How to successfully improve your efficiency

All the training I have ever taken in my professional life, most appreciate was the Personal Efficiency Program (PEP – The Personal Efficiency Program®). I’ve never hired so useful knowledge, which I use every day and that in a huge way not only improved my effectiveness at work, but most of all give me much greater peace of mind. This post I would like to start a series of tips that you can find in the category of Personal Effectiveness.

Almost none of us have been taught how to work (especially concerning office work). In most cases, therefore, we adopted as inappropriate habits that are difficult to change after years. Speaking of change – rather nobody does not like (well, except for me – I like change and its wind me up). From my own experience, I also know that what is in the visible and verifiable manner makes us productive at work – is the ability to respond quickly, the rapid delivery of information. Information rules the world today. Nothing stands in the way of you, and you possess this skill.

“Overwhelmed” – usually those are our colleagues and ourselves as well. The development of technologies, which are available whole day, e-mail, cell phones, instant messaging, Internet, text messages, including paper documents, social media, made everyone feel information overload and the shortage of time to deal with them. Life, however, is a relentless and overwhelming demonstration of will not add to us in the eyes of the boss or co-workers to recognise, on the contrary, it may be that they start looking for someone more efficient at our place.

nervous young business woman at the desk with a laptop

What is this series?

  1. How to control the e-mail
  2. How to bring the case to the end
  3. How to effectively conduct meetings
  4. How to implement the principle of “Do it at once”
  5. How to interesting provide presentation

Every week from today, a new episode of the series.

All my entries just touch the topics discussed. For each of them could write a separate book … perhaps I will do. At the moment, however, if you need more information, I invite you to a personal contact individually here.

Favor Bank

Some event of last week reminded me of a very important aspect of life which is the Favor Bank. I became aware of the existence of the bank while reading the book of Paulo Coelho “Zahir”a long time ago. One of the fragments in a very accessible and not contrived way describes the principles of the non-financial but very valuable institutions. Please read below.

What’s so special about the Favor Bank? Many people, it seems that it is enough that we know someone important, that we have the right to demand from him a favor. In ordinary everyday business-life is the arrangement of work, use of the services, purchase of goods, loan, favouritism, promotion etc ..

Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it might seem. Did not work?! Why someone ignores us? Why not help?

Referring to my previous post on the topic of mentoring (How to Find a Mentor?) of course it can happen, and sometimes it happens, that we meet someone on our way who can help us, gives us a favor completely selflessly, often this person is also our mentor or promoter. More often, however, selflessness is difficult to encounter. And then comes into play Favor Bank.

It is much easier to take advantage of the benefits of its actions when in the first we will take care of the deposit in the bank before the moment will come when we will be forced to use the help. It is worth remembering about it when you are starting the career and you begin to invest in favor of the Favor Bank. It is completely selfless action. Each person encountered on your way whose you will help in a selfless manner naturally becomes your debtor. Sometime in the future, perhaps there will come a time that you will need support in person, then you should turn to for help to your “debtors”. There is no certainty that it will work, but the odds are huge!

So how does Favor Bank:

favor bank coelho

Paulo Coelho: „Zahir”, chapter one “I am a free man” (fragment)

– What is this Favor Bank?
– You know. Everyone knows.
– Possibly, but I still haven’t quite grasped what you’re saying.
– It was an American writer who first mentioned it. It’s the most powerful bank in the world, and you’ll find it in every sphere of life.
– Yes, but I come from a country without a literary tradition. What favors could I do for
– That doesn’t matter in the least. Let me give you an example: I know that you’re an up-
and-coming writer and that, one day, you’ll be very influential. I know this because, like
you, I too was once ambitious, independent, honest. I no longer have the energy I once
had, but I want to help you because I can’t or don’t want to grind to a halt just yet. I’m
not dreaming about retirement, I’m still dreaming about the fascinating struggle that is
life, power, and glory.
I start making deposits in your account—not cash deposits, you understand, but
contacts. I introduce you to such-and-such a person, I arrange certain deals, as long as
they’re legal. You know that you owe me something, but I never ask you for anything.
– And then one day…
– Exactly. One day, I’ll ask you for a favor and you could, of course, say no, but you’re
conscious of being in my debt. You do what I ask, I continue to help you, and other
people see that you’re a decent, loyal sort of person and so they too make deposits in
your account—always in the form of contacts, because this world is made up of contacts
and nothing else. They too will one day ask you for a favor, and you will respect and help
the people who have helped you, and, in time, you’ll have spread your net worldwide,
you’ll know everyone you need to know and your influence will keep on growing.”
– I could refuse to do what you ask me to do.
– You could. The Favor Bank is a risky investment, just like any other bank. You refuse
to grant the favor I asked you, in the belief that I helped you because you deserved to be
helped, because you’re the best and everyone should automatically recognise your talent.
– Fine, I say thank you very much and ask someone else into whose account I’ve also made
various deposits; but from then on, everyone knows, without me having to say a word,
that you are not to be trusted.
– You’ll grow only half as much as you could have grown, and certainly not as much as
you would have liked to. At a certain point, your life will begin to decline, you got
halfway, but not all the way, you are half-happy and half-sad, neither frustrated nor
fulfilled. You’re neither cold nor hot, you’re lukewarm, and as an evangelist in some
holy book says: ‘Lukewarm things are not pleasing to the palate.’

