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The reluctant leader

Ever been to a lecture on “cold calling”? A few years ago I did just this. I sat through 30 minutes of suggestions about scripts, about what we could say to potential “prospects”. A question was then put to us … Continue reading

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Does the boss need to be good with people?

The commonest reason for promotion to manager is: technical excellence and hard work. But if you want to lead people, those excellent technical skills won’t be anything like enough. Even worse, if you work in a business where it’s every-man-for-himself, … Continue reading

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Does it matter if someone leaves?

A business leader once told me: “Doc, when someone leaves us, it’s like putting your hand into a bucket of water and grasping a handful. In a few seconds the water isĀ level againĀ and you hardly notice the difference.” Was he … Continue reading

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Is BP too big to fail?

Like it or not we are all invested in BP. Anyone with a pension, for example is likely to have an indirect investment in BP shares. Many thousands of Brits and Americans work there. Our governments have to look right … Continue reading

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Which is the most important department?

Who do we value most? Chargeable or non-chargeable, sales or HR, production or finance? The “poorer” departments contain the answers to our business weaknesses Continue reading

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Floored by flaws

Character flaws that served us well on the way up can easily be our downfall when we get there. For example, cheating or playing unfairly can gain us an advantage. But when we near the top these flaws become more … Continue reading

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How to respond to bullying?

Our response to being bullied in the workplace ranges from fear to anger. How do we respond? Tempting as it is to hit back, and most of the responses I have come across reflect this, may we pause for a … Continue reading

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