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Talk to the hand – or chat with a smile?

Task versus people focus – what does your company need? “Mei you!”* (No!) The voice, surprisingly shrill for someone who appears to be asleep, carries across the cavernous room. A blue-clad arm with white elbow protectors waves me away. The shop assistant’s head is not moving from its resting position…

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How to pull your teeth back from the edge

“She sets my teeth on edge.” “He makes my skin crawl.” “People like that make me sick.” Have you ever said that, or, being polite, thought that, about someone? I know I have. Why do we like or dislike people?…

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How to make your job offer irresistible

How you offer the job to your new recruit is vitally important. But why? Surely, finding the right person for the job is key, I hear you say. And it is, but think about it this way: while you might…

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Confessions of a Remote Worker

You’re trapped and rooted to your kitchen chair with a new worry line adorning your brow, courtesy of your new line manager. But where did the day go so horribly wrong? It’s Monday morning. The dog has hidden your mobile…

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Running late – straight into early redundancy

The world of Covid, the new normal, with its Zoom meetings, social distancing, and travel avoidance must be a godsend for people who are always late. Instead of having to struggle with cars, bicycles or public transport, all they have…

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Can I give you some feedback?

Is there really anyone out there who hears those word and thinks “oh goody, yes please”? If there is, you’re a much better person than me! Take this example, it was a long time ago – but I still remember…

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Of squinting cats and great leadership

It’s that tired old question: Can a chubby moggy with a befuddling squint and an inflated ego actually become a great leader? Working from home during lockdown has provided the perfect opportunity to really observe the behaviours of my three…

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Risk: your public speech is my 2000 metre drop

We all perceive risk differently. When you hear the words ‘bungee jumping’, what’s your immediate reaction? Do your fingertips and the soles of your feet start tingling with fear, or do you shout “hold my beer” and rush to the…

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Should businesses be more honeybee in the face of adversity?

I was listening to a news programme on the radio. One of the stories piqued my interest. Why indeed would honeybees resort to using animal dung to protect their hives? I was reminded of all the businesses that had to…

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