Life on my term – 4 years or more

Life on my term – 4 years or more?Mavericks (which I have been defining since 2005, as ‘wilfully independent’ people), can cause wide reaching implications for the people that they interact with. This is a neutral fact, changing only when you consider the type of maverick that is wielding the power.Socialised Mavericks tend to use […]

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When Garadget’s reputational mishap, makes us all afraid

When Garadget’s reputational mishap, makes us all afraid It is easy to forget when tempers are high, just how easy it is to destroy reputation that has taken a long time to build. Denis Grisak is the man behind Garadget, who has accidentally caused his company some reputational damage, by the way that he has responded […]

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Get what you want, effectively and ethically

Get what you want, effectively and ethicallyPeople are far more sceptical than they used to be and are more cautious of the people that they associate or choose to work with. It is no longer enough to have a defined niche, you need to be ‘attractive’ to the ones that you want to serve. Even […]

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Don’t take our chocolate!

Don’t take our chocolate!Chocolate lovers have a brand loyalty that many companies would pay ‘big money’ to achieve. When you mess with a chocolate lover’s chocolate it is like you are messing with their self-declared identity.  You are attacking them personally.This kind of attack will never end well!There are many reasons why a sense of […]

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What Millennials want and Generation Xers struggle to give

What Millennials want and Generation Xers struggle to giveIt’s an inconvenient truth that Millennials (or Generation Y, as they used to be called) just aren’t the same as the Baby Boomers and the Generation Xers that went before them. This is both exciting and disturbing depending on your perspective.For some companies their ‘uniqueness’ from those […]

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Carrots and sticks – not for mavericks!

Carrots and Sticks – not for mavericks!Regardless of whether you are a parent, teacher, manager, or president, we know that carrots and sticks do not work as a method for motivation. Well, I guess that’s not strictly true; it will motivate most (conformist) people for a short period of time. Eventually though, even the most […]

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When Pret A Manger demonstrates a lack of integrity

Life can be quite bewildering when you are 16, especially as you struggle to be taken seriously by the adults in your life. On one hand, you feel like an adult, you want money in your pocket, freedom, and certainty in your career choices. On the other hand, you recognise that you are still living […]

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HR go network

There is a reason why HR refuses to go networking. To most internal HR professionals the term ‘networking’ is assumed to relate to the activity of external consultants who need to network to find work. It isn’t something that ‘internals’ think they do or indeed need to do. This is a dangerous assumption especially in […]

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What is an accurate maverick definition?
Maverick on top of a mountain

What is an accurate maverick definition? In Judith Germain’s book, The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders, she provides an interesting maverick definition. She defines a maverick as: Being wilfully independent. This is the definition that she has been using since 2005! In the early 2000s Judith wrote (on her developing-leadership.com site and other places) the following: Mavericks […]

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