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gen-y workers test drive new roles

With young people living with their parents for longer, they appear to be more afraid of growing up than their predecessors.  Unfortunately, fear of maturity is associated with negative outcomes including poorer psychological wellbeing. That makes their first employment experience all the more important, to support their growth from emerging adults into responsible adulthood and […]

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The Great Training Robbery

If you want to change your organisation, it is futile to train individuals without changing the system first. People slip back into old patterns if the system of roles and responsibilities doesn’t support them to change. Individual talent is dependent on the system around them, as shown by Groysberg’s study of Wall Street star-analysts, who […]

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A successor for the nine-box model?

Big organisations often rate people’s performance and potential on a nine-box model. But it’s flawed: it assumes performance is defined by personal brilliance, rather than recognising the systems and support that enable an individual to thrive (or not). Besides which, new research shows that the most effective leaders clash with their company’s culture, so potential […]

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Computers don’t kill jobs

Many people fear that the automation of work will decrease the number of roles, but in fact the roles are merely displaced, and now there is a need for more deep specialists. Freelance, part-time and contingent workers also continue to increase in value to the knowledge worker economy. Organisations need to be more agile, and […]

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The best and worst workplaces

Without a great company culture, the strategy will not materialise. That’s why google provides free food (amongst other things) – to encourage networking and idea swapping. They don’t see it so much as a perk, as a necessity for innovation, which is part of their strategy. At the other end of the spectrum, we seem […]

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