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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

Leaders - who needs 'em?

boss

James Adonis To what degree are leaders still relevant in a modern world?

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How to be brilliant

Brilliant.

James Adonis Want to be brilliant? Then think big.

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Conspiracy theories: from politics to business

James Adonis People love conspiracy theories, and not just in politics.

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Bringing zen into the workplace

Meditation.

James Adonis Many organisations are embracing meditation in the workplace.

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'Help! I hate my job'

Job.

James Adonis Six suggestions on how to make your job tolerable, or at least a little less agonising.

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Why it's OK to be one of the 'sheeple'

Sheep.

James Adonis The term sheeple – a combination of ‘sheep’ and ‘people’ – is increasingly being used to describe employees.

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From 'good mourning' to 'good morning'

Happy.

James Adonis A bad mood in the morning can follow employees around all day.

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Is flirting just hard work?

Work flirts.

James Adonis Some people think the workplace is the worst place for flirtatious behaviour.

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MANAGING

If you haven't got anything nice to say ...

Reference.

James Adonis What do you do when a recruiter asks you about a poor-performing employee?

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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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