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Struggling with business change? Try another leadership style.

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Great leaders inspire people to perform at their best. They vary their leadership style to suit the situation. Let’s consider three styles: Commander, Conductor or Coach. Try a fresh approach to expand your leadership toolkit. Organisations need leaders who can flex their style to tackle unexpected changes in the environment.A wise person, said Confucius, adapts themselves to the situation, as water shapes itself to a vessel. Why style matters in leadership A Gallup report (2019) found that a good leader…

Andrew Barnes on the origins of the Four Day Week

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I first heard about the Four Day Work Week campaign at the HR Productivity Summit in London on 31st January 2019. The speaker from Guardian Perpetual, an estate planning company in New Zealand explained how their founder, Andrew Barnes, had decided to introduce a four-day workweek as a trial. The logic was simple. Employees would do 100% of their work in 80% of their past working hours, which would be four days, and if customer service levels remained at 100%…

Presentation skills: How do I handle tough questions and interjections?

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The top fear for presenters is questions or interjections that are loaded. Emotionally loaded. Individuals (and whole audiences) can be skeptical, resentful, annoyed, angry… the list is long. Here’s how to respond so that you gain respect, even from those who still disagree with your argument. …

3 Ways to Work Less But Achieve More

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Would you like to make more impact for less work in your business communications? We thought so! We’ll show you how….

An Introduction to Abeceder Quotation Conversations

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It all started when I was given a copy of the third volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as a birthday present….