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Power, corruption and testosterone

06 Oct 2014 | Brian Amble | News
A new study from the University of Lausanne has revealed that the old cliché is true. Power does corrupt. What’s more, it is almost addictive, with even previously-honest individuals succumbing to its allure.

Keep on keeping on

19 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
It isn’t motivation that spurs us on to change, improve ourselves or to live an extraordinary life. Motivation is too transient for that. The most powerful energy is force of will, the staying power to keep on keeping on even when our motivation is absent or at a low ebb.

Author, heal thyself

15 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Why do some people always seem to need to run other peoples' lives? Why do they prefer to tell others how to live their lives rather than getting to know themselves? And how can they close the book on other peoples' lives and start to author the book of their own?

What’s stopping you from healing?

25 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Many people claim they want to ‘heal’. In reality, however, what they’re actually looking for isn’t healing, it’s simply a quick-fix that can reduce their pain and suffering. That’s an important distinction, because true healing can be both challenging and threatening.

Do you always need to be right?

11 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Many people feel that they always have to be right. What's more, they also have a need to prove that others are wrong. So what's the reason for this 'I’m right, you’re wrong' dynamic? And what would happen if we let go of it?

Now is all there is

04 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Do you live in the moment or are you always waiting for a future that might never arrive? The thing is, ‘now’ is all there is and if you don’t appreciate that, you’re missing out on your life.

Silencing your inner critic

18 Jul 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Inside every one of us there is a little voice that criticizes, judges and shames us, telling us that we’re deficient, bad or wrong. It’s merciless, damaging and it needs to be silenced.

10 beliefs that hold you back

20 Jun 2014 | Gary Cole | Opinion
We all suffer from limiting beliefs that impact our effectiveness. In our professional lives, these limiting beliefs can cause a chronic, sometimes very acute, malaise. Here are the most common - and some ways to go about dismantling them.

A lesson in commitment

05 Jun 2014 | Jayne Storey | Opinion
The Monks of Japan's Mount Hiei undertake 1000 days of walking meditation, covering up to 52 miles day fueled by nothing more than tofu and a Zen Buddhist approach to goal achievement. That's an achievement we can all learn from.

Whose success is it anyway?

09 May 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
Most of us aspire to succeed. But what does that mean? It's no use trying to emulate somebody else's idea of success. Being successful requires a conscious exploration of what success means to you. It's far more than just achieving results.

Sycophants and psychopaths

05 May 2014 | Peter Vajda | Opinion
The more change and uncertainty there is out there, the more fun life is for the psychopaths that haunt our workplaces and the sycophants who encourage and feed off them.

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?

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