How to find a mentor?

Are you my mentor?

Chasing or forcing that connection rarely works, and yet so many people that imagine mentoring. When somebody asks a question like this, probably in response to hearing “no”. This question terribly spoils the atmosphere and is embarrassing for the person to whom it is addressed.
When someone finds the right mentor, it is obvious. The question becomes a statement.

Many young people starting their adventure with the career of thought mistakenly that to quickly climb the ladder of the corporate ladder, they should look for a mentor (someone who they advise) and promoter (someone who will use their influence and intercede for them). Contrary to appearances, the difference between a mentor and sponsor (promoter) is essential and important to not confuse.

Finding a mentor is often reminiscent of waiting for Prince Charming. Raiders think that if they find a suitable mentor, this will push them up the ladder of professional and give them a beautiful cabinet, which will be a long and happy work. To be clear, the question is not whether to have a tutor, mentor or master promoter is important. Because of course it is, but no matter how important it might be our contacts, probably never emerge they question a foreign person, whether he will be our mentor. The strongest relationships are born from real relationships, which frequently have to work both ways.

Research shows that mentors choose their proteges on the basis of the results of their work and the potential of the feature. Intuitively, we invest in those who stand out talent, or who have a lot to benefit from our help. (1)

So we should stop advise young people:

“Get a mentor and you will excel”

Instead, we need to tell them:

“Excel and you will get a mentor”. (2)


Mentoring contrary to appearances, often works both ways, especially in the case of people who are already working in the same company. Maybe protege receives more direct assistance, but also mentor benefits – useful information, greater involvement of co-workers, not to mention a sense of pride and satisfaction.

And finally, another important piece of advice for the mentee. Few mentors who have the time to constantly keep their clients by the hand. Most of them herself struggling with his hard stressful work. Protégé, who has a positive attitude and is a ready mentor can while away the day. That is why the mentees should avoid grumbling and complain about his mentors. Use of time mentor to externalise their feelings can be helpful in a psychological sense but do not mistake mentor psychoanalyst :-).

Therefore, my dear before they find in their path mentor, be a mentor for themselves.

1) Romila Singh, Belle Rose Ragins and Phyllis Tharenou, “Who Gets a Mentor?”
2) Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In”

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How quickly and effectively raise the qualifications?

What are the MOOC courses?

MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Courses. Characteristic features of these  courses are as follows:
– those courses are online;
– they do not require fulfilment of any formal conditions for admission;
– they have no limit of participants;
– they are free (sometimes paid, but fees are not high);
– they do not get credits. In 2012. Several major US universities in

In 2012 several major US universities in co-operation width private companies started to make free online courses  open to an unlimited number of listeners (courses numbering 50 thousand of participants is apparently no exception). It was also assumed other private companies that work with academics and support conducting courses online. Currently, higher education institutions offering courses MOOC say that they will not grant a no credits, but only a certificate of completion. However, as with many issues concerning MOOC,  in the future, this may change.(1) 1)

1) MOOC –  massive open online coursesMichael Gaebel Library Foundation DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION SYSTEM





I also took several MOOC courses and I have to admit that they are addictive.

Sitting with a coffee at home, under a blanket with your loved dog on your knees you acquire knowledge from the greatest scientific authorities from such educational centres as Yale, STANFORD or Wharton Business School. what more could you want? Certificate! 

There are various options.

First, completely free and without any stress involved with a tight schedule, you can gain knowledge from many fields of science and a wide range of interests. However, we do not get in such a case, any certificates for successfully completed the course.

