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10 keys to creating a good network of contacts

10 keys to creating a good network of contacts

Having a good network of contacts is one of the best tools for finding work. So much so, that it is estimated that only about 25% of vacant positions are publicly advertised; the rest are filled by contacts, friends or people who have been recommended. This is why the ability to generate contacts and to maintain them is a fundamental skill for anyone who is looking for work (or wants to be promoted, or is …

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Different ways of dealing with mistakes

Different ways of dealing with mistakes

Think about the last time you made a mistake. Did you try to pass the buck? Or don’t you remember making one? Or, on the contrary, did you feel really bad about it? The latest research shows that the way we react to our slip-ups says a lot about our personality in general. Two people have set about looking into this relationship: Ben Dattner, who holds a doctorate in organizational psychology from the University of …

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Fragility makes us stronger

Fragility makes us stronger

The other day in a leadership training workshop, we did a role-play where one of the participants took on the role of a boss who has to give some bad news to a co-worker. The situation cried out for this person to start off by apologizing, but he didn’t. I have to admit that I’ve always been puzzled by people who act like this -and let it be said in passing that it’s very common- …

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What if stress weren’t such a bad thing in the end?

What if stress weren’t such a bad thing in the end?

Do you have a stressful job? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), you are just one of the 10% of the world’s adult population who suffer from this problem. What’s more, in industrialized countries the figure is considerably higher. In the United States, for example, 43% of workers are estimated to suffer the effects of stress, and a million employees miss work every day because of it, according to …

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Why uncertainty kills us

Why uncertainty kills us

Our brain doesn’t like uncertainty. We’d rather receive a bad piece of news as soon as possible than put up with not knowing whether it will turn out to be good or not. I imagine that we’ve all experienced this feeling. Medical science and psychology have set about researching this area, and have confirmed that we are indeed built this way.
The first piece of research that we’re going to look was carried out at the …

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