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A World of Words

2016 August 2
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by Prosperos World

Many languages have some great words that just don’t translate well.  Those words seem to say something about differing priorities in the cultures that use them.  What does your everyday vocabulary say about what preoccupies you?



A Masterclass In Speech Writing

2016 July 26
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by Prosperos World

You may need to listen a couple of times to see past the brilliant delivery to the content.

Who’s Fault Is It?

2016 July 8
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by Prosperos World

Dr Brené Brown speaks powerfully about blame.  If you find yourself looking for someone to blame for the weather, your lunch being a bit boring, or a client being unhappy, then Brené understands your pain.

The RSA brings her thoughts alive with a little animation.  It’s well worth a watch.

Avoiding blame, looking for solutions; avoiding sympathy, focusing on empathy; and setting sensible boundaries are all great leadership qualities that are often overlooked in favour of more combative traits.  Balance matters.

Brexit For Managers

2016 June 24
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by Prosperos World

Longings The UK has voted to leave the EU, there’s not much you can do to change that today.  Managers are often surprised by the amount of trust and respect that their employees have for them.  Many will find themselves being pulled aside by employees over the coming days to be asked what “Brexit” will mean for the organisation, and for them as individuals.

It doesn’t matter how you voted, if you voted, or if you had the right to vote in this election, that’s not what your employee needs to know.  Employees want to know if they’ll still have the right to live and work where they are, if their job is safe and whether any major movement of employees is scheduled.

You may have a clear set of guidelines from your organisation, that help you to frame the conversation.   As a manager you likely won’t know the answers to all their questions, and that’s OK, it’s even OK to say it, but it’s important to do so in a way that’s reassuring and honest, rather than nervous and filled with speculation.  Not knowing the answer isn’t a failure, but not acknowledging the concern will only make it grow.

The most honest answer for most questions for most people today is “we don’t know, and it will take some time for everything to work out, there will be opportunities and threats for our organisation, and we’ll work to ensure the best outcomes.  In the meantime, carry on doing a great job.”

Brave conversations are an important part of the manager’s role.



Microsoft to Aquire LinkedIn

2016 June 13
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by Prosperos World

Microsoft are planning on buying LinkedIn in for $26.2bn in cash.  Here’s why:


The Ultimate TED Talk

2016 June 13
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by Prosperos World

You’ve probably seen a TED talk before.  If you have you may have been inspired.  This TED style talk may inspire you too, quite what you’ll be inspired to do we don’t know, but all the elements are there to engage and motivate you, all it’s missing is the point.

It is a masterclass in giving a, well, masterclass, in thought leading.

Making the Most of a Potential Advertising Disaster

2016 June 10
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by Prosperos World

The nice people at Licor Beirao spent good money on an advertising board at Wembley stadium, making the most of their home country Portugal playing England in a warm up for the Euro2016 tournament.

They got rather more exposure than they bargained for when Portugal’s Bruno Alves lost his head, almost taking England striker Harry Kane’s with him.

Their media team came up with this fun response to make the most of their moment in the spotlight …

Speedy Review Checklist

2016 June 3
by Prosperos World

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When you want to review what’s happened –  at a meeting, on a project, or in a conflict situation- speedy three step plan helps you to stay objective and focus on improvements.  Give it a try.

  1. Agree FACTS

    Standards – What should happen?
    Performance – What did happen?
    Difference – Any unacceptable gaps?

  2. Agree CAUSES

    Open with open questions
    Listen to the answers
    Don’t jump to conclusions

  3. Agree ACTION

    Focus on facts – What needs to be done, by whom and by when?
    Set progress review date
    Summaries positively
    Take agreed action



Skills for Establishing Rapport in Interviews

2016 May 22
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by Prosperos World

If you want to get the best from your applicants, you can help yourself by building up trust and encouraging openness.


  • Arrange the room layout
    Sit at adjacent sides to a table; avoid direct across-the-desk positions, alternatively dispense with a table altogether.
  • Maintain intermittent eye contact
  • Look positive and interested
  • Show concern, surprise, amusement
    reflect emotional responses, facial expression and tone of voice.
  • Sit forward at times, work at the desk with the candidate when appropriate
    use space and body posture.
  • Leave silence
    when the candidate needs to reflect over issues.

What’s Your Star Wars MBTI Type?

2016 May 4
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by Prosperos World

On May the Fourth we just couldn’t help ourselves.  Here’s the chart for your Star Wars MBTI type…



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