The latest hybrid is here – the working week

The latest hybrid is here – the working week

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that hospitality venues and tourism facilities in England can reopen from the oddly Trumpian 4th July. Social distancing rules will also be eased, from two metres to a racy “one metre plus” which seems to mean arm’s-length with small print. There…

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As the pandemic evolves, ensure your business relationships have not slipped out of tune

As the pandemic evolves, ensure your business relationships have not slipped out of tune

In the UK, we are emerging from the late May bank holiday. How did we mark it? Did we even notice? For the front line, there was precious little pause for relaxation, gardening, and DIY. For the furloughed and the working from home, yet more…

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Effective communication in the Time of Corona

Effective communication in the Time of Corona

The mainstream media are incorrigible. That drive and tenacity which compels journalists to leave no stone unturned in their investigations, to negotiate access to the world’s scariest war zones can also sometimes undermine their judgment of what constitutes effective communication. Now is just such a time….

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As soon as it is safe to do so, we must prioritise a reboot of real human contact

As soon as it is safe to do so, we must prioritise a reboot of real human contact

Week three of lockdown in London has an eery feel to it. The first two weeks were more focused, functional almost – week one: eat too much, drink immoderately, fret about loo paper, edit diary; week two: establish an exercise regime, perfect queuing and swerving…

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Handshakes are going viral (but not in a good way)

Handshakes are going viral (but not in a good way)

As the world wrestles with coronavirus (COVID-19), a more mundane subtext has entered our daily lives. How do we greet each other? How do we part when our time together is over? Specifically, the handshake, one of the most common gestures used by the humans when…

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In today’s workplace, the importance of finding someone to talk to

In today’s workplace, the importance of finding someone to talk to

Much of my work as a business relationship consultant involves in depth face-to-face interviews. To find out what’s really on someone’s mind, nothing can ever replace the richness and flexibility of a conversation. This kind of feedback really is a gift. Pretty regularly, when one of…

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