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“Lean In”, Sheryl Sandberg: Gender and Career

Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is a discussion of how gender affects today’s white-collar workplace, particularly with regard to women. Sandberg draws upon her own experiences, her conversations with other professionals, and a vast body of research, to explore the many dynamics affecting working men and women. Lean In is an excellent read […]

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Work Less: You’ll Get More Done

If you have a full-time job, you are probably working more than full-time. Maybe someone expects you to chalk up a certain number of billable hours each week. Maybe there‚Äôs an implicit pressure when you look around and see your coworkers chained to their desks: it can feel strange being the last to arrive and […]

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Management & Organisations: “Maverick” by Ricardo Semler

I read Ricardo Semler’s Maverick because at some point in my life I became a management nerd. I still am. Organisation management, people, processes: they fascinate me. In a cultural context in which work is boring and meetings are a waste of time, I am charged by the challenge of figuring out how we can […]

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“The 4-Hour Workweek”, Timothy Ferriss: Personal Effectiveness

The 4-Hour Workweek is a guide to reducing one’s workload to the point that it can be handled with 4 hours each week, so that the free time (and surplus cash) can be used to live one’s dream lifestyle – learning martial arts, travelling, that sort of thing. Is it engaging? Yes. Is it plausible? […]

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a stellar book. I first read it in 2011 and was enthralled by what it had to offer. Wiser and more experienced in 2012 I read it again and, once more, could get so much from it. It’s ideas and illustrations have shaped and enhanced my management, […]

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“Getting to Yes”, Roger Fisher and William Ury: Principled Bargaining

I decided to read Roger Fisher’s and William Ury’s Getting to Yes because 2011 presented me with two of the weightiest negotiations of my life. Of course, negotiation is nothing new to me nor to anyone. Whether asking for lower prices at a Fringe show, talking one’s way out of a tricky situation, or discussing […]

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Quick Energiser for a Circle, #2

Another gem from the good folks at The Groupwork Institute of Australia! Is it only 20 minutes until afternoon tea, but people are already losing energy? Nothing like this 3-minute bad-boy to get the energy up just enough to finish. Get everybody to stand in a circle. Ask them to think in their head of […]

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