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December 19, 2017

#MTtalk: Your Highlights and Lessons from 2017

"A day without learning is like a day without breathing." – Robin Sharma As we approach the end of December, you may start to focus on the new year ahead. You're thinking about your goals, and how you're going to make the next 12 months better. But it's always useful to consider the things you […]

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November 30, 2017

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Find Out What It Means to Me)

You'd think that respect is a timeless value that needs no explanation. But there have been large shifts in what it looks like in the workplace over recent years. For example, not so many years ago, male managers would likely have expected to be addressed as "Mr.," while their team members might have accepted sexual […]

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November 2, 2017

The Seven Key Qualities of a Magnetic Leader

There are lots of reasons why talented people move from one job to another – more money, better opportunities, greater responsibility. But one key reason that is often forgotten is the appeal or "magnetism" that senior managers have to prospective employees. This is the idea behind Roberta Chinsky Matuson's new book, "The Magnetic Leader." In […]

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August 16, 2017

Your Top Tips: Favorite Workplace Apps and Software

Are there any apps that you just can't live without? Or a piece of software that you'd trust with your work life? Would you really cope if you lost your task management apps, or if you were disconnected from instant messaging? For some people, losing their favorite software would be like losing an arm – […]

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July 31, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Stay Safe Online

Keeping ourselves safe in the online world has never been more important, given the vast amounts of time that we spend pinging messages, checking our bank balances, buying products, and searching for information. We might be subject to malware attacks, hacks, and scams. And the growing "internet of things" has exposed us to even greater […]

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June 13, 2017

Coping With Restructuring – #MTtalk Roundup

"Change is the heartbeat of growth." – Scottie Somers Company restructuring is one of those topics that's easy to theorize about. However, it's quite different if it's your organization that's restructuring. Part of my preparation for this week's Twitter chat was looking at the Mind Tools forums (where members share challenges, ask for input on […]

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June 1, 2017

Drudgery: How to Take it Out of Your Day

If there is one thing that we all share in this life, it is recurring moments of drudgery. As universal as drudgery is, our tolerance for it varies. Sometimes we might actually look forward to it. And, if things aren't going right, the annoying processing of detail can help us to shed some light on what is […]

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May 4, 2017

Learning to Acknowledge Ignorance

On Earth Day this year, I found myself about three-quarters of the way through Yuval Noah Harari's book, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind." April's celebration of the planet featured a March for Science, held in more than 600 cities worldwide. The mission was to "communicate science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity [urging political leaders] […]

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March 22, 2017

Lively Debate Focuses on Learning Styles

You are not learning anything by reading this so I suggest that you stop right now. It's OK, I'm just joking. But I'm not the only one raising doubts about an accepted approach to how we learn. A group of leading academics in Europe and the US marked the start of international Brain Awareness Week on […]

March 7, 2017

#MTtalk: Coaching Skills for Managers

Recently, I wrote about a time early in my career when I was perfectionistic, impatient and difficult to work with. I also mentioned that I was fortunate enough to end up with a boss who spotted my potential and took the time to coach me. Today I'd like to tell you what he did and how […]

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