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5 Ways to Support Your LGBTQ+ Colleagues

A number of countries are celebrating Pride this month, including the U.K., U.S. and Australia. And yet, despite progress and increased public support for LGBTQ+ equality in recent times, many people who belong to the community are still discriminated against, in the workplace and outside of it. In fact, according to data collected by the...

Three Reasons Answers Are More Important Than Questions

In grade school, you learned about the six “WH” questions (why, what, when, where, who, how). You did not learn about a parallel list of answer types. I’ve picked out three quotes for this piece that I consider to be representative of society’s thought leaders. These luminaries, too, are focused upon questions, not answers: “Judge a man...

Building Community – #MTtalk Roundup

Six years ago, I started participating in various Twitter chats and fell in love with the idea of being virtually connected to like-minded people across the globe. I suggested to Mind Tools that we should also host a regular Twitter chat. Little did I know that we would go on to build such a fantastic online community. One of our regular...

Is Working Long Hours at Home Killing You?

Working long hours isn’t new – we’ve all stayed late at work to finish an upcoming project, or worked through a lunch break or two. But did you know that working long hours could actually be killing you? Working Hours: What You Told Us We recently asked our social media followers whether COVID-19 had affected their working hours,...

You’re Never Too Old: My Midlife Career Change

Until recently, I believed that a career change at 50 was almost impossible. No one wants to invest in someone with such limited working life left, I thought. Fortunately, I have a much more optimistic view now, having achieved a midlife career change unexpectedly. I’ve just started my new career as a transport manager for a local fencing...

Building Connectedness – #MTtalk Roundup

If we accept that the theory around Six Degrees of Separation is accurate, then we are only six steps away from a relationship with someone, anyone, throughout the entire world. Hungarian Frigyes Karinthy wrote about this phenomenon long before the invention of the internet, in his 1929 short story, “Chains.” But the Six Handshake Rule, as...

Beware the Seductive Seven: My Expert Interview With Kristen Cox

When Kristen Cox was at college she was losing her sight. The professionals trying to help her focused on how she could make the most of her remaining vision. This involved her hauling a cart around campus, piled high with large-print books. That approach didn’t work. “It would take me an hour just to read one page in a book with...

Language That Divides — Join Our #MTtalk

Please Join Us! What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: May 21, 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. BST/10:30 p.m. IST)  Topic: Language That Divides  Host: @Mind_Tools   About This Week’s Chat  “You cannot say something about something without revealing something about yourself.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana,...

Diversity Dividend Pays off With Rebel Ideas

Does it ever seem like the people around you are quite similar? To you and each other. I get that feeling playing soccer. My weekly game has six Alastairs in it. If you walked by, all you’d hear is, “Al! One-two,” “Square ball, Ally,” or “Goal-side, Aaahl,” shouted over and over. We kind of look the same, too. Middle-aged, beer-bellied men, well past...

Surveillance and Micromanagement – a Tale From the Frontline

As parts of the world begin to emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, many employees are celebrating the new liberties that remote working has delivered. Whether that’s the opportunity to manage their hours with more autonomy, or the simple relief of making a second cup of tea without worrying that their colleagues are judging them. It’s been a revelation....

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