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Whatever Happened to Humility?

I have always struggled with job interviews. There are many reasons for this, but a key one is that I find it very hard to talk positively about my abilities. Early in my career, I sought to apply for a development scheme. A senior manager met me to discuss this and told me to tell them why I was the best. I floundered, as while I thought that I was suitable for the scheme, I…

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Can We Please Stop Terrifying People as a Marketing Tactic?

Avoiding marketing and adverts is impossible, short of living in a cave with no contact with the outside world for the rest of your life. This is probably the natural result of living in a free-market capitalist society. Everyone makes a living by selling stuff to other people, and to do that you have to let people know what you are selling and why they need it. Whether this is, the right way to live…

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Stop Saying You Care About Employees While Showing That You Don’t

I care about you deeply. Do you believe me? Possibly not, and with good reason. I have almost certainly done nothing at all to provide evidence of my care for you. I probably do not even know you, let alone have met you or have any knowledge or understanding of your situation and challenges. The more you consider my opening statement, the more ridiculous it is. Like all too much in modern society, it is…

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Why Differences Between Us Should Be Celebrated, Not Despised

One of the many issues that society faces these days is a lack of depth. So much of what is around us is superficial, with appearance not just the most important thing but the only thing. From leaders to marketers, celebrities to influencers, the image is king or queen. It matters little what goes on under the surface as long as others see you as you want to be seen. This is very unfortunate for…

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The Impact of School Bullying, 40 Years On

I cannot remember much about my time at school. This is partly because I am in my fifties and struggle to remember very much at all these days, but also because it was a generally miserable time for me. Who wants to remember all the details of when you were deeply unhappy? However, I do not need to remember the details. I still vividly remember how I felt, and that impacts me every day. Almost…

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Can An Autistic Person Have a Successful Corporate Career?

The legendary ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”  While it is true that you get nowhere without moving, I think that in many situations, things are a little more nuanced than this. When we follow a course of action, we like to believe there is at least some chance of success. If you ignore this, you end up in Einstein’s definition of insanity –…

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The Hidden Cost of Meetings

You would not get far as a carpenter if you only used a hammer for every part of a job. Nor would you succeed as a mechanic with only a single wrench. We have toolboxes and toolbelts because you need several different tools for almost any task. One of the most essential skills is knowing the right tool for each particular part of the job. Yet, in the corporate world, people think differently. The idea…

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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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