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Are you prepared for the future of work?

Professional development is as much about seizing the moment as it is about getting the right mentor/tutor or course. But, how can you make use of whatever situation you find yourself in to grow? I was speaking with a colleague today, who shared an excellent method for increasing self-awareness, particularly…

Managing Mental Missteps

Most people have heard of mental biases but… Did you know that time pressure, information overload, a distracting environment and a host of other common but avoidable occurrences in the work environment make you more vulnerable to being blindsided by biased thinking? Human brains favour efficiency over deep thinking. This…

Building trust and personal resilience i...

The science is clear. Performance at work, including strong thinking, problem-solving, good decision-making and ethical behaviour are enhanced when we feel safe. Cultivating a safe work environment is therefore the first job of any leader. A healthy and resilient culture is even more critical for businesses operating in volatile, uncertain,…

How to reduce cognitive biases that hurt...

Cognitive biases are more likely to have a detrimental impact on your problem-solving and decision-making when you are dealing with complexity or when the circumstances are changing rapidly. Daniel Kahneman, the Noble prize-winning scientist who first described the concept of mental bias, is pessimistic about ‘training or conditioning’ to overcome…

Thanks, I needed that!

I recently had to navigate a tricky interpersonal/political issue at work in a very public setting. In the end, I was happy where things ended. But the best part came later.  A colleague who was privy to the whole situation took the time to send me an email expressing his…

Leading a robot-human workforce

We are quickly moving to a hybrid workforce which will transform the way we work and lead in most industries. In their article, Stephanie Hyde and Wilson Chow, outline some of the changes that will develop for the C-suite as we integrate more tech at work.  They highlight the necessity…

Do people improve with age?

Contrary to popular belief, older adults on average, do not suffer from low self-esteem. In a recent study that included more than 165,000 participants, scientists have found that we tend to feel better about ourselves as we get older. They specifically found that children’s self-esteem tends to rise until age…

With immense pleasure, Learning Quest would like to let our colleagues and friends know that we have officially been awarded the GOLD Medal within the Learning and Development category of the 2018 HR Service Provider Awards! Published in issue 16.06 (Dec/Jan) of HRD Magazine. (https://www.hcamag.com/). We are super excited to receive…

How to do the Right Thing

In just a few short weeks, the final report from the Hayne Royal Commission is due to be released. So it is timely that Tim Shaw at 2CC radio in Canberra asked me to talk with his listeners about what neuroscience tells us about: Why it is hard to do…