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.
www.jamesadonis.com

Deconstructing the IT professional

James Adonis 12:00 AM   It must be frustrating to deal with technophobes every day and be surrounded by software that resembles a Commodore 64.

In office politics sometimes you must sacrifice a pawn to become queen

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Didn't get that promotion? It may be in your interests to follow the example of the politically astute who build the networks needed to derive enjoyment and support from their work.

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Mental illness: who's faking it?

Faking mental illness is known as 'malingering'.

James Adonis   Look out for the type of employee who fakes a disorder for their personal benefit.

In praise of boredom, setting us free from trials of endless distraction

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James Adonis   We live in a world petrified of boredom but maybe a little ennui is not such a bad thing.

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Is your debt killing you?

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James Adonis   The easing of bankruptcy laws by the government is a wise initiative but the impact of debt can still be crippling.

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Working with family: a big mistake?

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James Adonis   Bankruptcy, family feuds and accusations of nepotism are all potential dangers of a family business.

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Why work is giving you nightmares

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James Adonis   Does your job have psychological demands which keep you up at night?

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Be thankful you work in Australia

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James Adonis   It's the time of year to give thanks that you work in Australia, not the United States.

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Is your computer causing you grief?

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James Adonis   If you stare at a computer screen all day you may already be suffering from computer vision syndrome.

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When did you last LOL at work?

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James Adonis   And what happens when workplace humour goes wrong?

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Ugh, not another meeting!

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James Adonis   Meetings are tortuous enough through the fact they involve other people. Here's how to take the pain out of meetings.

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Domestic violence: the impact at work

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James Adonis   Thousands of women (and probably some men) are having their livelihood ruined by forces beyond their immediate control.

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Noise polluters in the office stress workers

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James Adonis   Is the level of noise in your workplace enough to deaden thought and deafen ears?

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The pitfalls of segregation in the workplace

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James Adonis   Certain genders, ethnicities and sexualities are over-represented in some jobs. There are good reasons why this happens but there are pitfalls in avoiding trying to achieve a greater balance.

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Is envy killing your career?

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James Adonis   There are two types of this deadly sin and one of them risks getting you into real trouble at work.

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Forget work friends on Facebook

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James Adonis   Why you should shun certain social media sites when it comes to colleagues.

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The true cost of cute cat videos

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James Adonis   Researchers have explored what procrastination really means for productivity.

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Menopause and work: incompatible?

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It's one of the last taboo topics and it needs to be explored.

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Stop forgetting we're human

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James Adonis   Has your work lost perspective on the fact we're all in this together?

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Do corporate values matter?

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James Adonis   Are they just meaningless propaganda or do they actually work?

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Not all customers are equal

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James Adonis   Ever been treated like dirt in a shop because of who you are?

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Could you be a tradie?

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James Adonis   Not if you're a snob. But have you made a grave error of judgement?

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A million people out of work

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James Adonis   So is there really a skills shortage?

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What should bosses know about staff?

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James Adonis   Do employers have a right to know if staff are drug takers, adulterers or gangsters?

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Dealing with ADHD at work

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James Adonis   If you suspect some of your colleagues suffer from this, you're probably right.

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Stop touching me!

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James Adonis   Is touching ever OK at work given we live in a world of extreme political correctness?

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How to manage selfish people

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James Adonis   Find out why some people put themselves first and what to do to fight back.

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Makeup is compulsory

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James Adonis   It was the province of prostitutes until relatively recently, so why is its application now so widespread?

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The dodgy side of workers' comp

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James Adonis   How many people are really rorting this system?

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The upside of being sacked

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James Adonis   Being let go is what some people need to effect real change in their lives.

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