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How to Appear More Introverted

‘Modern society values extroverted people’ is a message introverts have been hearing all their lives.  Recently there has been some recognition that introversion brings its own strengths.  Susan Cain in particular has championed the cause, arguing that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. In a recent article, peopledevelopmentmagazine.com gave introverts … Continued

Is Captain America really 150 times better than Captain Jack Sparrow?

As a Learning and Development professional, I have an ongoing fascination with how best to measure Return on Investment (ROI).   I was however surprised to find so much of interest concerning the pitfalls of ROI calculations when reading about Forbes’ latest list of the most overpaid Hollywood actors. To compile its list, Forbes calculated a … Continued

DUMB Objectives

Like it or not, SMART objectives appear to be such a staple part of performance management that there are probably very few organisations where managers aren’t encouraged to discuss these on a regular basis with their direct reports.   There are however strong arguments against the whole Management by Objectives approach popularised by Peter Drucker in his … Continued

I’ve done the training – what’s next?

A long time ago, when I was in my first supervisory position, I reported to a man called Eric. He had a command and control approach to management that had served him well for years and was typical of the time, the area and the organisation. I quickly learned that he expected the same from … Continued

The etiquette of self-disclosure

Looking at people’s profiles on Twitter, I rarely follow anyone who mentions their religion.  Introducing faith so early on gives me the impression that they’re going to preach at me or worse still judge me, both of which make me defensive and uncomfortable.  Does this make me narrow-minded?  Perhaps.  You might actually agree with me, … Continued

When Best Practice is actually Worst Practice!

Given my experience of appraisal systems, it’s hardly surprising I generally view them with a huge dollop of scepticism.  In one organisation, I was rated on a scale of one to ten for my punctuality, attitude towards supervision and appearance (amongst other things).  This might be fair enough for an entry level job, but as … Continued

Sometimes the smartest people do the stupidest things!

One of my current television addictions is the drama series The Americans. Set in the 1980s, it centres on Elizabeth and Phillip, two KGB officers during the cold war posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington DC. The show is as much about relationships as espionage, with similar issues facing both … Continued

Planning – is it essential or constricting?

I sometimes hear people dismiss the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as being a bit like a horoscope, where the type descriptions are so general that they can apply to almost anyone. To back this up, they quote short extracts which do indeed sound as though they could fit a broad range of people. The horoscope … Continued

Management clichés: ‘Let’s think outside the box!’

It’s funny how related ideas can appear in different places in the space of a few days and really capture your imagination.  About a week ago I read a fascinating article in Inc about a software company where the executive team, having come up with a shortlist of three candidates for the post of the … Continued

What comes first – the thinking or the feeling?

In most things, I don’t really mind if people agree with me, as long as what I say or do provokes a reaction. I was fascinated therefore by the passion with which some people argued the case for or against the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) when I recently wrote about it for TrainingZone. In a nutshell (and … Continued

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