How close should managers get to their team members?

How important is the relationship I have with my team?  Pretty vital I’d say!  But what does that really mean?  How well does my team need to know me? What’s that balance between being familiar, one of the team and being professional, being their boss?   These are valuable questions to ponder.

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Squeeze!

We’ve got some exciting news to tell you.  Next week at World of Learning, we are launching a brand new shiny podcast called Squeeze.  Here’s what the blurb says about it.   Squeeze is a management training podcast designed to help squeeze the best out of you.

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Building Comfortable Communities

Harvard has recently published a number of papers with some interesting titles. They include the following: Sleep Deprivation Can Make It Harder to Stay Calm at Work Time for Happiness Why You Should Work Less and Spend More Time on Hobbies Treat Your Weekend Like a Vacation Prevent Burnout by Making Compassion a Habit Stressed at Work? Mentoring a Colleague Could Help The Pros and Cons of Perfectionism What Makes Some People More Productive Than Others How CEOs Manage Time Are New Graduates Happier Making More Money or Having More Time? The titles alone make interesting reading, providing lots of food for thought.

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Learn effective tricks to build your personal resilience

We think that building personal resilience is a management foundation skill.  During your management career you are going to face many stressors, both people and situations that are going to test you, potentially to the limit.  Being able to ride these storms doesn’t happen by chance, it is a skill you can develop.

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5 tips for new managers

So you have been promoted or have just got that new management job.  Well done.  Here are 5 management tips for you that I wish I had been told in those early days.  There is of course loads of things that would be helpful to tell you, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, so these five make a great starting point.

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Simple tips for a stress free return to work after holiday

It’s a pain isn’t it?  You’ve just had a great holiday, managed to switch off pretty well and now you’ve just walked into hundreds if not thousands of emails.  There’s a todo list that’s overwhelming you and all those balls that you were juggling before your break are now rolling around on the floor waiting for you to pick them up.

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How intimate are you when managing your remote team? 

Why intimacy is a big deal when managing remote team workers and what to do about it.   Intimacy doesn’t seem like a very professional word does it?  It is, however, a crucial idea when we are managing remote team workers.   The Google dictionary suggests its definition is a ‘close familiarity or friendship’.

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Emotional intelligence: Lessons from the discomfort of a bad back

I’ve never been one to suffer badly with back pain.  The really painful stuff has only happened to me a few times over my near 55 years.  Memorably the first time I experienced debilitating back pain it was caused pulling my socks on, on my 30th birthday!  Prior to that experience I had carried around woeful, youthful distain, belittling the grumblings of others over their sore backs.

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