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If you’re miserable at work, let it out

Well perhaps not quite..but that's the title of an interview with me in the Australian Financial Review.  Fiona Smith and I talked about emotion at work and how rigidly enforced rules contribute to what's acceptable and not express emotionally in organisations. The interview was conducted in advance of my trip to Australia in June where I will be running some seminars on this topic.

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The Web and TV, a sibling rivalry

This TED talk from Technorati's Peter Hirshberg on how the relationship between TV and the Web has evolved is fascinating. There's a lovely piece at the beginning where he interviews a group of 'tweenies' about which is more important TV or the web...you can probably guess the answer...There's also interesting archive footage of Marshall McLuhan talking about the 'global village' which, as Hirshberg suggests is eerily contemporary if you substitute blogosphere... the global village is as big as a planet ... [read more]

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Managing personal relationships at work

I'll be appearing on the Ryan Tubridy show on RTE Radio 1 next Monday morning talking to Ryan about relationships at work - personal and social ones; how we manage them and don't; the 'rules' and boundaries etc. I'll post some of my thoughts here and a link to the podcast next week. In the meantime if anyone has any comments or thoughts on the subject I'd be delighted to hear from you. Update: The podcast is here (date ... [read more]

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There has to be room for love

How to remain visible in the face of death? Bringing Nuala O’Faolain on her final wish to see Berlin before she died was a sad and memorable journey, but also one of fun and optimism. For the writer whose memoir in German translation was entitled Just don’t become invisible, this was a remarkable way of staying alive Today’s newspapers in Ireland are infused with images and memories of Nuala O’Faolain. Her radio interview a month ago with Marian ... [read more]

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Adam Phillips podcasts

Wandering around cyberspace this week looking for interesting podcasts to take with me on the flight to New York at the end of the week brought me to these conversations with Adam Phillips. In BBC Radio 4's Open Book Phillips talks about his most recent book Side Effects and in this shorter clip he talks about Going Sane. There's a longer interview with Phillips recorded at the New York Public Library in May of last year here.

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Who am I being that my players' eyes are not shining

Benjamin Zander, conductor and author of The Art of Possibility speaks about leadership in this podcast. One of my favourite quotes is: Who am I being that my players' eyes are not shining? Click here to listen Hat tip to Chris

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Email – knowing its place

If E-mail is e-mail then instant messaging is e-whispering or epassinganoteatthebackoftheclass Check out Matt Moore's simple and very sophisticated presentation on email and where it fits in the landscape of web 2.0 in Peak Email - A Fairy Story. | View | Upload your own

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Podcast: Confidentiality at work

How important is confidentiality at work? and how much of my product offering as a consultant is the guarantee that whatever is told to me will be held in confidence? Are consultants professional secret keepers? and how much of our work is containing and sanitising misdemeanours offering them back as palatable organisational learnings? What or whom are we minding? Following my previous post on confidentiality I invited Johnnie Moore and Matt Moore to talk about these and other confidential ... [read more]

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A Stroke of Insight

So who are we? We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are -- I am -- the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses ... [read more]

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Ryan Tubridy gets emotional

Ryan Tubridy asked ‘is it ever right to show emotion in the workplace” on last Wednesday’s show. While I was glad to see this issue discussed on national radio I was really disheartened that the show didn’t appear to take the opportunity to challenge the most basic of myths about emotion i.e. women cry and men get angry; emotion has to be ‘controlled’; emotion is ‘personal’; emotional behaviour has to be taken out of the work environment. Hopes ... [read more]

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