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Why Being Openly Vulnerable is a Key Management Skill

When I started my first full-time job, I was told that the office manager was known as God. While this was partly a play on his name, it also reflected how senior people were viewed in those days. Many employees saw them as barely human and unapproachable, there to direct us and give orders rather than to listen and support us. Thankfully, things have moved on at least a little from that dreadful culture, but…

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Why Insisting That We Are All Leaders is Not Just Wrong, It is Dangerous

So much can depend on good leadership. You can put some of the best individual players of a sport together in a team, but it will likely still fail to reach its potential without strong and wise leadership from the coach and captain. Good leadership is equally important in the workplace and can make a world of difference in the performance and direction of an organisation. For many years, I have been told that “we…

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Why Being Autistic Can Be Exhausting

Modern life can be very tiring for everyone. The world moves incredibly fast, and the pressure to keep up can be relentless. Mobile technology has been a huge blessing in many ways, but it can also make it hard to escape and switch off unless you are super disciplined. But being autistic can add several extra layers of fatigue-inducing issues. There are many possible reasons for this, and, like almost everything about autism, they will…

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How Repeated Exclusion Grinds You Down

I hated physical education lessons at school. They were often outside in the cold and rain, and I was no good at them. But most of all, I hated any occasion when a captain picked a team, as I knew that I would always be among the last chosen. I cannot blame those doing the picking. They naturally wanted to build their best team, and I would never be a part of that. I would…

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Inclusion is About Choices, Not Changing Everything

A few people have commented on my posts recently that I want everyone else to change to suit my needs. If I have given that impression, I apologise because that is not how I feel or my intention. For me, diversity and inclusion is about providing options. I do not expect everybody else to be quiet constantly because I struggle with noise. However, I do not think that it is unreasonable to have the option…

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Five Things That Drive Employees in Big Organisations Crazy And How Managers Can Fix Them

Working in a big organisation can be challenging. There are often a myriad of issues, and perhaps the most frustrating thing is that many of them seem straightforward to solve. But year after year, they continue and often get worse. Here are five common problems employees face in big organisations and how senior managers can and should address them. The Boss Always Knows Best How often do you have changes imposed on you that cause…

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Why Stigma Around Mental Illness is So Damaging

It’s astonishing how certain misconceptions persist, even after they’ve been unequivocally debunked. This persistence is a stark reminder of the urgency of challenging these false beliefs. For example, if you put a frog in cold water and gradually heat it, it will jump out when it gets too hot rather than stay there while it boils to death. But more significantly, the belief of many that being mentally ill is a choice and a weakness…

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Why is Efficiency So Undervalued in Many Workplaces?

Henry Ford is generally credited with inventing the production line, though he really introduced the moving assembly line, which is slightly different. A production line, however, is widely regarded as an efficient way to make many different things. It allows for a streamlined process, reducing the time and effort required for each task, and often leads to increased productivity and cost savings. When it comes to manufacturing, most organisations embrace efficiency and are keen to…

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Why Perspective Can Be Key For Mental Health

A few days ago, I was watching Springwatch, a BBC show that highlights the glorious return of plants and animals to activity at this time of year. One of the highlights of the programme is always the live cameras on nests of eggs and chicks of a variety of bird species. But this week, tragedy struck. Just as the chicks in one nest were about to fledge and venture out into the world, the entire…

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