Author Archive | Anne Riches

Managing Personalities at Work

Workplaces bring together a diverse array of personalities and professional styles. This diversity can be extremely productive or it can be a major headache for everyone, especially managers. Interpersonal relationships and people’s reactions require a lot of our attention and energy. We need insight into other employees as well as our own leadership style.

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Great Shark Expectations

I would like to talk about how life’s little surprises can sometimes catch us out – and what to do about it! In particular I’m going to talk about the role of expectations at work, and how that relates to my search for Great White Sharks in the Neptune Islands, off Port Lincoln in South […]

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Almonds Out of Control – A Man Dies

In the beautiful city of Sydney where water restrictions are imposed, an elderly man was watering his garden. It was legal. He was watering his roses in the late afternoon, within the time limits imposed by the water restrictions in his neighbourhood. A younger man passed by. It seems that the men exchanged words about […]

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Do You Work in a Culture of Fear and Loathing?

The article I am looking at described a leaked copy of an internal culture survey as “a grim portrait of chronically poor morale and employees who feel undervalued, restricted in how they go about their work and disengaged from decision-making processes.” Whether the article is accurate or not, I wondered how many employees in any […]

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The Almond Effect ®

Have you ever just ‘lost it’? Said or done something and then wished the earth would open up and swallow you whole as you died of embarrassment? There is a neuro-scientific reason why these things happen. I call it ‘The Almond Effect’ ®.

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