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Five things to keep in mind before you end a meeting

To maximise effect of meetings, actively design conversation, to ensure alignment and clarity on next steps, close conversations effectively

Positive psychology has one message: be happy

Tal Ben-Shahar taught the most popular course in the history of Harvard on positive psychology. He lived in SA for five years after his family moved here when he was nine years old. He learned to speak English and became a Junior Springbok in squash. Picture: BLOOMBERG

The aim of Tal Ben-Shahar’s courses is to boost employees’ leadership potential, but the happiness training is the most intriguing aspect of his work

People science replaces punch clock to inspire employees

Venture capitalist John Doerr aims to track worker progresss in open systems that all in a company can see.  Picture: BLOOMBERG

With new software, employees and their bosses set long-and short-term goals, and, over time, log their progress on a digital dashboard that everyone can see and comment on

HOW TO... Use kitchen rules to be a better leader

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Auguste Coetzer, director at executive search firm Talent Africa, believes many of the skills needed in a well-run kitchen are as applicable to leading a team or organisation

How to be a successful networker

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Networking has own set of best practices such as conducting research, face-to-face meetings, clear plan on how you can help, not asking for favours

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ON WORK: Your rudeness in reception could be used against you

How people arrive at and leave an office building provides rewarding insights for companies


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