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Management Training News: w/c 3rd March 2013

Management Training Resources: w/c 3rd March 2013

This week, we have a new newsletter. If you've ever been tormented by a difficult boss, this is essential reading. Check it out at the first link below.

Other items in this week's "Management Training Resources" include a great management fable on managing risk; a new quiz on how to be an empowering manager; the next in our series of personal development qualities on Initiative; and our look at the concept of Servant Leaders.

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How to Manage a Psychopathic, Machiavellian, or Narcissistic Boss

In this new newsletter, we look at a study that shows how toxic many of our workplaces are with people who vie for power over others in ways that are psychopathic, Machiavellian, or narcissistic. For those who don't know how to play the game of office politics, such people can make work a nightmare. But help is at hand and from someone you wouldn't have expected; someone not quite of this world. Find out who and how they can help you... more

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"Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?"

The Checker is perhaps the least glamorous of all team roles. It's not like the Winner who gets to take the prizes or the Go-fer who gets to do all the interesting jobs. It's not as righteous as the Moralist or as self-absorbed as the Maverick. Nor is it as popular as the Relationship or Co-ordinator roles. It doesn't fight battles like the Leader role or keep an eye on things like the Observer role. But in making sure that everything's shipshape, it is the role that could save you and your business... more

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Management Training Quiz: Empowering Managers

Do you know the difference between a mature and an immature team? Can you say how Walt Disney described his role as head of his organisation? Is it true that people want their leaders to tell them what to do? How important is communication in an empowered workplace? Do you know the key differences between managers as "cops" and managers as "coaches"? All of these and more are in this week's management training quiz on "Empowering Managers". This quiz is one of the set of management training materials that come with our Delegation and Empowerment programmes... more

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What's Your IQ or Initiative Quotient Score?

In the world of personal development, there are a number of key qualities that make all the difference between success and failure. In previous features we've looked at Trust and its opposite, Mistrust as well as Autonomy and its opposite, Shame. We've contrasted Industry with Dependence and compared Intimacy with Isolation. This week, we look at the importance of Initiative and its opposite, Guilt. We'll illustrate Initiative with a lovely anecdote and give you a questionnaire in which you can work out your own IQ, or Initiative Quotient... more

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Does the Idea of "Servant Leaders" Switch on a Light in your Head Too?

One of the great things about putting the weekly spotlight on our management training products is that, every now and then, someone will read about a concept, theory, or model and, bingo, a light will go on in their head. Something that they have been perhaps trying to figure out for ages suddenly falls into place and makes sense. One such case is the response we've had to the idea of "Servant Leaders". This simple idea literally turns traditional concepts of leadership on their head and offers leaders a different way to see themselves and others. The extraordinary thing is, this can happen with just a one-page MTL Skillbooster. Find out if it has the same effect on you... more

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