James Adonis is one of Australia’s best-known people-management thinkers and is passionate about employee engagement. He is the co-founder and managing director of Team Leaders, a company dedicated to developing the best front-line managers. He is the author of three books including his latest, Corporate Punishment: Smashing the management clichés for leaders in a new world.

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Democracy in business

James Adonis What would it be like if business leaders had to be elected by shareholders, customers, and staff?

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A 'handy' guide: what your shake says about you

Handshake.

James Adonis What makes a decent business handshake? And does it really matter?

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A licence to discriminate

Sexual Harassment

James Adonis Are there occasions when it's OK to discriminate in the workplace?

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Coming to your (business) senses

James Adonis Common sense is regarded as an essential quality in business. But maybe it’s overrated.

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Doing nothing and getting paid for it

Facebook.

James Adonis For some people, doing nothing and getting paid for it is a labour of love.

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Unshaven: unprofessional. Mohawk: no worries!

Mohawk Guy.

James Adonis There's an unusual bias that lies at the core of professionalism.

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Playing the victim

harassment

James Adonis For an ethical boss, being falsely accused of harassment can be one of the most demoralising things to deal with at work.

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The customer is (not) always right

customer

James Adonis Some customers make it difficult to deliver even a modicum of good service.

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The ethics of sending jobs offshore

Offshoring.

James Adonis It’s worth pondering whether the offshoring of jobs is really as bad as it seems.

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Parting with Facebook ... it feels good to be free

Facebook.

James Adonis Businesses and employers have infiltrated Facebook ... and not in a good way.

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What makes a popular boss?

Boss.

James Adonis We asked 1000 Australians to describe the best boss they've ever had. Here are the results.

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The problem with rudeness at work

Mr Rude.

James Adonis Mr and Mrs Rude exist not just in children’s books but in workplaces too, causing consternation wherever they go.

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Are you an office thief?

Steal.

James Adonis Is the stealing of office stationery really stealing?

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Taming the beast: how to manage your boss

Manager.

James Adonis Bosses have a lot in common with elephants. But how do you manage them in the office?

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In the name of the Father ... at work

church spire against the cloudy skyline.

James Adonis There's something quite intrusive about overt religion, especially in the workplace.

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Work whenever I want? Yes please

Would you work harder if you could set your own hours?

James Adonis Companies are increasingly offering '100 per cent flexibility' to their employees.

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Should you trust your instincts?

Should you trust your gut feeling?

James Adonis Intuition in the workplace: is it a bad thing, or a good thing?

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All in a gay's work

xx

James Adonis The list of Australia's most gay-friendly organisations has just been released.

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Profiling the personality profile

Dove

James Adonis Personality profiling can be freakishly accurate, but it also raises questions about fairness.

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So, what do you do?

Drinks

James Adonis 90 per cent of people ask 'What do you do?' as their opening question upon meeting someone new.

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