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Over the past years of talking about using a Manual of Me, a concern which comes up fairly regularly is whether sharing how you want to work could feel like you’re being selfish or demanding.

Here’s the truth — a Manual of Me isn’t telling anyone to do something, but…

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The idea of sharing your needs and working preferences is not new.

Understanding and communication of your needs is the cornerstone of any positive relationship, and there are numerous tools, techniques and templates applied to personal, professional and interpersonal relationships, rooted in fundamental concepts from counselling, coaching and psychology.


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A Manual of Me is a powerful document which helps you explore and explain how you work.

You can see an example of mine here.

What you include in it is up to you: focus on what’s important for you to share and that you want others to know about…

I love a to-do list — not least because I am always juggling about thirty different things, and need to keep track of what i’ve committed to doing, but also the feeling of scratching it off the list when I’ve completed it.

There’s a proven positive psychological effect of getting…

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The “great resignation” doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

What if, instead of treating each person who left as persona non grata, we embraced what they want to do next, and actively supported it?

For those employees who want to find a new role somewhere else, how can team…

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Centuries ago we had wandering minstrels who would travel from village to village, sharing stories and songs, and spreading news from one to another.

As businesses become more distributed and remote-first, or organisations become more semi-autonomous following models like Tribes and Guilds, internal communication becomes more complex; the signal to…

Speak to any freelancer, and they’ll have a story about a client project which started without the essentials to get going.

It could be waiting in reception for 45 minutes for someone to come and pick you up, not being able to access the wifi, a poorly written brief, unclear…

The pandemic has truly shaken up the concept of working cultures — businesses who have spent years trying to develop clear articulations of how their organisations’ culture operates (sometimes truthfully, sometimes more like painting an aspirational picture) are waking up to the realisation that when so much of their ‘culture’…

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Did you sleep well?

Did you know there’s something you can do to help your mental health that’s so simple, you can do it in your sleep? Hint: it’s sleeping!

Unfortunately, for large numbers of people, sleep isn’t something that’s comes so naturally, especially at the moment, so in this resource, we look at…

A few years ago, a number of startups offered their employees unlimited vacation time.

It rapidly caught on as a perk, became the thing to do if you were serious about employee engagement, and some larger non-startup firms tried it out too.

The truth is — it didn’t work.


Matthew Knight

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