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September 16, 2021

I Just Met My Remote Team IRL! – Back in the Office After Lockdown

"it's not until you go into an office and see how it's decorated, the layout, the furniture, the kitchen, that you get a true sense of the company you've joined" – James Pritchard

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April 15, 2020

Unlocking the Power of Teamwork: Mind Tools Vs. the Escape Room!

It was certainly an unusual way to start a Wednesday morning! Four members of the Mind Tools Content team stepped into an office at the National Museum of Egyptology – and, moments later, they were locked in

February 15, 2018

Your Tips for Managing Personal Relationships at Work

Work is a huge part of our lives. Think about it: assuming that we work an average 39 hours a week, that's over 90,000 hours in a lifetime, or about a third of our lives! And, as the writer Annie Dillard once said, "How we spend our days is of course how we spend our […]

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January 22, 2018

Too Many Cooks: When Collaboration is a Recipe For Disaster!

You could feel the creative energy crackling around the room. Talented professionals brimming over with classy ideas, turning their thoughts into tautly-written TV masterpieces that would have the binge-watching masses transfixed and craving the next instalment. The Writers' Room. Yes, that was the answer. The way forward. The dream job. A "meeting of minds." The […]

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December 14, 2017

How to Deal With a Big Decision When the Boss Is Away

A big problem has somehow landed in your lap. Everyone's looking to you to make the final decision, the ripples of which will extend far beyond your little team. But the boss went on holiday with a clear "do not disturb" notice. What do you do? How Urgent Is the Decision? Is the boss's unavailability […]

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August 28, 2017

My Best Manager and My Worst... And What Each Taught Me

Strange but true: I had both the best and the worst managers of my career – so far – at the same company. Not only that, but they managed me one after the other. It happened at a time of huge change, as the organization underwent a major restructure. None of this, of course, helped the […]

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April 4, 2017

How My Amazing Stupidity Turned Fun Into Bad Behavior at Work

When I was an intern on a small-town newspaper, I found a perfect recipe for disaster... or at least some very bad behavior in the workplace. I didn't tweak the overnight lending rate to make billions of dollars, or plunder the pensions of my co-workers to buy a super-yacht. No, the ingredients for this particular act of folly […]

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December 15, 2016

Conform or Rebel - Which Is Wiser?

Are you a conformist or a rebel? I know that "either/or" questions are grossly unfair, and there are certainly many ideal locations between these two extremes, but it's a good place to begin a discussion. So, what will it be, conform or rebel? Kevin Spacey says it depends upon your age: “If you haven't turned […]

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July 18, 2016

Leadership: Rah, Rah! Uh-Oh!

Physically and psychologically, athletes can often exhibit all the signs of the classic "fight or flight" survival mechanism. In this energized state, they are ready to compete with strength, speed and endurance beyond their normal limits. That may not be news to you, but here's something that might be: a new book by L. Jon […]

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