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Office Politics: The Art of Productivity

I recently got directed to this amazing blog/website/body-of-work: A Year Of Productivity. The basic idea: Chris Bailey got a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He got offered two jobs (he’s non-specific about them – my guess is that they involved being an intern). But he turned them down, and took a year off instead to […]

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Office Politics: Your Faith In My Workplace. And Triangles.

I haven’t done an Office Politics post for a while. And I thought: “Why not have a post about religion?” Especially since America’s Supreme Court decided this week to entertain us with a meltdown over the Hobby Lobby and birth control and where the hyper-religious can draw the line. To summarise: Hobby Lobby Stores is […]

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Office Politics: Please Fire Me

So I’ve recently discovered the delights of pleasefireme.com AKA tales of workplace woe. The highlights: And a personal favourite:   If this pleases you, Buzzfeed has made a video where it brought some of these stories to life. Hilarious.

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Office Politics: the Devil in Prada

Some time ago, I wrote a post on the Stanford prison experiment. You can read it here: Office Politics: Prisoners, Prison Guards, and Power Perversion. And the summarised version of the conclusions: Power corrupts. People are complicit in their own victimisation. Even the well-adjusted can become evil overlords. Now obviously, in our day-to-day, none of […]

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Office Politics: And Cornered Animals

Today, I want to talk about Prospect Theory. I’ve been hinting at it around the edges, talking about loss aversion and general craziness, but I think it’s time. “Prospect Theory” is the fancy name for the life epiphany that Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky mutually experienced while going for long walks through the side-streets of […]

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Office Politics: Stop Doing Stuff For Free

There is that moment in the life of many employees when they realise that their job description has…expanded. It started as small favours, and things that just needed to be done, and emergencies. But then one day it became routine, expected, and you could be shouted at for letting it slide. And you ask yourself […]

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Office Politics: Now That You’ve Got That Offer

This is a follow-on from last week’s post: Office Politics: The Interview. Adobe just released their new Voice app on the iPad, which allows you to make simple infographic videos and share them. I’m trying it out – and here’s a link to the video that I made instead of writing today’s post: To Take […]

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Office Politics: The Interview

I had a request earlier this week: Wondering if, in one of your next office politics posts, you might post on how to crush an interview? What would you do to stand out? And once you’ve been offered something, what would your process be for accepting / rejecting the offer and would consider informing your […]

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Office Politics: It’s The Way You Say It

Nobel Prizewinner Daniel Kahneman is famous for: Being a psychologist Despite that, winning a Nobel Prize for Economics His work on Prospect Theory His book, “Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow”. Etc. In “Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow”, he argues that your mind is actually two people. In my case: Jayson 1: who is the fast thinker, my […]

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Office Politics: Caffeine Personalities

Good morning! I’m sure that almost everyone is enjoying a long weekend. I am as well, so instead of a post, here is an infographic that I found on designtaxi.com:

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