Good Stress, Bad Stress and Engagement

Good Stress, Bad Stress and Engagement

Stress is bad, right? Well, it turns out the truth is not quite so simple. People at work have a range of “stressors” which affect them, some of which improve their well-being and some of which damage it. In effect stressors come in two flavours (eg...

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Does your career have true meaning?

Does your career have true meaning?

The ancient Greeks said that happiness comes in two forms: • Hedonic. This comes from pleasant experiences – time with friends or family, doing things you like, food, wine – you get the picture. • Eudaimonic. This comes from the degree to which...

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Helicopter Parenting and Helicopter Leadership

Helicopter Parenting and Helicopter Leadership

A fascinating study was released recently on the phenomenon of “helicopter parenting” (Majdandžić et al, 2017). What it showed was that parents who were overly protective of their children tended to cause them to be more anxious. Parents who engaged in “challenging...

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Why and how does power corrupt?

Why and how does power corrupt?

It seems like every week we get a new story of the abuse of power. It is over 150 years since John Dalberg Acton said that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Research evidence over the decades has shown that he was right, but why? It...

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