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James Pratt

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May 30, 2016

Should You Be Facebook Friends With Your Team?

I was facilitating a Rookie Manager group recently, and the topic of being “Facebook Friends” with members of your team…
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May 22, 2016

Work / Life Balance. Choose Wisely

Last week was the anniversary of the death of my mother, Gill, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Her…
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May 16, 2016

Mental Illness 101 For Managers

I recently posed the question “Should a manager fire, tolerate or help difficult employees?”.  The article picked through the different ways that employees learn problem behaviors; from their current workplace, from previous workplaces, from life in general.  I included a…
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May 2, 2016

The 4 Ways Employees Learn Problem Behaviors

In my recent article on the value of empathy as a manager, I mentioned the archetype of someone who is…
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May 2, 2016

Doing A Re-org or Merger? Start With Culture

Activision recently completed its acquisition of King Digital, author of mobile gaming juggernaut Candy Crush Saga.  Activision spent $5.9bn and…
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Meditations
May 1, 2016

The Present Moment Is Right Here, Right Now

Living in the moment is often represented as a grand, wild or spontaneous endeavor. Riding a roller coaster, jumping out of…
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April 24, 2016

Is Engagement The Right Metric?

Jacob Morgan, author of The Future Of Work and self-described futurist, publishes a weekly newsletter bringing together his articles, videos…
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April 24, 2016

Lily And My Empathy Breakthrough

Last week I published an article about the importance of a manager cultivating and showing empathy.  I send out articles…
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April 17, 2016

Empathy Isn’t A Dirty Word For A Manager

TL;DR? Watch the 1 minute summary below.Many teams tolerate “brilliant but difficult” people.  I have little time for them.  I don’t see the point of having someone who can carry 20 gallons of water if they’re pushing over the people…
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April 17, 2016

The Danger Of Being An Accidental Coach

TL;DR? Watch the 1 minute summary below.A tech company CTO, Dinesh, recently asked me whether he should fire a product…
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