Author Archives: Mick Verran

About Mick Verran

I consult, coach, facilitate and train, supporting companies as they execute growth strategies and leaders as they improve their personal effectiveness.

What is the most important “career skill”?

Peter Newfield asked what is the most important skill you can build to help your career. 59 people responded – clearly something EVERYONE has an opinion on! Here’s the abbreviated list, in no particular order; critical thinking, decision-making problem solving acting consistent with … Continue reading

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Are “learning styles” important?

Terry Wilcox asked whether LinkedIn members believe in “learning styles”. Lots of responses to this one, with many people reflecting on the combination of factors that influence whether someone learns. I’m ok with “learning styles”, but I’ve found it to be … Continue reading

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Can HR be a route to the top?

Balaji Hari Rao asked whether an HR person can rise to the top of a business that is not in the HR field. Apparently this is a question that crops up pretty regularly on LinkedIn; perhaps because there are over 335,000 members … Continue reading

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What does the future of work look like?

Jennifer Cotterill asked what people expect to be the key changes/trends in working patterns in the next 10 years. Respondents gave some really interesting insights, all around the themes of technology, flexibility and demographics. I see many of their predictions as the harbingers … Continue reading

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Why the long break?

This summer & fall I explored some of the more mainstream social media. I tried a couple of anonymous blogs for a couple of weeks; I tweeted on a broad range of issues no one but I seemed to find … Continue reading

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Which management style leads to greater productivity?

Marcus Cage asked whether an autocratic or democratic management style leads to greater productivity. I was surprised that over half the respondents thus far have made a choice. I told Marcus there is unlikely to be a straightforward answer, if the enormous list … Continue reading

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What makes communication SO difficult?

Christopher Jones-Warner asked what are the critical communications challenges faced by business leaders. Most responses listed problems associated with TELLING. Guy Farmer hit the nail on the head; the real communication breakthrough for a leader comes when s/he LISTENS. Listening leads to understanding; … Continue reading

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