Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

November 01, 2019

Over the past decade, “purpose” has become a management watchword. Since 2010 it has appeared in the titles of more than 400 new business and leadership books and thousands of articles. And no wonder: Many people—not just Millennials—want to work for organisations whose missions and business philosophies resonate with them intellectually and emotionally.

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Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

September 27, 2019

In today's dynamic markets, leaders need very different mindsets from those used to manage traditional organisations in less-demanding times. We find that three primary mindset shifts are required to lead agile organisations designed for innovation, collaboration and value creation.

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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

September 20, 2019

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

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What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

August 16, 2019

As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge.

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5 inbox habits to help eliminate email overload and gain an extra 1hr 21min a day

5 inbox habits to help eliminate email overload and gain an extra 1hr 21min a day

July 26, 2019

The average professional spends 28% of the workday reading and answering email, according to a McKinsey analysis. For the average full-time worker in America, that amounts to a staggering 2.6 hours spent and 120 messages received per day.

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Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

July 19, 2019

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. The ability to persuade, to change hearts and minds, is perhaps the single greatest skill that will give you a competitive edge in the knowledge economy — an age where ideas matter more than ever.

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Are You An Agile Manager?

Are You An Agile Manager?

June 28, 2019

The agile workplace is becoming increasingly common. The shift is driven by proof that small, multidisciplinary teams of agile organisations can respond swiftly and promptly to rapidly changing market opportunities and customer demands. Indeed, more than 80 per cent of respondents in agile units report that overall performance increased moderately or significantly since their transformations began.

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What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

June 21, 2019

In many organisations, our leadership readiness is measured in part by our willingness to speak up in meetings. How we speak off the cuff can have a bigger impact on our career trajectory than our presentations or speeches, because every single day we have an opportunity to make an impact.

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How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

June 14, 2019

Are you doing all that you can to enhance the productivity of your knowledge workers? It’s a simple question, but one that few senior executives can answer.

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7 steps for getting your colleagues' attention

7 steps for getting your colleagues' attention

June 07, 2019

When you frame your message effectively, your audience will immediately understand the issue at hand and why it deserves their attention. Whether you’re making a presentation, sending an e-mail, or talking in private with your boss, here’s how to craft your message to get the results you want...

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

May 31, 2019

Augmented reality starts with a camera-equipped device—such as a smartphone, a tablet, or smart glasses—loaded with AR software. When a user points the device and looks at an object...

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

May 24, 2019

Augmented reality technologies promise to transform how we learn, make decisions, and interact with the physical world. In this package, The Harvard Business Review explains what AR is, how its applications are evolving, and why it’s so important.

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3 Major Cross-Cultural Communication Points Of Failure, And How To Fix Them

3 Major Cross-Cultural Communication Points Of Failure, And How To Fix Them

May 17, 2019

The strength of cross-cultural teams is their diversity of experience, perspective, and insight. But to capture those riches, colleagues must commit to open communication; they must dare to share. 

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English: The language of Business - Part 3

English: The language of Business - Part 3

April 05, 2019

An Adoption Framework Converting the primary language of a business is no small task. Adoption depends on two key factors...

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English: The language of Business - Part 2

English: The language of Business - Part 2

March 29, 2019

It’s not unusual to hear nonnative speakers revert to their own language at the expense of their English-speaking colleagues, often because it’s faster and easier to conduct meetings in their mother tongue. 

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English: The language of Business - Part 1

English: The language of Business - Part 1

March 22, 2019

The fastest-spreading language in human history, English is spoken at a useful level by some 1.75 billion people worldwide—that’s one in every four of us.

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Why English Is Such a Difficult Language to Learn

Why English Is Such a Difficult Language to Learn

September 05, 2017

I am often asked why English is such a difficult language to learn, for non-native speakers. In fact, how hard it is to learn depends on what your native language is; and this follows as languages are more (or less) closely related to one another; if your mother tongue is more similar, in terms of sounds, vocabulary and grammatical patterns to another--for instance you're a speaker of Dutch or German--then English will be easier to learn. But if you speak a language that comes from a more distantly related tongue--say Japanese--then English is more likely to prove a tougher nut to crack.

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Do you speak the most powerful language in the world?

Do you speak the most powerful language in the world?

August 01, 2017

There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, but some 2,000 of them count fewer than 1,000 speakers. Moreover, just 15 accounts for half of the languages spoken in the world.

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