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Overcoming the cost of Thursday winding downs – 5 November 2013
Overcoming the cost of Thursday winding downs …

How not to let making big decisions scare you – 29 October 2013
How not to let making big decisions scare you …

Going about empowering your team – 22 October 2013
Going about empowering your team …

Time for some tough love with whingers – 8 October 2013
Time for some tough love with whingers …

Saying sorry should never be the hardest part – 1 October 2013
Saying sorry should never be the hardest part …

Even a two-minute break has its virtues – 24 September 2013
Even a two-minute break has its virtues …

Give your ideas room to turn fertile – 17 September 2013
Give your ideas room to turn fertile …

Learning not to let emotions get in the way of work – 10 September 2013
Learning not to let emotions get in the way of work …

Avoiding the ‘Oops’ moment when sending emails – 3 September 2013
Avoiding the ‘Oops’ moment when sending emails …

A credible leader is a combination of attributes – 27 August 2013
A credible leader is a combination of attributes …

Creating change from within – 13 August 2013
Creating change from within …

Don’t let the summer funk get to you – 30 July 2013
The good news is that you can do something about summer lethargy …

Switch off from work while on holiday – 16 July 2013
Before you leave the office, make your ‘to-do’ list …

How Andy Murray can make you a winner – 9 July 2013
Learn from Wimbledon champion to hit your goals …

Mental health: No longer just a state of mind – 2 July 2013
Every organisation is affected to some extent by mental health problems …

Learning how not to lose your rag – 25 June 2013
A little self-introspection can go a long way in controlling anger attacks …

When talking offers up its own solutions – 18 June 2013
Creating right communication process can pay off for an organisation …

When lying becomes a force of habit – 11 June 2013
Being known as one will not do you any good at home or the workplace …

Workplace habits: Making it a habit to do things today – 4 June 2013
Procrastination will only hurt the team and organisation the individual belongs…

Smile and the workplace smiles with you – 28 May 2013
Not taking proper recourse to mood swings could be detrimental at the workplace…

Taking charge in times of organisation stress – 21 May 2013
A policy of drift could prove hugely detrimental to staff morale …

A virtual work schedule has its virtues – 21 May 2013
Getting more people to do so requires drastic change in mindsets of team leaders…

Accountability is more than a state of mind – 7 May 2013
Applies as much to an individual as to the organisation he or she is a part of…

How to manage your ‘workplace rebel’ – 30 April 2013
Do your colleagues like to challenge the status quo – sometimes for the sake of it?…

Reduce stress by positive self-talk – 16 April 2013
Many people actually don’t recognise when they are being negative as it just becomes a way of life to them …

How to get that job promotion – 9 April 2013
You should always seek out companies where there are clear opportunities for advancement …

Pros and cons of an open-plan office – 2 April 2013
They may boost motivation, team spirit but noise levels make it harder to concentrate …

Employers need to understand work-life balance – 26 March 2013
It is imperative to reduce stressors in the workplace …

The value of cultural intelligence – 19 March 2013
Allows people to recognise cultural differences and allows for greater empathy …

Why sitting all-day could be killing you – 12 March 2013
Being seated for much of the day can increase risk of developing Type 2 diabetes …

The pros and cons of remote working – 5 March 2013
Employees can miss out on using interpersonal skills communication and feeling part of a community …

Staying cool under the media spotlight – 26 February 2013
Public speaking doesn’t come naturally …

The value of communicating – 20 February 2013
As electronic advances increase people’s ability to communicate, the quality of their interaction is rapidly decreasing …

How to increase morale – 12 February 2013
Low morale could increased conflict, reduced energy, innovation and a drop in output …

A resilient workforce can manage pressure effectively – 5 February 2013
Workforces need the training and experience to meet changes in deadline and demand …

Are you open or closed minded? – 29 January 2013
Holding onto entrenched ideas is not always a helpful strategy …

Creating a comfortable and healthy work environment – 23 January 2013
Stress is caused by uncomfortable working conditions …

A culture of teamwork – 15 January 2013
Management needs to make sure that that all employees can align themselves with its goals …

Managing office gossip – 07 January 2013
In trying to see the other side of the issue, I wonder if office gossip creates camaraderie! …

Leading the way into 2013 – 01 January 2013
Managing people doesn’t always come naturally to everyone …

