The Daily Paradox

What you can do to stop terrorism

While the authorities’ prepare themselves for more unpredictable terrorist attacks maybe the rest of us should pause and think about what is our contribution to reducing and eliminating terrorist activity. What has led to a world of such violence, such disregard for life and such sad hatred that we have lost sight of the amazing…
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How to make a team work

The human race owes much of its success to teamwork. You are strong, you do the heavy lifting; I am dexterous, I thread the needles. I may compete with you to demonstrate my efficiency or productivity or creativity just as you may complete with me. But we see our cooperation as vital because the real…
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To financially hurt fewer people, less often

It was roughly four years ago as part of a Leadership training company that I was tasked to develop an Anti-Money Laundering course for a major bank, based on their own internal material. It was approved by the bank’s multiple international departments. There was suspicion in my team that, should the course material get into…
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Career progression – then and now

There must be a million articles, blogs, books on getting ahead in your career. It is increasingly difficult to decide what advice to follow and what to discard. The work environment itself has changed so much that what was good practice and therefore good advice only ten years ago is almost certainly irrelevant today. For…
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Beware passion – a cautionary tale

Jacqui Hocking, co-founder and COO of social enterprise Gone Adventurin says that quitting a corporate job to chase dreams is “dangerous” thinking. She goes on to explain that if you cannot see opportunities within your organisation, it is unlikely that you will be able to make those outside it work. Her basis for this thinking…
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Risk promotes but arrogance kills – how to identify the difference

‘Take more risks’ you hear your mentors and advisers plead. They are right. In today’s world of unremitting change only brave hearts win the battles of innovation and reap the prizes of achievement. ‘Take more risks’ is not only sound advice, it is inevitable. Almost everything you do today is riskier than it would have…
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Risk promotes but arrogance kills –
how to identify the difference

‘Take more risks’ you hear your mentors and advisers plead. They are right. In today’s world of unremitting change only brave hearts win the battles of innovation and reap the prizes of achievement. ‘Take more risks’ is not only sound advice, it is inevitable. Almost everything you do today is riskier than it would have…
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Self-regulation – the myth of the Banking Standards Board

Beware when industry and trade bodies take it upon themselves to police their own behaviour. It won’t work. If they didn’t do it because it was the right thing to do why would they start when they have appointed an organisation made up of themselves to do it for them? The Banking Standards Board was…
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Can we put the past in the past?

Each of us knows how the consequences of negative events in our childhood persist throughout life. We may even use our history as a prop for when things go wrong for which we do not wish to take the blame. We hopefully forgive but we never forget. Countries, too, can be haunted by their past.…
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Do you really ‘engage’ people when you deal with them?

When a man and a woman commit themselves to a lifelong relationship of love and fidelity we describe them as ‘engaged’. When an army hurls its firepower against its opponents we say it has engaged the enemy. When someone is charming, perhaps with a winsome smile and the gift of the gab, we call them…
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