The Learning Cafe

My Mental Health Journey

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On October 9, 2018

What happens when your mind becomes your injury? It’s Mental Health Awareness week so we wanted to share a thought provoking story from one of our colleagues about their mental health journey A work colleague of mine recently fractured his ankle and is sporting a very colourful cast on his lower leg.  It’s easy to spot his injury.  Of course,...

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Throwing and catching | Pete’s top reads of the month

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On August 30, 2018

  Some years ago we learned an important lesson about juggling: Tossing the ball is much more important than catching it. If you’re good at throwing, the catching happens easily and you can keep more balls in the air without dropping them. We spend a lot of our time at work in catching mode. In dealing with the incoming emails,...

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Optimus Prime has a desk job

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On August 28, 2018

  What do robots and workplaces have in common? It all starts with this video recently published by Hank Green. The video explores the idea that in the internet community we are all wearing robot suits! Not real robot suits, but external appearances that affect how people perceive and interact with us. With a stray tweet, someone with a giant...

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Team Member to Team Leader: The pitfalls and strategies to ensure a smooth transition for the employer

  • Posted by Elysia Arnold
  • On August 21, 2018

  As a nation, us Kiwi’s underestimate the complexities and challenges of the transition from being part of a team to leading a team. We often find ourselves having to deal with the fall out of either putting the wrong person into a role, or not supporting them effectively to make the transition. This causes all sorts of challenges for...

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Leaders Toolbox | Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do to Help

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On July 25, 2018

At some point, every leader has dealt with a person — or, worse, a group of people — who has lost motivation. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? As much as we’ve been there ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to sympathize with others who are disengaged from work and unproductive as a result. Sometimes, we view their unhappiness as a bug in their...

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Leaders Toolbox | Loyal Employees are your Most Valuable Asset!

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On July 25, 2018

An employee’s relationship with their manager sets the tone for their level of commitment to the organization’s success. Gallup research shows that a mind-boggling 70% of an employee’s motivation is influenced by his or her manager. It’s no wonder employees don’t leave companies; they leave managers. Disengaged employees can cost companies millions of dollars from lost productivity, damages from employee...

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