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Weathering stormy seas: how to deal with a hostile employee…

However painful it may be to deal with conflict, it’s obvious why disgruntled team members can’t be ignored. Not only does their own productivity drop, if their issues aren’t listened to or resolved, their unhappiness can start to affect their colleagues, too. Contention is not the nicest thing to have to deal with as a …

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The culture of personality vs. character: why do we like our leaders to be charismatic?

Does this make them a better leader? A better person? There’s no doubt that an ability to communicate helps, when leaders need to mould or steer their team, and, therefore, an extrovert personality seems ideally suited. But following on from my last post, it’s not a direct link that ‘he who shouts loudest, shouts the …

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Does brainstorming actually work?

In a recent post I suggested that certain qualities were perhaps underrated in today’s leadership ideal. In the post, I included Susan Cain’s argument that the world needs a balance of both introverts and extroverts (extraverts), that without the quieter amongst us, we wouldn’t have Google, the theory of gravity, Harry Potter or the PC. …

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Why you need to know how YOU work before you can lead a team

Continuing the ‘team’ and leadership theme, I’m focusing today on new (or existing) leaders spotting gaps they may have in their management skills… We’ve all heard the saying that people are ‘born leaders’, but in reality, this simply isn’t true. Leadership is a skill like any other. It happens fairly frequently in corporations: a team …

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How to ensure your teambuilding ‘away day’ is a success; follow my 5 top tips

Last week I brought up the subject of ‘away days’ – the teambuilding initiatives that claim to boost collaboration, morale and company culture for employees, managers or other groups of people. Without the correct foundations, vision or measure of these days, however, they can be wasted exercises, so here are my five top tips for …

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How to set out a successful C.V. – Part 2

Last week I demonstrated the best way to start a successful CV. This week I’ll go through the remaining sections, and explain what the employer will be looking for. If following my tips, you’ll have already covered your contact details, your ‘headline’/elevator pitch and your key skills and achievements. Now, let’s move onto the section …

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Compare Nelson Mandela and Alan Sugar: humility and inspiration versus charismatic delivery and strong opinions. Who would you consider to be the better leader?

 Though the majority of people reading this would assume Mandela’s model to be perfect for the workplace, it may surprise you that the stereotypical style of leadership – the confident, almost ‘pushy’ approach – is still one favoured by many. Labelled as ‘charismatic’, the talkative, extrovert manager is one likely to be more successful. Is …

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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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My tips towards a happy, healthy, effective work/life balance

Whilst technology and the ability to have a mobile office have made working easier it has also brought its problems. Being able to work anywhere and everywhere has left the decision of when to work firmly in the hands of the individual. Reports can be written during the commute; meetings can be held across oceans …

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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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