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Why a Tie? 7 Brilliant Reasons

– 7 modern functions of a tie – Look cool, conquer worlds – Convey the right signals When I wrote for the fashion magazine Men’s Style Australia, lots of young dudes would ask, why a tie?  That is, what’s the point, purpose or principle of wearing neck ties?! Guys, it’s simple.  Your necktie is the single, … Continue reading

Everything You Want to Know About Psychometrics (But Were Afraid To Ask!)

It was 444 BC when Empodocles noticed that people seemed to act in 4 distinctly different ways.  Ever since, we’ve been trying to figure out – and predict– how people behave. For 26 years I’ve used psychometrics to predict performance.  So whether you’re a candidate taking one or an HR professional administering one, here’s everything you … Continue reading

The Only Management Advice You’ll Ever Need

He went from playboy to poster boy for the US Treasury. He was a superstar (with drugs and groupies!) of his time. He was a renowned scientist and famed diplomat (and boudoir legend during his time as US Ambassador to France). He was also chubby, bespectacled, balding and ineloquent. So how can a dude who … Continue reading

4 Differences Between Leaders and Managers

Leaders and Manages aren’t the same. John Kotter analysed the difference between leadership and management in business, in his book A Force For Change. He noted that “good management brought a degree of order and consistency to key dimensions like the quality and profitability of products. “Leadership… [however] …does not produce consistency and order…; it produces movement.” (p. 4).  His research … Continue reading

4 Differences Between Leaders and Managers

Leaders and Manages aren’t the same. John Kotter analysed the difference between leadership and management in business, in his book A Force For Change. He noted that “good management brought a degree of order and consistency to key dimensions like the quality and profitability of products. “Leadership… [however] …does not produce consistency and order…; it produces movement.” (p. 4).  H His … Continue reading

8 Lessons Learned in Combat That You Can Apply Right Now

Dr. Duff Watkins Love them or hate them, the US military knows how to solve big, tough problems. For example, maintaining supplies lines across 500 miles of war torn Iraq is not easy.  But the US Army’s 812th Transportation Battalion does it. Here are 8 lessons learned in combat that you can apply now to your business. … Continue reading

Ladies, Is Your LinkedIn Photo Costing You?

How Overexposure = Underpaid and 5 Ways to Boost Your Credibility Clothes make the person.  Naked people have little or no influence. – Mark Twain Ladies, would you rather be seen as serious or sexy? Be promoted or picked up? Are you headed for the boardroom or the backroom? Judging by your photos on Linkedin, some of … Continue reading

Employing People? Flip a Coin!

Hiring is Less Accurate Than Flipping a Coin If you’re employing people in the traditional manner, you’re better off flipping of coin.  The odds are better. Why is executive hiring so chancy? A case study from the book, You’re Not The Person I Hired!: A CEO’s Survival Guide To Hiring Top Talent (Boydel, Deutsch, Remillard) illustrates the … Continue reading

Your Organisational Crutch (…and how to get rid of it)

See this chair? It’s an organisational crutch. A makeshift, temporary, poor, pseudo-solution to a real problem. That chair– and things like it– limit your productivity. You’ve probably got one too.  (An organisational crutch, that is.  And possibly a chair too.) This chair is found in the home of productivity expert, Dr. Jason Fox (whom I heartily recommend; www.drjasonfox.com). … Continue reading

Getting from Here to There: double think your way to success

Dissatisfied with your current situation? Tired of ‘here’ and want to be ‘there’? Try this: Dr. Gabriele Oettingen developed a technique called “double-think”, which is to think of an optimal future for yourself in some specific way (eg, eating less, earning more, etc.), the ‘there’; then picture where you are right now, the ‘here’. Holding … Continue reading

Rewards that Work: the 5 right ways to motivate people

Here are 3 answers to the question: “how can I keep my staff motivated to do great work?” 1-      You can fire them up and inspire them, shifting motivation internally*  [*This is very difficult to sustain though.  Much better to design the work to be inherently motivating and then let inspiration be the icing on the … Continue reading

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