Personal Effectiveness

Are you managing your boss?

11 Aug 2015 | Myra White

Your relationship with your boss is mutually dependent and requires careful management. That means you need to building a cooperative working relationship and understand your boss's needs and working style if you're going to make it work.

Confidence the key to successful negotiations

30 Jul 2015 | Brian Amble

Under-confident negotiators achieve a successful outcome in just one in five of the negotiations they’re involved in, new research has found.

Better stoned than multitasking?

14 Jul 2015 | Wayne Turmel

Multitasking, we’re told, makes you even less effective than you would be if you were stoned on marijuana. But how can you reduce the negative effects of gadget overload when most of your communication relies on technology?

Twelve ways to cure procrastination

16 Jun 2015 | Jurgen Wolff

The number one reason we often fail to achieve what we know in our hearts we could is procrastination. Here are a a variety of approaches to help you confront what can be a complicated beast.

When management meets emotional intelligence

05 Jun 2015 | Sandrine Frémeaux

The fine balance any emotionally intelligent leader has to strike is to take into account basic human needs without being tempted to institutionalise them. And the the most important element in this is the example set by a leader’s own actions.

Self-help or self-serving?

19 May 2015 | Sarah Alexander

Self-help in its various forms is a multi-billion dollar business. But it’s a house built on sand, peddling hugely over-simplified ideas that risk creating more problems than they solve. Here are some self-help sacred cows it would be better to out out to pasture.

Can you ignore your weaknesses?

26 Feb 2015 | Mike Roarty

Sometimes the best thing to do about a weakness is simply to ignore it. That might sound counter-intuitive, but if we explore the notion of strengths-focused leadership, the reasons quickly become apparent.

Quantum physics and quarky behavior

05 Jan 2015 | Kieran Hearty

If you want to understand some of the less acceptable aspects of human nature the answer may lie in quantum physics. But the same ‘quarkiness’ that explains bad behavior can also be used to energize and motivate those around us.

A gift from a stranger

15 Dec 2014 | Michael Jones

As we enter the season of celebration and gift-sharing, consider leaving a space at the table for the stranger: the one who communicates intangible gifts in the form of emotional truths about ourselves that we may not discover on our own.

Why it's good to bring your emotions to work

21 Nov 2014 | Roxi Bahar Hewertson

Emotions are an integral part of being human. Without emotion there is no energy and no action. So far from leaving them at home, emotions are critical to the success of an enterprise and need to be acknowledged, valued and understood - even the ‘inconvenient’ ones.

Power, corruption and testosterone

06 Oct 2014 | Brian Amble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.