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The Power of Positive Psychology - Guest Blog by Matt Driver

By Paul Cummings Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Comments (0)

My very first job seemed perfect at first: I had the right degree and a good postgraduate qualification. But within six months I started to feel drained and de-motivated. I found that, although I did the job well, I preferred doing almost anything else.  Since then I have met many others who have had the same experience.  Read full post

Why Leaders and Managers Need Facilitation Skills

By Paul Cummings Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Comments (0)

It used to be that leaders and managers could rely on the old ‘command and control’ methods of getting things done.  Back in the day, and standing atop a clear hierarchy, the boss was Lord (and less frequently Lady) of all he or she observed.  These were simple, predictable and comfortable times, where the boss could shine, taking all the glory for success (deflecting failure where possible) and where people had confidence in jobs for life.  In today’s world of work, much has changed and those days are long gone.  The command and control approach to leading and managing is now as outdated as the weekly wage packet.  So what’s so different now? Read full post

Meeting Madness: Don't Just Put Up - Speak Up!

By Paul Cummings Thursday, July 05, 2012. Comments (0)

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had your fair share of meeting madness. We all know the characteristics of bad meetings – those ones where we sit wondering in silence, ‘why on earth am I here?’  Those meetings where we don’t see the point of our attendance and afterwards our presence makes no appreciable difference in our ability to do our jobs. Read full post