Straight Talk Tips

Freedom of speech has long been a most dearly held value that I’m starting to rethink. I would not question one’s right to freedom of thought and opinion but whether that extends to the right to randomly communicate those opinions is another matter. Talk radio only rarely contains anything that is thoughtful, informed or informative. Conversations which participants merely use to rearrange their prejudices is deadly entertainment. The right to think and communicate freely should surely carry responsibility for making sure that one collects facts to support one’s opinion and assembles those facts into a coherent viewpoint. Accepting that your…
The question, ‘What super power would you most like to possess’ can be answered quite easily by most of us with the words, ’The ability to do lots of things at once’. Multi-tasking is now regarded as an essential survival skill, like reading or counting. Shopping on the internet while talking to an overseas friend as you stir supper and watch the progress of a movie download is a way to make inroads into the plethora of things that all need to be done. Yet some of the downsides of multi-tasking are becoming apparent. Talking on a phone, whether it…
Corporate survival used to rest on a set of clearly defined competencies. If you had a modicum of technical ability in your chosen field, you knew how to take instructions and you learned how to plan, organise, lead and control after a fashion, you could be fairly sure of lifetime employment. The landscape has changed. It’s now the new world of work and demands a new set of survival skills. In it, education and technical competence do little more than gain you entry. There are many others who know what you know and in any case what any of you…
A recent survey in the USA points to the striking lack of emotional intelligence amongst business leaders. The four most commonly cited problems are those of leaders who do not recognise employee achievements, do not give clear directions and don’t make time to meet and interact with their people, or simply refuse to meet with them at all. Business is essentially about people, as it always has been and always will be. In order to help them achieve the productivity of which they are capable, leaders must connect with their people by giving recognition, providing clear direction, using constructive feedback,…
There’s nothing like a good crisis to spike the adrenaline and get the blood pumping. Leaders bark orders and followers – Oh joy! – follow unquestioningly. In times past there would be a period of calm before the next one but the new normal is more often a continuous sequence of crises. As soon as, or even before, one has ended, the next has started. The adrenalin keeps pumping and the drama continues unabated. Some people thrive on it; some burn out; others suffer in silence with intermittent bouts of short temper, headaches, stomach upsets and depression.  There’s maybe not…
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