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Get a mentor

Get a mentor

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn”. Bertrand Russell, Mathematician, philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

One of the best things you can do when faced with these ‘bridges’ is to turn to a mentor for help.
Take a bit of time to think about someone that has been an inspiration to you and has given you good advice. When I ask this question in workshops, …

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I have been awarded the Medal for Police Merit

I have been awarded the Medal for Police Merit

Last Friday I received the Medal for Police Merit for my work on leadership development with the Spanish national police force. It was a very moving occasion for me and I am truly grateful to receive this decoration. I have been working for many years with the Police Training Centre in Carabanchel (Madrid), where I give workshops on their courses for staff recently promoted to the rank of police commissioner and chief police commissioner. I …

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Haste, seminary students and why we don’t always act according to our ideals

Haste, seminary students and why we don’t always act according to our ideals

If we are in a hurry, we should be on our guard when taking any decisions- we run the risk of turning our back on the values that we hold dearest. This was the conclusion of a famous experiment in social psychology carried out by Darley and Batson in 1973. 67 students at the Princeton Theological Seminary were divided into two groups. The first group was asked to give a talk about the Good Samaritan- …

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Why do we sometimes take such stupid decisions?

Imagine that you open an email, and after reading only a couple of lines you already start to feel irritated. As you keep on reading, your irritation gives way to anger. You end up getting so worked up that, armed with your keyboard and your mouse, you roll up your sleeves and set about answering in a far from diplomatic tone… As soon as you click on the ‘send’ button, an ever-so-small thought occurs to you: ’Perhaps I shouldn’t have sent that email.’ If this has ever happened to you, you can rest assured that you’re in good company. We are all sometimes prey to emotions which get the better of us. The reason for this lies in our brains.

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Don’t copy me in, please

‘Copying in your boss every time you send an email is just a way of avoiding your own responsibility,’ said the managing director of a bank to me the other day. And how right he is! Some bosses demand to be copied in on everything, labouring under the illusion that this will give them greater control; and some subordinates always copy in their boss just in case … The effect is the same in both …

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