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Myth #1: Technical specialists make lousy managers

This is the first in a series on workplace myths, many of which are based on stereotypes - soft female leaders, socially awkward geeks, psychologists obsessed with feelings. Like most stereotypes, there's generally a grain of truth in them. There's ...

Delegation: The art of self-management?

Last month, I discussed the dimensions of delegation, which prompted one reader to tell me that, for him, the hardest part of delegating is managing his own responses - dealing with frustration and reining in his inner control freak, for ...

By |2020-09-04T09:41:38+00:00September 28th, 2018|Developing Career Potential, Leadership|3 Comments

Giving it all away? Seven dimensions of delegation

Getting someone else to carry out tasks on your behalf is a key management skill and one that a lot of people struggle with. They micro-manage and interfere too much or they abdicate responsibility and leave people floundering. There's no ...

By |2020-08-28T12:40:56+00:00August 30th, 2018|Developing Career Potential, Leadership|8 Comments

Think you understand the workplace? Five ways you’re probably wrong.

I like to keep up with psychology research. I feel it's part of my responsibility as a practising psychologist to have at least some idea of the latest findings. What's struck me recently is how often the research has confounded ...

By |2020-08-28T12:41:43+00:00July 28th, 2018|Organisations, Research Snippets, Teamwork|0 Comments

Lopsided leadership – Too much of a good thing?

Play to your strengths - that's good advice, right? Well generally, yes, it is. There's a whole school of thought in HR and business psychology that says you're much more likely to improve your performance if you keep developing something ...

By |2020-09-04T09:58:03+00:00June 30th, 2018|Developing Career Potential, Leadership|1 Comment

The psychology of influence – Seven psychological insights to increase your influence

I'm sure most of us would like to be more influential.  You probably won't be surprised to hear that understanding a bit of psychology can help. Ultimately, influence is all about decision-making. You want someone to decide to do what ...

By |2020-09-04T09:57:56+00:00May 29th, 2018|Business Advisers, Influence, Teamwork|0 Comments

Why do people behave badly at work? Four drivers of bad behaviour

Imagine you see someone behaving badly at work - maybe doing something ethically questionable or taking their anger out on the trainee or not pulling their weight in a crisis. If you're like most people, you'll attribute that behaviour to ...

By |2020-09-04T09:59:07+00:00April 27th, 2018|Different Problem Featured, Organisations|6 Comments

Three reasons why stress is a meaningless concept

Is your job stressful? Do you feel stressed right now? Or are some of your colleagues going through a stressful time? If so, you and your organisation would be fairly typical of the modern workplace. So given that I'm a ...

By |2020-09-04T10:11:18+00:00February 28th, 2018|Emotions & Thinking, Opinion Pieces|4 Comments

Part 4: Caution emotion at work – How to handle personal and colleague envy

This is the final article in my series on emotion at work and this time I'm tackling the one that rarely gets talked about - envy, and its frequent companion, resentment. Whereas feeling anxious or angry is seen as fairly ...

By |2020-09-04T10:22:25+00:00January 25th, 2018|Emotions & Thinking, Teamwork|4 Comments

Part 3: Caution emotion at work – How to handle someone else’s anger at work

This is the third in a series on emotion at work. Having looked last time at how to handle your own anger at work, this month I'm focusing on dealing with someone else's anger. Angry people can be intimidating, so ...

By |2020-09-04T10:24:29+00:00December 19th, 2017|Emotions & Thinking, Teamwork|1 Comment
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