for anyone looking to learn practical, straightforward skills that allow you excel in your career. Here, you will have access to practical information to help you be a great manager and leader.

If you subscribe, you gain to access new management techniques for training your team, and making personal development an ongoing part of everyone’s life.   


A repository of the most relevant business books in the world, GetAbstract condenses texts into summaries that can be quickly and easily digested. It also offers reports and videos. You’ll get up to speed on critical business knowledge in a flash. 

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Given how much time we spend commuting, this is one of the best productivity enhancers for people who want to learn on the go, anytime and anywhere. You can listen in your car, in a taxi, on the train or at the gym. Audible offers access to a vast range of business and self-development books.

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