Monthly Archives: May 2014


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May 2014

BEFORE LEADERSHIP: Creativity and Risk Taking

More often than not, when you read books and articles on leadership, you will hear leadership defined as the ability to create a vision, anticipate trends, walk the talk or be congruent in the way leaders live their values (value-congruence), empower and understand their own impact on others (self-understanding). But before these competencies can be realised, there are two factors that are critical to the...

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Are You Content in Your Work? Take The Test!

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May 2014

Are You Content in Your Work? Take The Test!

Are you content in your work? Take the test! You win enough money on the lottery to free you from ever having to work again. Would you carry on working anyway, or resign with relief at the first opportunity? Picture yourself in five years time. Do you still want to be in the same line of work, or does the thought fill you with horror?...

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The Passing of Time – Some Personal Thoughts

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May 2014

The Passing of Time – Some Personal Thoughts

People’s perception of the passing of time has been a topic of much debate amongst psychologists for decades. I am drawn to the view that we tend to remember new experiences or major incidents in our lives, positive or negative, much more vividly than mundane incidents or repeated experiences. As children, our lives are packed with new experiences, so we remember them as a slow...

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82% of Managers Have No Formal Management Qualifications

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May 2014

82% of Managers Have No Formal Management Qualifications

(Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Many managers start their careers as something else – accountant, engineer, sales executive etc – and at some point find themselves appointed as a manager. Most will be well qualified and experienced in the technical aspects of their role but will lack any formal management knowledge or training. Whilst this may not prove too much of a disadvantage at...

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Moral DNA

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May 2014

Moral DNA

As survey after survey has shown – too many people do not trust leaders and managers! The succession of scandals over the last few years such as mis-sold debt, PPI, rate fixing, MP’s expenses and the crises in the NHS and Police have done much to consolidate this mistrust. Some would argue that ethical standards have been over-ridden by perverse incentives which destroy rather than...

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