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Assessment Centre: Group Discussion

by Tom O'Connor on August 29th, 2013

We are often asked what is the best strategy for an assessment centre group discussion exercise. This is the situation where a group of say 4 or more job candidates are given a group problem to discuss & come up with a joint solution. The starting point is to think of the exercise pretty much […]

Anglo Tapes: The Negotiation Lessons

by Tom O'Connor on August 27th, 2013

The Anglo tapes have been a bit of a godsend in an otherwise slow news period. They also provide an insight (if at times somewhat misguided) into the Anglo playbook of streetwise negotiation ploys: the ultimatum, the low-ball, the sunk cost. The Ultimatum The launching pad for their €7B demand from the Central Bank is […]

Tony Soprano & Leadership …

by Tom O'Connor on August 15th, 2013

Renowned actor, James Gandolfini, sadly passed away in early summer. His role as Tony Soprano (in the hit TV series, The Sopranos) has been seen as a model for some colourful leadership behaviours over the years – the recent Anglo tape revelations being a very definite case in point. But organisation theorists see a lot that is […]