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Why Critical Thinking is More Critical Than Ever

By: Michael McQueenThis year, more than any, we have seen the power of fake news. Politics, climate change, public scandals and the virus which has overwhelmed our year, have revealed a vulnerability in society’s ways of consuming news and information. My colleague and friend Claire Madden...

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How Disney’s Teamwork Pushes Them Into the Unknown

By: Michael McQueenOver my years of working in the business world around ideas of innovation and leadership, one lesson I have learned is that there is a lesson to be learned in most places. I must admit though, when I sat down to watch Frozen 2 with my son, I did not expect it to be one of these...

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Which Archetype of Leadership Represents You?

By: Michael McQueenThink back to your teachers at school. What characterised them? In schools, the approaches to teaching and authority tend to group themselves into four key categories. These categories apply just as readily to forms of leadership that we come across in workplaces, teams and the...

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How to Empower Your Thinking with a Strategic Mindset

By: Michael McQueenFor those in the corporate or educational world, the idea of a Growth Mindset has been front of mind in recent years.In many of my own books and articles I have explored what constitutes a Growth Mindset, what differentiates it from a Fixed Mindset and how it can be fostered in...

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Are Your Traditions Strangling Your Progress?

By: Michael McQueenA number of years ago, a team of researchers conducted a fascinating and somewhat callous experiment in an effort to understand the process of conditioned behaviour. As part of the experiment, scientists placed five monkeys in a room with a staircase in the centre and a bunch of...

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Why You Should Let Go of Your Self-Esteem

By: Michael McQueenEverybody loves an ego boost. The word of encouragement from the colleague, the compliment from the spouse or the pat on the back from the boss work wonders for our sense of self-esteem. Self-esteem is a very modern idea and one that is talked about abundantly within schools,...

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How Automation Might Save Your Career

By: Michael McQueenAutomation is a word that often strikes fear into workers who cannot help but feel threatened by its emergence in the modern world. Most of what we hear about automation surrounds the ways it will take our jobs and force the everyday worker into irrelevance. However, there are...

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After COVID-19: What Will Never Be the Same

By: Michael McQueenWith the dramatic changes that have occurred across the globe in recent months in the midst of our modern crisis, many of our standing systems have had to rework their regular ways of doing business. As many of these adaptations are working quite well for the people and...

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3 Keys to Asking Better Questions

By: Michael McQueenI’m sure we have all at some point felt the effects of bad conversation. Awkwardness, offence, miscommunication are all rooted in conversations that didn’t achieve what they were supposed to. Core to everyday conversation, relationships, problem-solving, leadership...

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