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Category: metaphor

workplace pressure

How are you handling workplace pressure?

Workplace pressure is a reality for most people, even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic.  The unfortunate truth is that it is up to each one of us to manage and mitigate the effect of workplace pressure on our health

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team results

What does it (really) take to achieve team results?

I am often asked what it takes to achieve success in a team.  You know, so that work gets done, the product or service gets delivered, and checkmarks can get put next to all the items on the team results

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A lesson in collaboration from hermit crabs

Collaboration is an important component of inspired and energized workplaces.  And as a leader, it is your responsibility to create a climate that fosters collaboration between team members.  As regular readers of the blog know, I am often drawn to

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Look backwards to move forward – a leadership message from the Sankofa

Do you know what the Sankofa is?  I heard it referred to briefly at a recent conference I attended, and it stirred me to research it further.  Turns out the sankofa is a metaphorical bird, generally depicted with its feet

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Influence employee behaviour by using the Convenient Fruit Principle

One of my favourite hotels always has a large bowl of fruit sitting on the counter in their front desk area, available to any of their hotel clientele who want a quick snack.  Recently, as I checked in one evening,

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The leader as a facilitator – are you a lifeboat or a lighthouse?

As a manager, your job is to get things done.  But as a leader, your mission now becomes to get things done through other people.  And many times, what that really means is that you have to be a facilitator

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