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How to Manage Fear in the Workplace

Fear – it’s one of the certainties in life, along with death and taxes. We see its impact in both organisational and personal life. 

Just last week Mike Ashley hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, when the fear culture at Sports Direct was uncovered. This week, it’s the football hooligans spreading fear throughout Euro 2016 who are in the news.  

And its negative impact is far-reaching. Fear has a cascade effect – it doesn’t just impact those directly involved. Take a look at the current situation at Euro 2016 to see this. Football hooligans clash; fans not involved end up afraid, some coming home early, others are left wondering whether of not to travel after all.

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How to Communicate Difficult Messages with Confidence

Few leaders relish sharing difficult messages. 

Fears about what to say, how to deal with other people's responses, and concern for the individuals impacted, can knock even an experienced leader's confidence.

But business is not always plain sailing, and communicating tough messages is an inevitable part of being a leader in any organisation.

At CommsMasters, we've helped empower leaders across many types of industries to handle these conversations well, and given them the tools they need to succeed.

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5 Ways to Identify Unhealthy Thinking

How can you be more effective without simply spending more and more time at the coalface?

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A C-Level Nightmare – Fear in the Workplace

With Hallowe'en upon us, our thoughts turn to things that go bump in the night and what may be lurking in the shadows at the bottom of the garden. We all like to get the adrenaline flowing with a scary movie or spooking the kids, all done with the knowledge that we are secure in our homes and the witch next door is not real...

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Death, Taxes... and Fear

In my previous blog I proposed that, in addition to death and taxes there is, in fact, one other certainty in life – and that is we all feel fear on a regular basis.

And I believe that fear in the workplace is not only time-consuming and costly but that it creates blockages in communication, stifles innovation and gets in the way of business progress.

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Death and Taxes Aren't the Only Certainties in Life

I disagree with the old adage that the only certainties in life are death and taxes.

There is a third – and that is that we will all feel fear on a regular basis.

It's a major part of being human.

Cialdini's research shows that we are more driven by fear (of loss) than we are by desire (for gain).

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Fear, Formula One and Learning from Mistakes

What's the link between a high-performance Formula One car and fear in the workplace?

Well, that's precisely what business leaders from around the UK are going to be exploring at our Business Leaders' Seminar this Friday.

Our guest speaker Mark Jenkins, Professor of Business Strategy and Director of Community for Strategy, People & Leadership at Cranfield School of Management, will be sharing insights from his research into teamwork, leadership and innovation in the cut-throat industry that is Formula One.

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The World's Confusing – it’s Not Just Your Communication!

Watching Charlie Brooker's 2014 Wipe (BBC2) at the end of last year, I enjoyed this short film by Adam Curtis, the controversial documentary filmmaker.

In his film, Curtis suggests that politicians disempower voters by disseminating confusing and contradictory information.

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Effective Leaders Choose the Tough Option

Travelling by train today, a woman in her mid-twenties sat in the seat in front of me.

Shortly after she sat down, she began to sob loudly – enough to draw the attention of the people in the carriage around her.

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Keep Your Head Below the Parapet!

It's that time of year when bright young students head off to university to start their various degrees, bright young graduates enter the workforce to start their various careers, and oldies like me – and Financial Times columnist and author Lucy Kellaway – wonder where the years have gone since we, too, were all bright and shiny.

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