Body & Soul: 7 things to do if you have a toxic boss

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimised by your boss. Read the article Michelle contributed to Body & Soul to learn seven things to do if you have a toxic boss. Navigating relationships at the office can be tough. And while you don’t have to get along with everyone, it makes it particularly […]

Venture Magazine: Five warning signs your leadership is failing (and what to do about it)

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Michelle provides five warning signs that your leadership could be failing in this article published in Venture Magazine. It’s easy for leaders to have an overly confident opinion of their leadership effectiveness with research revealing a correlation between a person’s confidence and their level of power. A study by the University of Southern California and […] Four Warning Signs You are Drunk on Power

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In this article published in, Michelle identifies four warnings signs that you may be drunk on power. The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with examples across multiple industries, the Harvey Weinstein scandal being the latest. Dacher Keltner, from Berkley University, found through his research that […]

Why your power matters

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When you think of the word ‘power’ what’s the association that immediately springs to mind? Is it a negative or positive connotation? It’s likely that it will be negative, and that’s because power is usually associated with the concept of having ‘power over other people’. There is another way to view power, and this is […]

What feeling impacts how you negotiate?

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The outcomes of negotiations are heavily influenced by power – how it is used and how it is felt. It’s easy to see how a person having more power in a relationship can lead to a sub-optimal negotiation outcome for the other party. The person with more power may have more bargaining chips, positional authority […]

What’s on your summer reading list?

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The summer holidays are a great time to catch up on the reading you wanted to do during the year, but never found the time for. I hoard books so there’s always a stack to read – both on my kindle and in the traditional paperback format. The books range from those that are designed to […]

How to know if you are drunk on power


There’s an old saying: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s attributed to Lord Acton, a nineteenth century historian and moralist. Power is a word that invokes a range of images and ideas. Some people see it as bad, while other people see it as magnetic and empowering. I prefer an optimistic approach and view […]

Harness the competitive spirit for good, not evil

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Competition is an evocative word.  Some people love it.  Others hate it. For some competition is seen as an unnecessary evil, and an impediment to good teamwork. For others it’s the competition that drives them forward and inspires them to work harder. The case for and against is not black and white.  Competition can be healthy […]