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Why We Need Poetry in the Workplace

Why are some physicians including poetry as part of their treatment of patients? Because they know people need to participate in their own healing. Intimidating medical terminology and clinical diagnoses can actually get in the way of the relationship between doctors and patients.fMRI scans show poetry has an immediate impact

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How to Love What You Do

If you are interested in this topic, chances are you are a person commonly identified as a ‘Millennial’, born from the 1980s onward. Thisis relevant because the idea of ‘loving what you do’ is different to how those born before you thought about work. If your idea of a good

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Heads or Tails? How Lucky Are You in Business?

In a television episode, The Secret of Luck, from a series called The Experiments, illusionist Derren Brown tested the idea of luck.  Tracking the different experiences that people defined as ‘lucky’, Brown concluded that the more people were open to opportunities, the luckier they became. Luck is an incredibly important

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Boring or Bland Won’t Get You the Job

My résumé: retail store manager, restaurant manager, job skills trainer, human resources manager, recruitment services general manager, business consultant. In these positions spanning over twenty years, I have prepared people for and placed people into hundreds of jobs and read thousands of job applications. Most of them were and continue

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Lessons from Startups

Recently we have been working with businesses in start-up mode.  These are not necessarily new businesses – some are still in their infancy, but others have been operating for many years. There has been so much focus on new start-ups: the inspiring success stories such as enterprise software company, Atlassian,

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Innovation: What the Fuss is All About

I use the word “innovation” a lot when talking about business. In fact, I think it is very hard to talk about business success and growth without considering the role of innovation. As technology continues to advances it will be even harder to avoid it. Innovation is a matter for

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Innovation Readiness

How do you know if your organisation has the right culture to support your innovation goals? Are you ready for a customer-centric approach to design-led transformation? Can your teams work agilely and cross-functionally to collaborate on new business directions? Many organisations are reviewing the workplace to foster greater innovation: relaxed

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How Are Your (Still) Managing Performance?

If you are like most people, you don’t enjoy the performance management process, but you do it because you know its importance for ensuring the success of the business. Typically, performance management means doing three things: Ensuring people know what the business needs from them, and setting goals to make

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