Work life balance strategies – 25 December 2012
Hard work should never negate leading fuller lives …

How to maintain a good relationship – 18 December 2012
Issues that should be spoken about are too often left unaddressed …

Women in the Boardroom – 12 December 2012
Overcoming the ‘fear factor’ is not difficult but it takes tenacity …

The importance of exercise at work – 2 December 2012
Useful exercises that can easily be done at your desk …

The power of feedback – 28 November 2012
When correctly given, feedback can help to improve job performance …

The business case for employee counselling – 21 November 2012
Employees under pressure could end up costing the company more in lost productivity and poor performance …

What character traits make a successful person? – 14 November 2012
People have to programme their brains to respond differently to situations …

Customer Service: Would you buy from you? – 13 November 2012
Would you buy from you? …

Being tolerant brings about growth – 30 October 2012
It is vital to learn and adapt from people’s ways of doing things …

Take responsibility for your sactions – 23 October 2012
One needs to be in control of one’s own destiny …

It’s important to be in the ‘here and now’ – 17 October 2012
We are more productive when we concentrate on just one task at a time …

Return to work interviews – 9 October 2012
Excellent opportunity to explore, on a one-to-one basis, the actual reasons …

Managing the boredom factor at work – 3 October 2012
Insufficient work could be a problem …

Are you a team player? – 26 September 2012
Good team players will support members by offering practical help when …

Getting more out of your day – 18 September 2012
Be organised and plan activities in advance …

Time management is an art – 11 September 2012
Synchronising real and personal time can boost productivity and reduce …

Is self-employment a holiday? – 5 September 2012
Number of self employed workers in the UK has recently soared to a …

The ‘feel good’ factor – 21 August 2012
Stop being miserable and try to do something about it …

Can you ‘Think Outside the box’? – 14 August 2012
It’s move than just a business cliché …

The crying games – 12 August 2012
Life is full of disappointments, which we have to manage …

The New Olympic Champions – 2 August 2012
London Games bring new opportunities …

Are you a Good Time Manager? – 24 July 2012
We cannot manage time, we can only manage ourselves and our relationship …

Are you rocking at work? – 18 July 2012
People who come together for a common goal can bring about a powerful energy …

Why first impressions matter – 11 July 2012
A picture paints a thousand words, so your appearance needs to say who you are …

Charm alone won’t get you to the top! – 5 July 2012
You may have an entrepreneurial mind, but make sure that you see your ideas …

Respect makes human interactions work – 27 June 2012
It is the most important factor in any relationship …

UK celebrates the Queen’s Jubilee – 20 June 2012
Family, friends and community are the basic markers of our life …

Conflict at work can cause expensive disruption – 13 June 2012
Neutrality is vital and one must be careful not to take a partisan position …

Women and stress: The big, fat, bad news – 8 June 2012
With few support networks, fast-paced careers, high targets and tight deadlines, …

Non-stop boredom can stress you out – 30 May 2012
My work is boring, repetitive and doesn’t challenge me. Each day, …

What to do when you hate your job – 23 May 2012
This is the theme for Britain’s Mental Health Awareness Week which …

Doing good is good for your health – 17 May 2012
Managing pressure at work …

What to do when you hate your job – 17 May 2012
Managing pressure at work …

Self-mastery can improve your life – 10 May 2012
In the words of Leonardo da Vinci “One can have no smaller or greater mastery …

Engage employees for more productivity – 2 May 2012
We all know that we work harder when we feel involved in a particular role or task …

Learn to start the day with a smile – 25 April 2012
According to the lyrics of a popular song, when you’re smiling, the whole world …

Best practice in stress management – 18 April 2012
Synopsis of Show Stress Who’s Boss I delivered to Dubai Knowledge …

Distracted driving can get you killed – 12 April 2012
Being preoccupied behind the wheel of your car is just as dangerous as …

To err is human, to forgive divine – 5 April 2012
We do not always behave or conduct ourselves as we should and there …

Could you start your business? – 28 March 2012
Last week’s column on retirement brought in many letters with people writing to …

Retirement can be good, or bad – 21 March 2012
The other day, I read an article that was headed: ‘Those recently retired should …

Learn how to manage your anger – 14 March 2012
Low self-esteem, in addition to stress, can also be at the heart of an angry …

