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June 21, 2023

What Makes a Good Leader?

It's the age-old question senior members of the team always ask themselves... "What makes a good leader?" and "Am I one?" Speaking from personal experience, it's a tricky question to answer. I've had great leaders. Ones that have inspired me, guided me, and from whom I've learned a great deal. They're the ones that listened […]

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December 21, 2022

5 Human Skills That Will Help You Get Ahead in 2023

Mind Tools' own Campaign Manager Helen Essex takes a look at five key human skills that will help you succeed in 2023.

April 29, 2021

Lessons in Listening: My Expert Interview With Captain Mark Brouker

U.S. Navy captain Mark Brouker talks about his new book and the six critical leadership behaviors that he believes will make us better leaders

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September 24, 2020

Five Steps to Empowering Others: Our Expert Interview With Frances Frei

Do you feel empowered at work? Inclusion expert Frances Frei shares her framework for unleashing the best in people.

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August 27, 2020

The Power of Gratitude: Our Expert Interview With Adrian Gostick

In our latest Expert Interview podcast, author and consultant Adrian Gostick tells us why everything gets better when gratitude gets better

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April 28, 2020

Being a Leader When You're Not in Charge – #MTtalk Roundup

It's Monday morning. Everything is silent, but for the snippets of birdsong that wander in through the open window. It feels weird, because even small towns like the one I live in have traffic on Friday afternoons and Monday mornings. But

September 26, 2019

Time to Ditch Our Workplace Myths: Our Expert Interview With Ashley Goodall

From the title of his book, “Nine Lies About Work,” I expected my conversation with Ashley Goodall to reveal a few uncomfortable truths about work. Instead, I was met with a parade of radical, fresh ideas for managers who want to do things differently and better. A senior leader at Cisco, Goodall collaborated with bestselling author Marcus Buckingham on his book, subtitled […]

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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May 3, 2018

From "Bestie" to Boss: Managing Friends and Keeping Them

If you were offered a promotion, you'd take it, right? Most of us would. More money, more responsibility, more kudos, more influence… career success! Who wouldn't want that? But becoming a manager isn't always that easy. Yes, you've taken a step up the career ladder, but now it's not just you that you have to […]

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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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