Ask your team a 3,000 year-old question

Wayne Turmel | 22 Jun 2018

If you're mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.

Culture fit vs. authenticity

David Livermore

Authenticity - being yourself - can sometimes collide with organizational values. So how far should any of us be expected to give up our authentic preferences for the sake of an organizational purpose?

Nine habits that build trust

John Blakey

There’s a lot more to trust than just delivering on your promises. In fact, doing what you say you will do is only the basic entry-level requirement if you want to inspire trust in those you lead.

Managing risks in a hyper-connected world

Rod Collins

As we all know, risk is a fact of life. But as the world becomes more connected, new risks have emerged that demand new tools to mitigate them and to thwart a new generation of threats.

What can be done about bullies at work?

Manfred Kets De Vries

Workplace bullying is a silent epidemic that causes a host of psychological and physical health problems. So why is addressing the problem and stamping out bullying such an uphill battle for everyone involved?

The mortar in a project's wall

Wayne Turmel

What holds a wall together is the mortar between the bricks. And what holds a project together is the effective, clear and proactive communication between individuals.

Shut up first, talk later

Wayne Turmel

On team conference calls, it can sometimes seem almost impossible to get people to contribute or share information effectively. Here’s how you can change that.

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Wayne Turmel

Why virtual presentations need an outline

Wayne Turmel

Presenting online is not like presenting face-to-face. And if there's one thing you need to do to make a virtual presentation work, its to create an outline - and then to use it.

Myra White

Job hunting in hard times

Myra White

When times are tough and jobs are scarce, it is important to be strategic in how you look for a job. Flooding the market with your resume is an exercise in futility. Instead, you need to follow the money and know how you can increase an employer's bottom line.

Marcia Xenitelis

Five ways leaders can communicate change

Marcia Xenitelis

No matter what the issue - be it a merger, acquisition or and organizational crisis - there are five key ways that a CEO can communicate with employees and achieve positive outcomes each time.

Brian M. Sullivan

Leadership vs Management

Brian M. Sullivan

Many people think of leadership and management as interchangeable. But as this 20-year veteran of the executive recruitment industry and now CEO of an executive search firm argues, there is a vast divide between them.

Earlier opinion

Open questions, open communication

Wayne Turmel

Working remotely, we just don't get any of non-verbal signals we see in a meeting room. That's why asking open questions is one of the most critical skills the manager of a remote team can possess.

Take your team from 'me' to 'we'

Doug Upchurch

Understanding why other people operate the way they do is fundamental to any effective team. That's why one of the keys for teams wanting to unlock their success and come together in pursuit of a shared goal is individual self-awareness.

Passing on the skill of ageing

Janet Howd

Western societies need a new attitude towards ageing. Because if we continue to sideline and box-in people after their so-called retirement, the cost of containment will bankrupt us all.

Seven ways to assess your perspective taking

David Livermore

You can’t motivate people or negotiate effectively without perspective taking - being able to step outside our own experience and consider something from another person’s point of view.

Moving beyond the hazards of human bias

Rod Collins

Human beings can be both blind to the obvious and blind to their blindness. So the great promise of Artificial Intelligence is that it can move us move beyond the limits of our human biases.

Tapping into the power of oratory

Janet Howd

When you're preparing to give a presentation, have you ever stopped to consider that what's going on in the back of your mind is likely to have a big impact on its chance of being a success?

Spanning the boundaries that limit organisational innovativeness

Yves Doz

Multinational organisations span many boundaries - geographic, cultural and institutional. So key to their effectiveness is the ability to bridge these divides while retaining their diversity and local uniqueness.

Digital transformation: from worker to gamer

Rod Collins

Digital transformation is likely to bring with it a dramatic reduction in traditional employment. But will also see the emergence of a radically different economic role: that of the gamer.

Office politics when you're not in an office

Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. Understanding organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’.

Leadership Is a journey, not a destination

Ian C. Woodward

Whether you are a leader of today or tomorrow, thinking consciously about leadership is essential. Every context requires different talents and skills, so leaders must learn to adjust themselves along the way.

The human-machine symbiosis

Rod Collins

Machines are becoming more humanlike. But rather than posing a threat to mankind, could this reformulation of the human-machine symbiosis spark a renaissance of humanity?

Are you managing your boss?

Myra White

Your relationship with your boss requires careful management. You need to building a cooperative working relationship and understand their needs and working style if you're going to make it work.