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Managers/Executives: Are you confusing your staff with your body language?

Statistics have shown that 50% of what we say to people isn’t communicated through our speech but through our body language. That means, without understanding how your posture, non-verbal gestures, eye contact, etc. influence those you’re speaking to, you’re at risk of them only comprehending you half of the time. What is non-verbal communication?   …

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Are pay rises a thing of the past?

It’s an understatement to say the recession has changed the economic landscape of the country. Whilst most people may think of personal savings, the rising cost of living and cuts in public spending are elements that will take years to dissipate or improve; few would expect their wages to take the same long-term approach. Leading …

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We all have the same 24 hours: do you find yourself continually wishing there were ‘more hours in the day’?

I recently read a fascinating article about Harriet Green, the CEO of Thomas Cook, and someone who gets by on just four hours of sleep per day. Amazingly, this is not detrimental to her performance; like Margaret Thatcher during her career, Harriet positively thrives on such little sleep. Scientists recommend we get an average of …

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Employers’ bereavement policies: A step in the right direction, or the wrong approach?

It can be devastating when an employee suffers loss: devastating to them as a person, and to the part they play in the company. Lack of focus can prove hazardous in some roles; at the very worst, it can lower productivity and it can even have an affect on colleagues in the same workplace.   …

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Sex and the….Workplace?

Last week I talked about the negative effects that can arise from a lack of boundaries in the workplace. This week I want to discuss the subject of friendliness on an even more intimate scale: dating co-workers. The television show ‘Sex and the City’ shone a light on our more accepting views of relationships outside …

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Can a manager be a friend as well as an authority to staff in the workplace?

As an employee, it can be good to class the people you spend eight hours a day with as friends, rather than just colleagues – if only so the day passes by more pleasantly and team spirit stays strong. However, do you think the opposite is advisable for executives, supervisors or team managers? Boundaries are …

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Change models and processes…and keeping your inner saboteur on his toes

Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken about ‘change’, and how best to approach it. Change is a necessary part of life, and though it may be scary to move away from the familiar, it helps us to progress and learn, to overcome obstacles, and to open ourselves up to new opportunities. Today, I want …

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The saying ‘old habits die hard’ is true. Change cannot happen overnight, as Prochaska shows…

Snap decisions and half-hearted resolutions never work out. Changing something intrinsic in your life will need a serious amount of commitment and planning for its effect to remain. This is no more apparent than in the workplace: overnight, forced change will invite uproar. However, change can be implemented effectively and successfully. Last week I talked …

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How change should be implemented in the workplace, according to Bridges, Lewin….and Angela Sabin

Last week I spoke about people’s reactions to change, and how – if change is not correctly managed – the most common reaction is knee-jerk suspicion or fear of the unknown. Change isn’t complicated; it can actually be quite simple. When changes are not spelled out, visualised or detailed, our minds are quite capable of …

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Order! Order! The role of the Chairperson in meetings

Just as meetings can vary in length, formality and purpose, the role of the chair can fluctuate, reflecting the needs of the occasion. In meetings with many attendees, or where there are lots of different topics to be considered, a chairperson helps greatly to keep the meeting on track – stepping in if the debate …

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