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Is Personal Branding Still Important?

Is “Personal Branding” Busted? I was part of a discussion with a group of fellow coaches at Working Voices about whether our idea of “Personal Branding” needs to change. Suddenly it feels as if there is a reaction against strong personal branding in light of recent political events and attitudes and I think it deserves … Continued

Is there really a difference between Leadership & Management?

There is a real difference between managing and leading. John Kotter, leadership professor at Harvard University, is quoted in The Guardian as arguing that; “Management is a set of processes that keep an organisation functioning. They make it work today – they make it hit this quarter’s numbers. The processes are about planning, budgeting, staffing, … Continued

The Value Of Modesty

  I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers the days when the problem with CVs and interviews was that people were often unwilling to sing their own praises. Normal looking resumes would conceal gifted candidates who would timidly admit, only under duress, that they had been voted ‘most likely to succeed’ at school. … Continued

The Fear Effect

Fear isn’t something you’ll normally read about on blogs on LinkedIn, or in the sort of books about how to improve leadership or management skills. I can’t think of any speakers who would tell an audience of MBAs that their key tool should be fear, or any business consultants who’d sniff around a firm and … Continued

Intercultural Communication – High and Low Context Cultures

Psychologists have long accepted that semantics (the words we choose and the meanings they connote) can have a big effect on the psychological state of both individuals and groups.  Businesses certainly take word-choice seriously, some going so far, it seems, as micromanaging word use within their companies (e.g. discouraging the use of the word “problem” … Continued

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