The Whistle Blower’s Achilles Heel

The journey of a whistle blower is never an easy one. Many who make the noble decision to blow the whistle, do not fully recover once they have walked through the battle ground. Landing on your feet should be a goal every whistle blower aims for as an ultimate end state. Following a set of principles may help the individual find their way to that desired end state.

Encouraging empathy in your organisation

There is a strong correlation between performance and empathy in the workplace. Where there is more empathy, effective communication and improved human connections tend to be more prevalent. Leaders who want to see increased performance should therefore put more effort into creating an emphatic atmosphere in their spheres of influence. In order to create an empathic culture in the organisation, the leadership cannot be passive and hope that the culture will shape itself into what is desired. The tone is set at the top, but there are a number of interventions that may be helpful in empathy becoming central to the culture of the organisation.

When to absorb criticism

Criticism can be constructive, destructive or a little bit of both. Knowing when to absorb criticism and when not to, is a skill. If we absorb destructive criticism it could negatively affect our self-esteem and productivity. On the other hand, if we absorb constructive criticism it could help us to improve and become better versions of ourselves.

Advice from a psychologist: Leading Virtual Teams

The pandemic is creating significant shifts in how we operate, interact with each other, create value etc. In this interview Dr Claudelle talks to well renowned work psychologist Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus about how leaders can successfully go through the transition to leading teams remotely and building a coherent culture when employees are dispersed. They also touch on the bad habits we should leave behind as we move into a new normal.

Advice from a psychologist: Addressing the psychological effects of a crisis

In times of crises there are always psychological implications that leaders should be aware of, take into consideration and ensure are addressed. In this interview Dr Claudelle talks to well renowned work psychologist Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus about the psychological effects of the pandemic on people and what organisational leaders and HR practitioners should focus on in leading people through a crisis.

How automation can help us through a crisis

One of the downsides of globalisation is that a crisis that starts in one part of the world can easily spread to other parts of the world. This is a result of how interdependent we have become. It is therefore important that organisations do not only look at the positive sides of globalisation, but ensure that they remain in a state of readiness to deal with the potential downsides.

Blowing the whistle safely

Too often whistleblowers find their worst nightmare becoming a reality, i.e. losing their jobs, being victimised, being ostracised, demoted etc. Blowing the whistle without considering the consequences and without a strategy is where whistleblowers become their own worst enemies.

You don’t always have to be the hero

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we have a great idea that will improve processes or the output of the organisation, but being blocked by the person who has to approve the idea. We then need to make the decision whether we are going to let our idea die there, or find another […]

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