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Stop Making ‘Busy’ a Dirty Word!

Stop Making ‘Busy’ a Dirty Word!

A couple of days ago, I rushed home from a meeting desperate to catch a few minutes with my daughters before their bedtime. As I walked into the house and heard them giggling in the garden with my husband, I jumped right out of my heels and…

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Here’s why the best candidate doesn’t always get that promotion!

Here’s why the best candidate doesn’t always get that promotion!

“Doesn’t make sense that he got the promotion and I didn’t. I have worked so hard over the years and everyone sees me as much more senior than him. What happened?” These are the words of Elizabeth*, a senior female leader who was gutted about missing out…

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Please, Not Another Team-building Event!

Please, Not Another Team-building Event!

  “I need my team to connect and work better together, but I really don’t want another team-building event! My team members all seem very self-centred and I want them to look out for each other, share best practices and just get along. The thing is I…

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Are You Fostering Collaboration or Unhealthy Competition on Your Team?

Are You Fostering Collaboration or Unhealthy Competition on Your Team?

Everyone knows a bit of competition can give you a buzz. It’s normal in the workplace for colleagues to compete with one another. When it becomes unhealthy competition, then it’s time to worry. Unfortunately, most companies still have systemic processes in place that kill collaboration. An example is…

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5 Signs You are Living Someone Else’s Dream

5 Signs You are Living Someone Else’s Dream

“I think I’m living my father’s dream”. That’s the response I got from Danny*, a Senior Vice President in Asset Management, when I asked his reason for signing up to our structured Career Change Programme. That’s no surprise. I have heard similar responses from other senior professionals in the…

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The Real Reason You Procrastinate And How to Stop!

The Real Reason You Procrastinate And How to Stop!

It’s June 2015. Half the year is nearly gone. Like most people, you probably set some intentions at the start of the year. Let’s check in. How are you doing? Are there goals you have been putting off which now look unrealistic? Or perhaps you could still…

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Is Conflict Avoidance Holding Your Team Back?

Is Conflict Avoidance Holding Your Team Back?

Are you getting increasingly frustrated by impromptu interruptions by team members who want to have a rant about other team members. You may be thinking this is clearly not what you signed up for. You did not spend tens of years training and working your way up…

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Unhappy at Work? Here’s Your Solution

Unhappy at Work? Here’s Your Solution

So you’re not happy. Your job sucks. Your creativity is stifled by the boss or colleague that feels threatened, or by all the unnecessary bureaucracy. You hate your boss. Your salary or your bonus is a joke. You dread Mondays and spend weekends feeling anxious about the…

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The Managers Survival Guide to Bonus Week

The Managers Survival Guide to Bonus Week

Wall Street banks are filled with anxious employees this week. I know this because I have spoken to a number of them and I used to be one of them. I remember those days clearly. However much we tried to convince ourselves that our bonus was not…

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Is Your Team Destined to Fail?

Is Your Team Destined to Fail?

You be the judge. Neuroscience teaches us that the human brain is a social brain. We are motivated by relationships, communication and collaboration. However, a lot of us are also motivated by status. In most organisations, ‘survival of the fittest’ still plays a dominant role – more…

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