25
APR
2016

Guest blog: My reflections: The transformation and contribution of talented young employees

Gary Weinstein I’m so proud.  They’ve graduated!  Well done to them all! Recently our year-long GradStart business and soft skills development programme for young employees finished. Over the past year, I’ve seen a transformation in the young people who joined...
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18
MAY
2015

Why try to motivate someone?

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Motivation comes from within. Therefore, trying to motivate someone else is usually a waste of time. (If the other person does seem to be motivated, ask if it was, in fact, anything  to do with you.  Just because B follows A doesn’t mean B was caused by A.) So why do people...
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23
APR
2015

Why it isn’t worth atheists engaging with religionists

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I believe it is wholly pointless to invite atheists and agnostics to an interfaith discussion. Drawing on Bertrand Russell, it would be like inviting people who didn’t believe a chocolate teapot was orbiting the sun to a meeting of those who did. The meeting would be...
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20
APR
2015

Why don’t some people want to change?

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I was asked this recently by a colleague. He added, “And of course, we never truly know what drives the behaviours, unless they tell us.”  Well, we know what sorts of things drive them:  emotions and feelings, and thoughts and beliefs. I call this the behaviour cycle, and...
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11
APR
2015

Why soft skills are important

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I don’t like the term “soft skills” because it relates to something which isn’t soft and isn’t a skill.  Apart from that it’s a great name. “Soft skills” is the capacity to relate well to our fellow human beings. Everyone has to be...
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04
MAR
2015

Why is the public apparently uninterested in mental illness?

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A LinkedIn contributor recently posted this discussion topic I naively began an Indiegogo campaign devoted to mental health and I’ve spread the word far and wide. This is a site for people who are looking for ideas of where to donate funds. A “save the bees”...
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26
JUL
2014

Employability: why are students not engaged?

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There is increasing concern among schools, colleges of further and higher education, and among employers that school leavers and graduates are “unemployable”. It is not just illiteracy and innumeracy—though it includes those things—it covers everything from a failure to perform...
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11
JUL
2014

“How is EQ different from IQ?”

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A recent post on LinkedIn asked this question. “EQ” is a term deliberately coined to be like “IQ”. IQ stands for “intelligence quotient”. It’s a number derived from marking a person’s answers to a standard set of tests. The tests,...
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28
JUN
2014

Mistake in NLP shock horror

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The meaning of your communication lies in the response you get (Bodenhammer and Hall, The user’s manual for the brain, Crown House, 2000, p79). A well known NLP presupposition, of course (well known to NLP people, that is). But is it actually correct? It’s an important...
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04
MAY
2014

Why are many people unhappy at work?

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As Tolstoy observes at the start of Anna Karenina, Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. [*1] Equally, happiness at work is a doddle;  unhappiness is much more complicated, runs much deeper and is more likely to be exogenous, ie not...
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