Risk and Return

Colin Hall We are blessed to live in a paradoxical world. As my African friends taught me, there is a truth in the palm of my hand, but perhaps an opposite truth if I look on the back of my hand. This creates the privilege and gift of choice! One of the most common of
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To Get Ahead, Sit Down and Have a Chat

Pat Roberts Recently I was asked for executive coaching by a young man who had received a big promotion in a blue-chip company. He was feeling unsure about how to show up effectively in his new role and believed an executive coach would help him. I enquired about the conversations he had held with his
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Present and yet missing in action at workplace

Business Day Presenteeism, a phenomenon spreading across the globe, is a result of disengaged employees who present themselves at work, but do not actually complete or achieve anything. A global workplace survey shows that more than 60% of the workforce report that they are “not engaged”. They might be doing their jobs, but they are
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Hands up if you can say what your company’s values are

Lucy Kellaway A few weeks ago, I stood up in front of a group of managers from two dozen well-known companies and forced them to play a parlour game. In advance I had visited the websites of each of their employers and harvested a list of their values. I then read out the lists one
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A blast of common sense that frees us from appraisal farce

Lucy Kellaway Last week I did the most unexpectedly uplifting thing I’d done in ages. I was in need of cheering as I’d just sat through a documentary in which the brilliant, bulimic Amy Winehouse drinks herself to death — but never did I think I’d find such solace in a video clip showing the
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