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June 17, 2019

An estimated 1 million people demonstrate in Hong Kong against an extradition law, over 2 million scientists, teachers and workers are on strike and participate in over 20 marches in Brazil in protest to cuts to research and education, hundreds of thousands women in Sw...

April 26, 2019

How frustrating can it be when you express an idea that is not yet fully developed and people criticise it, doubt its merits, break it down before it was fully developed.  The frustration is there because you are still in the creative process and want to use the conver...

April 12, 2019

Few will argue that awareness and insight leads to better decisions as well as personal growth. We all need to regularly step back from our busyness to ensure a healthy work-life balance and prevent potential burn-out as well as so-called tunnelling, when we're only ab...

March 29, 2019

We all know that what people say is not always what people mean. That is not to say we are consciously beating around the bush, it often is because we haven't dug deep enough to know what we really mean and feel.

For example, when the feedback is that ‘communication’ ne...

March 15, 2019

"My team doesn't seem engaged", he said. Two companies had merged recently and he was put in charge of a newly formed unit. He had explained to his new team why the unit was there and what was expected of them, how he'd communicate, what meetings they'd have and when a...

March 1, 2019

It is the 3rd time that the client asked to postpone the web-ex to discuss the study results; another client says she has only 30 minutes to discuss the 2019 plans and then is 30 minutes late as she was held up in another meeting; we're trying to get 7 people together...

February 15, 2019

Diversity is challenging and even challenged. Fast solutions are often preferred to best solutions that may take a bit longer to formulate or implement.  This African proverb says it all: "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together".

Cross...

February 1, 2019

Two web seminars this week produced the following poll results amongst the attendees:

  • 75% typified the leadership style in their organisation as ‘command and control’;

  • 40% believe that coaching is remedial;

  • Over 50% use an annual appraisal format whilst ‘o...

January 18, 2019

Two articles I read this week stand out, one about the importance of psychological safety when working in teams and one on transformation when new in role.

We know from previous research that diverse teams with a blend of different approaches, perspectives, backgro...

January 4, 2019

In theory, feedback is an effective way of learning and improving. In practice, even when well intended, we respond emotionally to criticism which makes it difficult to improve ourselves and others. Whilst feedback from your boss is often interpreted as an evaluation,...

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