Empowerment

Employee happiness depends on the boss

I’ve long been interested in the relationship between employee job satisfaction and work-related performance ever since I read about the famous Hawthorne studies conducted by Elton Mayo, a Harvard professor and generally regarded as the founder of the [...]

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Throw out the Carrots, Burn the Sticks … and Watch Employee Motivation Blossom

I’m often asked how to motivate employees. Indeed it’s a ‘perennial’ question with added urgency for managers wondering how to motivate a ‘Millennial’ generation where old school tactics such as rewards, recognition and fear are no longer producing [...]

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Employee wellbeing starts with job control not yoga classes

Many of us have taken up some form of mindfulness or movement practice to help manage our stress and ageing bodies. I love going to yoga a couple of times a week for both the mental benefits that help soothe the week’s stress as well as the physical benefits [...]

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Vive le Corporation Libre!

Growing up in Montréal, I vividly remember the storm French President Charles de Gaulle caused when he declared "Vive le Québec libré! during an official visit to Canada during its centenary in 1967. To this day, the debate about sovereignty and control [...]

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It’s our mindsets (not the economy) silly!

Over the past 3 decades I've been fortunate to have pretty good flexibility in where, when and how I work. It's allowed me the space I need to reflect and think so I could see how to optimise my productivity and get stuff done to achieve goals. In the early [...]

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Duchesses, Dukes, Divorce and Diversity….

The past 12 months has seen a seismic shift in what constitutes acceptable behaviour within a range of industries, organisations and interpersonal situations. The tsunamis of change have even caught up with another well-known firm – the British Royalty! Who [...]

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Speaking Up is Harder to Do than it Sounds

My recent LinkedIn post featuring Madeline Albright’s interview with TIME resonated strongly with people. Albright spoke about the “fear of speaking up and being seen as stupid— only to have a man say the same thing to praise from participants”. Many [...]

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Is the Nobel Prize Sexist & Out-of-Touch?

The recent Nobel Prize announcements were accompanied by the usual deserved accolades for the recipients. As an organization psychologist, I was pleased to see Richard Thaler receive the Economic Science Prize for his contribution to behavioral economics. [...]

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Why women need more role models in senior management

Recently, I attended a Chief Executive Women's network meeting in Sydney and was dismayed to find out that women represent as little as 10% of directors in Australia – and that percentage hasn’t shifted in ages. The low percentage of female directors is not [...]

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