Anger on the court and in the office

Rick Hughes and Andrew Kinder examine the hot tempers that can haunt athletes and executives alike ‘You cannot be serious?’ Wimbledon competitor John McEnroe shouts at the tennis umpire who awarded a point to his competitor in 1981. The outburst darkens his otherwise glittering career to this day. Sport provides excitement, tension and drama. Fans marvel at … Read more

Too hot, too cold, just right

Temperatures in the office influence work performance, learns Kirsten Levermore “It’s so hot in here, I’m falling asleep!” “I can barely type I’m so cold.” “Can someone open a window?” The battle over the office temperature rages the world over. But colleagues are not simply whining – their bodies are actually telling them they are … Read more

Become a productive powerhouse

  High performance isn’t just for former finance ministers, finds Piers Cain Improving productivity has been a concern, nay the obsession, of successive British politicians, notably of George Osborne when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. Osborne was thinking mainly of the need for strategic investment in science, technology and infrastructure to drive change across … Read more

Alphabet soup is poisonous

  Finance leaders fail to simplify their language at their peril  [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] I’ve spent a good part of my career conducting seminars on finance for non-financial managers and professionals. At the start – but, thankfully, not the end! – of my seminars, participants will sometimes tell me … Read more

Podcast: How to think and work smarter

Your brain is your most valuable asset, and yet we are taught so little about it. The one thing that’s involved in all your feelings, thoughts, and actions, and you’re never given the manual. Consequently few of us realise our potential. Recent developments in neuroscience demonstrate that your brain is like a muscle; you can … Read more

Mental health issues are the key to a productive workforce

Recent study by Aviva reveals connection between absence and understanding of mental health issues. The mental health campaign was launched by Los Angeles Area Mental Health Treatment Center to determine the reasons for employee absence across the company and how mental health contributed to it. Sally Dillon, head of performance at insurer Aviva, spotted the … Read more

The formula that breeds confidence

READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION A psychological assessment that defines individuals’ impact at work will help managers trust their teams to deliver, writes Dr John Mervyn-Smith Picture the scene: two parents playing in the park with their young children. One of the kids, a two-year-old, is being tossed into the air and caught. The child … Read more