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Can You Be a Good Leader and a Good Parent?

Being a parent is hard enough. And trying to hold down a job while you’re juggling the demands of family life is always going to be a challenge. But what happens if new leadership opportunities arise at work – when home feels like it’s already taking everything you’ve got? New Parent, New Job Three of my biggest upward steps in...

How to Banish Zoom Fatigue – Your Top Tips!

“Can everybody hear me?” “Oh dear, you’ve frozen.” “Sorry my kids are screaming, I’m going to mute myself.” “I can hear you but I can’t see you.” “Oh, that’s the postman at the door, give us a second.” “You’re on mute, you have to unmute!” Six months ago, who’d have thought that all the phrases above would become part of our everyday speech,...

Your Biggest Challenge – #MTtalk Roundup

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”Roger Crawford, U.S. motivational speaker, Hall of Fame athlete Challenges come in all sizes and they don’t discriminate. They’re often, but not always, uninvited. I mean, people don’t accidentally run marathons, do they? They choose to do it. All major challenges...

Don’t Ignore the Messenger: Our Expert Interview with Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks

When behavioral experts Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks wrote their book “Messengers,” they based it on something that we all once took for granted: face-to-face communication. Now, in the age of physical distancing, how much does their insight apply? The Eight Messenger Traits Subtitled “Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why,”...

The Gratitude Habit — #MTtalk Roundup

“Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher, poet, and critic Just before my husband was due home in April, severe travel restrictions were put in place in both South Africa (where I live), and Sierra Leone (where he works) due to COVID-19. As I write this, it’s...

Onboarding or Off-Putting? – The Right and Wrong Ways to Welcome New People to Your Team

Sometimes, you only realize how good something is because, in the past, you’ve seen it go horribly wrong. That was the case for me with two very different experiences of onboarding. I was reminded of them both recently when I read “Onboarding: Getting New Hires off to a Flying Start,” by Christian Harpelund, Morten Højberg and Kasper Ulf Nielsen....

Mood Swings and Monotony in Lockdown

The past few days I’ve woken up and thought it was Sunday, only to realize it was a weekday and actually I should really be getting on with work or home schooling. Yes, the monotony of lockdown has finally struck. When the pandemic kicked off and lockdown began, I didn’t really have time to think about how I felt about it all. Sure I was...

Your Working From Home Celebration Tips

Celebrating success is one of the simplest and yet most effective ways managers can motivate their people. It can boost feelings of self-worth, accomplishment and value. More than that, studies have shown that noticing good work can increase productivity and loyalty, and reduce staff turnover. So, why are we so bad at it? Why Is...

Does Self-Talk Help or Hinder? – #MTtalk Roundup

“Our best friend and our worst enemy reside within us.” Maddy Malhotra, Indian coach & author Have you ever listened to a young child talking to themselves out loud? It’s fascinating to listen to them use self-talk in order to make sense of the world around them. Self-talk is a mechanism that we all adopt at a young age in...

A Fresh Take on Office Politics: Our Expert Interview with Bonnie Marcus

It’s hard to feel positive about the term “office politics.” For me, it conjures up images of coworkers sucking up to the boss, desperate to secure the next promotion. Then there are my own poor attempts at playing the game. I once wasted an elevator ride with my CEO by mumbling self-deprecating trivia, when I could have been sharing success...

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