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18 July 2019
Weekly Newsletter
Our latest thinking
15 Tips for Handling Narcissistic Colleagues
In the workplace, dealing with toxic narcissistic behaviors can be purgatory, particularly when the person exhibiting those behaviors is your boss.  

Whatever the roots of unhealthy narcissism the consequences can be harmful to others (e.g. lower self-worth and burnout) and to the organization (e.g. irrational decision-making and excessive turnover).  

Of all the types of people I have worked with in my career, those who behave narcissistically are the most difficult.  Never allow yourself to feel helpless or abused. You always have choices, even if at times you feel you don’t.  

What can we do to not feel helpless in the face of such behaviors? Here are 15 tips that we hope can help you cope with your narcissistic colleagues. 

10 Cultural Differences Between China and the US
Ultimately, Chinese and American people will find they have more similarities than cultural differences. People are motivated by the same things: comfort, money, providing for the family, job satisfaction and security. But each culture reaches these goals via different routes and on the surface, can sometimes seem poles apart. Understanding why people are driven to behave the way they do can go a long way to successful intercultural communication. Here are 10 common differences between Chinese and American culture.
12 Tips for Working Virtually in a Multicultural Team
You can’t beat face-to-face contact for furthering cross-cultural relationships. But sometimes it’s not always available. All over the world, the only, or the main contact people have with their remote co-workers is by conference call, or email. 

While technology is a wonderful thing, if this is the only method of communication you have, vital nuances can be lost in conversation, leading to the breakdown in relationships or even the failure of projects. 

Here are our top tips for making the most of working remotely.

What We're Reading This Week
This week we recommend reading...

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World
By Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

"Conventional management wisdom exists to reinforce the organization's control over individuals, writes Buckingham, widely popular for his look-to-your-strengths approach to personal development. Among the "lies" he debunks are some sacred cows. For example, people crave feedback; people have potential; work/life balance is something we should all aspire to; and leadership is a "thing." (Some of us have been questioning that last one for years.) Buckingham urges freethinking leaders to toss off the straitjacket of dogma in favor of "the glorious messiness" of individuals working together."
Ebook series
By Terence Brake

As part of our ongoing commitment to the development of borderless working strategies, Terence Brake, our Head of Learning and Innovation, has written a series of insightful books.

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