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October 30, 2011

Dealing with cultural permafrost

Permafrost is soil that is frozen. The top thin layer will thaw during the summer, flowers can bloom, but the underlying permafrost stays the same, year in and year out. Is your work culture like this, frozen solid? It is the climate that keeps the permafrost in place. How can you change the climate sufficiently

October 23, 2011

Are you the enemy?

I saw this quote the other day, and it got me thinking... "So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." Peter Drucker Think of the people who manage you. What do they do, or insist that you do that gets in the way of you getting your

October 21, 2011

HR Magazine article: Aligning performance management with business strategy

In challenging economic times, amid market volatility, certainties are thin on the ground. But when the going is tough, one thing we can be sure of is that employers will need to maximise the return they get from their staff. Paul Matthews is interviewed by HR Magazine: ...cracking the whip can be counterproductive. It is

October 16, 2011

How to look good in jeans

Changing what you have, comes from changing who you are. And changing who you are comes from changing what you think. Because changing what you think, ultimately changes your words, your actions, the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch, the places you visit, the friends you hang out with, and yes,

October 9, 2011

Getting on top of your to-do list

Long to-do lists are often a big challenge for many of us. Most people I've asked feel de-motivated and overwhelmed when they look at a list any longer than 10 different tasks. One of the problems with long lists, whether at home or work, is that the longer the list, the more likely we are

October 2, 2011

How to handle criticism

Steven K Scott wrote that every criticism contains water, sand and gold. The water is the 'noise' in the criticism – the words that carry the message but don't say much in and of themselves. The sand is the bit that stings – the part of the criticism you find virtually impossible not to take