Category Archive: World of work

Breaking Through That Mental Block

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The human mind is a fascinating thing. We are capable of so much original thought, and yet we are also capable of self-destruction. Getting “stuck” — be it creatively, emotionally or just in… Continue reading

How Reading Can Give Your Brain a Break

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In an era and workplace that is typified by information overload, to the extent that ‘information overload’ has become an eye-rollable clichĂ©, it’s encouraging to find out that there is a way to… Continue reading

When Influence Becomes Manipulation

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‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ – Rev. Norman Vincent Peale’s instruction manual on how to be liked, spawned an industry of motivational speakers and self-help books, mostly aimed at people in… Continue reading

How CEOs Can Corrupt Company Culture

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CEOs usually set the tone that reflects the values and convictions of the organisation they lead. But they can take it too far, and actually do more harm than good. Barry S Saltzman… Continue reading

Six Factors That Will Make Your Team Work

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You can hire the brightest and the best for your team, but there are certain key ingredients in the recipe for success, according to Elaine Yew of global executive search firm Egon Zehnder.… Continue reading

But Sometimes Say “Yes”

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Yesterday I linked to Adam Grant’s post about finding ways to say “No”. But of course there is a flip-side. Sometimes it’s good to say yes — in fact, it’s essential, according to… Continue reading

Don’t Just Say “No”

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Saying “no” can be hard. Humans are a naturally co-operative species, and if someone asks for help, our initial instinct is to lend a hand, even if it means compromising our priorities. But let’s… Continue reading

Managing Time, Managing Space, Getting Things Done

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Tim Allen, founder of the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to time management, says that GTD is not so much a time management system as a ‘space’ management system — and he’s referring… Continue reading

Why Failure Makes You Smarter

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Jeff Stibel, a LinkedIn ‘influencer’ makes a study of failure in his regular postings. Here he looks at the science behind failure, and why it actually makes you smarter. Humans learn more from… Continue reading

Groote Schuur’s Innovation Hub Makeover

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Cape Town’s Haldane Martin and his team have created a workspace for Groote Schuur Hospital’s Innovation Hub, where members can meet, brainstorm or sit quietly to get work done. The Innovation Hub has… Continue reading