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Leadership Lessons from Dr Seuss

I just read a book review that made me smile: ‘The Cat in the Hat and the Man who made that’. I smiled remembering growing up reading Dr Seuss books and as an adult reflecting on his vision and imagination. From the environment to diversity and inclusion, his books always seemed…

HRD Employer of Choice awards

With incredible excitement, Learning Quest would like to let our colleagues and friends know we have been recognised in the 2019 Employer of Choice awards! We are honoured to receive this acknowledgement for the way we work. It is rewarding to be part of a small business and to work…

Recommending ‘The Future, this wee...

In the 100th episode of ‘The Future, this week’, Sandra and Kai explore two very different examples of business disruption canvassed in the mainstream media this week: Lil Nas X and country music’s problem and David Whitlock and the good microbes. They highlight that while both individuals ultimately created successful businesses, neither had previously…

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…