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The Compelling Case for Curiosity

The Compelling Case for Curiosity

Curiosity can be Compelling Did curiosity really kill the cat, or instead made its life successful? Curiosity—defined as a penchant for seeking new experiences, knowledge, and feedback and an openness to change.  Claudio Fernández-Aráoz et al. Maintaining our...
Victim of Circumstance?

Victim of Circumstance?

Victim of Circumstance I don’t mind fiction, however in High School, I felt that I had suffered a misfortune, in having to read Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  Set in the Depression of the 1870s in rural England.  Tess gets a raw deal in life, and...
Giving Others the Decision

Giving Others the Decision

Leading is Giving Others the Opportunity to Decide Think about what the challenge or opportunity is? How do our options look? What are the potential pitfalls? Is this our proposal? So, what is the best way forward? How do you see the implementation?   People have to...
Taming Our Talents

Taming Our Talents

Taming our Talents It is too easy to cut loose with our brilliance.  However, it always has a time and place.  We all have them, our areas where we shine.  These talents have two sides to them though, just like a coin.  There is a link to being self-aware, which is...
Email – A Career Timebomb?

Email – A Career Timebomb?

Email a Career Timebomb? I suspect that a fair amount of conflict at work starts with an email.  To be fair, we have all seen it, or been a part of it. Indeed, that human history is littered with misunderstandings from email, at least since its inception, that is. ...
Do Managers Overestimate their Impact?

Do Managers Overestimate their Impact?

Do Managers overestimate their impact? How often do you see someone proudly share their achievements, only to think that the work was completed by a team? It seems easy to bask in the reflected glory of group performance.  It is often expected, especially as ownership...
Interruption and Annoyance

Interruption and Annoyance

Interruption and Annoyance Context shifting can be rage inducing.  Many of us get emotional when interrupted.  For those interrupting us, it can be stressful if we have reacted badly before. When you focus on one particular type of task, challenge, or information set,...
Only the Paranoid Survive?

Only the Paranoid Survive?

Only the Paranoid Survive? In many fields of endeavour, if we are not looking over our shoulder, we should be. I know that this doesn’t sound like fun, however in sales as in competition, someone is ready to displace us. In Formula 1 Max is ready to displace Lewis. In...
Assuming Positive Intent

Assuming Positive Intent

Assuming Positive Intent Positive intent is an integral part of our modus operandi.  Our MO, an integral part of our approach to situations. But does our behaviour reflect this? Easy to forget if you work in a responsible role and at times, you might feel frequently...