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Wayne Turmel | 06 Jun 2024

For people working remotely, an internal re-organization or an external buyout can be especially disconcerting and confusing.

How to lead with questions in cognitively diverse ways

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Questions can be powerful leadership enablers. So it is worth taking time to understand the art of asking the right questions and creating a questioning culture when leading others.

Pause and allow

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Being 'busy' is normally seen as a positive thing. But being busy has a dark side - stress, poor sleep, never having enough time to stop and think. So how can we learn to be effective without becoming overloaded?

Are America and Europe returning to the office in the same way?

Wayne Turmel

It has been four years since Covid caused a seismic change in how and where people work. But are North America and Europe handling this trend in the same way? The evidence says not.

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Working remotely can be great, but it can also be isolating, especially on those days when youíre lacking motivation or just canít seem to get to grips with what needs to be done.

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Amid the ongoing labour shortage in the UK's hospitality industry, one positive sign is that the sector is attracting a growing number of over-50s workers, who now make up over a third of its workforce.

What to do if hybrid isnít working

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