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Team diversity is the key for competitive advantage

The Global maritime Forum published an article based on the team diversity in organizations and the importance of it. Increasing the diversity of your team and providing your employees with a feeling of belonging can give your organization a competitive advantage over firms which overlook these values. 

How to deal with difficult bosses

Although in all kind of industries, loyalty and dedication from employees is required by leaders, they are said to rarely return their half of the equation, leaving employees feeling left behind and unsupported by ignoring their ideas or even belittling them in public. Here are the 4 types of “bad bosses” that make employees quit organizations.

Barclays opposed to Arctic drilling

Barclays, a UK based international bank, published an ‘Energy and Climate Change Statement’ focusing on oil and gas drilling in Arctic. According to the statement, the bank restricts its financing for exploration or extraction of oil and gas and supported that any client conducting new exploration of or extraction of Arctic oil and gas will be subject to the Employment Development Department, EDD.

Wärtsilä introduces ‘lifeboat for buildings’ to stress climate change

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä launched a lifeboat for buildings, as a product ‘that should never see the light of day’, in a bid to highlight the potential adverse effects of climate change in the world. The lifeboat for buildings is not a real product, even though it could be, as it could be used in severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The difference between being a leader and a self-aware leader

Lately, there have been many signs that leadership development is being flawed; an assumption rising from the fact that although people search what behaviors to change in order to become a better leader, they do not search how to change those behaviors. It is of essence therefore, to generate a discussion on leadership development focusing on the self-awareness part, the foundation to ensure good leadership.

How people judge others – competence is not the number one skill

Most people, especially in business world, believe that competence is the most important factor to attract a positive first impression. Besides, they do believe, proving they are smart and talented is enough to handle their tasks. However, research shows that other factors are perceived as important on how people evaluate others.

New global fund focused on healthy oceans

In line with its commitment on green financing, the World Bank Group announced in late September the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund intended to support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering sustainable growth of coastal economies.

First coffee store built from recycled shipping containers opens in Taiwan

Starbucks, the international coffee brand, opened its first store in Asia Pacific built from recycled shipping containers. Located in Taiwan, the 320-square-metres store was structured by 29 recycled shipping containers to complete the company’s commitment to building sustainable stores. 

Six Thinking Hats: A role-playing model to successful decision making

There is not only one way to think of a problem; you can look at it from an emotional, intuitive, and creative or risk management viewpoint. For example, people who are optimistic by nature, tend to not always consider potential downsides. Similarly, individuals who have a risk-averse outlook, might not be able to realize that new opportunities emerge. So, what is our instinctive approach to decision making?

Leadership styles at workplace

Men vs women leaders; same responsibilities, different lead styles shaping how they run their teams. Are we talking about another gender battle? And who wins?

Poll

Does enclosed space entry need more regulation?

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