Entries by James Mclauchlan

Office Etiquette

This is a very important component in all working industries, yet some tend to take this lightly. Let’s have a look at it from this example below.   Martin is a Human Resource Manager and has his own cabin. One day, his air conditioner stopped working and he had to sit in an empty desk […]

Observe the Magic Around You

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – William Butler Yeats Look around you, what do you see? Nothing particularly interesting? Think again. Even in the doldrums of the mundane and commonplace, there is something that you did not see before, that you did not notice before, […]

Power and Control – When Enough is Enough.

What do you think of when you hear the word “leader”? Famous leaders of countries like Julius Caesar or George Washington? Brilliant military generals like Napoleon? CEOs of multinational companies like Bill Gates? Fortunately, you do not need to be ‘great’ like the above figures to be a leader. Leadership comes in many forms, and […]

Lies and Deceit and the Journey to Self-discovery

“This above all: to thine own self be true” is probably the most insightful utterance made by Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ironically, Polonius as a character is hardly true to his own self, and typically bends his will to concur with the opinions of others, as occurs in the following absolutely hilarious dialogue between him […]

Team Building & Sustainability: Going Green

Team building tends to be a one-off thing, held once a year usually with a different vendor from the previous year. But that’s not what matters here. With team building, events are usually resource intensive, partially because of their tendency to be large-scale events (i.e.  Dinner & Dance), partially because they are held irregularly, which […]

Debunking Team Building Myths

Many popular beliefs about team building practices are myths — here are just two of them: Myth #1: You must hire a coach. There is nothing magical about team building. Neither is it an art reserved for the select elite. The truth is that team building occurs when people make a specific set of realisations […]

The Importance of Saying No

If you are the kind of person who finds it difficult to reject others, fret not, for you are not alone. Many people face this problem. However,  whether because of the guilt that is felt when rejecting others, or because of the need to be polite and a good person, being unable to say no, […]

Promoting Team Creativity

How to Promote Creativity in a Team Creativity is an important commodity in today’s forward-looking world where people are always trying to find ways to better their lives. However, how often do we capitalise on our ability to think outside the box? If we ponder upon it for a moment, we realise that our creativity […]

Team Building Starts with Community

When we talk of team building activities, we tend to focus on how the activity can promote bonding among members of the team, and how this can benefit the organisation in the long run. While it is good that we think about the organisation and company, how much better do you think would it be […]

Putting the Blame Game to Shame

“It wasn’t me, I didn’t do it! He/she/it did it!” Sounds familiar? Often used by children to deflect responsibility from themselves and onto others, this line is a hallmark of the Blame Game. Children in their innocence use it in the purest and most honest form which makes it easy beyond measure to understand their […]