Dear managers,
This post is about the loneliness that may surround you when you are in the office, or when you go home and can not completely get rid of problems, stress, thoughts.

They suggest: Let’s be a team, we work together, trusting each other. But the business reality often forces you to work alone, and to adopt strategies for survival with aggressive defense and individualistic behavior, far from the principles of thr team.
Here are some things you can do right away to avoid this stress:

1) List the 3 “inconvenient or difficult” themes you can not argue with any collegue

2) Ask yourself: Who could really help me see things differently? (Friend who works in another company, professional coach ….)

3) What could you change in your everyday behavior to make sure you are not alone and isolated?

4) What benefits could you get in being more open to dialogue and to discuss your working problems within the company?

5) How will you feel when you’ll work in full alignment with your corporate environment?

The worst thing is becoming a victim of your beliefs and think that nothing and nobody can help you. You can do a lot to react to what happens to you, talking and choosing to act.




In recent years the proliferation of new models and new techniques as well as the contribution of new and old philosophies, favored a certain confusion between the two methods.

Coaching is often offered even as a byproduct of mentoring. Traditional mentoring enables an individual to follow (replicating) the location and plan of action of an older and more experienced employee.

In a process of coaching the coach (who is not an expert on the subject in which he acts the report) does not impart lessons. The coach, therefore, can not make the mistake of acting like a leader. A coach is aware of the uniqueness of the individual and will concentrate solely on the personal capacity, so the customer will be bound to a learning process in which the role is that of being a unique person, responsible, fully focused on his goals. In coaching self-realization is the ability to learn, express and develop our inner being: the deepest part of ourselves.

All of us, in fact, possess unique capacities that joining with knowledge and skills learned, make the individual ready to full expressiveness and to any improvement.

Then … What do you prefer, mentoring or coaching?


by Angelo Bonacci


Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.

Here’s a list of 10 tips drawn from the secrets of successful leaders:

1. Assemble a dedicated team. Your team needs to be committed to you and the business.

2. Overcommunicate. This one’s a biggie. Even with a staff of only five or 10, it can be tough to know what’s going on with everyone.

3. Don’t assume. When you run a small business, you might assume your team understands your goals and mission — and they may. But, everybody needs to be reminded of where the company’s going and what things will look like when you get there.

4. Be authentic. Good leaders instill their personality and beliefs into the fabric of their organization. If you be yourself, and not try to act like someone else, and surround yourself with people who are aligned with your values, your business is more likely to succeed.

5. Know your obstacles. Most entrepreneurs are optimistic and certain that they’re driving toward their goals. But it’s a short-sighted leader who doesn’t take the time to understand his obstacles.

6. Create a ‘team charter.’ Just calling together a team and giving them a clear charge does not mean the team will succeed.

7. Believe in your people. Entrepreneurial leaders must help their people develop confidence, especially during tough times.

8. Dole out credit. A good quarterback always gives props to his offensive line.

9. Keep your team engaged. Great leaders give their teams challenges and get them excited about them.

10. Stay calm. An entrepreneur has to backstop the team from overreacting to short-term situations.


by Kara Ohngren




The company reputation behind a brand is increasingly able to decisively influence the choice of consumers’ shopping. This is confirmed by a new research conducted by Weber Shandwick at international level.
70% of consumers surveyed choose not to buy certain products if they don’t appreciate the company’s way of working. Communication managers agree: 87% of them declare that “the strength of corporate brand is as important as the brand of product.”

The research “The Company behind the brand: In Reputation We Trust” shows just how insidious is the context in which marketing and communication managers are operating today. The survey reveals a scenario where consumers no longer buy products according to their characteristics, but also considering the company reputation.

“Consumers are using their money as a kind of preferential vote to the companies they believe in,” said Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Reputation Strategist of Weber Shandwick, “As confirmed by our research, product and corporate reputation are now virtually indivisible. The company behind a brand has a big role in ensuring that consumers can trust quality, ethics and safety of the brands they’re buying. ”
“A strong corporate reputation is therefore an essential starting point for strengthening brands, products and services of each organization,” said Constance Bajlo, Corporate Director Weber Shandwick.

The research shows that consumers want to be reassured that their money was spent for the benefit of companies with which they share values​​. They have higher expectations for companies and brands that value, but will not hesitate to turn their shoulders if they feel disappointed or misled.





