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How to help your high performers avoid burnout

One of the key responsibilities of a leader is to cultivate, encourage and grow high performers. This investment in a high performer is usually a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship as the high performers in our teams often become our go-to people. They end up being the ones we rely on to get through the …

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Leadership lessons from Brené Brown

We’re 99.99% sure that you’ve heard of Brené Brown. She’s a modern-day icon, an accomplished TED Talker and the author of five New York Times bestsellers. At Pragmatic Thinking, we’re huge fans of Brené’s research and so it made sense that we’d head on down to see Brené on-stage at her recent tour. Alison (our …

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The differences between a fixed and growth mindset

Moment by moment, day by day, we choose our mindset. When we start our day, begin a conversation or enter a meeting, we have a choice to make.  Will you approach the situations that lay ahead of you with a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? If you’re unsure of the differences between a fixed …

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Creating and maintaining a strong remote team culture

One of the challenges that organisations embracing the ‘work from anywhere’ revolution face is remote team culture. Where do you even begin? Workplace culture on its own is a big, daunting subject, but when you throw time-zones and wifi into the mix, things can spin out of control fast. In this article, we’re going to …

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How positive reinforcement can transform your team

Ever heard of positive reinforcement? I’m sure you have, but when was the last time you used it to effectively shift behaviour and transform your team? There are two types of reinforcement that you can use to incite behaviour change. Today our focus is set firmly on the positive type and how you can start …

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What science has to say about dogs at work

They’re cute, cuddly and make great companions, but does having dogs at work have any science-backed benefits? There are plenty of organisations embracing dogs at work for many different reasons ranging from productivity to stress reduction. At Pragmatic Thinking, we’re all for dogs at work. And since we’ve got a psychologist, behavioural scientist and a …

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How the Pygmalion Effect could be impacting your teams’ performance

If this is the first time you’ve heard about the Pygmalion Effect, we want to assure you, a Pygmalion is not a type of tree-dwelling animal (wouldn’t that be a great name for one though?). Otherwise known as the Rosenthal effect, it’s a term used to describe the surprising link between higher expectations and an …

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Why you should know the difference between behaviours and traits

As a manager, knowing the difference between behaviours and traits will help you to achieve outcomes from key conversations. The best way to remove confusion and assumptions that can arise in feedback conversations comes from stepping out of using traits, and instead, making a point to discuss desired behaviours. Read on to learn how you …

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The do’s and don’ts of public speaking

Did you know that some people fear public speaking more than death? We’re guessing that isn’t you ‘cause you’ve clicked on this article. At Pragmatic Thinking, our expert facilitators do public speaking every single day and thanks to them, we’ve got a tonne of tips and tricks up our sleeves. In saying that, here are …

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Should we be avoiding emotions in the workplace?

As a leader, you’ve probably been in situations where emotions are running high in the workplace. When communicating difficult news like redundancy it can cause an emotional response in both yourself and the person you’re delivering the message to. But what should we be doing about it? Should we be avoiding emotions in the workplace? …

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