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Our fundamental human need to belong is a force so strong that it exerts a powerful influence over our behaviour. We will often act in ways that contradict our personal values in order to secure membership, reclaim membership or prevent exclusion from a group. This need to belong is a legacy of our evolutionary past. Survival was far greater for those who lived and worked together in groups. However, our ability to interact with others successfully for the common good of the group remains one of our greatest challenges.

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  • Procrastination is that murky guilt ridden world between our intentions and actions. It's driven by a low tolerance for frustration and begins with a deliberate decision. This article isn’t about the part time procrastinator; it’s for that small percentage of the population who are serial procrastinators. It affects all that they do or rather all that they don’t do which is pretty much everything - until they absolutely have to.
    Posted: Friday 24 May 2013
  • Human performance is behaviour that produces work outputs that contribute to business results. Work outputs are what the organisation needs from its people to achieve its goals. When you strengthen the connection between people-process-organisation, you improve performance
    Posted: Saturday 5 October 2013
  • If you're committed to improving your team's focus, morale and results then at the beginning of every year plan and schedule time for each of these activities. This investment can prevent many of the problems that undermine a team?s ability to perform.
    Posted: Friday 1 November 2013
  • I’ve met and worked with many people who were less than enthusiastic about their jobs. Over the years I’ve heard all sorts of stories. Some remind me of my own. The ideal job that seemed so wonderful during the recruitment process turned out to be wrong on so many levels. There were times when a sense of unease disturbed an otherwise very happy working life and where the once perfect job changed drastically..
    Posted: Saturday 6 April 2013
  • The Storm before the Team Performs. This describes the life cycle of every team based on Tuckman's model of five stages of team development.
    Posted: Saturday 12 October 2013
  • No matter how many times people tell you, "If you want a great career, you have to pursue your passion, you have to pursue your dreams, you have to pursue the greatest fascination in your life. You hear it again and again and then you decide not to do it." Larry Smith a Professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions in this funny but confronting TED talk.
    Posted: Friday 15 November 2013
  • Leading through the Life Cycle of Teams. What leaders need to do to take their team from forming and storming into high performing.
    Posted: Saturday 16 November 2013
  • The key to success, and greater self actualisation where you enjoy more peak work experiences, is to find your individual sweet spot. Once you have defined your sweet spot you can run any (business or career) decision against these three areas. You will clearly see where there's alignment and where there's a disconnect.
    Posted: Saturday 29 June 2013
  • People often assume that finding their passion is a matter of luck. They observe people who either found their passions early in life or who stumbled upon their love through some random circumstance. In the absence of these lucky discoveries their search would have been much longer and more challenging. However, it pays to examine these situations a little more closely.
    Posted: Monday 17 June 2013
  • The word team is a convenient label for almost any collection of people who assemble for whatever purpose, and yet there is a vast difference between a group and a real team. For managers to make better decisions about whether, when, or how to use teams, it is important to be more precise about what a team is and what it isn't.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 November 2013
  • Nora Denzel learned her lessons climbing the corporate ladder at two of the world’s largest tech companies. She began her career as an engineer at IBM and became one of the company’s youngest executives at the age of 33. She shares what she learned as she climbed the corporate ladder, emphasizing the 10 most common mistakes people make as they try to advance their careers - and how to avoid them.
    Posted: Saturday 30 March 2013
  • A true high performance team is a rare thing. These are the teams that break boundaries, rescue organizations from the brink of disaster and deliver projects against seemingly impossible odds.
    Posted: Saturday 14 December 2013
  • Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure - and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own.
    Posted: Saturday 27 April 2013
  • The following 10 characteristics are present in successful teams. These teams work well together, achieve their goals and enjoy themselves in the process.
    Posted: Saturday 27 July 2013
  • Your resume is your marketing document. It needs to differentiate you from every other candidate and demonstrate that you’re the perfect match for the job. Its sole purpose is to secure you an interview. It has to achieve all this and within a few pages. These guidelines will help you to produce a quality CV or resume.
    Posted: Friday 15 November 2013
  • The investment organisations make in developing high performance teams often yields poor results. Much of this disappointment could be avoided however, if organisations considered in the first instance whether a team is the best system to achieve the mission.
    Posted: Saturday 26 October 2013
  • Whether you’ve been made redundant or you’re looking to upgrade your current job, social media networks and tools make the job search process much easier and more effective. In addition to traditional job search strategies social media tools can help you to be more proactive by leveraging your immediate network as well as tapping into extended networks.
    Posted: Saturday 23 March 2013
  • A quick look at the some of the most common reasons teams fail to perform in the workplace. Plus a checklist to determine what factors may be limiting your teams success.
    Posted: Saturday 14 December 2013
  • Most major companies, recruiters and job boards use an automated system for uploading, storing, managing, classifying and sorting through resumes. No human even sees the resume until the computer has selected the top candidates for the position. If you're required to submit your resume through one of these systems you will need to reformat your resume to ensure it makes it through the screening process.
    Posted: Saturday 16 November 2013
  • Over time a team can lose its spark. It becomes tired and stale. Performance plateaus as the team slides into a deep and comfortable rut. Use these guidelines to read the signs and revive your team.
    Posted: Saturday 19 October 2013
  • Part One - Building Your Case. The first in a series of three articles to help you build and present a better case when asking for a raise.
    Asking your boss for a raise can be a nerve wracking experience but there are times when you will need to front up and ask for that increase. Use these guidelines to build and present a stronger case.
    Posted: Friday 16 August 2013
  • Working together collaboratively is accomplished more effectively when there are agreed upon behaviours all members of the team commit to and to which all members will hold themselves and each other accountable. How defining and communicating expectations and standards can positively influence the teams culture and it's behaviour.
    Posted: Monday 15 December 2014
  • Part 2 - There’s a Right Way and Wrong Way to Ask your Boss for a Raise. Prepare for the conversation and know what to say. This is the second article in a series of three designed to help employees build and present a better case when asking their Boss for a raise.
    Posted: Friday 16 August 2013
  • All teams have and In Crowd and an Out Crowd. Who determines the membership, and which one do you belong to? Are you one of the favoured few?
    Posted: Sunday 3 November 2013
  • Your request for a pay raise and your preparation for a job interview includes researching market salaries for your job. Many companies have salary structures with a salary range for each job. If you've done your research and targeted a salary within a realistic range, you'll be in a better position to discuss your expectations.
    Posted: Friday 16 August 2013
  • Building a winning team is a process. These 17 guiding laws for any type of group or organisation, are based on the principle that teamwork is essential in any great human endeavour.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 October 2013
  • Energy sapping, time wasting, petty conflicts and game playing politics are a plague of the workplace and very often a fact of everyday organisational life. When we understand and learn to recognise some of the dynamics that's driving this behaviour, we can protect ourselves and deal with it more effectively.
    Posted: Friday 20 September 2013
  • These ten strategies, while not definitive, are designed to help Team Leaders and trainers choose and do more of the right thing when planning and managing their own team building events.
    Posted: Saturday 14 December 2013
  • Part One of this series introduced you to the game of triangulation. It outlined the steps you can take to avoid being sucked into the world of power plays, politics and interpersonal conflict - and the potentially career-sabotaging role of rescuer. Unfortunately there may be times when your best rescuing efforts fall short. The game continues and you find yourself caught in the never-ending saga of a really bad soap opera.
    Posted: Friday 20 September 2013
  • Many employees react with cynicism when their trusty leader announces it?s time for the team to build and bond however leaders can avoid many of the pitfalls and increase the return on their team building investment by addressing each of these key points.
    Posted: Saturday 23 November 2013

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