There is also a second option if you want to obtain a certificate for successfully completed the course, accredited by a given platform educational and scientific centre, you have to bear the cost of the certificate (prices are different – but on average do not exceed $ 50 for 6-8 week course). In addition to the fee is even require an examination learning progress. Every week course requires filling online test to check the level they have acquired in a panel of knowledge. The tests will look different depending on the college accreditation course. Mostly is a multiple choice test consisting of a dozen or so questions. Frequently we have to deal with a limited number of approaches to solving the test. To obtain a certificate from each week’s test in some courses also the final term paper must obtain a minimum of 70-80% of the points.

The training materials take the form of video lectures, often supported by reading additional articles and publications. In the description of the course, you can always find preliminary information on the lecturers, the expected time that you have to spend a week to learn and watch all lectures and outline the course.

In each course in at the same time, involving several thousand people from around the world. Each course has its own forum and you can make interesting contacts with people with similar interests, or from a similar industry, exchange contacts, opinions, questions related to the course. Training materials and videos are mostly in English, but more often appear subtitles in other languages.

The certificate can brag to your CV and social media profiles. Employers appreciate this form of training, because it is often more effective than paid training courses which are sent workers as they require greater involvement of their own, and the more they will be after them in our head.

The certificates look like this:

So, I warmly recommend you:


Coursera – Coursera currently offers more than 500 courses, for more than 4.4 million learners, involving 97 “global partners” and 10 US state institutions (global partners being US and international universities). Around half of the non-US higher education institutions involved are from Europe. Interestingly, practically all the universities that joined most recently are from outside the US, mainly from Europe and Asia. Coursera is making an effort to create critical mass and become the biggest player. It signed contracts with 10 big public US institutions supporting them in using MOOCs in undergraduate teaching. This would include a production of MOOCs, but also adaptation and use of existing MOOCs in blended and face-to-face teaching. Two institutions have already started to offer MOOCs. Reportedly, what attracts these public US institutions is not only the MOOCs concept as such but the fact that Coursera has developed a platform which allows for automatic (machine) assessment in a more sophisticated way than other existing platforms. Coursera has rapidly diversified its mission to include school and pre-school education, in that it aims at providing teacher training courses. In addition to university departments for education, its partners also include training centres for primary and secondary school teachers, museums, etc., among them the Commonwealth Education Trust.
Coursera website


edX – The edX consortium currently comprises 28 universities including the founders and owners of edX, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The edX consortium also includes 17 partner institutions from outside of the US: five European universities: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland), TU Delft (the Netherlands), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Université catholic de Louvain (Belgium), Technische Universität München (Germany), and 11 universities from India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Canada. There are currently 62 courses on offer in different areas, many of them interdisciplinary. edX offers certificates for successful completion of a course at no cost but does not offer course credits. Another interesting initiative which demonstrates the application of MOOCs is the collaboration between edX and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From 2014 on, edX will provide policy-oriented economics courses for government officials of IMF member countries. But edX leadership recently admitted that it has not decided yet what the main source of revenue will be. In this regard, is the most recent move to join forces with Google might not be too much of a surprise. It is still unclear what exactly this partnership will entail.
edX website


Udemy – portal supports online courses mainly in business, information technology, software use, design, art and sports. It encourages students to develop skills of personal and professional cost-effectively, flexible and more interesting than the traditional classes. The portal enables conducting the course MOOC everyone, website Udemy indicates that they are guided by the best specialists in the world, including the most popular writers of the “New York Times”, directors general, celebrities and professors from Ivy League. Not entirely clear whether these specialists are somehow selected and implemented if there is any quality management system – beyond the demand among users. Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors who previously predicted giants such sites as YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Groupon and Yelp (website Udemy). It gets also not high charges for some of the courses offered by them.
Udemy website


Udacity – a commercial company, co-founded by a professor at Stanford, who began conducting online courses in computer science in 2012. According to information available on its website, is a digital university, whose mission is the democratisation of education. To offer vocational education at a lower price to more people. The courses are free but sometimes are charged for certification. Udacity started a business through cooperation with Pearson VUE, a leading provider of electronic tests and final exams recognised by employers.
Udacity unfortunately, does not work with any university. However, the website stated that the company maintains close contacts with 20 companies in the sector of new technologies, such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter and that it is ready to work with companies of any size, provided that they have IT departments or are present in the network. It also offers students assistance in finding employment (Our mission is to offer direct employers and students.).
Udacity website