Celebrating women’s power – 7 March 2012
International Women’s day is a timely reminder to all women to work together …

Paying the high price of fame – 22 February 2012
Being a well-known celebrity, famous politician or businessman/woman may be …

Nurturing entrepreneurs – 15 February 2012
What makes just the seed of an idea become a ‘good’ idea …

Fostering the community spirit – 9 February 2012
Fostering the community spirit Here in London, we have just experienced our …

Think before you press ‘send’ – 1 February 2012
Last week’s column about cyber-bullying brought a good deal of correspondence …

New scourge of cyber bullying – 25 January 2012
Last week I delivered a presentation on workplace bullying to a group of …

Redundancy can strike anyone – 18 January 2012
My client Jeremy Saunders is married and works — or rather did work …

Motivating staff without money – 11 January 2012
So, what are the alternatives? Is it possible for her to motivate her team without …

How to achieve New Year goals – 4 January 2012
Keep a diary, and at the beginning of each month, write down what it is …

Lowdown on managing stress – 29 December 2011
Some of the best way to manage stress …

Share the cheer this season – 21 December 2011
Emirates’ successful union of 40 years ago, is the extraordinary imagination of …

Being prepared doubles the fun – 14 December 2011
This is that time of the year when we may be spending time with friends …

Look no further for success stories – 7 December 2011
Emirates’ successful union of 40 years ago, is the extraordinary imagination of …

Learn to say ‘no’ effectively – 30 November 2011
No-one wanted to give the impression that they were inefficient and incapable …

Conducting exit interviews – 23 November 2011
The interview should be a friendly, two-way conversation with the use of …

Manage stress from the top – 16 November 2011
On Wednesday, November 2, it was National Stress Awareness Day in London …

Does your manager ever talk to you? – 2 November 2011
Many individuals become managers because of their technical skills …

My Career: Understanding how to tame stress – 29 October 2011
Impact of job insecurity and mounting workload take a toll on individuals …

Tackle enemies of efficiency! – 26 October 2011
Are you good at multitasking?” was the question raised …

Are you feeling happy in life? – 19 October 2011
This is such a fundamental question that even British politicians are taking …

Headache turns into heart attack – 11 October 2011
Despite the considerable publicity that is given to mental heath, the topic is still …

Procrastination kills opportunities – 5 October 2011
It was reported last week that an Englishman whose ambition was to climb …

A tidy desk will make work fun – 21 September 2011
A tidy desk will improve your efficiency and make your working time more …

Retirement – 13 September 2011
A time for change …

The stress of letting children go – 7 September 2011
Parenting is a constant ‘letting go’ process which starts when our children are …

Beating the holiday blues – 31 August 2011
We need to change gear and make the necessary adjustments to work mode …

When nothing seems to go right – 24 August 2011
When bad days turn into bad weeks, it is time to take stock and to reflect …

Cellphones and family holidays – 10 August 2011
Making time to go on holiday with the family is a commitment …

Stress and self-destruction – 3 August 2011
Next time that you feel like pressing the self-destruct button …

Summer doesn’t need be stressful! – 27 July 2011
Some children are no longer happy to play in the garden, gather shells on the …

Holidays should be stress-free – 20 July 2011
To perform effectively, we all need to take a break from work that will allow our …

Marketing with technology – 6 July 2011
No longer is it enough to have a book launch with a public signing, one has to …

Tricks of tapping into creativity – 29 June 2011
Are there times in your life when you don’t feel creative? If so, you are not alone …

Knowing how others see you – 22 June 2011
There is nothing more important than respect, trust and a ‘good name‘ …

Treat birthdays as time markers – 15 June 2011
It gives an opportunity to mark another milestone in our lives …

Learn how to work from home – 8 June 2011
There are many rewards from working from home if you can get it right! …

Nature is a great stress reliever – 31 May 2011
I listened very carefully when I heard that Headley Court …

How to drive without stress – 29 May 2011
If you have ever experienced ‘road-rage’, been stuck in a traffic jam …

Engaging the older generation – 18 May 2011
Getting older should be seen as a new chapter in one’s life …

Learning from a royal wedding – 3 May 2011
The wedding itself was an inspiring event, watched by over two billion people …

