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Are you ready for the most depressing day of the year?

According to Dr. Cliff Arnall[1] from the University of Cardiff the most depressing day of the year is the last Monday in January. This is due to a number of reasons: The weather is usually pretty lousy. TICK. In the UK we haven’t seen much sunshine this past week. Thank goodness for my SAD lamp! People have normally received their …

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Learning about performing under pressure from Leicester City FC

You would struggle to construct an argument that says that Leicester City Football Club didn’t massively over-perform in the 2015/16 football season in England’s Premier League. But how have they done it and what can we learn from their approach? On April 13 2016 The Times published an article by the club’s performance psychologist called “Inside the mind of Leicester’s …

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What the best listeners ACTUALLY do

Back in 1998 I joined KPMG as a Senior Manager based in Birmingham, UK. They used to run some great development programmes and one of them was a three day development centre where you went through some demanding sales, influencing and leadership scenarios using professional actors, all observed by KPMG Partners – some seriously bright and impressive individuals. I went …

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Why did England’s soccer team bomb (again)? A systemic analysis

Following England’s departure from the Euros at the hands of the mighty Iceland, there has been a lot of hypothesising about the causes of this familiar pattern of early exit from competitions. On the one hand it feels very confusing as many of the English players have had impressive seasons in The Premier League; so what happens to them when …

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Feeling any stress following your lovely holiday?!

I hope you had a good rest over the summer. I dare say if you are anything like me that different projects are re-gathering momentum and you may even be feeling a little stressed. There’s a lot in the media about stress, but is it all bad? In the July 23rd 2016 edition of The Economist, there was an excellent …

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A little white lie surely wont get in the way of becoming a trusted adviser

According to a recent piece of research reported in The Times, it may! (October 25 2016 – Why those little white lies really do become whoppers.) Here’s why: In a social experiment involving multiple pairs of volunteers, “When told that lying … would benefit them but disadvantage their partners, volunteers initially exaggerated only slightly. This prompted a strong amygdala response, …

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