Most psychologists today use the concept of working memory – coined in the ’60s – to replace or include the old concept of short-term memory giving, this way, a strong image of the ability to manage information. Working memory has the ability to keep in mind all the information received, even if temporarily, but necessary to perform complex cognitive functions such as learning, reasoning, understanding, archiving and retrieval of data decoding. In practice the term working memory indicate brain processes that lead to temporarily store information to guide our decision-making processes. Some researchers have shown that working memory is very important for attentional control, and so low working memory is a barrier to learning.

Many abilities depend on skills acquired from working memory such as solving math problems, reading, ability to listen and follow the conversation between people. So that working memory is important for children and adolescents in both school activities and in relating to others, but also for adults is to address and overcome the challenges they encounter daily, both to plan and carry out daily activities and avoid distractions.


by Pietro Ceccarelli


Businesses who embark upon launching diversity initiatives often struggle with the issue of sexual orientation in the workplace.

Frequently leadership itself has no acceptable response to the above comment, which is made by many employees.

Neither the government nor businesses expect workers to change their beliefs or values as it relates to sexual orientation or any other difference among people at work. However, it is expected that all employees will be held accountable for their own behavior.

When GLBT * (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) jokes, gestures, and rumors are tolerated at work, it creates an environment that negatively affects productivity even if there are no GLBT’s present. Such behavior can also be offensive to heterosexuals who are not biased in this way, and many workers who have friends and relatives who are other than heterosexual. Each time people say something inappropriate they run the risk of making the company liable.

The bottom line is this. Whether an employee is GLBT or straight she or he has the right to earn a living in a non-hostile environment. The more heterosexuals are able to recognize the double standard imposed on people who are other than heterosexual, the sooner those standards can be removed and everyone can focus on getting the job done.


by Rita Risser


With the lowest child-poverty rate among developed nations, Denmark was named the best country for work-life balance in a 2011 report from the OECD.

All three Scandinavian countries — Denmark, Sweden, and Norway — finished in the top seven in the ranking. So famous for their generous social safety net, which sharply divides liberals and conservatives between envy and consternation, northern Europe dominated the list, taking almost all the top ten spots.

What constitutes a balance between work and life? The OECD settled on three chief variables: (1) The share of the labor force that works very long hours (more than 50 hours a week); (2) time spent on “leisure and personal care” (defined in contrast to paid or unpaid work as spending time with friends, going to the movies, pursuing hobbies, sleeping, eating, etc.); and (3) employment rates for women who have children.


by Derek Thompson


Coaching is a discipline that develops in the United States in the early ’60s. It spread to Europe in the Anglo-Saxon countries around the 80′s.

Coaching soon find application in the business (Business Coaching) where it is now highly popular to motivate employees, assign roles most suitable to employees, to achieve the greatest degree of satisfaction and productivity. It ‘s also a great help to those who find themselves having to deal with a change or in front of the assumption of new responsibilities and the achievement of objectives.

Given the effectiveness of the method, coaching is also spreading to personal life (Personal / Life Coaching), which can help in many occasions.

In summary, the method consists of individual sessions where the coach supports the person (coachee) through a series of questions aimed at achieving a greater awareness, the identification of conflicting values ​​or thoughts limiting beliefs.

The coach, establishing a relationship of complete trust with his coachee, helps him to chip away at these schemes or to resolve conflicts through the discovery of personal resources, so the individual can make the most of their potential.


Despite a persistently high unemployment rate, many employers report great difficulty in finding employees who have the job skills needed to run a successful company. Industry analysts cite several reasons for these work force challenges.

Some blame the educational system for failing to produce qualified graduates. Others accuse industry leaders themselves for failing to market and promote the range of jobs available and the quality of life those jobs can foster. Still others suggest government leaders, chambers of commerce and economic develop-ment professionals aren’t doing enough to address the paucity of skilled employees available. Finally, some analysts opine that too many of our youth are blindly attending college without an adequate understanding of how college degree attainment is related to career aspirations.

Regardless of the exact cause, most people agree that we have far too many high school and college dropouts who lack the motivation to persist toward degree attainment.

We need to identify the reasons for our workforce development challenges, and to generate creative solutions designed to address those issues.

by John Downey