Keep stress out of retirement – 26 April 2011
It’s important to approach retirement in a positive way …

Make that job interview count – 19 April 2011
As we all know, there is no such thing these days as a “job for life” …

Business thrives on etiquette – 12 April 2011
Have you ever unintentionally insulted an important client by using inappropriate language or humour? …

The art of making good conversation – 5 April 2011
Do you ever feel awkward in conversation with others – either at work or at home? …

Assertiveness: How to say ‘No’ – 29 March 2011
Many people find it difficult to say ‘no’ to any request …

Glass ceilings can be shattered – 21 March 2011
Earlier this month we saw the hundredth International Women’s Day …

Attitude issues can be tackled – 15 March 2011
On occasions, I have been told by various managers …

It is important to believe in yourself – 08 March 2011
The other day, I was sitting with a group of City of London investment bankers …

Making time for your colleagues – 01 March 2011
My trip to Dubai, last month, has been an interesting time …

How bosses can manage tears – 22 February 2011
Last week, one billion Valentine’s Day cards were received worldwide …

Dealing with workplace bullies – 15 February 2011
I have been working in the stress management field for over 20 years …

Put the oomph into extra hours! – 08 February 2011
Are you being asked to work longer for no more money? …

Managing stress good for heart – 01 February 2011
Stress is actually the physical and mental response we experience …

A talking king or a silent mouse – 25 January 2011
Last week, I went to see the widely acclaimed movie, the King’s Speech …

Listening is more than just hearing – 18 January 2011
Social networks seem to be a rather superficial medium …

Lessons from South Africa – 11 January 2011
Although I have been coming out here for the past seven years …

Stay healthy with wise food choices – 28 December 2010
Unfortunately, there is also evidence that unhealthy eating can increase stress levels …

De-stress this Christmas – 21 December 2010
December, in the UK, is often regarded as a stressful time for many different reasons …

Optimising staff performance – 14 December 2010
Performance management is a critical part of the day-to-day administration of any business …

What holds back Emirati women? – 07 December 2010
Although Emirati women have made remarkable advances in the workplace …

Emirati women fit into new roles – 30 November 2010
We heard from many Emirati career women …

Managing royal pressure at work – 23 November 2010
There will be enormous stresses to overcome …

Is your office a bully-free zone? – 16 November 2010
Being bullied …

Communication is the key word – 09 November 2010
I know that this is going to ‘date’ me …

Motivating entrepreneurs – 02 November 2010
Entrepreneurship is the prime factor …

Offering shares to boost morale – 26 October 2010
Issuing shares because you can’t afford salaries …

A miner miracle in Chile’s desert – 19 October 2010
The rescued miners …

Make time to lend an ear to others – 12 October 2010
In our everyday lives …

Leaders always have another way – 05 October 2010
Tenacity, commitment, self-belief and vision are essential for today’s entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship: Can it be taught? – 21 September 2010
The popular image of the tycoon …

Stress-busting tips for empty nesters – 14 September 2010
When it is time for children to “leave the nest” …

Resilience in the face of adversity – 07 September 2010
The months that trapped Chilean miners will have to endure …

Dealing with stress at school – 31 August 2010
Back-to-school stress in very young pupils …

Networking and social behaviour – 10 August 2010
A good business network group is very like an elite social circle …

Learning to deal with aggression – 03 August 2010
Anger management is an important part of stress management training …

Let’s take a cue from camels – 27 July 2010
Milking parlour is undoubtedly a workplace …

Managing the wall of silence – 20 July 2010
The prospect of an interviewee quietly thinking out a good answer …

Resilience sets achievers apart – 13 July 2010
Through resilience and stamina the impossible can be achieved …

Wrong calls are no excuse to lose it – 06 July 2010
Last week, I was here in Dubai …

Posture-related workplace stress – 22 June 2010
A new report from the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy …

Fast food raises workplace stress – 15 June 2010
Hearing the national debate …

Rocky roads of the Middle East – 08 June 2010
Many foreigners might be surprised …

Don’t abuse right to social media – 01 June 2010
The number of users of the social networking site …

Take deep breaths when you are tense – 25 May 2010
A few weeks ago, this column introduced the theme of Emotional Intelligence …

Silent suffering may just kill you – 18 May 2010
They call it “solitary silence” …

