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The fear of not knowing

14 Feb 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Many of us over-emphasize how much we know and feel that not knowing something is unacceptable. When was the last time you admitted that "I don't know" and felt completely at ease with saying it?

The truth about change

06 Feb 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
The reason change so often fails is that we resist letting go of old ideas and beliefs. But you cannot change and remain the same. Change means the letting go of the old and encouraging something new to develop. And that's as true for organizations as it is for individuals.

Collusion, culture and bad management

23 Jan 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Does your workplace have a culture of collusion? Are you happy to turn a blind eye to the misdeeds to ensure a quiet life? If so, beware. Collusion is a progressive drug. We need to lie and collude more and more to maintain that false feeling of emotional safety

Do narcissists make good leaders?

17 Jan 2014 | Brian Amble | News
Vision, confidence and pride in one's own accomplishments are all desirable leadership traits. But they're also signs of a narcissist. Which is why a new study has tried to come up with a definitive answer to the question: do narcissists make good leaders?

Embracing change

15 Jan 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
We've all heard the expression "change is the one constant in life." Every day we experience change in some way. But for many, change is unsettling, bringing with it feelings of insecurity, instability and disharmony - fears that can all be overcome.

Spot a narcissist by how much they tweet

13 Jan 2014 | Brian Amble | News
With narcissism a growing problem in the workplace, new research has revealed some tell-tale signs of this toxic behavior. Narcissists, it seems, like to tweet and are keen to make their mark Facebook.

Finding inner peace in 2014

30 Dec 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Far from being at peace, many of us seem to go through life in a state of conflict, agitation, upset, stress or overwhelm. Here are some ways to change that and start finding some inner peace in 2014.

Emotional intelligence or emotional maturity?

26 Nov 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Much of the talk about the importance of emotional intelligence is missing the point if we fail to deal with the root causes of our emotional reactivity. In fact it's not emotional intelligence that really matters, but emotional maturity.

The need to please

21 Nov 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
People who are always trying to please others seldom do. In fact more often than not, their behavior is counter-productive. So what about you? Are you a people-pleaser?

Why is gossip such a tough habit to quit?

11 Nov 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
We often forget that gossip is a form of workplace violence and under-estimate the harm it can do. But why is gossip so pervasive and such a tough habit to quit? Peter Vajda investigates.

Autumn brainstorm: self-discipline and anxiety

31 Oct 2013 | Jurgen Wolff | Opinion
If you think you have an issue with self-discipline, read on. Because the real problem may be something else. And if daily annoyances see your anxiety levels shooting up, here's a simple remedy to help you regain your equilibrium.

The moment I wake up

25 Oct 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
When we wake up in the morning, there is a nano-second between the moment we regain consciousness and the moment the thinking kicks in. It's a moment that reveals much about us. But have you ever tried exploring it?

Substance vs form

21 Oct 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
One of life's most important personal growth experiences is discovering the difference between form - the outer self - and substance - the inner self.

Entitlement-minded staff more likely to accuse their boss of abuse

18 Sep 2013 | Brian Amble | News
Employees who exhibit signs of "psychological entitlement" - an unjustified sense of their own importance and ability - are more likely to say that their bosses are abusive than co-workers who don't share the same mindset, new research has found.

Why men really feel threatened by successful women

02 Sep 2013 | Brian Amble | News
It's often said that many men have a problem with successful women. Well, here's why. According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, a woman's success undermines her partner's sense of self-esteem and trigger men's fears that she will ultimately leave him.

The fear of closing doors

07 Aug 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Do you wear "crazy-busy" as a merit badge? Have you ever thought that it might be a good idea to slow down and not try to keep every possible option open? Or does that thought fill you with dread that you'll miss out on something?

Talk, talk, talk

26 Jul 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
One of the most irritating elements of work is not just the number of unnecessary meetings,but the incessant, aimless talk that never seems to go away and seldom leads anywhere. It's rather like endlessly moving the furniture around in a room.

How to survive a toxic workplace

22 Jul 2013 | Linnda Durré | Opinion
Like anything poisonous, a toxic workplace can quickly make you sick. So is your workplace toxic? What about your boss or your co-workers? And if you think you're caught in a toxic workplace, what can you do about it?

Engagement, motivation and personality type

16 Jul 2013 | Brian Amble | News
Engagement and productivity depends on an individual's high-order goals being aligned with the characteristics of their job. And as new research suggests, if someone's personality doesn't fit their job requirements, they will not be motivated by external factors, no matter how tasty the carrot or painful the stick.

The benefit of the doubt

14 Jul 2013 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
When you mess up or miscalculate, do you tend to point to some external factor as an excuse rather than admit you were at fault? But when someone else messes up, how often do you point to some flaw in their character as the reason they behaved as they did?

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