Out of the crowd concept
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A leader who does not fit can be best

Personal style can complement rather than match for best effect

Office clown
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Heard the one about the comic at work?

A professional comedian can share problem-solving techniques

Mr Kipling cakes for UK COS.
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Little things lead to office contentment

Don’t pin your happiness to what colleagues do or don’t do

A gold star makes staff work harder

Being ranked top — or bottom — makes people put in more effort

Keep yourself busy and get more done

People with a full schedule gain momentum

Small habits affect view of leadership

Seemingly unimportant actions may influence perceptions of you

Spark ideas with a Google-type sprint

Five-day focus will get fast answers, says Silicon Valley expert

To do list
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Is ‘done’ better than ‘to do’ for lists?

Productivity tips from ‘Brainhack’ and a McKinsey partner

Find bright ideas on a messy desk

Books, papers and objects can help to spark the imagination

You can be too nice to a new hire

Glossing over performance problems is damaging for the employee

How to ask staff what they really think

Meet employees informally to encourage them to speak up

How to discover and show off your potential

Be proactive rather than wait for bosses to recognise your skills

Train yourself with ‘pull-ups for the brain’

Learn to ignore today’s frequent distractions

What to do if refused a pay rise

There are options beyond leaving the company

Delicate balancing act of trusting staff

Managers can take steps to ensure they do not overload employees

Delicate balancing act of trusting staff

Managers can take steps to ensure they do not overload employees

Ups and downs of international secondment

Going overseas requires sensitivity to local office politics

Strategies to help you switch off

Simple tricks to divert the mind away from work

Older interns need soft skills

When your boss is much younger than you, tact is key

How to deal with ‘toxic’ workers

Managers must deal with problem employees who affect others

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