Volcano leads to corporate change – 27 April 2010
A poll of 600 of the UK’s leading employers …

Chill out to remember more – 13 April 2010
A fascinating new insight …

Enforced leisure has benefits – 06 April 2010
A typical reaction …

Make the best of every situation – 30 March 2010
It is ironic …

Cutting through email overload – 23 March 2010
The biggest challenge is to step away …

Role of emotions in assessing IQ – 16 March 2010
The limitations of the IQ Test …

Always expect the unexpected – 09 March 2010
Adapting to sudden changes …

Sleeplessness and performance – 02 March 2010
We’re always told we should make sure we get plenty of sleep …

Dubai: Resilient despite hardship – 23 February 2010
Well according to the latest figures …

Training staff pays dividends – 16 February 2010
Among many other distinctions …

A mix of vision and sheer guts – 09 February 2010
The prospect of visiting the world’s highest observation deck …

Warm hearts shine through – 02 February 2010
At one small firm …

Looking forward in the new decade – 26 January 2010
Logically, there is nothing significant about a new digit in the date …

Smoking divisive in the workplace – 19 January 2010
There are not many people now who would really want to put the clock back …

Burj Khalifa floors its critics – 12 January 2010
There was immense global interest …

Rich lists in poor years – 04 January 2010
The 2009 Arab rich list …

Get linked in to your business – 30 December 2009
Social business networking …

City of Life shows symbiotic Dubai – 22 December 2009
Filmed entirely in Dubai …

Smaller business equals less stress – 15 December 2009
The global survey by Regus …

Stress of vanishing lunch breaks – 08 December 2009
To be seen at your desk between noon and 2pm …

A world centre of excellence – 01 December 2009
Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the US last year …

Different levels of listening – 24 November 2009
Recently, I wrote about my part in launching UK’s ‘National Stress Awareness Day’ …

Quitting the fast lane can do good – 17 November 2009
Watching those teams of men down in the bay …

Spreading the word on stress – 10 November 2009
You can imagine how fulfilling it was for me …

Not just a gleam of optimism – 03 November 2009
I detected an abundance of confidence …

Dubai emerging leaner, stronger – 27 October 2009
Knowing the Dubai business world as I do …

New light on e-mail stress – 20 October 2009
As a specialist in work-related stress …

Stigma shadows mental illness – 13 October 2009
In the run-up to last week’s World Mental Health Day …

Learn how to walk off stress – 06 October 2009
UAE residents are only walking half the distance they should …

Curious effects of realty cycles – 29 September 2009
House-prices are down by almost half …

Stretching out reduced salaries – 22 September 2009
When you hear about redundancies in the media …

Technologies have their limits – 15 September 2009
If any business centre …

The value of an exit interview – 08 September 2009
The exit interview …

Economic value of a makeover – 01 September 2009
Dubai and London …

Back-to-school a stress for parents – 25 August 2009
To me, the handling of back-to-school pressures …

Make use of the ‘survival smile’ – 18 August 2009
A smile costs you nothing …

How to shine in job interviews – 11 August 2009
Job interviews combine so many different kinds of stress …

Stress relief on track in Dubai – 04 August 2009
The opening of the Metro …

Relocation need not be stressful – 28 July 2009
Apart from a major accident such as a fire …

Don’t fall victim to being a ‘thief of time’ – 26 July 2009
Key time management …

Constructive criticism is safer – 21 July 2009
Stress can often be relieved by grumbling …

Sheer strain of life at the top – 07 July 2009
The dramatic death of Michael Jackson …

Brainstorming is not stress-proof – 30 June 2009
Brainstorming sessions are meant to be the offer you can’t refuse …

Fixating on flu figures of no help – 23 June 2009
So the swine flu threat has now been officially graded as a pandemic …

Accident risk up due to stress – 18 June 2009
I have often been involved in the aftermath of industrial accidents …

Coping with constant change – 09 June 2009
Just eighteen months ago …

Always stand out from the crowd – 04 June 2009
A year like this …

Self-belief helps overcome odds – 27 May 2009
Dubai is expected shortly to welcome …

Unemployment can make you ill – 19 May 2009
The link between unemployment and poor health …

Fostering a sense of shared values – 12 May 2009
It is reported that the new Dubai Metro …

