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Who holds the power to improve your job? Part 1

Of all the principles in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Habit 1: Be Proactive” is particularly useful if you’re feeling frustrated,  demotivated or defeated in your worklife. Covey recommends that you examine what you can do instead of focusing on things over which you have no real control. First, notice all your concerns. […]

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Is your job giving you blisters?

I’ve been thinking about shoes a lot recently (well, most of the time if I’m honest….) and when I read an article by psychiatrist Edward Hallowell about how to tell if your job is a good fit it made me wonder whether people would wear their job every day if it was a pair of […]

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Us and Them

According to author Daniel Pink, Former U.S. Labour Secretary, Robert B. Reich, would use a “pronoun test” when he visited an organisation to find out how engaged the employees he spoke to were. Reich concluded that an employee who uses “we”  rather than “they” feels more integrated within the company, identifies him or herself more […]

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Natural Progression

Last year a study by Harvard University’s professor of business administration Teresa Amabile and researcher Steven J. Kramer, delivered such surprising news it was touted as one of the Harvard Business Review’s “breakthrough ideas for 2010.” More than 600 managers from many different companies were asked to rank the impact on employee motivation and emotions […]

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Getting to know you…

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), managers who strike a correct balance between support and autonomy with  their staff could see employees “go the extra mile”. The research found that Managers that provide guidance, feedback and an the appropriate level of empowerment are “key”. OK……so don’t micro manage people and don’t […]

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Does your Sunday Night Syndrome start on Friday?

Picture the scene, it’s Sunday afternoon and you’ve had a great weekend.  You’ve re-charged your batteries, caught up with some jobs around the house  and  hopefully spent time doing some things you really enjoy. You probably feel slightly fed up that the weekend has gone so quickly but  make sure that you do something relaxing […]

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The Power of Why

For many of us there is a particular moment in our working lives when we start to question what we are doing.  We revisit the insistent question beloved by the unrelenting three year old inside us, “Why?”. We have moved on from the wonderful innocence of questions such as  “Why is the sky?” and “Why […]

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What does waking up at work mean to you?

Perhaps you’re remembering that horrible moment, when…. you’ve just been “resting your eyes” in a  rather long presentation and…you jerk awake, suddenly aware that a gentle snore or a nodding head has betrayed you and all eyes are upon you. Maybe it conjures up an image of a herd of commuters trudging zombie-like to the […]

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