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May 23, 2019

Why Incompetent Leaders Get Ahead: Our Expert Interview With Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic

In his provocatively titled new book, “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?", Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic boldly presents the case for a causal link between gender and competence. Fortunately, he also tells us what to do about it. This debate centers on the relationship between competence and confidence. Visible self-confidence is more common in men […]

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March 8, 2019

How Women Rise at Work and What's Holding You Back

Before you click away – because you're not a woman, or because you are and you don't like to be stereotyped – give me a chance to convince you that it's worth your while reading on. Actually, I'll let Sally Helgesen do it, because these ideas come from her book, "How Women Rise: Break the […]

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March 7, 2019

What Does Trust Mean to You?

Fake news, corporate data scrapes, phishing emails… They're all contributing to an epidemic of mistrust sweeping across the world. But is this lack of trust healthy? Well, no. Whether it’s keeping your word, confiding in someone, working as a team, or delivering on time, trust is the glue that holds things together. But trust takes […]

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January 17, 2019

To Delegate, Or Not to Delegate? Your Top Tips!

Knowing how to delegate effectively is one of the most powerful strings to a manager's bow, so why do we struggle with it so much? We know that delegation gives us more time to focus on other, perhaps more important tasks. We know that it helps others to develop new skills and to enjoy more […]

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December 6, 2018

Putting the "Human" Back Into Human Resources

In recent years, artificial intelligence and robotics have been hailed as efficiency boosters in all kinds of situations. But, while there's no doubting the helpfulness of new technology, where does it leave the human? Should we become more robotic ourselves, or is it better for us to focus on areas that are out of reach […]

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November 29, 2018

Humor in the Workplace: Not a Laughing Matter!

"When people say to me, 'Would you rather be thought of as a funny man or a great boss?' my answer's always the same: to me, they're not mutually exclusive." – David Brent, philosopher, philanthropist and motivational speaker (BBC TV's "The Office")   A horse walks into a bar… Anyone concerned that the punchline might […]

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November 27, 2018

Perseverance and Persistence – #MTtalk Roundup

"We are not born with abilities. This comes from practice, persistence and perseverance." – Debasish Mridha, American physician and author About This Week's Chat We moved into a new house recently, after having lived in an apartment for nine years. Long before the move took place, I told my husband that as soon as the […]

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October 11, 2018

Ethical Leadership and Doing the Right Thing

Have you ever noticed how decisions are so much harder when you try to do the right thing and make an ethical decision, rather than focusing on what's easiest or most practical? This is mainly because "the right thing" means different things to different people. It's like carving jello. Priorities shift and the decision wobbles, […]

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August 9, 2018

The Rise of Younger Bosses

My friend Mitch was recently promoted to restaurant manager, and we're all really proud of him. He's a natural leader, people-focused, caring, and he's worked hard to get to where he is today. But there's this one guy on his team who he's really struggling with. Let's call him Dave. Dave is in his late […]

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August 2, 2018

Your Top Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Promotion

You've been working hard for months, putting in the extra hours, and taking on additional tasks. You can see several opportunities for promotion, and you really feel that you deserve that step up. But nothing seems to be happening. Your career feels like it's hit a bit of a plateau. Sadly, working hard and having […]

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