Ties that bind family companies – 05 May 2009
Exactly a year ago, I had the privilege …

Accepting the depressing reality – 28 April 2009
Perhaps you celebrated Depression Awareness Week …

Book reading relieves stress – 21 April 2009
Hard on the heels of my column about the value of music therapy …

The real value of motivation – 14 April 2009
Perhaps you felt as cheered as I did …

Healing effects of art and music – 07 April 2009
If you attended the recent Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival …

Pregnancy care in the office – 31 March 2009
It had to happen …

The green isn’t gained from envy – 24 March 2009
Any magazine publisher intent on boosting flagging sales …

When debates are not gender neutral – 17 March 2009
The usual conflict that is often apparent between men and women in the boardroom …

Recession gives rise to office rage – 10 March 2009
Everybody has noticed it …

Stress of interim management – 03 March 2009
The practice of hiring temporary managers …

Emotive issue of managing absence – 24 February 2009
Is Absence Management a function that you can outsource? …

What makes up corporate theft? – 17 February 2009
A company’s ownership of its equipment …

Appraisals key to productivity – 10 February 2009
Nearly a third of employees in the Middle East …

Dealing with the sickness-culture – 03 February 2009
Many of my UAE clients are interested in hearing about workplace developments …

Relocation stress a major concern – 27 January 2009
It will be a relief for the UAE expatriates …

Spouse effects in the workplace – 20 January 2009
The idea of employing a married couple …

Don’t fret over gloomy forecasts – 13 January 2009
The first days of 2009 have proved fertile ground for forecasts by business experts …

Irrational fears can hit morale – 30 December 2008
Take a worst-case scenario …

Trauma linked to redundancy – 23 December 2008
A year ago in this column, I raised the less-understood topic of “Survivor Guilt” …

The answer lies in style management – 16 December 2008
With the credit crunch now hardening into world recession …

The inefficient electronic office – 09 December 2008
Twice before, this column has singled out e-mail as a factor in excessive workplace pressure …

Complex world of ‘Queen Bee’ – 02 December 2008
Fact: Women working for a female boss are more stressed-out than when they work for a male …

Compassionate yes, but not casual – 25 November 2008
The decision on whether or not to grant an employee compassionate leave …

Let salary issues stay confidential – 18 November 2008
By tradition, your salary is a private matter …

Handling the high-flyer – 04 November 2008
If you find you’ve got a ‘star performer’ in your department …

The flaws of age discrimination – 28 October 2008
London: The British employment laws which prohibit age discrimination …

Take a breather, keep the edge – 21 October 2008
The standard corporate reaction to the credit crunch …

The myth of indispensability – 13 October 2008
As the credit crunch worsens …

Quitting work – for a baby! – 07 October 2008
It is perhaps the ultimate workplace stressor …

Virtual assets security in focus – 30 September 2008
Workplace security has shifted its emphasis …

Caring no less for their work – 23 September 2008
In the UK, with its ageing population …

Resilient at the toughest times – 16 September 2008
If you’re worried about rising costs and escalating rents …

A touch of the Ramadan spirit – 08 September 2008
The wider community’s reaction to Ramadan …

Shock effect of credit crunch – 01 September 2008
Surely it can’t be happening in Dubai – not here, of all places! …

Organising your thinking time – 26 August 2008
It’s a branch of time management that’s not usually covered in the manuals …

Winning medals in corporate world – 19 August 2008
The Olympic Games manage to hold the attention of millions …

Overlooked for promotion – 12 August 2008
As an adviser to corporate business on personal development …

Maddening pace of e-mail dialogue – 05 August 2008
Two recent reports from the UK confirm the relentless rise of e-mail-related stress …

Role of stress in road accidents – 29 July 2008
The startling rise of almost 50 per cent in fatal road accidents …

Proven value of the ‘power nap’ – 22 July 2008
With our sort of climate, this surely ought to be ‘siesta’ country …

Female ‘stage fright’ in the UAE boardroom – 08 July 2008
In the UAE, where not all managers have fully adjusted to the sound of a female voice in the boardroom …

Breaking bad news at workplace – 30 June 2008
The duty of breaking bad news …

Drawbacks to flexible working – 23 June 2008
Flexible working has generally received a good press ever since it was introduced …

