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How to laugh your way to better well-being

Organisational Success Podcast

Laughter is one of those behaviours that often gets overlooked in organisations. Nice when it happens but we don’t want to much of it when we are working. A study by researcher Anna Hatchard has looked at the impact of laughter on well-being, particularly stress, burnout and mental health.  In this podcast David interviews Anna […]

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Does failure really lead to learning and innovation?

Innovation

Innovation and failure There is a saying in business about failure. You are going to fail. Many times. So fail fast and learn fast. The standard rhetoric around failure and organisations encountering problems and disruptions are that it invariably leads to innovative problem-solving and innovation. The question is whether this idea that failure leads to […]

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Occupational licensing increases prices and reduces entrants? A new study

Occupational licensing

A new study looking at the impact of occupational, professional licensing, its core intentions, and potential downsides has had some interesting findings. Occupational and professional licensing is an increasing phenomenon, which has grown alongside increasing the professionalisation of occupations. A previous (2013) study found that approximately 30% of the entire workforce is required to gain […]

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The Enablers of Evidence-Based Management – Research Interview

The OR Podcast

Moving into a more evidence-based approach to management within organisations is often a noble cause, but the actual process is often fraught with a range of problems and issues. Understanding what enables an evidence-based management approach within an organisation is a key research issue. In this podcast researcher Christian Criado-Perez from The University of New South […]

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How to protect yourself from the effects of an authoritarian leader

Psychological resilience

There has been a growing interest over the last 5 to 10 years in the concept of employee or psychological resilience within organisations and in organisational research. Some of the reasons for this increased interest in resilience include evidence of: • increased performance• increased tolerance to uncertainty and ambiguity• more positive reactions to change However, […]

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New research: The shift between T-Shaped & Key-shaped employees

T & Key shaped people

Traditional ways of thinking about employee and manager skills are being upended by the pace of change. The T-shaped employee is being replaced by Key-Shaped employees and managers… In 1978 an almost unreported paper published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Journal, The Engineering Management Review by Denis Johnson a little-known electronics engineer, […]

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Is Laissez-faire leadership really the leadership style to avoid? – New study

Laissez-faire leadership

New research about Laissez-faire leadership may challenge your previous thoughts and ideas about this style of leadership and whether it really is as bad as it is held out to be. Nature of Leadership The nature or style of leadership in organisations has been shown in many, many studies to have a significant impact on […]

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The Fundamentals of Conscious Leadership: What you need to know

The OR Podcast

Conscious leadership. What is it? Why is it different? And why every leader and anyone responsible for leadership development should understand it. Concious leadership, what is it and what do leaders and anyone in leadership development need to know? In this pod cast oi Conscious Leadership – Interview with Steve McIntosh In this podcast David […]

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Conscious and Spiritual Leadership – a Discussion About the Research

Organisational Success Podcast

Conscious and Spiritual Leadership What are conscious and spiritual leadership approaches? How do they fit together, and what does the research say about these two perspectives on leadership? In this podcast David talks with consultant, interfaith minister and researcher David Wetton about all aspects of spiritual and conscious leadership, dispelling several myths and misunderstandings about […]

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Career adaptability and high-performance working practices – a new study

Career adaptability

Career adaptability and high-performance working practices are critical factors in helping organisations and their employees to deal with fast-paced change, as well as uncertainty and ambiguity in their roles and tasks. One of the central themes to emerge from recent research about key worker competencies is that of employee adaptability. What studies are showing on […]

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