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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. RSS

The last taboos


James Adonis Is swearing, godbothering and baby talk acceptable office behaviour?

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Shredded: the paperless office

James Adonis Paper was supposed to go the way of the typewriter. But it's being used more than ever. Why?

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Is work good for you?

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James Adonis A hard day's work is much better for us than slothing around. No really, it is.

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I am bored witless!

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James Adonis Which group is most likely to be aggressive, lethargic and deviant in their jobs?

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Workers of the world unite!


James Adonis Should workers own a slice of the business they toil for?

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It's dirty work...


James Adonis Are the jobs done by 457 visa holders beneath the average unemployed Aussie?

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Count your blessings

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James Adonis Be thankful you're not an Indian boy forced to apologise to your boss after your hand was cut off in a factory accident.

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“You hate me, don’t you?”


James Adonis Body language doesn't always betray what you think and feel.

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The luck of the draw


James Adonis Would you resign from your job or quit your business if you won the lottery?

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The shifty side to shift work

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James Adonis Diurnality: the reason shift workers end up struggling physically and mentally.

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The leadership wisdom of Margaret Thatcher

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James Adonis Some of Margaret Thatcher's most memorable one-liners and how they relate to business leadership.

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Banking: one big Ponzi scheme?

James Adonis Just because a bank is safe by global standards doesn’t make it safe in practice.

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Take the pressure...down?

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James Adonis Are working Australians really under more pressure than ever before?

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Uneasy like Monday morning

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James Adonis Monday is the most popular day of the week for chucking a sickie, and for good reason, too.

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Bosses need to engage both sides of the brain


James Adonis In the modern workplace, who makes the better leader: the left-brainer or the right-brainer?

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FIFO, FIFO, it's off to work we go

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James Adonis There's lots of money in it, but Fly-in Fly-out is a form of employment that comes with numerous downsides.

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Get fit fast - go to work!

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James Adonis Most of us know the perils of deskbound lunches and too much sitting in front of a screen, but there's a flip side to the working life. Many of us do it to get fit and stay well.

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The end of the line for white-collar jobs?

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James Adonis Will technological changes such as the drive to bring your own devices to work result in fewer desk jobs - or just different ways of doing them?

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Female enemy number one - other women?


James Adonis What’s stopping women from getting ahead? In many cases, other women.

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Giving it up to travel the world


James Adonis Have you quit your job or business to go travelling?

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