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3 lessons kids can teach you about consultancy

3 lessons kids can teach you about consultancy

Children can teach adults an awful lot, such as how to enjoy the moment and how to play. But what can they teach us buttoned-up consultants? More than you’d think.

Why ethics suffer in a recession

Why ethics suffer in a recession

Truth may be a casualty of war, but ethics are a casualty of recession. When the going gets tough, the weak cheat. It’s just easier than competing fairly. It’s an economic barometer, and we’re seeing and uptick right now.

The four essential qualities in a coworker

The four essential qualities in a coworker

We each look for different qualities in our coworkers – ambition, creativity, expertise, a sense of humor – but there are four which are vital.

9 reasons it feels good to be powerless

9 reasons it feels good to be powerless

The mantle of being powerless is comfortable. But you shouldn’t put it on because it makes you invisible. You risk nothing, learn nothing, achieve nothing, and don’t progress. Here’s why.

Why your To Do list is a terrible master

Why your To Do list is a terrible master

Regardless of the system you use, a To Do list is an excellent productivity tool. However just like money and fire, a To Do list is a good servant but a terrible master.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Most of us don’t say ‘thank you’ enough. We breeze through our days, letting people help us without taking the time to recognize those efforts or reward them. It’s almost as if there is a finite amount of gratitude and recognition we can give, and we want to eek it out over time. As if by thanking people liberally we demean its value.

Can you build willpower?

Can you build willpower?

To achieve any goal requires willpower. But what is it? And where can we get more?

How to ‘meet for coffee’

How to ‘meet for coffee’

A popular request in Silicon Valley is to ‘meet for coffee’. This is often a euphemism for a short meeting with no fixed agenda, beyond getting to know one another. As far as it goes, this can be productive – business is social after all. Many strong business relationships – with clients, partners, investors and potential employees start with an informal intro. But how do you make the most of them?

Ten tasks which need a phone call, not an email

Ten tasks which need a phone call, not an email

Amid the ever expanding choice of communications methods, the use of the humble telephone is in decline. Who responds to voicemails right? But here are ten task which need you to pick up the phone. Don’t hide behind email, take a deep breath and dial. It’s faster and more productive.

Own your failures

Own your failures

We all fail from time to time. Projects don’t turn out as planned; we make mistakes; circumstances conspire against us; and sometimes we’re just plain unlucky. It happens. We’ve all heard that it’s how we react to failure which defines our success. It’s one thing to cope with failure, and another to learn from it however.