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How to Run a Negotiation Like the FBI…

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Professional negotiators know all the tricks. Their ability to persuade using words, and sometimes silence, is akin to hypnosis in its power. So I was curious, and just a bit wary, to talk to former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss for our Expert Interview podcast. Would he use any of ...

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#MTtalk: Highlights and Lessons from 2016…

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I’ve been thinking about the lessons I learned from 2016 for a few weeks now. Every year it’s part of my ritual when I start setting goals for the new year. It’s also part of my closing rituals for the old year. As I re-played various scenarios in my mind, ...

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Highlights and Lessons From 2016…

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Please Join Us! What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: Friday, Dec 23 @ 1pm EST (6pm GMT) Topic: Highlights and Lessons From 2016 Host: @Mind_Tools About This Week’s Chat About Highlights and Lessons From 2016 “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the ...

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It’s Just the Economy, Stupid!…

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We’ve highlighted how organizations are suffering because their senior leaders are too slow, or too unwilling, to drive innovation. Research showed that they’re failing to use technology to achieve a competitive advantage and to become winners in the digital economy. But such is the pace of change of technological development that now, just a ...

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Conform or Rebel – Which Is Wiser?…

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Are you a conformist or a rebel? I know that “either/or” questions are grossly unfair, and there are certainly many ideal locations between these two extremes, but it’s a good place to begin a discussion. So, what will it be, conform or rebel? Kevin Spacey says it depends upon your ...

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#MTtalk: Being Brave: Having Tough Conversations…

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All of us face tough conversations at work at some point. While many tough conversations are about work performance, many aren’t. Conversations where you address personal or sensitive issues such as personal hygiene are tough. Telling employees about the company downsizing and the possibility of them losing their jobs is ...

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Rate the Quality of Your Leadership Skills…

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If you’re a leader, how do you like the idea of people being able to rate you – giving you a mark out of 10 for your strategic thinking or your people management skills? Initially, it might sound a bit alarming but, in the cut and thrust of business, a ...

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Your Top Tips for Building a Positive Team…

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When you’re surrounded by happy, motivated team mates, the working day can pass in a blur of camaraderie. Colleagues can become friends, you enjoy coming to work, and you push one another to do your best work. On the other hand, even a single day spent with a team that ...

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Being Brave: Having Tough Conversations…

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Please Join Us! What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: Friday, Dec 9, 2016 @ 1pm EST (6pm GMT) Topic: Being Brave: Having Tough Conversations Host: @Mind_Tools About This Week’s Chat About Having Tough Conversations “When we avoid difficult conversations, we trade short term discomfort for long term dysfunction.” – Peter Bromberg John ...

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