Category:Director's Cut

Director’s Cut, take 13: Give and take

Voluntary engagement in the affairs of your industry is a matter of give and take. In fact, the giving and taking are often so intertwined that they become indistinguishable from each

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Director’s Cut, take 12: And then there were fewer

Another month, another acquisition. Private equity investors have deemed the highly-fragmented language market to be ripe for consolidation, and right in front of our eyes, consolidation is happening. Larger language service

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Director’s Cut, take 11: The curtain

‘It’s always been a dream of mine to have done a TED talk – in the past.’ Tim Urban made me smile with this statement in his TED talk about procrastination.

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Director’s Cut, take 10: Birds of a feather

When you hear the words ‘peer support,’ an organisation like Alcoholics Anonymous may well be the first thing that springs to mind. Yet not all peer groups are about beating addiction.

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Director’s Cut, take 9: Image conscious

There’s an old joke you may know about Finnish people. A Frenchman, an American and a Finn are walking in the grasslands of a savannah and come across an elephant. The

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Director’s Cut, take 8: Passing on good advice

I recently came across this website where, to celebrate International Women’s Day, business leaders wrote letters to their daughters to collectively pave the way to a brighter future for the next

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Director’s Cut, take 7: Virtually there

Your technology facilitates it, your people appreciate it, your type of work can sustain it. Yet how do you turn the ability to work in virtual teams from a concession into

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Director’s Cut, take 6: University challenges

I like visiting universities. Hip students stroll the corridors talking about alien things in alien ways. Time seems to be measured in eons. And the canteens sell homely food that’s easy

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Director’s Cut, take 5: Working with wise (wo)men

It’s around now – on Twelfth Night, or Epiphany – that many Christians celebrate the wise men arriving at the nativity scene. We know them as bearers of great gifts, but

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Director’s Cut, take 4: To have and to hold on to

Most managers think that employees quit for pay-related reasons. There is research that supports this view, but it’s equally easy to find experts claiming that resignations mainly happen for other motives.

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Director’s Cut, take 3: Iznogoud

“I want to be Caliph instead of the Caliph” was the motto of Iznogoud, the wicked, scheming grand vizier of Baghdad in Goscinny and Tabary’s French comic series of my childhood.

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Director’s Cut, take 2: Guilty or not guilty?

Do you ever feel disillusioned when you read advice on burnout prevention, stress management and work-life balance? Because I certainly do. Any manager worth their salt struggles in these areas, and

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Director’s Cut, take 1: Ikänäköala

I turned 50 this summer. And since it has taken me half a century to get blogging, I feel compelled to explain to you why I’m only starting now. The reason

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