Futurelearn – founded at the end of 2012. As the first initiative referred to as the national and the first outside of North America, which, according to its website, will gather in one place and under one brand series of free open online courses conducted by leading British universities. The weekly “Times Higher Education” reported that the courses are expected to begin in the second half of 2013. Initially, Futurelearn
will be a capital company. Its owner is The Open University, which will also be financed. In the first edition, apart from The Open University, will attend another eleven other British universities (eight of the Russell Group, two of the 1994 Group and one unaffiliated). According to the weekly “The Economist”, are among them the University of Bristol, St Andrews and Warwick. In an article in the “Times Higher Education” emphasised that among the partners Futurelearn is not the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London or the Imperial College London. “The Economist” quotes representatives of the University of Oxford, who argue that the odds MOOC does not persuade them to any changes and they do not perceive them as anything but revolutionary in scale. While the representatives of the University of Cambridge announced that it is nonsense to perceive courses MOOC as a rival, because [this university] does not work in the field of online education. Criticism was also caused by the fact that universities were selected based on rankings (“Times Higher Education” 20.12.2012).
Futurelearn website

Further list MOOC organisers of courses are available at:

I encourage you to keep track of interesting websites you the university, many of them as I tried Grenoble Ecole de Management publishes on its website the MOOC courses nothing different of these platforms Coursera or Undemy. I wish interesting courses and unforgettable experience for all MOOC-sheep!!!!

New year is time to begin

What do you want to do with your life in the New Year 2017?

New Year’s resolutions is not a cliché. Many famous people from the world of business and science do it every year and try to keep their implementation. Even if our goals are repeated once again, there is no reason to resign. Not achieve anything if you stop trying!


©Magdalena Okońska

Today I decided to share with you a handful and useful information how to make it.

1. Visualise a map of the purposes

2. Look for a convenient form of control effects

3. Inspired spying resolutions of famous people

I gathered also some tips what is the best way to keep as long as possible New Year’s resolutions.

Here’s what to do:

1. Be realistic
Many people have a tendency to commit too ambitious, which makes the very beginning have no hope for their keeping. Psychologist Peter Herman found on this occasion a special name “false hope syndrome” – this is a recurring setting themselves unrealistic expectations, inability to implement and consequently repeated attempts to change them. Putting feasible goals is more motivating than developing and sentencing of up to fail.

2. Focus on the process, not the results
 Another problem for many of us is that we tend to set goals based on results rather than processes, investigations into the effect. Amy Cuddy – Harvard social psychologist explained to Tech Insider that if you do not achieve these results – many of which can be simply unrealistic – we can feel like a failure. So instead of determining their goals output (eg. a marathon), Cuddy is recommended to focus on the process that leads to this result. So if you want to take part in the marathon, you can set ourselves specific objectives for each week, month – extending the distance, improving fitness, and even if it does not succeed this year to run a marathon – it certainly adhering to its goals partial approach his achievements!

3. Set positive goals
Too often our resolutions may include changing negative habits and disadvantages, how overweight or poor finances. But this only reinforces negative feelings towards each other. So maybe it will be better if you concentrate on the positive things and you will enjoy their implementation, such as “learning to cook healthy homemade meals” – instead of “stop eating at fast food” or “sign up for a photography course” – instead of “will limit the time spent for browsing the Internet”. Check out these initiatives, which will make you enjoy and their side-effect will be to achieve “ulterior motives”. Finally, it is important to note that most of our provisions involve change and changes are always difficult. Psychologist Joseph Luciani notes in US News & World Report “every change involves friction and emotional stress”, and stress makes us more vulnerable to negative side effects.

Therefore, give yourself some slack and do not be too demanding for themselves in NEW YEAR !!!! Life is only one and you should always keep in mind when preparing the list of New Year resolutions.

I wish all of you Successful 2017!

Why I started this blog and what I plan to do with it.

Hi, world! It’s me!


My name is Agnieszka. You can see my full profile in social media LinkedIn, Facebook and Google + via links on this page.

I am a dynamic, outgoing and accomplished finance and regulatory compliance executive with a proven track record in overseeing all aspects of financial management and influencing the development of regulations in the energy industry. My expertise lies in leading organisations through transformation and planning and executing change strategies. I am skilled at mergers and acquisitions and have experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

I have a strong power of influence and excellent communication skills. People make the difference, every time, I am friendly and personable and effectively manage relationships with all stakeholders.

So, at the beginning of this year, I decide to create my own blog. Why? What for?

  • Because I have strong habits to help, other people to run their career and working life.
  • Because I have adult children, they start their working life and every day I observe how I can help them, or what problems they encounter.
  • Because I need a new challenge.
  • Because….

I’ll try to share with you: my thoughts, my ideas, my experience, maybe it will be useful for you, maybe not – we will see :).

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Before I’ll finish my first post, I would like to present you my own photographer
(my daughter) who is responsible for the most of the foto posted here.






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