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Development

Get real

One manager in the research told us of his disappointment with the personal development his company had sent him on:

Most of the management programmes I have been on have been a waste of time. They analyse you, identify your weaknesses and get you excited about what you could to do to improve. Then you go back to work. For about two weeks you try to follow their advice – before deciding that you can’t really change who you are and you give up. Despite the best of intentions, you end up feeling inadequate and humiliated – and worse off than before you “knew” what you should do but can’t in practice.

Leadership development has become increasingly popular in recent years. The suppliers make up a big, and growing, industry. ...

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