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How to use story telling to inspire your team

Our minds love stories, some social psychologists believe it’s a major contributor to our evolution over other animals. The use of stories and fables to teach and pass on important information through generations is well documented. It has prevented us as a species having to re learn skills that have already gone before, important when our average life span was only 35 years...

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When is training and development complete waste of time and money?

If you are responsible for learning and development in your organisation it’s important to make sure you are making an investment in this, rather than it being a cost. Training and development is not a panacea to solve every organisational issue and while people are in training, they are not doing their day job...

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When to Mentor and when to Coach

It’s a common cause of confusion for leaders and managers; what’s the difference and does it even matter? Isn’t it just helping people? It’s important to know the difference because it helps set expectations for the people you are helping...

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Is a good work life balance even achievable?

It’s tough when you feel pulled in different directions, unable to spend time doing the things you want to. Building a good work life balance is a very personal thing because we are all different - to some people sitting on a beach is relaxing - to some it is the very definition of boredom! ...

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How do you work with Power motivated people?

Have you ever wondered why the projects that excite you don’t seem to appeal to other people? Why some people love certain elements of their job that other people hate? Why ‘motivational’ talks inspire some people and turn off others?...

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Head in the Clouds: How to deal with team members who get carried away with their own ideas

Recently training a team of senior Architects they were talking about how in such a creative industry, dealing with team members who get carried away with their own ideas can disrupt projects by going off brief, overriding agreed decisions and not working as part of a team...

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The dark side of nice and friendly team members

If you work in a warm and friendly team environment, the chances are you have a number of affiliation driven people in your team. Harvard Psychologist David McLelland defined three primary motives that drive people Power, Achievement and Affiliation which are the key to understanding behaviour in the workplace...

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Coaching Case Study - Working with arrogant behaviour

Sandra leads a team of Project Managers for a leading IT software development company. An experienced IT developer, she was promoted 5 years ago because of her ability to deliver projects on time and on budget, her ability to control the project management process was particularly impressive...

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