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Changing the perception of change management

Change is not easy. Effective change management requires deep understanding of how individual attitudes and perceptions affect people’s responses to change, utilising techniques to reduce resistance and creating an environment in which people respond positively to change. Change can be emotionally intense, often creating confusion, frustration or anxiety, and because it can be so draining, it can lead to burnout and can put into motion a cycle that leads to an even greater resistance to change. It’s highly likely that at some point businesses will face an organisational or structural change, such as mergers, acquisitions or reorganisations, and it’s the role of the leader to deliver news th

Team leadership – driving success through compassion

According to research, leaders who chose compassion over self-interest in their dealings with others are more likely to be successful, as well as help others succeed. Leaders who are humble, agreeable and compassionate are more likely to be liked and respected by their peers and team members, driving increased levels of motivation and productivity. On the other hand, self-focus and narcissism can harm your team’s culture and drive people away. Self-centered leaders also often put unreasonable pressure on their teams, which can initiate a stress response that negatively effects employees as well as employers, and can result in poor team morale, increased number of sick days and high employee

How to connect with your team through storytelling

How people feel about work is only partly about the actual work. It’s equally important how they see their work – is it a mindless task or an irrelevant compliance activity? Or, do they see it as being part of something important and feel inspired to be connected to the bigger picture? Changing the way how people look at their work can change the way they feel about their work. Storytelling has the power to present new perspectives and influence mindsets of others. The latest neuroscience research confirms that irrespective of the way we present the story – words, gestures or pictures – our brains create connections with the specific people and their feelings in the story and this connection

When burnout becomes a business issue

Last week, burnout has been officially classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a clinical condition resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. WHO announced last Tuesday that burnout will be added as an official syndrome in their International Classification of Diseases Handbook, which goes into effect in January 2022. According to the WHO’s guidelines, medical professionals can diagnose burnout where the individual is experiencing feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance, negativism or cynicism related to their work or reduced professional efficacy. The organisational impact of burnout Recent years have seen incr


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