Using tough love to get results – 16 June 2008
The skills shortage in industry is focusing attention on how to grow your own high-flyers …

How and when to say ‘no’ to a request – 09 June 2008
The ‘yes/no’ response may sound like something small and mechanical …

Learning from family businesses – 02 June 2008
Last week, it was my privilege to present the final keynote at a major UAE conference on family business …

Role of laughter in anti-stress therapy – 20 May 2008
The popular folk-idea that ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ …

Making incentives more inventive – 13 May 2008
If anyone doubts the continuing importance of employee incentives …

Cyclical rhythms of work and rest – 06 May 2008
The increasingly blurred distinction between being ‘on-duty’ and ‘off-duty’ has played havoc with our traditional rhythms of work and rest …

Motivational theory and key managers – 28 April 2008
When a key manager moves on to a new job …

Advantages of multicultural teams – 21 April 2008
As Dubai becomes steadily more multicultural …

Plan for disaster before it’s too late – 14 April 2008
After the Al Ghantoot traffic pile-up …

Lighting up both the sides of life – 08 April 2008
With my English background, the new plans to turn Dubai Creek into the cultural hub of Dubai city instantly spark-off two reactions …

Email-related stress in the workplace is a growing problem – 01 April 2008
A few months ago, I singled-out emails as a growing workplace stressor …

Fast track to post trauma recovery – 27 March 2008
Just the other week, I warned in this column of the need for self-restraint on the road …

Office layout can relieve pressure – 18 March 2008
In trying to identify the workplace pressures that can cause stress …

The shock of a workplace suicide – 11 March 2008
A suicide in the workplace is fortunately a very rare occurrence …

Importance of delegating jobs – 04 March 2008
One of the commonest complaints about a manager …

Virtual bullying at the workplace – 25 February 2008
Workplace cyber-bullying is a particularly unwelcome side-effect of the hi-tech office …

Avoiding stress during holidays – 19 February 2008
Workplace stress is usually about mounting pressure around the office …

Stress of public speaking at work – 11 February 2008
Many executives do not realise that a large part of their job often involves some form of speaking before an audience …

Health and work stress: The link – 04 February 2008
In the wake of last week’s biggest-ever health conference in the Gulf …

A formula for stress-free driving – 29 January 2008
For Dubai’s motorists, the New Year has not begun well …

How to succeed in working from home – 22 January 2008
It is well-known that holidays cause stress …

When pressure turns into violence – 15 January 2008
There are few workplace experiences that are so stressful as witnessing a sudden outburst of violence …

Work stress and UAE dimension – 08 January 2008
The very conditions that have enabled Dubai’s explosive commercial success …

Taking a critical view of regulations – 01 January 2008
Regulations are such an ever-present feature of office life …

How not to get lost in your mails – 24 December 2007
A curious feature of today’s business life is that the ’emergency-crisis’ atmosphere has now taken over as the norm …

Do you have enough hours in the day? – 17 December 2007
If you find yourself complaining too regularly about ‘pressure on your time’ …

The positive side of writing reports – 10 December 2007
For a busy director, the writing of a major report can generate a surprising degree of stress …

Role of networking in job-hunting – 03 December 2007
Job-hunting should be the engine that drives your career …

A misunderstood stress symptom – 27 November 2007
In the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as a fire or an air-crash …

Stress of living the expatriate life – 20 November 2007
And if the Dubai way of life is stressful enough for a local …

Handling Dubai’s traffic chaos calmly – 13 November 2007
Notwithstanding the opening of the new floating bridge over the creek …

Change offers a growth opportunity – 06 November 2007
Any prospect of major organisational change …

The art of moving negotiations forward – 29 October 2007
Anyone who regularly conducts negotiations soon learns a good deal about the theory of conversation …

Eternal cycle of goals and rewards – 22 October 2007
Today’s workplace is clearly asking for burnout …

How to keep fit in today’s workplace – 15 October 2007
Managing personal stress is basically one long challenge …

Over-attending isn’t a workplace virtue – 09 October 2007
We all know about the ever-growing external pressures that force us to work longer and longer hours …

Outsiders make better mediators – 02 October 2007
Workplace stress often leads to situations where colleagues refuse to work together or even speak to each other …

How to deal with bullying from below – 25 September 2007
Bullying is commonly identified with the abuse of visible power …

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